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International Programs Office | Texas A&M University

Academy for Future International Leaders

Program Overview The Academy for Future International Leaders (AFIL) is a year-long interdisciplinary program in which outstanding undergraduates with leadership skills and/or potential obtain an in-depth learning experience about global issues. AFIL complements any major and allows students to gain a global perspective and to prepare for leadership roles in the increasingly international 21st Century. AFIL began in 1998 under the vision of the Texas A&M International Board, an esteemed group of leaders from a variety of fields who advise A&M on matters of international outreach and collaboration. The Academy is a joint effort among A&M’s nine academic colleges and is coordinated through the Study Abroad Programs Office. The AFIL program consists of four major components: a spring seminar, a mentoring program, an international leadership challenge project, and an optional international opportunity.

Academic Seminar A 3-credit hour seminar is conducted on Thursday evenings during the spring semester. Readings and class sessions cover topics of global importance, such as Strategic Issues Facing the Middle East, National Defense and Global Security, and World Energy Resources and the Environment. The seminars encourage student interaction and are conducted jointly by a Texas A&M faculty member and an outside expert, including members of the Texas A&M International Board. Left: AFIL Class of 2007 poses with former President George H. W. Bush

Mentoring Program Academy students are paired with a member of the A&M International Board and possibly a former AFIL participant as well to receive individual guidance and attention throughout the spring semester. This partnership allows students to learn from individuals already well-established in international careers. Mentors answer questions about international leadership both in their professional and personal lives and share their experiences and expertise with AFIL students. Right: Shankar Annamalai, AFIL Class of 2003, poses with his mentor, Mr. Weldon Kruger, a member of the Texas A&M International Board

International Leadership Challenge Project The international leadership challenge project component of AFIL began with the class of 2004 and provides the opportunity for students to apply their international leadership skills within the Texas A&M or broader global community. Working in pairs, Academy students must develop realistic, sustainable projects that focus on international exchange or awareness. Previous challenge projects have involved the successful construction and continued operation of a day-care center in Honduras, fundraising for tsunami victims, and an international students’ cultural exchange spring break program at A&M.

International Opportunity Students are eligible for an optional international opportunity following the completion of the spring semester. Opportunities may include a summer internship, a traditional study abroad, a volunteer program, or an intensive language study program, among other alternatives. Students are eligible to apply for an AFIL stipend to be used toward their expenses and are encouraged to work with the Study Abroad Programs Office to plan their international experience: Left: Bart Howe, AFIL Class of 2007, celebrates with farmers of the Maraba Coffee Cooperative in Rwanda, Summer 2007

Eligibility Requirements Undergraduate students from all colleges with leadership capability and a strong interest in gaining a global perspective in their field of study are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also meet the following requirements: • Minimum 3.0 GPR at time of application • Junior or senior classification by spring seminar and planned graduation no earlier than one year following the seminar • Proven or potential leadership as well as international interest and/or exposure • Active participation while at Texas A&M (i.e. job experience, organizational or community involvement, academic achievement or honors, awards or recognition, etc.) • Strong interest in gaining a global perspective • Enrolled at the TAMU-College Station campus during both the fall and spring semesters while participating in AFIL Right: Paige Melvin, AFIL Class of 2007, visit s the Great Wall of China, Summer 2007

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Above: Multiple AFIL international leadership challenge projects helped to found the Building a Future Association and to construct this Texaco Family Reinforcement Center in Honduras

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Applications for the Academy are available online from March to April Only complete applications (online application, resume and two letters of recommendation) will be considered Applications are reviewed by the Academic Colleges, the Honors Program, the Memorial Student Center, the Department of Multicultural Services, and the Academy Advisory Committee Applicants are ranked based upon demonstrated leadership or leadership potential and international interest and/or exposure In July, the AFIL Advisory Committee selects at least 30 finalists for interviews Finalists are interviewed during the first week of September Twenty-four students are selected to participate in the Academy

Interested in Applying for the Next AFIL Class? • • • • •

Visit the AFIL website: Join the AFIL listserv: Attend the Open Session in February to experience an AFIL seminar Apply for the AFIL program starting in February See contact information below to obtain more information Right: President Martín Torrijos of Panama poses with Andres Ovalles, AFIL Class of 2007

The Academy for Future International Leaders program is coordinated by the Study Abroad Programs Office within the International Programs Office of Texas A&M University. AFIL Coordinators Henry Musoma, Instructor, Ben Petty, Program Coordinator, Samantha Rosenson, Graduate Assistant, Location: 1st Floor Bizzell Hall West, 3262 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3262 Phone: (979)845-0544 Fax: (979)458-3623 Website:

Academy of Future International Leaders  
Academy of Future International Leaders  

The Academy for Future International Leaders (AFIL) is a year-long interdisciplinary program in which outstanding undergraduates with leader...