INTL Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship

Certificate in Global Citizenship

- studied alongside your degree programme

    Key facts

    Certificate in Global Citizenship
    Course length
    Taken alongside undergraduate degree for all three years

    Entry requirements

    This is an additional extra-curricular course and can only be taken in conjunction with an undergraduate degree course here are Bath Spa University. Students must start this in their first year and take it for all three years.

    Gain an international, interdisciplinary perspective by studying Global Citizenship alongside your undergraduate course.

    • Hear from leading international figures on a variety of global topics through our lecture series.
    • Experience overseas placements that relate back to your degree subject, in work, study or research.
    • Receive an award of up to £1,000 to support you while on your placement.

    If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year of a Bath Spa University undergraduate degree course you can apply for the Global Citizenship Programme which you’ll study alongside your degree. You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience.

    "The Global Citizenship course opened up the world for me."

    Alexandra Wilbraham, Global Citizenship Programme

    The programme recognises the global perspective of undergraduate studies and will open up opportunities for you in the global employment market. On successful completion of the programme you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

    What you'll learn


    The programme will run alongside your undergraduate course, lasting the full three years of your undergraduate degree.

    You’ll benefit from access to high profile speakers talking on global and international topics, and opportunities to study or work abroad.

    You’ll attend between five and eight lectures each year. These insightful talks are given by high profile, internationally renowned speakers from outside the University, including leaders in business, education, politics, arts, culture and government. Each lecture is followed by a drinks reception and a question and answer seminar session with the speaker.

    Studying this programme could boost to your CV, and be the distinguishing feature that makes you stand out when you're up against other candidates. But more than that, the programme is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and broaden your horizons.

    Course structure

    • Year one and two
      You’ll attend Global Citizenship events and are required to complete a placement.
      You’ll also spend some time working as part of a small group as a part of the Global Citizenship Forum. We hope that you’ll enjoy getting to know each other; you’ll have flexibility over when and how often you meet.

    • Year three
      In addition to attending the global citizen events, you’ll complete a critical and creative reflection on the programme and your placement in your final year.

    How will I be assessed?

    To receive the Certificate of Global Citizenship at the end of the programme, you’ll need to:

    • Attend the lecture and seminar series offered throughout the course of the academic year
    • Work with a small group (three to eight students) as a part of the Global Citizenship Forum
    • Make an active contribution to your group work in your first and seconds years
    • Submit a reflective assignment in your third year on your experience of the global citizenship course and your own development as a global citizen (this should draw on your experiences attending the lecture series and on what you have learned as a result of your international study or work experience)
    • Include two international modules in your degree module choices during of the course of your degree
    • Attend additional global citizenship workshops, for example careers, placements or application writing workshops.

    Students on the course will complete an international study, research or work experience related to your degree.

    How will I be taught?

    As a Global Citizenship student you should expect to learn through:

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Events
    • Group work
    • Placement opportunities

    Global Citizenship events usually take place in the evenings to avoid lecture clashes with your undergraduate degree course. The Forum takes place in the morning for the same reason. Should a clash occur, we advise you to attend your degree course commitments; you’ll need to let us know ahead of time to avoid this counting as ‘non-attendance’.

    There are also a number of events including a tailored careers afternoon. You’ll also participate in small group work and present this work at the Global Citizenship Forum.



    Global Citizenship study and experiences are included in each year of participating students’ degree programmes. Placements must be completed by the time you start your third year (work placements take place during the summer holidays; study abroad placements take place for one semester during the second year).

    Global Citizenship award

    Students on the course will be eligible for Global Citizenship funding up to £1,000 towards your international placement.

    Facilities and fees

    Where the subject is taught

    Events are mainly based at Newton Park, however, are sometimes based at other venues such as Sion Hill.


    There are no additional fees relating to this certificate. Students on the course will be eligible for Global Citizenship funding up to £1,000 to support towards your international placement.

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    The programme is for curious and enthusiastic individuals who are interested in international and global issues and in expanding their knowledge and friendship bases outside of their degree courses.

    To give a flavour, talks in the past have been on a wide range of subjects and have included subjects on:

    • Digital Security
    • Conflict and Conflict resolution
    • The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
    • International Law on Human Rights
    • Parallels and differences between 1910s and the 2010s
    • Existential Risk
    • Food waste
    • Art activism

    You don’t need to have a huge amount of background experience, just an enthusiasm and interest in developing your understanding and building your skills and understanding as a global citizen.

    How do I apply?

    Please fill out the application form and submit it to by the deadline, which is midday on Wednesday 2 October 2019. 

    Course Leader: Lizzie Bryant
    For all enquiries please email

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