Please note this programme is not running in 2023
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 email@example.com once completed.
The opportunity is open to all disabled students currently studying at King’s. For more details, please see the FAQs below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the application process?
Should you require support at any stage of the application process please email email@example.com 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:
Basic travel insurance
Airport pickup and drop off in Berlin
In country transport to planned activities
Activities and excursions
You will need to cover the cost of:
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.