SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Common Purpose Programme

Common Purpose Global Leader Experiences: Hanoi

A unique study abroad experience like no other!

30 July-2 August 2019

Join the Global Leader Experience (GLE) and travel to Hanoi to develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective.  Along with students from RMIT University you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide.

The GLE gives you an immersive international experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context while establishing a genuinely global network.  It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

  • Develop your leadership skills and grow cultural intelligence (the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures)
  • Adapt and thrive in new environments
  • Build new networks locally with fellow students, contributors and leading employers
  • Learn and practice the skills required to quickly understand and navigate complexity
What happens?

Over four days, you will explore the major world challenge "How do we ensure technological innovation delivers societal as well as economic value in cities? from a local perspective (please note this has changed from the original challenge: “How can different generations work together to ensure cities maximise the benefits of AI?”). You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations. This will help you and your fellow participants understand the challenge and find creative ideas to solve it.

Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build international connections and make new friends. In addition, the solutions and knowledge you build will be passed to participants on other Common Purpose programmes around the world.

The exciting programme includes sessions about cultural intelligence and leadership and personal skills. Participants will also deliver presentations to leaders in the field.

What is covered as part of this experience?

The costs covered as part of this experience include:

  • Programme costs
  • Return flights to Hanoi
  • Accommodation in Hanoi
  • Travel from and to Hanoi airport
  • Travel insurance

Participants will need to fund their travel to and from the London departure airport, meals and spending money.

Who is eligible for funding?

This programme is being delivered as part of a commitment to supporting students from underrepresented groups into SOAS and providing those students with opportunities to make the most out of their university experience. Therefore this programme is targeted at students who meet widening participation criteria.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are you British national
  • Have lived in the United Kingdom (excluding Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for 3 years or more before coming to University
  • Are a current undergraduate student
  • You are available to travel from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 3 August 2019 inclusive

Additionally, at least one of the following must apply to you:

  • Be from a Low Participation Neighbourhood
  • Be from a disadvantaged socio-economic background
  • Be from a BAME (black and minority ethnic) background
  • Be a student with a disability
  • Have experience of being in care
  • Be a young carer
  • Be an estranged student
  • Have attended schools with above regional average of students on Free School Meals
  • Have Attended schools where a low percentage of students achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths
  • Be the first generation in your family to go to university
  • Have participated in any of the following programmes:  SOAS Scholars, Step On, a Year 12 SOAS Summer School, or the SOAS Bridging Course

The aim is to encourage students, who would not usually have the opportunity, to gain study abroad experience.  Therefore preference will be given to applications from students who have not previously been on a study abroad experience.

If you are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact us using the details below.

How do I apply?

The SOAS GLE Application Form is available online. The deadline for submitting your application is midnight on Friday 22 March.

For further information

“This programme has really broadened my perspective and my life plan has changed completely.  I will go down a completely different path because of what I have experienced here.”

SOAS Student, participant in Bangalore GLE 2017