Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives


Bringing your Doctor of Leadership experience to life

The Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives face-to-face intensives (“Advances”) are central to your learning experience in the program. They occur in the fall semester of each year.

Advance locations stretch your thinking about leadership through on-the-ground engagement within a particular location, and enable you to better lead in your context. 

During these intensives, you'll experience a combination of academic seminars, site visits, and dynamic conversations in cities of global influence. Project faculty guide your Project Portfolio research and design sequence at your first two Advances.

Advances focus on engaging a location in light of global realities. They are not cross-cultural studies, missions, or language immersion experiences. 



You will experience Advances in three locations:

What to Expect

Guest Policy: Please note that the Advances are "designed experiences" intended to create an intentional learning community. For this reason, guests are not included. Students should plan to be fully present to one another and engaged in the formational experiences the entire Advance. 

Though we make every effort to accommodate student needs, please be aware that in international settings we cannot ensure meaningful access for qualified students with physical, dietary, psychological, attentional or learning-based disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Advances Include


Doctor of Leadership Advance at Portland Seminary

Traditional Intensives at Other Schools


Cape Town, Oxford, and Washington, D.C.

On campus


Comfortable, safe, strategically-located accommodations provided

Students must identify, book, and pay for local lodging in unfamiliar locations


Most meals provided

Students pay for all food expenses


Lead mentor, project faculty, students, and local special guests. No spouses.

Instructor and students

Learning context(s)

Immersive site visits, project faculty coaching, guest presentations, and shared meals

In-class lecture

Instructional input(s)

Lead mentor, project faculty, peers, and local church, nonprofit, and business leaders

Course instructor and peers