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A two week programme offering the chance to put your studies in a global context, learn new skills and see the world differently.

The UCL Global Citizenship Programme is a new feature of the undergraduate year; for two weeks after summer exams have finished, there will be a range of opportunities for those students who do not already have departmental activities scheduled.

In each year of the Programme, students will follow different journeys – academic courses in the first year, and practical, real-world projects in enterprise, volunteering and employability in the second and final years.

Each part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme complements students’ formal education, and helps prepare them for the world beyond graduation.

What's involved?

First-year undergraduates

The first year courses focus on the UCL Grand Challenges – enabling students to tackle the same key global questions as UCL’s world-leading researchers. The courses are specially designed to be multidisciplinary, accessible and enjoyable.


These courses are challenging, interactive and distinctive – and deliberately different from your degree programme. For instance, you may be studying the problems water creates – as a barrier between cultures, as a carrier for deadly diseases – and coming up with sustainable solutions as part of multidisciplinary project teams, or looking at the complex relationship between different groups in one city and negotiating a response between them.
Each course has been created specifically for first-year undergraduates from across UCL. There's no specialist knowledge required, and no work to be completed beforehand, leaving you free to concentrate on your exams before the courses start.

Find out more about the first year options here

Second and final year undergraduates

In each year you will choose one of three strands – Employability, Volunteering and Enterprise. These will be piloted for the first time in 2013-2014, and are being developed by the UCL Careers Service, Volunteering Services Unit and UCL Advances respectively.

These options are more practical than the first year courses - preparing you for the world of work, whether that's in the voluntary sector, your own start-up business or with a traditional graduate recruiter. The focus is still on working in small groups to tackle real-world problems.

Find out more about second and final year options

Frequently asked questions

How do I register?
Registration will open at the end of February 2014; we will let you know by email as soon as possible when and how this will take place. Simply choose which course you want to take in the Summer, and we'll take care of the rest.

How are places allocated?
Places will, for the most part, be allocated on a first-come basis. Parts of the second and final year strands may have variations on this - for instance, charities may be looking for specific skills on the Volunteering strand. Check the relevant pages on this site for more information.

Is it free?
Yes. The UCL Global Citizenship Programme is free to all UCL undergraduates as part of their degree; there may be a small deposit required to secure your place on some parts of the Programme, but this is refunded to you on participation.

What's the timetable like?
This varies according to the options you choose, but for the first-year options, you should be available for 4-6 hours of teaching and project work each day over the two weeks. There may be evening sessions such as film showings or panel discussions - check the course pages for more details.

The Enterprise, Volunteering and Employability options for second and final year undergraduates will be quite different - see the relevant pages for more information.

Do I have to attend every session?
In order for your participation to be recorded on your HEAR, we need to be able to verify that you have attended at least 70% of the activities scheduled. Some sessions may be optional - these will be clearly marked - but we encourage you to attend all sessions to make the most of this opportunity.

Will it count towards my degree?
At present the UCL Global Citizenship Programme carries no credits towards your degree. Participation is recorded on your HEAR, for future employers to be able to see that you've taken part.

How can postgraduates get involved?
The UCL Global Citizenship Programme is currently for undergraduates only, but there are opportunities for postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs) to be involved by facilitating tutorials and group work on the first-year courses. These positions will be advertised within relevant departments and the UCL Graduate School.

Do we go abroad?
Unfortunately, we can't send you anywhere as part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme - but by studying interesting and complex global problems we know you'll want to travel the world to investigate them. The UCL Expeditions and Travel Committee provides funding to enable groups of students or individual students to undertake challenging exploration and travel to areas of the world which require unique skills of organisation and, in the case of group expeditions, teamwork.

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