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EML students, throughout the duration of the program, participate in three experiential residencies - two domestic and one global - that allow them to actively engage and put into practice the concepts and skillsets they learn in the classroom. 

Students in front of Nelson Mandela statue in South Africa.


“Residencies deepened my cohort’s relationships. They provided a concentrated, extended period away from distractions like email to dive deep into leadership challenges.“

- Ariel Batungbacal (EML'12)



Opening Residency: Evidence-based Leadership

During this intensive and inspiring experience, students get a solid introduction to the EML curriculum and meet the program team and faculty. The opening residency inspires students to begin thinking more deeply and systematically about their perspectives on leadership and the arenas in which they plan to demonstrate leadership. In addition, the residency helps to build a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among members of the cohort.

Global Residency: Leading in an International Context

The global residency, a signature Georgetown McDonough experience, provides students the opportunity to implement concepts learned in the classroom to a leadership-focused consulting project for a client based in the residency location. Students, in small teams, work with the client over several weeks and have the opportunity to present their recommendations during the week-long global residency. Additionally, prior to the global residency, EML students will have attended a series of on-campus lectures and discussions to gain a better understanding of the history, culture, and leadership challenges that exist in the host country. 

Cohorts in the past have traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa for the global residency.


As part of their summer 2013 global residency, three EML students transformed a resource center in a poverty-stricken township of South Africa into a new recycling facility in the center of the community.

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Closing Residency: Bringing It Home

This residency places significant emphasis on the understanding and application of selected Jesuit disciplines such as contemplative action and daily examination. Before attending the closing residency, you will have created a personal leadership action plan, which will help you prepare for discussions about future growth and success as a leader.

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