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Global Festival of Learning 2018

This year BU will be taking the Festival of Learning to India, China, Europe and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) between February and May 2018 - and you can apply to be a part of it.

If you'd like to take advantage of these fantastic opportunities please read the criteria below and complete the application form by Wednesday 15 November. For further information please contact the Global Engagement Mobility Team on 01202 956824 or email

What’s involved?

BU’s Global Festival of Learning (GFOL) is an exciting platform for international public engagement that celebrates learning, disseminates cutting edge research and delivers impact across borders. It provides a forum for researchers, educators, policy-makers, businesses, learners, and the wider community, to engage in a week-long programme that fosters a dynamic exchange on how research, education and practice can enrich the global society within which we live and work.

In recognition of our home-grown festival’s growing popularity and reputation, and following highly successful events in 2016 and 2017, we'll be taking the Festival of Learning global again this year. In 2018 the festivals will continue to be in the hub regions of India, China and ASEAN, with the addition of a Europe based festival.

Each of the BU festival delegations will be joined by a group of BU students who will directly support the preparation, delivery and evaluation of the events. You'll be involved during the lead up to the festival as well as being active participants during the week itself. You'll also have responsibilities after the event when back at BU (e.g. editing film and photography footage etc.). If successful, you'll be working closely with students and staff at BU and overseas and you'll gain a well-rounded impression of the local cultural environment. The work will develop your team working, adaptability, communication and problem solving skills as well your cross cultural skills.

You'll be able to apply for a maximum of three festivals and if successful, attend only one of them in 2017/18 academic year. There will also be an opportunity to apply for other opportunities in Europe and ASEAN and the student selection process for these will be announced in early 2018. You can apply for only one of the roles so please choose carefully which of the roles matches your knowledge, skills and experience. You'll be expected to actively contribute to the project outcomes dissemination after the events take place in the 2017/18 academic year. A detailed brief of the requirements will be supplied prior to the event, alongside a relevant training and pre-departure training sessions for all roles.

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