I-LEAP
International Leadership, Excellence, and Professionalism Program


The International Leadership, Excellence, and Professionalism (I-LEAP) Program is an intensive 16-week professional training program. It is designed for students and professionals who want to gain international work experience, hone their English skills, and immerse themselves in American culture.

The I-LEAP program is set in a college town in the heart of America. Participants reside in furnished private apartments adjacent to the university, two blocks from the heart of the city. This safe, friendly community is ideally situated to provide both rural and urban experiences.

I-LEAP consists of three components:

  • American Work Experience
    I-LEAP participants are given the unique opportunity to observe American work places through a 10-week professional training program at private corporations, government and university offices, IT-related companies, media companies, schools, and non-profit agencies. By establishing relationships with their co-workers, participants have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as well as hone their business English skills.

  • Professional Development Seminars and Weekly Feedback Sessions
    Prior to beginning the internship, professional development seminars will be conducted during the first month of the program to prepare the participants for the American work-place. These seminars will focus on practical communication, American business culture and etiquette, public speaking, and American culture. Weekly meetings with the I-LEAP coordinator and additional seminars are arranged to addresses any issues that may arise during the participants' internships.

  • American Cultural Experience
    The 16-week program will be interjected with field trips and cultural site visits in Columbia and in Missouri to expose participants to American culture. Participants will also be matched with Collegiate Ambassadors who interact with the participants and bring American culture to life.

Applicants must fulfill both requirements below:

  1. Currently enrolled in an accredited university in good academic standing OR graduated with a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree or above.
  2. Obtained a TOEFL score of 500 PBT or 61 iBT or above, OR a TOEIC score of over 800.

Application Process:

  1. Download and complete a copy of the application form (MSWord).
  2. Include in your submission:
    • A copy of your official college transcript;
    • A copy of your TOEFL/TOEIC score; and
    • A copy of your resume (not longer than a page)

Application due date to be announced. Application form

Please mail your application and materials to:

Ty Rhoads
I-LEAP Program
Asian Affairs Center
N49 Memorial Union
Phone: 573-884-8539
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri 65211
United States of America