Philosophy & Structure


Guiding Principles

The International Summer School (ISS) is an academic program that aims at promoting international goodwill and cross-cultural dialogue amongst promising young individuals, developing their potential as future leaders in government, business and civil society.

As such, the Guiding Principles for the program can easily be summed up in three words, namely:
Education, Diplomacy & Leadership.


Overarching Themes

With India as a study model, the ISS offers undergraduate course modules & experiences which introduce the students to a range of issues & debates that are shaping contemporary developing societies.

While designing the overall program at the ISS, it was pertinent to identify the broad thematic areas that most of these issues & debates could be classified under. The six Overarching Themes emerged as answers to three critical questions that the youth of today must ask themselves:

Program Structure

While incorporating the three Guiding Principles and the six Overarching Themes into every aspect of its six-week program, the ISS is divided into two components:

Sample Schedules from Past ISS Sessions

To get a better sense of the overall program structure, please have a look at the schedules from our past two sessions which were held during the summers of 2016 and 2017.

Master Schedule - 2016 Session
Master Schedule - 2017 Session