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Widening Participation Global Summer Experiences

Below are presented exciting summer opportunities open to students who meet the King's Widening Participation criteria. Opportunities for summer 2020 will be updated as and when information becomes available, however previous years' dates can be used a guidelines as to when applications should open.

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities further, tplease 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.

Eligibility*

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.

Berlin: City of Reinvention Summer Programme (To be confirmed for 2021)

Details on the trip for 2021 are to be confirmed.

Following the success of our Berlin: City of Reinvention Programme in 2018, 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

Taking place in Berlin, this five-day programme offers 25 King’s students from any academic department the chance to reflect on personal agency and discover how individuals can shape the future of whole communities in an international context.

Immerse yourself in the capital of Germany. Both a mecca for start-ups and a capital of an influential European powerhouse, Germany, 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.​ Develop cultural intelligence. Understand key aspects of social, economic and political change in Berlin and Germany.  Explore the mindset of a Berlin citizen and understand the different ways in which Berliners exercise personal agency to change their communities.

The schedule for the last year's programme is available to view here

Important Dates

Please check back here for information on when we will be holding our information sessions.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for the Berlin Study trip 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

Final year students and attendees of previous trips to Kuala Lumpur (2016), Nairobi (2017) or Berlin (2018) are welcome to apply, but will not be prioritised for this trip. Attendees of the 2019 Berlin programme are not eligible to apply. 

Application guidance

Details regarding application deadlines and procedures will be released in early 2021. Please keep checking this page for updates. 

As well as asking you to provide basic personal information, the application involves writing two short personal statement-style questions that should communicate to us your reasons for wanting to take part in the Berlin Study Abroad programme. The questions will be as follows:

  • What are your academic, personal and professional reasons for applying to this programme? (200 words maximum)

  • What do you think the biggest challenges of the programme will be and how do you plan to overcome these? (200 words maximum)

What makes a good application?

  • Be as detailed as you can in your answers and try to avoid generic statements.

  • We are not looking for the students who have travelled the most or speak the most languages, we are looking for the students who can best articulate the benefit to them of this overseas experience.

  • We're not interested in learning about Berlin/Germany - we're interested in learning about you! 

  • Further application advice can be found at the bottom of this page (the questions listed will be different, but the advice remains the same!).

  • Students requiring support with their application are very welcome to contact the Global Mobility Office, and/or visit one of our Peer Advisors during their office hours - they will be able to read through your draft application and offer feedback.  

Costs

Course fees, accommodation, local travel, economy return flights, breakfast every day, two evening meals, and additional expenses for some daily meals will be covered by King's via the Broadening Horizons Award. Additional living costs however are the responsibility of the student. Please see more detailed information about expected living costs below. 

Additional living costs for one day in Berlin are estimated to be between €15-20 (£13-17) based on the following expenditure:

  • 1 x cappuccino: 2.70 €

  • 1 x coke/pepsi: 1.80 €

  • 1 x bottle of water: 1.40 €

Students are also responsible for the cost and organisation of travel between their homes and the airport. 

Any other requirements

Passport: You will need to have a valid passport to take part in the programme. If you do not currently have a passport and would like to apply, please contact the Global Mobility Office.

Visa: British or EU citizens do not require a visa to visit Germany. Successful applicants of any other nationality should contact the Global Mobility Office as soon as they have accepted their place.

Insurance: Students will be automatically enrolled into the College’s travel insurance scheme, free of charge. Details can be found here.

Vaccinations: As long as you are up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters recommended in the UK, you will not require any additional vaccinations for this trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided for the trip. This will be in shared single-sex dormitories, and bathrooms will also be shared. Please note that shower facilities may be shared with guests of other genders, though shower cubicles are completely private. It is not possible for students to request private rooms, unless there is a genuine medical reason for this. 

For any other queries, please contact the Global Mobility Office. 

Bangalore: Inequality and Opportunity Summer Programme (To be confirmed for 2021)

Details on the trip for 2021 are to be confirmed.

Following the success of previos trips to other locations, 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.

Taking place in Bangalore, this five-day programme offers 15 King’s students from the below listed academic departments the chance to reflect on the rich social and economic history of the city, as well as to learn about the current economic climate there. Immerse yourself in the enthralling city of Bangalore, India’s tech and science hub. This course teaches participants about one of the world’s dynamic megacities and explores how it is shaped by – and also shapes - the lives of its citizens through its social conditions, institutions and power structures.​

Meet with Indians from all walks of life, learn about its cultures and see first-hand the triumphs and challenges for Bangaloreans.​Reflect on the role of the individual through lens of India’s entrepreneurial mind-set, micro businesses, and social enterprises​. Get to know current research and case studies on hot issues on participation, opportunity and inequality in the Bangalore area.​ Discover through your own the service the challenges that come with life and get an idea about how a positive contribution might best look like.​ Visit businesses and cultural sites in and around the city - Hear from knowledgeable speakers - Share ideas with local students - Take part in active learning sessions so you can synthesise and apply what you learn – Complete a video blog group project and submit for a King's Experience Global Award.​ The course asks participants to reflect on personal agency and discover how individuals can shape the future of whole communities. ​

Important Dates

Please check this page in early 2021 for details on the programme for the summer. We will announce any workshop/information session dates here.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for the Bangalore Study trip if they are undergraduate, home-fee paying students* on one of the below courses. Students must also meet one or more of the widening participation criteria:

Eligible courses:

  • All Arts and Humanities courses, except Modern Languages

  • War Studies

  • International Relations

  • Dentistry (1st, 3rd and 4th year only)

Widening Participation:

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

Final year students and attendees of previous trips to Kuala Lumpur (2016), Nairobi (2017), Berlin (2018) or Berlin (2019) are welcome to apply, but will not be prioritised for this trip.

Applications & Deadlines

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

As well as asking you to provide basic personal information, the application involves writing two short personal statement-style questions that should communicate to us your reasons for wanting to take part in the Bangalore Study Abroad programme. The questions will be as follows:

  • What are your academic, personal and professional reasons for applying to this programme? (200 words maximum)

  • What do you think the biggest challenges of the programme will be and how do you plan to overcome these? (200 words maximum)

What makes a good application?

  • Be as detailed as you can in your answers and try to avoid generic statements.

  • We are not looking for the students who have travelled the most or speak the most languages, we are looking for the students who can best articulate the benefit to them of this overseas experience.

  • We're not interested in learning about Bangalore/India - we're interested in learning about you! 

  • Further application advice can be found at the bottom of this page (the questions listed will be different, but the advice remains the same!).

  • Students requiring support with their application are very welcome to contact the Global Mobility Office, and/or visit one of our Peer Advisors during their office hours - they will be able to read through your draft application and offer feedback.  

Any other requirements

Passport: You will need to have a valid passport to take part in the programme. If you do not currently have a passport, please complete an application at the earliest opportunity. If you require a visa to enter India, there may be certain requirements related to your passport. Please ensure you check these carefully and allow enough time to make necessary arrangements.   

Visa: Almost all nationalities will require a tourist visa to enter India for the programme. For most nationalities an e-visa application can be completed online although there are some exceptions. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation required and you are strongly advised to check this with Indian Consular Services in plenty of time to make necessary arrangements. 

 You may find this website and this website useful in researching the visa process.

*students will be required to organise and pay for their own visas*

Vaccinations: Please ensure that you are up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters recommended in the UK, and check whether any further vaccinations or medical treatment is needed prior to travel to India according to your personal circumstances. You are advised to start planning for this well in advance of the programme and latest 8 weeks prior to departure.  

NHS information on travel vaccinations can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ 

You may also find this webpage on travel advice to India useful.

*students will be required to organise and pay for their own vaccinations*

Insurance: Students will be automatically enrolled into the College’s travel insurance scheme, free of charge. Details can be found here.

More information on these requirements will be given at the information sessions.

Accomodation

Accommodation will be provided for the trip. This will be in shared single-sex dormitories, and bathrooms will also be shared. Please note that shower facilities may be shared with guests of other genders, though shower cubicles are completely private. It is not possible for students to request private rooms, unless there is a genuine medical reason for this. 

For any other queries, please contact the Global Mobility Office. 

Dialogues on Disability: Berlin (To be confirmed for 2021)

Please check this page in early 2021 for updated details on the programme.

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.

Eligibility

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.

FAQs

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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