Summer Abroad Programmes

Travel abroad with the Global Leadership Award

Travel abroad from one to four weeks and develop your ability to engage with the world and create an impact.

The Global Leadership Award offers the opportunity to complete a series of global skills and employability workshops and a short period abroad during the 2023 summer break. The opportunities are fully funded, and participants will travel as part of a group of City students. Joint applications of up to two students are accepted.

The Global Opportunities team at City will provide support throughout the process, from applying for a passport or visa, to making travel and accommodation arrangements and during your time abroad.

On completion of the award, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility

  • First and second year undergraduates completing a three-year degree
  • First, second- and third-year undergraduates completing a four-year degree

Step one: Pre-departure skills workshops

Participants will complete a set of pre-departure workshops on the subject of leading global change, and practical guidance on travelling abroad to prepare participants for their summer programme. The sessions will involve:

  • Learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leading change
  • Setting individual goals and objectives for the summer programme
  • Practical guidance on travelling abroad, to prepare for the summer travel abroad and a future international career

Step two: travel abroad

Participants will complete one of the below options over the 2023 summer break:

Common Purpose Programme: Istanbul, Turkey

Programme details

Common Purpose is a global leadership organization devoted to developing leaders who can cross boundaries. Travelling to Istanbul, Turkey with a large group of City students, you will learn about business practices abroad and develop the ability to work in an international environment. You will work on real-life initiatives and projects, developing hugely beneficial skills and boosting your employability and CV.

During the first three days, you will have the opportunity to participate in a programme of cultural immersion, cultural activities, and industry and community visits.

During the following three weeks, participants will complete a project for a local organisation with a group of students. Participants won’t be doing administrative work, rather they will work on a real-life project with clear deliverables and outcomes that the organisation wants support and ideas on. At the end of the project, you will present your work to the project leader and relevant colleagues to get feedback.

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Dates: 14th June to 14th July 2023
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Number of places: 30 City students
  • Travel and accommodation: arranged by the City Global Opportunities team
  • Global skills: driving for results, creative problem-solving, interculturally aware, inclusive, leading

Funding and Costs

  • Accommodation, travel and subsistence will be paid for by the City Global Opportunities team
  • There will be no fees for participating in the programme

Effective Global Communication Skills: University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Programme details

The purpose of this programme is to develop your intercultural communication skills. Intercultural communication and competence are hugely important skills for anyone who wants to work and lead in an international environment, either at home or abroad. It entails recognising cultural differences, understanding how these differences influence interaction and maximizing that knowledge to minimize misunderstanding and ensure effective communication and leadership.

By completing the programme, you will gain a deeper insight into your own culture, develop your intercultural competence, and learn how to deploy intercultural skills in a workplace environment.

  • Duration: One week
  • Dates: 26th June to 30th June 2023
  • Location: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Number of places: 10 City students
  • Travel and accommodation: arranged by the City Global Opportunities team
  • Global Skills: interculturally aware, inclusive, communicating, building relationships, leading

Funding and Costs

  • There will be no fees for participating in the programme.
  • Accommodation and travel costs will be paid for by the City Global Opportunities team

Sustainable Global Experience: Brussels, Belgium

Programme details

Delivered by Pagoda Projects in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project, this innovative and environmentally sustainable programme includes a 5-night sustainable field trip to Brussels and built-in digital components to develop your employability and cultural skills. Participants will engage with private and public sector organisations committed to sustainability, undertake carbon literacy training, and complete group projects with other participants.

Watch an overview of the programme here.

  • Duration: One week
  • Dates: 11th to 16th June 2023
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Number of places: 15 City students
  • Travel and accommodation: arranged by the City global opportunities team
  • Global Skills: interculturally aware, inclusive, communicating, building relationships, leading

Funding and Costs

  • There will be no fees for participating in the programme.
  • Accommodation and travel costs will be paid for by the City Global Opportunities team

Step three: reflection workshops and award

Participants will complete a series of reflection workshops and receive the Global Skills Award certificate of completion. The sessions will involve:

  • Reflecting on your experience abroad and the ways in which the experience can help you lead on change and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Hearing directly from successful leaders working internationally on what it takes to lead in a global environment
  • Careers guidance on articulating your experience when applying for work or future study
  • Learning about further opportunities to gain global skills and travel abroad

How to apply

Apply via the application form.

Students who wish to submit joint applications of no more than two students are each required to submit an individual application and confirm the name of the joint applicant in their application form. Both applications will then be considered together.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of January 2023.

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