Engaging and equipping the next generation of leaders throughout the world
Areté (\ærətiː\; Greek: ἀρετή): excellence and moral virtue.
Areté Academy combines biblical worldview training with specialized professional development for university students and young professionals across the globe. This one-week training programme is holistic, focusing equally on the spiritual, intellectual, and relational development of each attendee. Its name derives from Philippians 4:8, which refers to the moral excellence and virtue that accompany a life lived to its full potential and God-given calling. Accordingly, attendees are known as “Delegates” because they’re called to represent Christ as outstanding professionals.
Delegates examine many of the most pressing concerns of society today, and engage with distinguished faculty both from across their region and the world, to gain unique perspectives on addressing these issues on a national, regional, and global scale. With a commitment to excellence, the Areté Academy staff has equipped thousands of young Christians around the globe to become leaders in their career fields and prepare for long-term impact.
Each day at Areté Academy is founded upon worship, reflection, and devotionals. The curriculum is rooted in Psalm 78, which highlights the necessity of teaching tomorrow’s leaders about God, His law, and His works. Delegates explore the concept of 'calling' and what it means to be faithful, effective leaders within their professional industries.
Faith and intellect go hand in hand. Areté Academy gives Delegates the opportunity to study under some of the most distinguished Christian academics and experts in their fields, and wrestle with some of the most challenging questions facing society today. Delegates are trained and encouraged to maximize their academic and professional credentials to position themselves to pursue God’s calling on their lives.
More than simply a week-long experience, Areté Academy is an ongoing, thoughtful community that grows throughout the professional lives of its members. At the Academy, relationships begin and are nurtured as Delegates live, learn, worship, pray, and participate in small group discussions together. As a result, Delegates depart knowing they have the support to face and overcome future challenges.
Because every individual is uniquely designed for various callings, each Areté Academy track is tailored both geographically and professionally.
8-13 August 2021
Areté Academy Asia is offered exclusively to Christian university students and young professionals living or working in Asia, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
6-11 April 2021
Areté Academy Europe is offered exclusively to Christian university students and young professionals living or working in Europe, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
Application is open 17-22 January 2021
Application deadline: 12 August 2020
Areté Academy Latin America is offered exclusively to Christian university students and young professionals living or working in Latin America, pursuing leadership and influence through careers in law, policy, government, or other related fields.Learn More
As an Areté Academy Delegate, you join a community of highly accomplished, passionate Christians from around the world. You leave with the competence and character needed to excel in your future profession, the conviction necessary to effectively engage the culture, and a community that enriches and fuels your pursuits. Alumni of Areté Academy have gone on to pursue careers not only in law, but also in business, medicine, government, foreign affairs, academia, politics, economics, national security, and intelligence.
The Academy gave me objective and intellectual reasons in order to defend life, marriage, and religious freedom among people who do not believe in God.
– Rocia, Universidad de Mendoza, Argentina
At Areté Academy my eyes were opened to the scholarly depths of legal and Biblical philosophy that underpin our causes.
– Lois, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Areté has envisioned and equipped me … to advocate for those who have no voice … and to defend the right of every person to live freely according to their faith.
– Rudy, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala
I participated in Areté Academy – Europe in 2016, which was an amazing experience. The ecumenism of professionals from across different Christian communities, working together on the defence of basic universal social values, left an especially strong impact on me.
– Marija, University of Zagreb, Croatia