Cyprus Bi-Communal Youth Institute

This one-week, one-credit program was designed to bring a select group of Turkish and Greek Cypriot high school students to GW for peace building and leadership development. GW hosted this program the summer of 2013, 2014, and 2015.

While on campus, students learned about conflict resolution from a variety of perspectives including business and entrepreneurship, history and the civil rights movement, religious tensions and social media movements.

This program integrated leadership training, experiential field-based activities, and classroom learning, to engage participants in both an intellectual and applied understanding of the democratic principles and practices of peaceful societies. The program strived to teach future Cypriot leaders relevant competencies needed for conflict resolution and global leadership.

United We Stand; Divided We Fall

  • Student Video
    2014 Cyprus students in front of the Lincoln Memorial

    Student Video

    In November 2013, the Summer and Special Programs office received the Creative and Innovative Award for the Most Outstanding Credit Program by the North American Association of Summer Sessions in recognition of the 2013 Cyprus Institute.

Students Share Their Stories

  • Student Blog
    2 Cyprus students from the 2014 program

    Student Blog

    For the 2014 program, students created a blog to discuss current issues in Cyprus with their fellow classmates.

    Read the blog