Advances 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. The gatherings will push the boundaries of your thinking and network you with global leaders. The goal of each international Advance is to enable you to better lead in your own contexts.

You will engage in a combination of academic seminars, field trips and personal mentoring experiences in international settings. For the first two Advances, project faculty provide guidance on the next milestone in the Project Portfolio research sequence.

You will participate in three Advances during the fall semester each year:

  1. Orientation Advance (Year 1)
  2. Second Advance (Year 2)
  3. Final Advance (Year 3)


Portland Seminary will host Advances in three locations:

What to Expect


Doctor of Leadership Advance at Portland Seminary

Traditional Intensives at Other Schools

Fees include

Field trip expenses, lodging, and most on-site food

Some meals


Washington, D.C., Cape Town, London (tentative)

On campus


Clean, safe 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

Instructor and students

Learning context(s)

Immersive field trips, 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

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.