Common Purpose Study Abroad Experiences: Philadelphia

A study abroad experience like no other

5th - 8th December 2017

Join Common Purpose Study Abroad and travel to Philadelphia to develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective. You will play a part in tackling 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)
  • 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 is the eligibility criteria?

  • You are an Undergraduate student at the University of Exeter
  • You have achieved a minimum average of 55% or more in your assessments to date
  • You meet the Widening Participation (WP) criteria as described below
  • You are able to travel from Saturday 2nd December to Saturday 9th December 2017 inclusive – please note it will not be possible to stay in Philadelphia after this programme. All participants must travel to USA and return to the UK at the same time.

This programme aims to encourage students who would not otherwise 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 not on a degree programme which includes a period of study or work abroad.

What funding is available?

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship which covers:

  • Programme costs
  • Return flights to Philadelphia
  • Accommodation
  • Travel from and to Philadelphia International Airport
  • Insurance

WP Criteria

The University of Exeter believes in the principle that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to do so. We are committed to widen participation in higher education; raise pupil attainment; and put students on a level playing field to ensure they enjoy the best possible outcomes at University and as graduates.

If you are unsure you are eligible for WP funding please contact us so we can verify for you. 

You Must:

1. Be a current undergraduate student who pays Home/EU fees.

2. AND, be one of the following:

  • A British National
  • Not a British National but have lived in the UK for 3 years or more before coming to University
  • Hold a Refugee Status 

3. AND, at least one of the following must apply to you:

  • You receive a bursary from the University of Exeter (or received a bursary last year but currently on a year abroad or year in industry)
  • You are a mature student (over 21 on point of entry to University)
  • You have a disability
  • You are a care leaver
  • You are a carer
  • You participated in any of the following fair access programmes: STAR, Realising Opportunities, Pathways to Law, Exeter Progression
  • You attended a state school or college in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’. You can check this by entering your school or college postcode here below and pressing 'check'.
  • You lived in a 'Low Participation Neighbourhood', defined by your home postcode. You can check by entering your home postcode here and pressing 'check'

How do I apply?

The application deadline is midnight on October 29th 2017, applications are made via the Career Hub. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application WC 30th October 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