If you’re looking to discover your place in the world, you can do just that at the World Leadership Congress.

HOBY’s World Leadership Congress (WLC) brings together over 400 students from across the United States and around the world for a week of inspiration, discovery and fun.

You’ll leave feeling empowered, with the tools and support you need to reach your goals and be an active global citizen.

Over 10,000 high school students have experienced the life-changing difference the World Leadership Congress has made in their life, will you?

What you can expect when you attend the World Leadership Congress? To find out Click Here

For a one-page informational flyer Click Here

Domestic (USA) Student Eligibility

Did you attend a HOBY program in your state in 2017?
Are you planning to attend a HOBY Leadership Seminar in your state in 2018?
Then you are automatically eligible to attend HOBY’s 2018 World Leadership Congress!

New to HOBY?
If you’ve never had the chance to attend a HOBY program in your state, that’s OK. If you will be a rising high school junior or senior in July, 2018 and have a demonstrated interest in leadership, global citizenship and community service, you too can attend the WLC!

International Student Eligibility

International students between the ages of 15-17 with conversational proficiency in English and an interest in leadership, global citizenship and community service are welcome at the World Leadership Congress.

If you have attended a HOBY program in your country, please check with your country coordinator to see if there are any special arrangements being made for a country delegation, otherwise you are welcome to enroll individually.

Program Tuition

The program registration fee for the 2018 World Leadership Congress is $1,825 USD per student. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration to hold your space until the payment deadlines outlined below. An enrollment will not be considered active until the deposit is received.

(Please note: If you are part of an organized international delegation, please check with your country coordinator for more details on the full program price.)

The program registration fee for the World Leadership Congress is all-inclusive and covers all of your onsite expenses including ground transportation, accommodation and meals, program expenses, etc. Participants are responsible for their own travel cost to and from Chicago and any individual spending money for the onsite HOBY Store, luggage fees and any other incidental expenses.

Enrollment and Cancellation Deadlines


Payment Options

  • All enrollments must be accompanied by a $100 non-refundable deposit in order to be considered an active registration.
  • Payments can be made in any increment between the time of registration and the final payment deadline of June 29, 2018.
  • HOBY accepts both check and credit card for tuition payments.


Students are encouraged to actively fundraise to cover their tuition expenses. You can download our Student Fundraising Guide, just Click Here.