What is a Global Citizen?


Education for Global Citizenship at UCL

Studying at UCL is much more than attending lectures and sitting exams. We're proud to have a diverse student body that engages with the whole range of opportunities on offer, who leave us as 'global citizens'.

The UCL Global Citizenship Programme allows students to develop and demonstrate the qualities of a 'global citizen', whether by responding to some of the real-world questions tackled by the UCL Grand Challenges, or working with a local voluntary sector organisation to meet the needs of the local community.

The Programme offers a real and transformative experience for students participating and for our external partners.

Global Citizenship attributes

We want to foster in our students six key 'global citizenship attributes' - the characteristics of graduates who will be well-prepared to tackle the intellectual, social and personal challenges they face in their future careers and lives.

By taking part in the UCL Global Citizenship Programme, you will have additional opportunities to develop and demonstrate these attributes alongside your degree programme and extra-curricular activities.

  • A critical and creative thinker
  • Ambitious – but also idealistic and committed to ethical and socially responsible behaviour
  • Aware of the intellectual and social value of cultural difference
  • An entrepreneur with the ability to innovate
  • Willing to assume leadership roles: in the family, the community and the workplace
  • Highly employable and ready to embrace professional mobility

You can find out more about each of these attributes on our 'UCL Graduate' pages


UCL as Global Citizen

UCL is not only commited to producing outstanding graduates prepared to act as 'global citizens', but to act as a global citizen as an institution.

We aim to make a positive contribution to the communities with which we interact, and to act ethically and responsibly in all we do. That's why we've sponsored the UCL Academy and adopted our first Environmental Sustainability Strategy, beyond our overseas campuses and world-leading research.

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