Student Essay Contest: Win A Fully Funded Trip To The One World Global Youth Forum


ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact inviting young people from all over the globe to take part in Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest. The winners of the contest will get fully funded summer trip to the US to participate in the Global Youth Forum. Deadline to apply is March 16th.

Sixty winners will be selected as delegates to the 2017 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum.  ELS Educational Services, Inc. will award each winner with an all-expense paid trip to Boston and New York City between 15-26 of July.  At the Global Youth Forum, the students will create action plans addressing selected topics from the Sustainable Development Agenda, and will present their views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. These international delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour Boston and New York City. 

Airfare, accommodations and meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

Main criteria

  • Write an original essay (2,000 words or fewer) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.  The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context;
  • To qualify, essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is neither your first language (language(s) spoken at home) nor the medium of instruction in either your primary or secondary education (or a medium of instruction if attending a bilingual school). Official UN languages are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish;
  • Apllicants must be full-time university students, referred and endorsed by a faculty member or university representative;
  • 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

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