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Widening Participation Global Summer Experiences

Please see below for more information about our widening participation summer experiences. Details of last year's programmes remain for reference only. We will update this page when we have further details.

Below are presented exciting summer opportunities open to students who meet the King's Widening Participation criteria. 

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities further, please email us at studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk and you can arrange to speak with a member of team via email or MSTeams.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Global Summer School Grants

What is it?

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered 20 grants of up to £2,000 each for undergraduate students from ACU member universities in the UK to attend summer schools during summer 2020. Up to two King’s students will be nominated for this award, with a final decision resting with the ACU.

Award and report

The maximum grant amount in 2020 was £2,000. This is to be confirmed for summer 2021. This is intended to contribute to registration fees, travel to and from the summer school, and visa and vaccination costs. Successful applicants are responsible for arranging their own flights, registering for the summer school in question, and making their own visa and vaccination arrangements.

The total cost of flights plus registration fees will exceed £2,000 for some of the summer schools, so applicants should carefully check the costs for each school using a currency converter, such as xe.com.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short written report about their experience to the ACU within a month of their return.


Grants are available to students who meet both of these criteria:

  • Are registered on an undergraduate course

  • Are ordinarily resident in the UK

In addition, students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

* If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, please contact the Global Mobility Office.

Where could I go?

In the application form, you will be asked to pick a first choice and an optional second choice of summer school. Please note that the dates, content, and costs of the summer schools vary, and all details can be found on the ACU Host Universities webpage

The available options are as follows:

  • Christ University 

  • Daffodil International University 

  • Kyambogo University 

  • Lovely Professional University 

  • Nanyang Technological University 

  • NSBM Green University Town 

  • Queen’s University

  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology 

  • Stellenbosch University – General Elective Programme

  • Stellenbosch University – Doing Business in Southern Africa 

  • Stellenbosch University – Learning, Sustainability and Community Engagement 

  • Stellenbosch University – Public Health 

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur Summer Business Programme 

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia - Putra Agriculture Summer School 

  • University of Auckland 

  • University of Gibraltar

Due to the current civil unrest in Hong Kong, King's have taken the decision to not send students to Hong Kong in Summer 2020. Please do not select the Chinese University of Hong Kong on the application form. Any applications selecting this institution will not be considered. 

How and when to apply

You will need to download and complete this application form, and return it by email (studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk) to the Global Mobility Office. Application deadlines will be updated in January 2021, so please do check back.

Applications will be shortlisted by the Global Mobility Office at King’s using this marking criteria, and the ACU will then carry out the final round of selections.

Successful candidates will be notified by the beginning of April and will then be required to register for their choice of summer school.

Student experiences

Two King's students attended Stellenbosch University in 2018 through the ACU Summer School Grants. One of these students said:

'My summer school at Stellenbosch was an amazing opportunity! I left having learned a whole lot about South Africa as a nation and place, with a group of new international friends and a desire to see more of the world.'

Also check out this video which was made by Meran Annalingham who also received the ACU Summer School Grant and attended Stellenbosch University's summer programme. Meran graduated form King's in 2018 with a BSc in Political Economy. 

Further information

For more information, please contact the Global Mobility Office.

Download the ACU Summer School Scholarships application here. 

Broadening Horizons Award

This funding opportunity, jointly launched in 2015 with the Widening Participation Department, is aimed at increasing the number of widening participation students who can and do access the mobility opportunities available to them at King's. 

Successful applicants will receive funding to help support their participation in year or semester long opportunities, as well as short-term summer programmes or similar opportunities.

Please visit the Funding page for more information.

Summer Education Abroad Programme: Berlin City of Reinvention 2022

Following the success of previous programmes, King's Global Mobility and Summer Programmes teams are pleased to offer this programme to undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria below. Prospective applicants should read the following information closely.

Programme content

Immerse yourself in the capital of Germany. Both a mecca for start-ups and a capital of an influential European powerhouse, Berlin is a city ever associated with one of humanity’s most harrowing political regimes.  Severely damaged in World War II, cruelly divided by a wall, it has emerged as one of Europe’s most dynamic cities and a destination of choice for the young and minorities.  

This course teaches participants about one of the world’s great cities and explores how it shapes the lives of its citizens through its institutions and power structures. Participants will examine how its eventful 20th century history has shaped its attitudes of the 21st century and explore its resourceful nature as a city of reinvention.  The course asks participants to reflect on personal agency and discover how individuals can shape the future of whole communities. 

Important Dates

The programme will take place in Berlin, Germany between Monday 6th and Friday 10th June 2022. 

An information session will be held via Microsoft Teams on Monday 21st February 2022. The recording is available for you to watch here. We will be holding another information and Q&A session in person on Wednesday 2 March from 13:00-14:00. In order to attend you will need to register here.


Students are eligible to apply for the Education Abroad Programme if they are undergraduate, home-fee paying students* and meet one or more of the following criteria:

* If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact the Global Mobility office.

Please note you may need to provide evidence to show that you are eligible, such as providing a screenshot or email confirming you're in receipt of the King's Living Bursary in 2021/2022.

Application guidance

The application for this programme is currently open and you can apply here. The deadline to apply for the programme is 17:00/5pm (UK time) Monday 7 March 2022.

If you need any support completing your application or require a more accessible format, please contact studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk.

As part of the application you will be asked two main questions which will be used to assess your application:

1) Why have you applied to this programme? Please detail the academic, personal and profession reasons you have for applying to this programme.

2) What do you think the biggest challenges of the programme will be and how do you plan to overcome them?

In both questions, you should reflect on the learning objectives and details of the programme as highlighted in the information session. If you didn't attend the live event, please watch the recording. You should aim to show that you've engaged with the information provided so far and that you have a genuine interest in the content of the programme whilst also making your answers personal to you and not cliché or too vague.

We would recommend not waiting until the last minute to complete your application. You are also advised to write your answers somewhere they can be saved, so you can work on them over time before submitting them via the form. You won't be able to edit your application once it has been submitted.

Allocations to the programme are not made on a first-come first-served basis, so you don't need to rush to complete your application. Please take your time and go over the information provided, whilst making sure you meet the deadline.

We will not be able to accept late applications.

Costs and Additional Support

Course fees, accommodation and flights will be covered by King's via the Broadening Horizons Award. If you require any additional support in order to take part in the trip, please contact studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk to discuss in more detail.

Current German Entry Requirements (related to COVID-19 and visas)

Please note this information was correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change and applicants should keep up to date on any changes to entry requirements.

If you’re not fully vaccinated you may only enter Germany from the UK if you are a German citizen; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a German citizen; a resident of Germany; the spouse/partner/child under 18 of a resident of Germany; serve in an important role; or have an urgent need to travel. 

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions outlined above may not currently enter Germany from the UK. More information can be found here.

Some students may need a visa to enter Germany depending on their citizenship. King’s will help you with a visa letter; however, it is your responsibility to let us know if you require a visa, to make sure that you fulfil entry requirements for Germany and to apply for a visa on time.

Dialogues on Disability: Berlin (Not running in 2022)

The purpose of the initiative

This is a fully funded programme for disabled students at King’s that aims to share knowledge around educational, cultural, political and social aspects of disability through different cultural contexts. The programme explores support for disabled people, and the role of Higher Education Institutions, NGO’s, government and industry in ensuring inclusion. This year’s programme will have particular focus on developing – Inclusive teaching & learning strategies.

Participants will actively contribute to the development of new policies and take part in a week long programme of discussion groups, tours, workshops and interactive sessions with students from other countries including Brazil, Mexico and Germany at Humboldt University in vibrant Berlin. One of the first programmes of its kind in the world, this is a fantastic opportunity to share and explore global perspectives on disability and build long term relationships with students from across the globe

Established in 2013 the programme has previously included participants from King’s, the Delhi University (India), the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Humboldt University (Germany) and Federal University of ABC (Brazil). The 2018 programme follows a successful visit by students from India, Germany, Brazil and the UK to Mexico City in 2017. (News story)

Download the APPLICATION FORM and send it to studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk once completed.


The opportunity is open to all disabled students currently studying at King’s. For more details, please see the FAQs below. 

Key Dates

Please check this page in early 2021 for updated information on deadlines and information sessions.


Am I eligible to apply?

This programme is open to all disabled students currently studying at King’s.  Students must be enrolled on a King’s undergraduate or postgraduate course at the time of application.  Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of their disability, long term medical or mental health condition or specific learning difficulty in order to take part in the programme.  This is to ensure that the staff supporting the programme are fully aware of the impact your disability may have on your engagement with the programme, can discuss the appropriate support requirements to aid participation and liaise with the host institution to ensure your specific needs are able to be met.  If you have particular support needs and would like to discuss whether these can be supported by the host Institution before you begin the application process, please contact disability@kcl.ac.uk.

What is the application process?

Should you require support at any stage of the application process please email studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk and someone will be able to assist.

Please complete the application form available here. If you prefer you can submit a video or podcast of answers to the questions.  Please do not exceed the word count guide listed on the form.

Application deadlines and guidance will be updated in early 2021.

How many places are available?

There are a total of four places available on the programme. Two staff will also accompany the group.

What are the selection criteria?

Criteria for an ideal applicant:

  • be open to experiencing new cultures

  • an active interest in disability issues and the representation of disabled people

  • be mature, responsible, and open-minded

  • have had limited travel experience

  • be able to demonstrate good ambassadorial skills

Students will be judged against the following selection criteria in their applications and at interview:

  • Interest and engagement in disability inclusion (20%)

  • Character and ambassadorial qualities (20%)

  • Cultural sensitivity and curiosity (20%)

  • Transformational effect (I.e. how will the programme impact your learning and confidence?) (20%)

  • Engagement and leadership (20%)

The selection panel will be made up of members of the Disability Advisory Service, Global Mobility and KCLSU.

How will the candidates be selected if there are more applicants than places?

At the first stage, students will be selected upon the merit of their application in relation to the criteria above. In the second stage, students will be selected against the same criteria at interview.

Is there an induction process?

All successful applicants must attend a pre-departure induction session which will take place in Mid-June. This will be an opportunity to meet the rest of the group and staff that will be accompanying you on the trip. The session will prepare you for your Berlin experience with important information and guidance.

What costs do I have to consider?

The following costs are all covered by the programme and you have to pay nothing for these:

  • Flights

  • Visas

  • Basic travel insurance

  • Accommodation

  • Group meals

  • Airport pickup and drop off in Berlin

  • In country transport to planned activities

  • Activities and excursions

You will need to cover the cost of:

  • Additional travel insurance (if needed)

  • Vaccinations

Where will I be staying?

Accommodation is to be confirmed but will be located in central Berlin.  Rooms will be allocated upon arrival and you may be expected to share a room with another student of the same gender. 

How much spending money will I need?

You will probably need around £100-200 spending money, depending on your lifestyle and preferences.

Can you arrange airport pick-up?

You would need to make your own way to and from the airport in the UK, however transfers will be arranged in Belin from the airport to the accommodation.

How long will the flight be?

Typically flights will take around two hours direct.

What will the climate be like?

August is one of the hotter months in Berlin with average temperatures of 18 degrees C.  

Who will accompany King’s students on the trip?

Students will be accompanied by members of the King’s staff from the Disability Advisory Service and Global Mobility. Staff from Berlin will also support you during your visit.

What do I do if I need personal care support?

If you feel that you may need additional personal care support in order to participate, please detail your requirements in the application form.  We will work with you and the host institution to determine what support will be possible.

How will I obtain a visa?

If you are not sure whether you will require a visa, please contact Global Mobility for advice.  If a visa is required you will be required to complete the relevant online application.  King’s will process your completed visa application for you if required. Please Note: You should check your passport’s validity to ensure that it will cover the duration of the programme. It should have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for a minimum of 180 days.

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