SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Common Purpose Programme

Common Purpose Study Abroad Experiences: Bangalore

A unique study abroad experience like no other!

17-23 June 2017

Join Common Purpose Study Abroad and travel to Bangalore to develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective.  Along with students from City, University of London and Christ University, Bangalore you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide.

Common Purpose Study Abroad 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.

  • Be a global leader now – develop your leadership skills and cultural intelligence (the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures)
  • Travel around the world and get under the surface of a different culture
  • Change the world and bring fresh solutions to complex problems
  • Develop networks with the breadth of relationships needed for success today
  • Build your CV and add valuable international experience that employers seek
  • Join the Common Purpose Massive Online Innovation Community (MOIC) and collaborate with leaders around the world
 What will we do?

Over four days, you will explore the major world challenge “How do Smart Cities Ensure They Are Inclusive?” from a local perspective. 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 Bangalore
  • Accommodation at Christchurch University, Bangalore
  • Travel from and to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
  • Visa for India
  • Travel insurance

Participants will need to fund their travel to and from Heathrow 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 17 June to Friday 23 June 2017 inclusive

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

  • from a low participation neighbourhood
  • from lower socioeconomic group
  • from a black or ethnic minority background
  • with disabilities
  • care leaver background
  • attended schools with above regional average of students on Free School Meals
  • Attended schools where a low percentage of students achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths
  • First generation in family to go to university
  • You participated in any of the following programmes:  SOAS Scholars, SOAS Bridging Course or Step-On: Aiming for Success

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?

You can find the SOAS Study Abroad Common Purpose Experience 2017 application form here:

  • Visit the Widening Participation team in room RG01 (main building)
  • Email
  • Call 020 7898 4551 to arrange a copy to be posted to you

The application deadline is midnight on Friday 21st April 2017. Please submit your application to with the title ‘Common Purpose’ as the title.  Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by Thursday 27th April 2017.  Confirmation of acceptance must be received by midnight on Monday 1st May 2017.


You will require a valid visa to travel to India. All successful applicants must complete an online visa application by Thursday 4th May 2017. Only complete this application form if you have a UK passport which is valid for 190 days beyond exit and has at least two blank pages

“This study abroad programme has been an amazing experience.  This has given me an opportunity to cross culture borders to meet and work with global leaders and other fellow students and build an amazing network.  I think this will really increase my employability and help me greatly in the future.  This has inspired me to travel and therefore I have decided to do a year Study Abroad in Shanghai.”

Francesca Wright, Participant, Summer 2016