Global Leadership Experience 2019 

The Global Leadership Experience programme will be running again this year, following a hugely successful launch last summer. This programme, run in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, is a fantastic opportunity for students from both universities to spend an enriching week in Hong Kong, hosted by the University of Hong Kong.


The programme will run from the 14 June to 22 June 2019 and we are offering up to 25 fully funded places for eligible students to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.   

What is the Global Leadership Experience?

The Global Leadership Experience (GLE) is a four-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, in order to equip you with the tools you need to lead change now and in the future.

The programme includes four 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 Monday 16 June to Friday 21 June 2019. You will fly out from the UK on Friday 14 June and fly back from Hong Kong on 21 June (landing back in the UK on 22 June).

Who can attend?

This programme aims to encourage first-year and second year students to take advantage of short-term study abroad opportunities, and applicants must also be from a 'Widening Participation' background. This could include:

  • Access to Birmingham (A2B) students
  • Realising Opportunities students
  • Routes to the Professions (R2P) students
  • The Academic Enrichment Programme students
  • Students registered with a disability
  • Students in receipt of a grant or scholarship such as the Chamberlain Award
  • Students who have experience of public care
  • Students who attended a non-selective state secondary school 
  • Students who have a home postcode in a low progression neighbourhood
  • BAME Students 

Priority criteria 1: Students who have previously participated in outreach activities (as listed above) at the University of Birmingham will be considered in priority.

Priority criteria 2: Priority will then be given to students who are eligible to study abroad for a semester or a year within their degree programme (in their third year). This is because the aim of this programme is to be a stepping stone towards a long-term mobility.

How much will it cost?

Nothing to you! Places are fully funded. This means that your travel insurance (University Insurance), transfers to and from the airports, your flights, accommodation, programme, breakfast, lunch and dinners are all covered by the University of Birmingham and Common Purpose. Thank you to SANTANDER who is funding the majority of this programme along with some funding from the International Relations Department.

How will applicants be selected?

Candidates will be short-listed based on the quality of their application form and their performance during the 'selection day' with selected candidates. The process is very competitive as we only have a limited number of places. In 2018, we received almost 100 applications for 25 places.

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 and selected candidates will have to attend a compulsory pre-departure event in May.  More details will be provided to successful candidates after 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 will be informed on the 22nd March and will be invited to a selection day event on 27 March 2019 .

What is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply is 23:59 on Thursday 21st March 2019.

Anything else I should know?

Successful candidates will be fully supported through the whole process with a pre-departure event, the presence of a member of staff in Hong Kong during down time activities, and a post-programme evaluation and celebration event. 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 Eleanor in the Outreach team at

What are you waiting for? Apply below! 

  • Welcome to Global Leaders Experience programme 2019 application form
    The form enables University of Birmingham students to apply to the 2019 Global Leaders Experience programme. The application deadline is 23:59pm on 19th 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 details will also be shared with Funding, graduation and awards and the Outreach office in order to confirm your attendance in outreach activities and to confirm your receipt of the Chamberlain award, if applicable. 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.
  • 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 words 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 / interview on either 27th March or 28th March 2019 (dates to be confirmed). Accepted students will be invited to attend a pre-departure session in May.