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Going Global

What is Going Global?

Sometimes you are not always able to go abroad for a full term or for a year: your course may not be so flexible or perhaps you have family to take care of or a part-time job to maintain.

No problem! Find out how you can still internationalise yourself as a UEL student with Going Global.

  • UEL's exciting scheme, Going Global, is designed to help students to participate in short, study-related visits overseas.
  • Going Global is a self-organised and/or school-assisted short visit overseas, the aim of which is to enhance and support your studies and add a global dimension to your UEL experience.
  • You can apply as a group or to go solo, and will have the support of your programme leader throughout the application process.
  • The scheme is open to UK students (home-fee status). There is a competitive bidding process and successful applicants will be awarded part–funding for their proposed study visits.

Tell me more!

  • Going Global enables you to apply for part-funding to undertake short overseas travel periods as part of your course, similar to a field-trip or a short work placement.
  • A short overseas study visit may be an ideal way for you to integrate an international dimension into your degree. Experience of studying/working in an international setting is an increasingly desired attribute that employers look for in applicants, and your CV can be enhanced when it includes an overseas academic element.
  • Going Global is intended to support study-related trips and civic engagement projects generally from a few days to a few weeks, which link to your studies at UEL. 
  • For example, if on a particular module, your learning would benefit from a visit to an overseas institution, conference, venue, event, city or country, and you can demonstrate clear learning outcomes, then Going Global may be able to help fund you.


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EU and international students cannot apply for individual bids as the aim of this bursary is to enable international mobility for UK students. However, it may be possible for a small number of EU students to become part of a group bid, where the majority of the group are UK home students. 

The eligibility criteria has been defined in line with the funding requirements stipulated by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

You will need to download and fully complete an individual or group application form, depending on the type of application that you are making and submit it by the given deadline. Applications which are not fully complete or received after the deadline cannot be considered.

  • Going Global Individual Application Form
  • Going Global Group Application Form
  • Going Global Help Text

Note: Applications close for Round 1 on November 26th 2019 (8am) and Round 2 on April 15th 2020 (8am).

What are the criteria for a successful application?

See above: "Who is eligible to apply?"

A thorough and detailed risk assessment is an essential requirement for a successful application. Our help-text has detailed advice on completing a risk assessment. Failure to sufficiently complete the risk assessment could lead to your application being rejected.

Your Academic Sponsor or the school International Development Leader can advise on the proposed project.

You should also consult the following websites to help with your risk assessment: 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Travel Guard (UEL's travel insurers).

The bursary is aimed at short visits, normally from a few days up to a few weeks.

Going Global has limited funds so you will be bidding for part funding as we want to support as many home students as possible to take part in international mobility. It is therefore important to ensure that you can fund the remainder of your trip before making an application to Going Global. 

Generally, if successful, you may be awarded a maximum of:

  • up to £300 – visits to European countries
  • up to £400 – North African & Middle Eastern countries
  • up to £600 – Africa & North America
  • up to £650 -  South America
  • up to £700 – Rest of the World (for example: South and East Asia & Australasia)

All applications must be word processed. You need to complete all of parts 1 and 2 of the application form and sign the relevant sections (group applications must be signed by all students). You must ask your academic sponsor to support your application by completing section 3.1, before handing a hard copy of your completed application (parts 1 to 3.1) to your  School International Development Leader for approval. 

Your School will then decide whether they can support the application and the International Development Leader and  Dean of School will complete and sign sections 3.2 and 3.3

You must submit your fully completed application to your School International Development Leader

Note: Applications must be completed in full (up to section 3.1) and submitted to your school International Development Leader by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.   

School of Arts and Digital Industries – Kathy Walker (Media/Comms)

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering – Gaurav Malik

Business & Law School – Ian Bathgate

School Social Sciences – Branislav Radeljic

School of Health and Biosciences – Joanne Tocher

Cass School of Education and the Communities – Helen Mitchell

School of Psychology – Richard Ralley

UEL sports - Arfan Akram 

This is possible but you will need to demonstrate in your application how you will get by and how you plan to have an academically robust learning experience despite not knowing the language. 

The panel will want to determine whether you would gain a genuine international educational experience from your trip abroad.  If you have been on vacation to a particular destination before, then this should not be a problem – you will need to demonstrate the academic value of visiting that country, and how your proposal presents a new experience.   

If you have family ties to the destination that you are intending to visit and regularly travel there, it would be more difficult to demonstrate that you would be gaining a new experience. While this would not necessarily rule out this option, you will need to demonstrate clearly that the learning outcomes of this trip would be different from any previous experience in that country and that your proposal has academic integrity.     

Going Global projects will be generally considered as field trips or as work placements (if the trip involves working at an enterprise). As per any field trips or work placements authorising staff, and students must be fully aware of, and act in accordance with, UEL policies - see and . Authorising staff in schools are expected to perform all due diligence regarding these policies, including risk assessments, insurance policies, informing participants of rights and responsibilities, etc.

The application deadline for Round 1 closes on the 26 November 2019. The  application deadline for Round 2 is on 15 April 2020.

Note: Before final submission to the Academic Partnerships Office, applications must first be supported by your academic sponsor, approved by your school International Development Leader & signed by the Dean of School or designated nominee. It is therefore imperative that you prepare your application early and submit to your school International Development Leader

Travel should be during official vacation periods and not during term time or during assessments. In exceptional cases, travel may be during term-time but only where there is agreement from your school. We will require written authorisation.

Applications for trips which have already taken place before the Going Global panel meets will not be considered for funding.

All travel must be completed by Sunday 29 September 2019. 

All travel dates must be confirmed before payment is processed for successful application.

Your application will be stronger if you research thoroughly about where you want to go and how that fits in with your academic studies so you should start planning now. 

Furthermore, you need to build in time to seek advice from your academic sponsor and/ or school International Development Leader on your proposal and on completing the application including risk assessment.

Note: Before final submission to UEL International, applications must first be supported by your academic sponsor, approved by your school International Development Leader & signed by the Dean of School or designated nominee. It is therefore imperative that you prepare your application early.

The Going Global Panel will consider applications to travel to any country outside of the UK, provided that your proposed destination is not against advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or Travel Guard (UEL's travel insurers).

Please note that you may need to obtain a visa and/ or immunisation to travel to some countries so it is important that you check with the relevant embassy and incorporate this cost into your proposed plan. 

If you are keen to take part in this scheme but are having difficulty thinking of a potential proposal, your Academic sponsor (tutor) or School International Development Leader can advise you on whether the scope and scale of your project can be considered. 

They can advise you about partner institutions you might visit which have links with UEL, modules which may be particularly appropriate for an overseas study visit or of particular events and venues that may fit well with your plans. 

They can also advise on what constitutes academic robustness in relation to your programme for the project. 

Your School International Development Leader is listed below.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a fully enrolled UK home student.
  • Have completed at least 1 term of study at UEL.
  • Study on campus at UEL.
  • Be studying full-time or part-time on a Bachelor’s Degree Programme.
  • Have good attendance, in line with UEL’s Attendance Policy.
  • Not be in debt to UEL.
  • Not be subject to an academic review for breach of regulations.
  • Not  be under suspension from studies.
  • Complete your application yourself/with other students in your group. You may consult with academics for guidance and feedback prior to submission, but the written application must be completed by students.

Going Global funding is limited, and priority will be given to:

  • Students who have not previously received an award from Going Global (Students who have previously  received Going Global bursary would ONLY be funded again, if there is reasonable excess funds and the student(s) has an exceptionally good Going Global application, which is backed up by a glowing academic reference)
  • Students who can demonstrate that they will be good ambassadors for UEL
  • Students from a home with low household income and low socioeconomic status
  • Students from the Black, Asian & Minority, Ethnic (BAME) background
  • Care leaver background
  • Carers
  • Refugee or Asylum seeker
  • Students with mental health difficulties
  • Students who are the first to attend university in their family
  • Student with multiple indices of disadvantage
  • Students who have been estranged from their family
  • Applications which promote UEL strategic objectives.
    Applications which involve travel that is not already a mandatory part of a degree programme (i.e. if applying to complete a work placement overseas that is a mandatory part of your course, the Going Global panel will prioritise other applications from students that do not have a placement as a mandatory part of their course).

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