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Study Abroad Programmes

Through our Go Global study abroad and cultural awareness programmes, students will develop the independence, autonomy and professional skills to succeed in the global workplace.

Outline of Activity

The University recognises the need to support the wider student community in increasing their global awareness. For your global experience to be EDGE eligible, the programme must be in addition to your degree programme i.e. in no way contribute to another module of your degree, lasting a minimum of one week.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assist students to experience different education systems and new ways of learning, whilst exploring diverse cultures.
  • Access learning opportunities to develop discipline specific skills e.g. language, communication skills.
  • Discover more about yourself and where your strengths lie – independence, self-reliance.
  • Support and provide evidence against the development of key employability skills.
  • Support and complement students long term career plan and aspirations.

    Short-Term Global Engagement Programmes

  • Think Pacific- Volunteer in Fiji
  • International Volunteer HQ
  • Projects Abroad
  • British Council - Study China Programme
  • Study at an International Summer School
  • One Semester/Full Year Global Engagement Programmes

  • Erasmus– Study at an EU HE institution or Traineeship in EU
  • ISEP – International Student Exchange Programme
  • Study USA
  • Direct Exchange.

Assessment Details

Programmes (DIAS)

If you have or are completing a full year Study Abroad programme that results in you completing the Diploma International Academic Studies (DIAS) then you do not need to do anything additional for EDGE Award accreditation. Your DIAS will show on your EDGE record in November/December of your final year.

Programmes (non-DIAS)

Going Global Student Log for Edge Accreditation (1,000 words)

Why did you decide to take part in an international study abroad / cultural awareness programme during your time at Ulster?

Tell us about your international experience – duration of your trip, host institutions and companies, day to day responsibilities and cultural activities etc.?

How do you think participating in this programme has improved your employability skills? Please refer to the table below and provide evidence of tasks and activities that have enabled you to develop and enhance these skills.


Verbal Communication

Motivation and Drive


Written Communication

Commercial Awareness

Planning and Organising

Problem Solving, Analysing and Investigating



Time Management

How will this international experience benefit you and your career after graduating from Ulster University?

What tips would you give other students considering an international study / cultural awareness programme?

Please submit your Going Global Log and digital story for assessment to Dean Holmes:

Level of Commitment