Global Leadership Experience

New for summer 2018, we are launching a project in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, the Global Leadership Experience programme. This programme is a short-term mobility opportunity for students from both universities to spend a week in Hong Kong, hosted by the University of Hong Kong.

The programme will run from the 30 June to 7 July and we are offering up to 25 fully funded places for eligible students to participate in this once in a life-time experience.   

What is the Global Leadership Experience?

The Global Leadership Experience (GLE) is a 4 day programme delivered by Common Purpose. This programme will give you an immersive international experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context while establishing a genuinely global network. The programme will equip you with the tools you need to lead change now and in the future.

What will we do?

The programme includes 4 days of interactive workshops and work experience designed specifically to help you develop meaningful skills to support your future study and future employment prospects. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organisations. 

You will also meet with our alumni community in Hong Kong and have some time to explore the city.


The programme's dates are from 30 June to 8 July 2018. You will fly out from the UK on Saturday 30 June. The programme runs from 2-5 July. You will fly back from Hong Kong on 7 July and land back in the UK on 8 June.

 Who can attend ?

The programme aims to encourage first-year students to take advantage of short-term study abroad opportunities. This year, students who have previously participated in outreach activities at the University of Birmingham, such as the A2B cohort will be considered in priority.

How much will it cost?

Nothing to you. Places are fully funded. This means that your travel insurance, transfers to and from the airport, your flights, accommodation, programme, breakfast, lunch and dinners are all covered by the University of Birmingham.

Thank you to the Alumni Impact Fund and the International Relations Office who are jointly funding this opportunity.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Open to first year students who are from a Widening Participation background. 

This could include Access to Birmingham (A2B) and Routes to the Professions (R2P) students, students registered with a disability, a care leaver, first generation of the family into higher education, in receipt of a grant or scholarship, lone parent and from an ethnic minority.

How will applicants be selected ?

Candidates will be selected upon their academic results to date, the quality of their application form and their performance during a potential 'selection day' with short-listed candidates. The process is very competitive as we only have a limited number of places.

During the selection process, additional points will be granted to students who completed Access to Birmingham, Realising Opportunities, Routes to Professions or the Academic Enrichment Programme. Special consideration will also be given to students in receipt of the Chamberlain award, students  who have experience of public care, students who attended a non-selective state secondary school or who have a home postcode in a low progression neighbourhood.

What will be expected of me?

Successful candidates will act as ambassadors of the University of Birmingham in Hong Kong. A professional attitude and strong work ethic will be expected during the programme. Students will also be asked to engage in social media activities and to complete case studies upon return. Full training will be offered.  More details will be provided to short-listed candidates during the selection day.

How to apply?

To apply for this amazing project simply complete the online application form below.  Along with personal information details, the application form asks for a personal statement outlining what you hope to gain from the visit. Short-listed students will be invited to selection day event on Tuesday 20th March or Wednesday 21st March 2018.

What is the application deadline ?

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 14th March 2018.

Anything else I should know?

Successful candidates will be fully supported through the whole process with pre-departure events, presence of a member of staff in Hong Kong and during down time activities. We understand that some successful candidates may be going abroad for the first time. Our staff have years of experience in supporting study abroad activities. Whether it be a worry about travel insurance or simply what clothes to pack, the Study Abroad and Exchange team and Outreach team are on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions, please contact us at . Alternatively, if your question is specifically about the eligibility criteria, please email Alice in the Outreach team  at 

What are you waiting for? Apply below


  • Welcome to Global Leaders Experience programme 2018 application form
    The form enables University of Birmingham students to apply to the Global Leaders Experience programme. The application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 14th March.
  • Data Protection
    All data collected on this application form will be stored in accordance with the University of Birmingham’s data protection policy and used for contact, selection, research and monitoring purposes and to administer and manage your application. By signing here and continuing with your application you agree to these conditions. Our data protection policy can be found here: Please note that, should you be accepted, it will be necessary to forward your personal details including your name, date of birth, nationality, email address, transcript, and intended area(s) of study to Common Purpose as part of the nomination process. Your name and email address will also be shared with other students on the programme. By completing this application it is understood that you have read this statement and agree to the use and disclosure of your personal information as detailed here. Once you have completed this application, you may update your personal information if necessary by contacting the Study Abroad office.
  • I agree to the use and disclosure of my personal information as described above
  • Are you eligible for student fees as a UK/EU student?
  • Please indicate if you meet the following statements:
  • Reasonable adjustments The answering of the following question is optional. Should you be accepted onto the programme, the information you provide will be released to your allocated programme to enable the provision of the appropriate support. The answering of this question will not have a negative impact on the outcome of your application. Do you have special needs owing to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty?
  • Contact details
    All information regarding your application will be communicated via your university email address. Applicants are advised to check their Birmingham email address on a daily basis. Please double check to ensure you have entered your email address correctly. University of Birmingham email address: Personal email address: Mobile telephone number: Degree Title: College: Current year of study: Expected year of graduation:
  • Eligibility and selection
    This section of the application form gives you the opportunity to tell us about yourself and your reasons for applying to the programme. There is a limit of 2,800 characters (including spaces) for the personal statement, which is approximately 200 per section. Please explain your reasons for applying for the programme including: • Your motivations (academic and/or personal) • What you want/hope to achieve from the experience • You may also wish to tell us about any extra-curricular activities you have participated in or any work experience
  • I certify that the information on this application is correct. I understand that if I am accepted onto the Global Leaders programme, I will be representing the University of Birmingham and as such will be subject to rules, regulations and requirements of the programme, I understand that the selection committee’s decision is final and that the study abroad office will not enter into any correspondence with applicants concerning allocations. Do you agree to these terms and conditions?
  • Next steps
    Next steps If you are accepted onto the programme you will be contacted by email by staff from the University. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a selection event on either Tuesday 20th March or Wednesday 21st March 2018. Accepted students will be invited to attend a pre-departure session in May.