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A two week programme for UCL undergraduates and taught postgraduates 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 special feature of the UCLyear; for two weeks after summer exams have finished, we provide a range of opportunities to help UCL students boost their studies, enhance their future and make an impact on the world.

In each year of the Programme, students will follow different journeys – academic courses for first and second year undergraduates, and practical, real-world projects for second and final year undergraduates and PGT students.

In 2016-17, the Programme takes place Tuesday 30th May to Friday 9th June.

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 and second year undergraduates

There are six options focusing 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 students 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 Grand Challenges options here

Second and final year undergraduates

In each year you will choose one of four 'Pathways' strands – Employability, the Voluntary Sector, Enterprise and Active Citizenship. 

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 social enterprise or with a traditional graduate recruiter. The focus is still on working in small groups to tackle real-world problems as global citizens.

Find out more about Pathways strands

Taught postgraduate students

For PGT students we offer the opportunity to join the practical and vocational courses in the Pathways part of the Programme alongside second and final year undergraduates.

Find out more about Pathways strands

Frequently asked questions

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How do I register?
Registration opens in mid-February each year. In the meantime, you can register your interest on this page, and we'll keep you up to date with all the news.

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 Voluntary Sector 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 completion.

What's the timetable like?
This varies according to the options you choose, but for the first-year options, you should be between 10am and 4pm for 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, Voluntary Sector and Employability options for second and final year undergraduates will be quite different - see the relevant pages for more information.

Does it take place over the weekend?
There are no sessions over the weekend - the Programme takes place on weekdays only.

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. The second and final year options may require you to attend more, particularly where you have made a commitment to a work placement.

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. Successful participation is recorded on your HEAR, for future employers to be able to see that you've taken part, and you'll receive a certificate too.

Can IOE students take part?
Of course! The Programme is open to all undergraduates at UCL, regardless of which faculty, department, school or institute you study in. 

I'm an affiliate student - which options can I choose from?
As you're only at UCL for a short time, you're welcome to choose from any of the options. 

How can postgraduates get involved?
Taught postgraduates can take the same practical and vocational courses as second and final year undergraduates.

There are opportunities for postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs) to be involved by facilitating tutorials and group work on the Grand Challenges courses. These positions will be advertised within relevant departments.

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.

Further information 

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W: ucl.ac.uk/global-citizenship/programme


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