The ELS is an exhilarating and inspirational experience that affords young men and women a unique opportunity to expand their horizons and discover in nature, in other cultures, and within themselves a “generous splendor” that will serve them throughout their lives. Welcome aboard!


QBE's European Leadership School is a premium outdoor adventure. We recruit impressive young adults for an extraordinary experience, on extraordinary boats, in a beautiful and culturally rich corner of Europe. Each course is supervised by a director with extensive experience and an exceptional mentoring pedigree. There are only 12 places available in each session. 

The fee for each 20-day course is US$4,800 (about £3,850; 4,500€), not including transportation/airfare. The strong dollar presently makes this the best bargain for Americans in the last decade.

Participants arriving by plane will be collected and dropped off at Paris airports. To apply, simply fill out our online application form and click "submit."  Once your application is accepted, you will be sent additional information, including fee schedules and instructions, health forms, and a contract. A US$500 deposit/approximately £400 deposit holds your place until the fees are due. 


July — e-mail us for availability

August — e-mail us for availability

Free transportation to and from Paris airports | No sailing experience necessary | All skippers licensed by the RYA