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Go Global 2012 – Discover international opportunities at King's

Posted on 24/10/2012

King’s will be celebrating Go Global from Monday 29 October – an annual week hosted by Study Abroad & Internships promoting opportunities for students to spend time abroad as part of their degree and for staff to learn more about joint degree programmes and international partnerships. Go Global week celebrates the College's increasing global presence and level of engagement with international networks.

Study Abroad & Internships supports King’s students in enhancing their global employability by offering a diverse range of options and destinations worldwide at King’s strategic university partners and beyond. King’s students can choose from over 150 partner institutions in 30 countries across five continents. Programme lengths range from single semesters to a whole year abroad – giving students the chance to really immerse themselves in a foreign culture.

Professor Keith Hoggart, Vice-Principal (International), commented this week on how getting more students to study abroad is a core part of the College international strategy: ‘This is vital for King’s as an internationally-renowned university; it’s vital for our students because all business has a global perspective these days, and it’s vital for the UK’s knowledge economy as the world becomes a more and more competitive marketplace.’

Tom Atterson, Academic Services Manager, Study Abroad & Internships, said: ‘There are huge benefits to be reaped – from the broadening of academic horizons giving students a flipped perspective on their chosen subject of study, to the chance to deepen contact networks that spread across the world, to the increased independence and confidence living abroad for an extended period of time naturally brings.

‘Students can develop a huge range of skills: adaptability, greater independent thought, confidence in their own decision-making abilities, cultural sensitivity towards other people leading to an appreciation for alternate ways of behaving required outside of the UK.

‘Studying abroad brings further advantages: it’s an example of “added value”, a term that recognises the fact that UK students want more from their degrees than ever before. Students will leave King’s with not one but two transcripts, immediately making them stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. It also offers genuine international experience whilst pursuing a UK-based degree, something again sought for by employers.’

Throughout Go Global 2012 there will be sessions organised at the Strand and Guy’s campuses on study abroad options, opportunities available at King’s strategic partner universities and other external programmes such as Study India and Study China. Staff from King’s Global Institutes will also be present to provide information about postgraduate opportunities specialising in contemporary Brazil, India and China, and International Marketing staff will be offering their expertise about the areas they regularly visit.

One of the key events will be the launch of the Peer Advisors network of former Study Abroad students – to meet current students face to face and give them advice and feedback about their experiences.

Sara Caterina O'Rourke, a recent King’s History graduate currently undertaking an internship within Study Abroad & Internships, spent one semester in Melbourne at Monash University. She said: ‘They say that Melbourne is one of the best cities to live in the entire world, and I have to say I absolutely agree. I feel my confidence has improved, my cultural awareness has been enriched and my excitement for life has been reinvigorated.'

Peer Advisor Hannah Mallinckrodt spent time in Brazil and Cuba as part of her degree. 'Although it sounds clichéd, I would say without a doubt that through a year spent away you are finally able to understand yourself and the world around you in a much more mature way,’ she said. ‘I wouldn't change a minute of it, not even the difficult bits!’

Another Peer Advisor, Meera Ved, spent a semester at National University of Singapore (NUS) as part of her Geography degree. NUS is one of the College’s strategic partners and there are numerous opportunities for student exchanges and joint PhDs. 'It can be very satisfying as you really get to understand how the country functions and interacts with the rest of the world,’ she said. 'Singaporeans in general are extremely forthcoming and genuinely interested in meeting and helping foreign visitors – I have been able to experience the best of both worlds through one degree!'

Go Global will also launch the Staff Mobility programme, offering the chance for overseas monitoring visits to partner universities to be conducted by current staff in order to both strengthen overseas relationships and develop staff skills, personally and professionally.

The week will culminate in the Study Abroad Fair to be held on Friday 2 November at the Great Hall, Strand Campus, where many of King’s partner institutions will be represented to meet students and provide them with information about study opportunities and experiences.

For further information please contact:

For more information about Go Global 2012 and full programme details, visit the Go Global web page.

For more information about King’s International Strategy visit our website.

For more information about King’s strategic university partners visit our website.

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