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Admissions Webinar featuring Mauro Guillen

Below is a webinar lead by the Director of the Lauder Institute, Mauro Guillen. He offers a background of the program and advice for applying. Current student, Eva Nixon, G16, WG16, speaks on her Lauder experience as well.

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"The Lauder Institute remains unique among global business programs for its integration of international studies with a top MBA."
Ronald Lauder, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Lauder Institute


The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and in civil societies around the world.

The Lauder Podcast

Hear Lauder students and staff discussing different parts of the Lauder Institute. Discussions include student life, summer immersion trips abroad, and admissions policies and procedures.

The Lauder Podcast

Picturing Exercises


During their Summer Immersions students not only discover something new about the world, they often learn something new about themselves. Here, you can see the world through the eyes, and lens, of students as they traveled throughout the world.

Theme: Freedom

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“In just three decades, China has transformed itself. This image captures part of that transformation. What it does not capture is what’s happening in the nooks and crannies, in the unassuming back alleys. Individual expression, individual freedom, is flourishing." Lauder Student Essay
“Can we love our fellow human beings enough to give them the freedom to believe in their gods, to let them love whom they want, and to let them live their lives without discrimination, regardless of borders. I believe that freedom can spread with just a little more love and acceptance in the world. Maybe the time has come for us to free love.” Lauder Student Essay
“The children at this school in rural Zanzibar, many of them girls, all of them poor, are part of the lucky ones. By learning, they can recognize who they are, who they want to be and what they are entitled to. Their futures can be filled with opportunity and they can walk through that “golden door to freedom." Lauder Student Essay
“I climbed most of my way to the peak. The road to the top was hard – I hiked for hours under the burning Central Asian sun tortured by thirst and heat. But once I reached the top, I knew that I had earned my right to enjoy the magnificent beauty of this sight to the fullest. I knew I had earned my right to feel completely free that day.” Lauder Student Essay
“The noise of bullets does not allow ideas to be heard.” Lauder Student Essay