Personality and Leadership Development


5 August to 15 August, 2020
This 10-days certificate bootcamp is designed to help develop your personality with increased skills in leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal communication. The course includes lectures and interactive sessions with CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Chicago–Milwaukee Economic Corridor, a region that hosts some of the greatest global companies, such as Harley Davidson, Fedex Ground, Jockey International, Inc., Miller Brewing Company, and Amazon, and many start-up companies. You will earn a certificate of Personality and Leadership Skills at the end of the course. Being held at a higher education institution in the US, you will also gain exposure on life as a student in the United States, the application process, courses of study, and scholarships.

Ready now? Personality and Leadership Development Application

Also available: Discover America: Business, Industry, & Entrepreneurship


Perfect for high school students interested in earning a certificate from a University in the US and in learning about educational opportunities in the United States.

Earn a 10-days certificate from the AACSB accredited business program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside near Chicago, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States

Meet UW-Parkside faculty and staff to learn more about the US higher educational experience

Network with and learn from lectures by top American CEOs, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Participate in workshops and sessions on personality development, social media influence, and educational opportunities

Visit American corporations, including:

  • Harley Davidson
  • CNH Fiat
  • Amazon
  • FedEx

A trip to Chicago to experience life, culture, and a boat cruise on the Chicago river


MARCH 2020

Applications are due 30 March, 2020. View application

Submit visa paperwork by 30 April, 2020. This will help to ensure that your visa appointments are scheduled in time. 

APRIL 2020

Have your visa appointment by 30 May, 2020. Wait times may exceed one month. Plan in advance to get your visa appointments.

Visa confirmation due date is 15 June, 2020. 


Arrive at the University on 4 August, 2020. You are responsible for travel to the US. 

Program dates are 5 August-15 August. View itinerary

Depart 15 or 16 August, 2020. You are responsible for travel from the US. 



$1,500 USD + airfare from country of travel

Accommodations at the University, all food, all transportation (from arrival at Kenosha to departure from Kenosha), all business visits, and a weekend visit to Chicago. Time on your own includes occasions in Chicago and Milwaukee with various options and restaurants.

UW-Parkside is situated between two major American cities on a beautiful, wooded 700-acre campus. Participants will stay in double bedroom apartments with wifi, cable TV, individual suite-controlled thermostats, study area, kitchenette, and a shared lounge per wing.

Participants will also be provided complimentary access to the state-of-the-art gym with indoor and outdoor running facilities and weight rooms.


Subject to change

5 August | Wednesday

Arrival at O’Hare International Airport

Pickup and Drop to UW-Parkside

6 August | Thursday

Welcome and Comments by Dr. Kuruvilla

Introduction activities

"Leadership in America" remarks by UW-Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford


Tour of UW-Parkside

Sailboat tour on Lake Michigan; Kenosha, WI


7 August | Friday

Informative Sessions with Deans

  • College of Business, Economics, and Computing
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies


Visit Kenosha Mayor’s Office to learn about local government


8 August | Saturday

Visit to City of Skokie, IL

Check-in at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Hotel Chicago located on the Magnificent Mile

Chicago Architectural Boat Tour. See the skyscrapers of Chicago by boat.

Visit Signature Room on 96th floor of John Hancock Towers for wine and appetizers

9 August | Sunday

Chicago Experience Day - freely explore Chicago on your own or with a group

Optional Events

  • Chicago Margarita Festival, Navy Pier
  • Millennium park
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue 
  • Relax at the beach

10 August | Monday

Visit to Harley Davidson Museum

Privately guided tour of museum “Journey through the History of Harley-Davidson”

Personality Development Workshop: group activities


11 August | Tuesday

"Branding Yourself - Creating and Sustaining an Online Presence" workshop

Corporate visit to Case New Holland (CNH) Facility

  • "Manufacturing in the USA – Current Realities" lecture by executive
  • Tour of plant and meet with plant managers


Diversity lecture

12 August | Wednesday

Corporate visit to Amazon

  • "Logistics in America" lecture

Multi-task Activity: Working Together


13 August | Thursday

"Intercultural Communication in America – Verbal and Non-Verbal" lecture by Dr. Abey Kuruvilla


Networking with current international students, international office, and Parkside Faculty


14 August | Friday

“Leadership and Teamwork" lecture


Corporate visit to Fedex Ground Facility in Grayslake, IL

  • Tour of plant and meeting with plant managers
  • “Supply Chain Management and Logistics in America - The Fedex Story" lecture by John Mahar, Global Accounts Manager, Fedex

15 August | Saturday

Closing remarks by Dr. Abey Kuruvilla, Executive Director of International Affairs

Certificate Ceremony: Personality and Leadership Development competition certificates awarded


Depart in the afternoon or depart on 16 August

Are you ready to develop your personality and leadership skills in America?


Dr. Abey Kuruvilla

Executive Director, International Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
+1-502-386-1692  |


Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been enriching minds and changing lives of those who attend. Small classes and one-on-one faculty attention have been our hallmark, and continue to be part of an experience that brightens futures. Our student-centric approach means students are never taught by assistants, don't get lost in a crowd, and do get to work side-by-side with faculty dedicated to their success.

We also support students by designing custom-tailored degree programs that meet the needs of today’s demanding job market, as well as students' unique curiosities. Combining academic disciplines can energize new pursuits and discoveries, so we encourage students to create the interdisciplinary course program that suits their interests.

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