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Youth Leadership Initiative

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Decisions will be communicated within a three-week time period after application submission.  

Participants include high school-level students from 15 to 18 years old (at program start) of all nationalities.

The Youth Leadership Initiative takes place 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 proficient in English.

The following elements fulfill the English language requirement:
- Evidence (e.g., transcript) of coursework completed in the English language   or
- English language proficiency test score report (such as TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge

In certain cases, if a language test is not available, students may be invited for a phone interview with an admissions counselor to verify English language proficiency.

If you have any question, please contact the Admissions Team at

Please see here for full admissions requirements.

Yes, students will be 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 personal 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 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 a €30 non-refundable application fee occurs by credit card when submitting online application. 

A limited number of €250 merit-based scholarships is available. To be considered for one of these scholarships, please submit a personal statement under the Essays section of your application before March 1st. 

Full payment is required within fourteen days after receiving positive admissions results.

Payment occurs online by credit card. Wire transfers can also be accepted.

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 refundable 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 must be sent by email as well as 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.

Students may consider taking additional insurance to cover their potential cancellation, including for medical reasons, after the above cited withdrawal period.

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

All students should plan to check-in on campus on Monday morning between 9am and 10am.

The program ends on Saturday morning at 10 am. Please plan all return travel as of Saturday at 10 am.

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

No, all class materials will be provided.

The Youth Leadership Initiative is a non-credit awarding program.  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.

All students are provided a meal plan as part of the full program fees. HEC Paris has vending machines on campus where you can find a selection of food and drinks throughout campus.

There is a cash distributor machine on campus at the welcome desk behind the HEC gift shop. Other than for purchases at the Gift Shop, students should not require additional money since the program includes food costs, including daily afternoon snacks.

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 and an important component of the program is teamwork that will take place after classroom hours. In order to benefit from the residential immersion experience, all students will reside on campus during the full program. 

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 offers students recently renovated individual rooms with a private bathroom and shower. Soap, shampoo and toothpaste are the responsibility of each student. Note that rooms do not include irons or hair dryers. Please plan 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.