University of Central Lancashire Global Leader Experience Abroad Program
Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.
In today’s evolving world, you need more than the tools of a trade or knowledge that comes from a book. You need a broad view of the world—the ability to adapt, to accept new ideas, and to embrace, even lead, change. At UAlbany, you’ll find the resources and experiences you need to prepare for an unpredictable future. And you’ll study and learn with a diverse group of students from around the globe—enriching your experience and opening you up to endless new ideas.
This course will introduce you to the leadership pedagogy of cultural intelligence. Using immersive and experiential learning techniques, you will develop:
- Cultural intelligence (ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures)
- Leadership skills required to lead in situations where you have no formal authority
- Networks, locally and globally, with fellow students, contributors and regional employers
- Skills required to quickly understand and address complex issues
A Cultural Intelligence (CQ) online module will be utilized to provide a deeper awareness of CQ and its relevance for modern leadership, as well as providing students with the opportunity to reflect on and uncover the cultural influences that make them think and act the way they do. The online curriculum combines new methods of content delivery and interactive learning using visual media, articles, facilitated discussions, leadership exercises and anecdotes to facilitate structured reflection and group engagement.
Emphasis will be on development of leadership skills in an international context, diversity, innovation with regard to social change, and the development of collaborative relationships. Application of foundational knowledge and integrated learning will be demonstrated in written assignments, oral presentations, and performance.
Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. Both the overall program and individual courses include a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the country and culture of the U.S. to its fullest.
As part of the program, you will participate in immersion visits to local private, public and non-profit organizations. Potential site visits include:
- The American Red Cross
- Sequence Development
- NY BIZLab Accelerator
- The City of Albany Office of Recreation
- Youth and Workforce Services
- Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
- United Way of the Greater Capital Region
- Women Igniting Change
- Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
- Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change
On-Site in Albany*
You will complete a qualitative and quantitative evaluation using methodology built on the Kirkpatrick Model and focus on your behavior changes after the program, also repeated three months later, to evaluate how that change created an impact in your organizations, cities and communities.
*You will have lunch together with all program participants, as well as mandatory group excursions and activities. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Martha Asselin is the Director of UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, with more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education. She is also a visiting professor for the Educational Policy and Leadership program.
In addition to your faculty, one or two University of Central Lancashire chaperones will join you on-site. Their role is to provide students with any support and/or pastoral care needed during the course.
Accommodations in Albany are included as part of the program. You will reside in dorms on the University at Albany campus. More information on the accommodations will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
For general information about on-campus living, please visit the Residential Life web page.
All meals during the program hours, including two refreshment breaks and lunch, are included as part of the program.
Estimate of Costs
Students from the University of Central Lancashire should contact the University of Central Lancashire for information regarding program costs.
To study at UAlbany as a visiting student your home university must select you and recommend you to UAlbany. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and UAlbany should first be addressed to your university. Visiting study abroad students receive academic and social support from the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS).
English Language Requirement
- TOEFL: 70 / 523 pbt
- IELTS: 6.0
- ELS 112
- Completion of the UAlbany IELP program
I have been selected by my home campus, now what?
If you are selected by your home campus, you must apply to UAlbany using the special forms and procedures designed for visiting students. To be admitted, your application must be processed by the Education Abroad Office which is part of the Center for International Education & Global Strategy at UAlbany.
If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home University for more information regarding the visa application process.
Scholarship information and advisement for international students is available through the U.S. government’s EducationUSA website.
“I LOVED THIS PROGRAM! After the first day, I realized this was an amazing opportunity that I got to experience! I 100% RECOMMEND!”
“In this experience, I was able to really connect on a personal level with different diverse groups. Having different views other than your own is a healthy way of living and this opportunity has truly prepared me for the future I hope to have.”
“The inspiration that I have gained from this program will genuinely motivate me to act. Learning from others has also shown me just what is possible when you surround yourself with great people. I don’t doubt that this will have lasting impact on my life both professionally and personally.”
Summer 2018 Program Dates
05/28/2018 to 05/29/2018
May 28: Arrive in Albany
May 29: June 1*: Onsite Global Leader Experience in Albany
June 2: Depart for the U.K
As an international student, you are required to participate in a mandatory arrival orientation. The onsite orientation is held upon your arrival to campus.