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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for short-term mobility

In light of the global challenge posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UCL guidance regarding summer placements, Study Abroad regrets to announce that all short-term global mobility activities will be cancelled this summer. This includes places available through our Tuition Fee Free scheme, the Cities Partnership Programme and funding opportunities through our bursaries. We are also unable to support international internships through the Convention de Stage unless you are taking the internship in your home country or can demonstrate that you will be working remotely. Advice for staff and students who may have concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus is available on the following page. 


Global Experience Bursary

The 2020 Study Abroad Global Experience Bursary scheme is in place to support undergraduate students who wish to undertake a short-term international opportunity outside the academic terms. The majority of global opportunities fall over the summer period, but funding is also available for students undertaking opportunities during reading week and the Easter break in 2019/20.

Types of opportunities that can be supported by the bursary:

  • International summer schools
  • International language programmes
  • International research projects
  • International volunteering opportunities
  • Certain self-led fieldwork activities - subject to approval from home department

Please note that bursaries will not be awarded to students undertaking work-place internships. Students undertaking international internships may be interested in the Global Internships Programme offered by UCL Careers.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must undertake an international programme that fits into one of the categories above. 
  • You must be a UCL undergraduate student, fully enrolled during the duration of the overseas programme. Final year undergraduates may also apply for funding, but must have completed the international opportunity by the 12th June 2020.
  • The duration of the international programme shoud be over 5 days.
  • The programme must take place outside of the United Kingdom in a country that is deemed safe to travel according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 
  • Students who have been awarded Santander or Cities partnerships Programme Bursaries or other funding via UCL Study Abroad will not be eligible to apply.

Deadline

  • Applications open Thursday, 3rd of December 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • The final call for applications will close at 4pm on Sunday 5th July 2020 or at a time when the bursary funding has been exhausted.

Application

Applications are completed via Portico. If you encounter any difficulties with the Portico application please feel free to get in touch so we could walk you through the steps.

  • Step 1: identify an overseas/programme opportunity you are interested in or planning to take part in.
  • Step 2: locate the 'Short-term Global Opportunities' tab on your Portico homepage
  • Step 3: complete the application form outlining the details of the opportunity you are requesting funding for and your motivation for taking the overseas programme.

We aim to get back to you within 2 weeks from the application date.

Please ensure you have read the information sheet before applying.

If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad team

 


Santander Universities Mobility Bursary

 We are pleased to open the Santander Universities Mobility Bursary for 2020! The bursary is in place to support non-finalist undergraduate students wishing to undertake short-term opportunities in the Americas over the summer of 2020.

Destinations eligible: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay or USA. 

Types of opportunities that can be supported by the bursary:

  • International summer schools
  • International language programmes
  • International research projects
  • International volunteering opportunities
  • Certain self-led fieldwork activities - subject to approval from home department
  • Please note that bursaries will not be awarded to students undertaking work-place internships. Students undertaking international internships may be interested in the Global Internships Programme offered by UCL Careers.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must undertake an international programme that fits into one of the categories above. 
  • You must be a UCL undergraduate student, fully enrolled during the duration of the overseas programme. Final year undergraduates may also apply for funding, but must have completed the international opportunity by the 12th June 2020.
  • The duration of the international programme shoud be over 5 days.
  • The programme must take place in one of the following countries/regions: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay or USA. 
  • Students who have been awarded the Global Experience Bursary or Cities partnerships Programme Bursaries or other funding via UCL Study Abroad will not be eligible to apply.

Deadline

  • Applications open on Tuesday, 3rd of December 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • The final call for applications will close at 4pm on Sunday 5th July 2020 or at a time when the bursary funding has been exhausted.

Application

Applications are completed via Portico. If you encounter any difficulties with the Portico application please feel free to get in touch so we could walk you through the steps.

  • Step 1: identify an overseas/programme opportunity you are interested in or planning to take part in.
  • Step 2: locate the 'Short-term Global Opportunities' tab on your Portico homepage
  • Step 3: complete the "Santander Mobility Bursary" application form outlining the details of the opportunity you are requesting funding for and your motivation for taking the overseas programme.

We aim to get back to you within 2 weeks from the application date.

Successful applicants will be awarded a bursary of £650 to contribute to the costs incurred while undertaking the opportunity. Awards will be made at the discretion of the Study Abroad bursary panel whose decision is final. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad team

About Santander Universities

In 1996 Emilio Botín, Chairman of Santander, decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. With the conviction that the University is a vital cornerstone of any community and a mechanism that helps people and businesses prosper, Santander Universities began its activity in Spain.

As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and the UK. So far, Santander Universities has donated over €1.5 billion in the shape of scholarships, mobility grants, support for entrepreneurship, special projects and non-academic awards.

In 2015 Santander topped the 'Global Fortune 500' list as the company that invests the most in Corporate Social Responsibility in connection with education (according to the first global study published by the Varkey Foundation). In 2016, the bank invested over 150 million euros in higher education.

For more information about Santander Universities, please see the Santander Universities UK website. 

 


ACU Global Summer School Grants

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is offering is offering 17 grants of up to GBP 2,000 each for undergraduate students from ACU member universities in the UK to attend summer schools overseas during summer 2020. is offering 17 grants of up to GBP 2,000 each for undergraduate students from ACU member universities in the UK to attend summer schools overseas during summer 2020. 

    The ACU’s Global Summer School Grants enable undergraduate students at ACU member universities in the UK to take part in a university summer school overseas. Since the grants were launched, students have travelled to ACU member universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and Uganda.

    The grants, which are funded by the kind legacy of Major Harold William Paxton, are aimed particularly at students from low-income families, care leavers, and students who are the first in their family to attend university.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Registered as an undergraduate student at UCL
    • A UK national who is ordinarily resident in the UK

    In addition, you must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • From a family with a combined annual parental income of under £25,000
    • The first person in your family to go to university
    • A care leaver

    How to apply

    In order to apply, see the steps below

    1. Ensure that you meet the criteria listed above, under "eligibility"

    2. Choose two summer programmes that you are interested in attending from the list available on the ACU website. You will have to list them on the form in the order of your preference. 

    3. Complete the application form below and submit it via the AskUCL system to the Study Abroad Team or by emailing studyabroad@ucl.ac.uk .

    The UCL Study Abroad Team will select two students and nominate them to the ACU representatives, who will then make a final decision. The selection will be made based on your answers and your motivation to participate in the programme.

    Deadline

    The deadline to submit the application form to the UCL Study Abroad Team is the Thursday the 5th of March 2020, 23:59 GMT.