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Queen's Global Leadership Programme

 Golden Gate Bridge Queen's Global Leadership Programme 201920

Please note: Applications for this programme for 2019/20 have now closed

Through the Queen’s Global Leadership Programme students from across the University come together to work on projects and develop skills that enable them to become change makers both at Queen’s and in the wider community. The project work, which takes place at Queen's, is enhanced by a short visit to an international city to meet with alumni, other professionals and a range of companies. In 2019/20 the programme participants will visit San Francisco and the Bay Area.

This year the programme will include:

  • Online preparation – December 2019
  • 6-7 January - on campus workshops - introducing you to design thinking, to the Global Leadership Challenge “How might we ensure that Higher Education is fit for the future (2040)?” and to your project team
  • Between January and March you will be expected to work in your team to undertake research related to the project theme.
  • 30 March - 1 April - on campus workshops– to draw out the learning from your research, to ideate and prototype a solution and to discuss plans for the international trip
  • 16-23 May - visits to organisations in San Francisco and the Bay Area, networking with alumni and other senior professionals. Through this you will see what leadership looks like in a different country and how major decisions are made.
    NB: PGT students may have exams during this week. If you are a PGT student, before you apply for this programme, please check if you will have a summer exam. If you do, we are unable to accommodate you, but please see the many opportunities the Graduate School  have on offer for you to develop your leadership.

  • 27 May – a workshop on how to pitch followed by pitching and networking
  • Alumni of this programme will be expected to participate in future QGLP activities including promotion for next year.


Through this programme you can expect to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of leadership and develop leadership skills including problem solving, communication, networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Develop team working and project management skills through undertaking projects with other students.
  • Gain cultural awareness in an international environment.
  • Visit a number of international organisations and gain an insight into international work cultures and environments.
  • Network with other students from Queen’s, alumni and other professionals in both Northern Ireland and the USA.
  • Be an ambassador for Queen’s.
  • Gain Degree Plus accreditation.



  • Open to degree registered Queen’s University students - any year (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research), any programme of study, full-time or part-time.
  • Participants will be selected through a standardised written application and interview.
  • Quotas will be used to ensure a balance of participants from across the University.
    • Of the 25 places on the programme, no more than 10 places will be offered to students from one Faculty. 
    • No more than 5 places will be offered to students from one School. 
    • To enable all students a fair chance to compete, there will be a quota for the number of places offered to Postgraduate students. No more than 4 places will be offered to postgraduate research students. No more than 5 places will be offered to postgraduate taught students. 
    • Preference will be given to students who have not already participated in, or been offered a place on, the following programmes:
      • A previous Global Leadership Programme including Global Leadership Experience – Asia
      • Brussels Workplace Study Tour
      • New York Career Development Programme
      • The previous London Finance Tour, London Law Tour or Workplace Study Tour to Germany that were run by Careers, Employability and Skills
    • Preference may be given to students from under-represented courses.



Students will be responsible for arranging their own visas for travel to Canada and should check their eligibility before applying to this programme. If a student is offered a place on this programme but is unable to arrange a visa in time, their place will be offered to another student.



£250 per student to cover transport and accommodation. Students shortlisted for the programme will be given details on how to pay this fee. We will request that it be paid in 2 instalments of £125 each.

It is recommended that students bring enough funds to cover daily travel and subsistence expenses.

If the cost of this programme is discouraging you from applying, please contact so that we can discuss alternative payment arrangements.

To apply:

Applications for this programme have now closed.

If you have any questions about this programme please contact