Contemporary Women's Leadership (CWL) Institute | Wellesley Students

Eligible Students: 
Current Wellesley Students (Class of '20-'22); 18 yrs+

Program Fee:  
$7,575* (WC Students only)
(Includes tuition, room, board, and activities)

Application Fee: 
Not Applicable

Wellesley students are eligible for Financial Aid.

College Credit: 
Yes (2.0 Units) 

*Activities fee of $1,375 is waived for current Wellesley students. 


Five weeks. A world of difference.

Make the transition from the classroom to the working world in Wellesley College’s Undergraduate Contemporary Women’s Leadership Institute–a new, immersive approach to personal leadership and success that brings theory to practice.

Take two (2) college credit earning courses and then apply your learnings through a hands-on experiential week with professionals in fields ranging from tech to politics to business. 

  • Gain insight regarding gender-based business issues, leadership and workplace challenges from faculty who specialize in gender in the workplace.

  • Explore gendered business issues from an intersectional vantage point, studying with a diverse group of students from international universities.

  • Experience the power of networking though practical real-world conversations with women leaders from a broad array of industries including financial services, marketing, non-profit, and entertainment.

  • Develop a professional portfolio in the classroom that you can apply during the experiential week and take into the working world.

  • Learn to lead through reflective activities where you can gain insight about personal leadership strengths, styles and development opportunities.


Watch how the Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute impacted Wellesley College students in our Student Reflections video.

"After going to the networking events, I found that I could be more confident and agreeable in building relationships with people."

Pemberly CWL Institute | 2018

"I realized that leaders are not necessarily in highly visible positions - they can come from anywhere and do good work without us acknowledging them."

Aqsa CWL Institute | 2018

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Application Requirements

Admissions is on a rolling basis until all spaces have been filled; therefore students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Complete the online Application Form

Once admitted into the CWL Institute, the Wellesley College Summer Office will complete your registration. 


*April 12, 2019 | All application materials completed and submitted

*June 30, 2019 | Start Date



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