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Youth Leadership Initiative

The application calendar can be found here.

High School-level students from 15 to 17 years old (at program start) of all nationalities.

The Youth Leadership Initiative is currently only offered in July. If you are interested in another time period, please let us know by contacting us at

The HEC Paris Youth Leadership Initiative is an intensive one-week program held in English.  All students are expected to be fluent in English.

For all non-native English speakers: English language proficiency test score report (TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge) or evidence (e.g., transcript) of coursework completed in the English language.

Please see here for full admissions requirements.

Upon admissions, students are expected to provide the following documents in French or English (other languages will not be accepted):


  • Copy of passport
  • Housing application
  • Proof of civil liability and medical insurance for your stay at HEC Paris
  • Photo authorization agreement
  • Parental authorization.

Yes, students are required to show proof of insurance for the duration of their stay at HEC Paris. Insurance should include medical and repatriation coverage as well as civil liability.


The HEC Paris Youth Leadership admission team assesses the Youth Leadership Initiative independently and as such no preferential advantage for any other program at HEC is afforded. Nonetheless, attending the Youth Leadership Initiative will allow you to gain an insight and a familiarity with the HEC Paris campus.

We recommend that students bring comfortable clothing and make sure they have adapted shoes as there will be outdoor activities. There is no official dress code for the Youth Leadership Initiative; however, we encourage students to bring one business casual outfit for the final day.


Payment of the non-refundable fee occurs by credit card at the time of the online application.

We offer merit-based scholarships in the amount of 200€.

Full payment is required 2 weeks after receiving an offer of admission. In the case of a late application, a shorter time period may apply. Please refer to the admissions calendar here. Payment occurs online by credit card.

A participant has fourteen (14) days from the day of admission to withdraw from the program.  In such a case, HEC Paris will reimburse all sums paid to HEC Paris in the course of the agreement, unless the withdrawal request is received on or after the start of the Program.

Any request to withdraw a participant’s registration (including cases of force majeure) must be sent by registered mail with delivery confirmation request to the attention of Ms. Elyse Michaels-Berger, including bank details for reimbursement, to the following address:

HEC Paris
Elyse Michaels-Berger
Director, Youth Leadership Initiative
1 rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex

The above information is included within the Terms of Sale. All participants are required to agree to the Terms of Sale, provided in full at the time of purchase.

The program is held on the HEC Paris campus in Jouy-en-Josas, 25 km from Paris.

All students should plan to arrive on campus on Sunday afternoon, July 21st.

The program ends on Saturday morning, July 27th. Please plan all return travel as of Saturday morning.

100% participation (other than justified absences) is mandatory to obtain the Youth Leadership Certificate of Attendance.

No, all class materials will be provided.

No, there will be a final presentation.

Although you will not receive credit, each student will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program.

Students have access to a computer room with printing machines. However, students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer. Free WIFI is available on campus, including the Residence.

HEC Paris has vending machines on campus where you can find a selection of food and drinks.

There is a cash distributor machine on campus; however, students should not require additional money since the program includes food costs.

No pocket money is required. However, students might wish to purchase items from the HEC Gift Shop.

Learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. An important component of the program is teamwork that will take place after classroom hours. To fully benefit from your academic experience and HEC Paris campus life, all students reside on-campus.

All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly.

All students who request an acceptance letter will be provided one. Please note this letter is not provided automatically, but rather upon student request.

Students in the Youth Leadership Initiative have access to HEC Paris classrooms, study rooms, library, the student restaurant, etc.

HEC Paris is fully equipped to host students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the program, students needing special assistance should contact

The HEC Residence provides you with bed sheets, a cover, pillow and towel for the duration of your stay. Soap, shampoo and toothpaste are the responsibility of each student. Note that rooms do not include irons or hair dryers. Thank you for planning accordingly.

The HEC Paris campus is located just outside of Paris in Jouy-en-Josas and is accessible both from major airports (Orly and Roissy) and from the center of Paris. Please see directions here or contact us with any questions.