Global Leader Experience: Kolkata


From 1772 to 1911, Calcutta was the centre of British colonial administration in South Asia. As an erstwhile colonial city, its heritage is greatly contested in the current postcolonial setting.

Along with the pressure of rapid urbanization and ambiguous heritage policies, this makes Kolkata a compelling case study of the complexities of urban heritage in South Asia.

A Global Leader Experience 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.

What happens?

Join Heritage Walk Calcutta and travel to India. In this programme, Exeter students will have the opportunity to encounter these challenges and issues first hand through immersive field study. They will collaborate closely with local students to engage the local community and address some of these issues while gaining experience working in an unfamiliar cultural context.

For more information, please find a link to the programme overview - GLE Kolkata student brochure please note the schedule is subject to change until all bookings/arrangements are finalised.

Travel Advice, India

Before applying please familiarise yourself with the FCO’s travel advice regarding India

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • You are an Undergraduate student at the University of Exeter and not graduating in July 2019
  • You have a good record of academic achievement
  • You demonstrate a keen interest in the overarching topic of the trip
  • You are able to travel from Friday 19th – Monday 29th July 2019 (dates may vary until final bookings are made)

Why apply?

“Graduates face increasing competition when entering the labour market” (UUK, 2017)

Outward mobility gives students life-changing experiences and contributes to graduates’ skills and collaborative opportunities beyond the traditional academic outcomes a university offers (UUK, 2017).

Taking part in this type of cultural immersion will no doubt aid aspects of personal employability. As competition in the current labour market heightens, graduates are required to call upon skills and attributes during recruitment processes. Having an ‘International Experience’ and being able to articulate the knowledge acquired will set you apart from other candidates.

What funding is available?

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship which covers:

  • Programme costs
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance

*Please note - bookings will be made on your behalf. You must travel to and from Kolkata as a group

How do I apply?

The application deadline is midnight on Wednesday 26th June and applications can be made here

Any queries please direct to