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Global opportunities on campus

There are many ways that York students can gain international experience without leaving York. Global Programmes provides short-courses for students from around the world with which York students can get involved through events and work experience opportunities.

To keep updated with all our upcoming opportunities, register to be on our mailing list.

For more information on any opportunity, contact cgp-shortcourses@york.ac.uk

Academic

Intercultural workshops: 8 and 9 November 2022

Opportunity to:

  • attend workshops on intercultural studies 
  • meet and work with international students 
  • gain international experience 

We are running 2 x two-hour workshops on intercultural competency this November. You will be joined by students from a University in Hong Kong and other UoY students for these sessions. We will cover the knowledge, values, attitude, and skills needed to be interculturally competent.

If you would like to join these sessions, please complete the form below. There are a limited number of spaces available and if the workshops are oversubscribed, we will choose people from the greatest variety of backgrounds. If you come to both sessions, you will receive a certificate of attendance. 

These sessions will take place face-to-face on campus.

Intercultural workshop 1: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Intercultural workshop 2: Wednesday 9 November 2022

 Apply for this course

Events

Online International Conversation Afternoon (ICA)

ICA consists of weekly conversation sessions with people from all over the world.

Each week there is a particular topic to discuss, with suggested questions sent to participants in advance.

It's also a great opportunity to make new friends and become more knowledgeable about other cultures.

ICA is currently held weekly on Wednesdays (12pm UK Time) and Thursdays (4pm UK Time).

Apply for ICA

Work experience

Paid mentors and volunteer buddies

Throughout the year we recruit both student mentors and student buddies to work with us on our courses. These are great ways to increase your intercultural competency, gain international experience without leaving the campus and it looks great on your CV!

What is a student buddy?

As a buddy, you will be helping our visiting students integrate into university life and life in York. This could be by

  • inviting them to university events
  • introducing them to your friends
  • meeting up them on campus for lunch and coffee
  • going on trips organised by Global Programmes together.

An ideal candidate for this role is someone who is sociable, enjoys meeting new people, and learning about new cultures. This is a volunteer role and you need to be available to meet your buddy at least once a week as a minimum requirement.

Important: working with us as a successful student buddy will strengthen your application for International Study Centres or other Study Abroad opportunities. Discover more about the advantages of studying abroad.

Become a buddy!

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a paid role where you are required to provide social and classroom support to our short course students. Social support would include helping students to book trips to other cities in the UK, providing advice on living in York, organising social events, assisting students to integrate into the general UoY student body, among others. You may also be asked to assist students to prepare and rehearse for their final presentations.

An ideal candidate for this role is someone who has excellent social skills and a warm, welcoming and supportive manner. A mentor should be able to adapt their communication style to different cultural contexts and be aware of the difficulties that visiting students might face when studying in a foreign country.

Mentors are required to be available for the duration of the course and to have some degree of flexibility with their availability. You will generally be required to complete your required number of hours between Monday to Friday. Working with us as a student buddy first is a great way to strengthen your mentor application.

Become a mentor!

York Global Summer Schools

During the summer, the Short Courses team run residential summer programmes as York Global Summer Schools. We recruit students in a variety of roles on fixed term contracts at competitive rates. 

These are all intensive, full-time roles throughout July, with work spread over six days a week. Meals are provided during working hours.

Read more about the roles below.

Activity Leader

As Activity Leader, you will play a vital role in organising the daily free time activities, engaging with students, enriching their time in York and providing them pastoral support, while acting as an ambassador for the University.

Key responsibilities

As Activity Leader, your key responsibilities will be:

  • to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, with special attention to children (ie. those under the age of 18)
  • to plan, organise and facilitate a range of free time activities during the day and in the evening
  • to take students on day trips, ensuring that they are safe, well-informed and get the best experience possible
  • to provide pastoral supervision, including welcoming students, showing them around, and accompanying them to a range of timetabled activities.

House Parent

As House Parent you will play a vital role in providing students pastoral support in their college, while acting as an ambassador for the University.

Key responsibilities 

As House Parent, your key responsibilities will be:

  • to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, with special attention to children (ie those under the age of 18)
  • to provide pastoral supervision to students in their college in mornings and evenings
  • to welcome students, show them around, and accompany them to a range of timetabled activities
  • to provide night supervision (once a week).

Night Supervisor

As Night Supervisor you will play a vital role in providing students pastoral support in their college, while acting as an ambassador for the University.

Key responsibilities

As Night Supervisor, your key responsibilities will be:

  • to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, with special attention to children (ie. those under the age of 18)
  • to provide pastoral supervision to students in their college during the night.

Recruitment for our 2023 programmes is not yet open. 

Register your interest here