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Common Purpose Study Abroad Experiences: Hong Kong

A study abroad experience like no other

20 - 23 June 2017

Join Common Purpose Study Abroad and travel to Hong Kong to develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective.  Along with students from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Hong Kong 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 happens?

You will explore a 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 organisations.  This will help you and your fellow participants understand the challenge and find creative ideas to solve it.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • You are an Undergraduate student at the University of Exeter
  • You have achieved a minimum of 60% or better in your assessments to date
  • You are available to travel from Sunday 18th June to Saturday 24th June 2017 inclusive

This programme aims to encourage students who would otherwise not consider a Study Abroad experience. Therefore preference will be given to applications from students who have not previously been on a Study Abroad experience and are not on a degree programme which includes a period of study or work abroad.

What funding is available?

Eligible, successful applicants will receive a scholarship which covers:

  • Programme costs
  • Return flights to Hong Kong
  • Accommodation
  • Travel from and to the Hong Kong International Airport 
  • Insurance

Participants will need to fund their travel to and from the Heathrow Airport, meals and spending money.  

Who is eligible for the funding?

The government is providing funding to support under-represented groups in HE through the Widening Participation scheme.  Therefore successful applicants who meet the Widening Participation criteria will automatically be eligible for the above scholarship.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a 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 undegraduate student

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

  • You receive a bursary from the University of Exeter
  • You are a mature student
  • You have a disability and receive DSA
  • You are a member of an ethnic minority under-represented at the University of Exeter
  • You attended a UK school or college ranked in the lowest 40% in the league tables
  • You are a care leaver
  • You participated in any of the following programmes; STAR, Realising Opportunities, Pathways to Law, Exeter Progression

Can I still apply if I don't meet the funding criteria?

Yes, but you will need to cover your travel, accommodation, meals and insurance costs. 

How do I apply?

The application deadline is midnight on Friday 31st March 2017, applications are made via the Career Hub.  Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application on Wednesday 5th April 2017.  Confirmation of acceptance must be received by Monday 10th April 2017.

When students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities work and learn together, it provides a huge boost to their Cultural Intelligence, preparing them to become leaders of the future.

Shuvo Saha, Director,
Google Digital Academy