Studies on global citizenship and development

The Advanced Bachelor Programme Global Citizenship and Development is a unique programme in Europe.

This programme focuses on intensifying broad international and intercultural competences. As a student you will not be trained on deepening your specific professional competences linked to your bachelor's or master's degree. You acquired these already.

As a preparation, you will enroll in an intensive interdisciplinary start programme for two months. You will be assigned a placement in a project and an academic counsellor (coach) with whom you cooperate intensively during the following six month internship.

During and after the internship, as a student you go through a process wherein you reflect upon your own evolution and the intercultural, global and developmental aspects of your experience.

It's a one-year bachelor programme of 60 ECTS credits. It is available in English or in Dutch.

International internship

This programme aims to encourage young people to become critical and committed world citizens. We do this by offering an established quality experience of 6 months in one of the following developing regions:

  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uganda   
  • Belgium

For more details regarding each country: see below or check 'countries' in the table of content

Structure of the programme

During this specialised programme we offer a combination of theory, practice and research and an intensive supervised course before, during and after returning from the South.

The preliminary course of 8 weeks is a combination of modules in which introductory and conceptual frameworks on the following topics are central: 

  • development cooperation and sustainable development
  • globalisation
  • intercultural communication
  • project management
  • local country context from a socio-economic and political point of view
  • language (French, English or Dutch)

Living, housing and working

In November you will then leave for a period of 6 months to a project in Asia, Africa or Europe. During this practice-oriented work placement you'll assess this knowledge and conceptual framework against reality in a developing region.

Concerning the organisation of the work placement you will engage in a commitment. However, it is the entire concept of living and working there that plays a pivotal role in our programme. 

During these living, housing and working experiences you will integrate your theoretical and methodical knowledge into the reality of the local community.

Self-reflection and coaching

Therefore our efforts will target an intensive personal coaching process. Herein you'll have the space and time to critically question and acquire your own reference frame and the offered conceptual frameworks; realise the importance, influence and interconnection of it.

After return from the South the programme is oriented towards a guidance for 8 weeks in order to absorb and assimilate the experiences from the South. 

Countries for international internships

Global citizenship India
Internships in development work projects in India
  • social workers, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, communication specialists, political sciences, journalists or students with an interest or background in human rights: in projects in Goa on labour and human rights, emancipation of dalits, children and people living with hiv and homosexuals
  • educators, teachers, youth workers, healthcare professionals and people with an interest or experience in education: in projects in Goa on guidance of children with disabilities, elderly care or to help organize workshops on health prevention and social empowerment
  • students with an interest in alternative tourism: in a project on sustainable tourism in Goa
  • engineers, economists, tourism or heritage students, historians and students with an interest in ecology, rural and urban development: in projects in Kerala on waste processing in slums, recovery after natural disasters, heritage, micro-credits and social economy
Global citizenship Sri Lanka
Internships in development work projects in Sri Lanka
  • lawyers, anthropologists, journalists, political scientists or other profiles who are interested in human and women rights and the political situation of Sri Lanka: in a human rights organisation, a women organisation or a feminist movement  
  • teachers, social workers, educationalists, psychologists, occupational therapists, (social) nurses and physiotherapists: in specialised schools for children with impairments and educational centres for teachers who work with 'disabled' children, a family replacement home for youngsters, in (Tamil) schools at tea plantations or at homes for children and women with severe impairments
Global citizenship Uganda
Internships in projects in Uganda


  • Lake Bunyonyi, southern Uganda: eco-cultural activities, excursions to the mountain lakes, the mountain gorillas, local tribe (Batwa Pygmies), projects in entrepreneurship
  • Central Uganda: hostel with activities and various projects with local entrepeneurs eg. on recycling, biodiversity and eco-cultural projects

Psychosocial and legal support

  • Lira, Northern Uganda: trauma processing (post war), psychosocial support to communities, prisoners, children

Support to local farming families or enterprises

  • Fort Portal (Western Uganda): agricultural projects research, support and training of local farmers, feeding programs, political collaboration

Arts and culture

  • Kampala: cultural education, establishment of local festivals, arts education

Health and wellness

  • Fort Portal: education work on health topics such as hiv, malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, working with persons with disabilities, food projects with refugees
Global citizenship Leuven
Internships in projects in Belgium 

PAG-ASA aspires to a society in which the exploitation and trafficking of human beings no longer exists. More information :

  • For this organization we look for: social workers, psychologists, legal counselors. French language skills are an asset.

Wisper leuven believes in the social power of art education and in the artistic power of a diverse society. Wisper is convinced that culture gives meaning to a human life in many ways and thus forms one of the foundations of a strong society. More information

  • Profile for this organization: artists, social workers with a strong interest in art and anyone with good knowledge and competence in one or more art forms / interested in the social aspect of culture and art. 

Pangaea is the intercultural meeting centre of KU Leuven. Pangaea organises welcome activities and opportunities to meet for international and Belgian students and staff. It helps international students to find a home away from home and to integrate in Belgian society. More information:

  • Profile for this organization: social workers, sociologists, anthropologists and anyone with knowledge and competences related to the themes of this organization (international mobility, diversity and social cohesion). 

Rikolto Belgium (Leuven) is an international NGO with more than 40 years’ experience in partnering with farmer organisations and food chain stakeholders across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. It runs programmes in 17 countries through seven regional offices. Rikolto works for: a sustainable income for farmers and nutritious, affordable food for everyone. More information

  • Profiles for this organization: engineers (agricultural, commercial, bio-engineers etc.)  and anyone with knowledge and competences related to the themes of this organization.

Globe aroma is an artistic work and meeting place that offers space, time, support and a network to artists, makers and art lovers with a newcomer background in Belgium (asylum seekers, refugees, people without legal papers,...). More information

  • Profile for this organization: artists, social workers with a strong interest in art and anyone with knowledge and competences related to the themes of this organization  (art, diversity, social inclusion) and with good social competencies to work with the target group. French language skills are an asset. 

Campus Sociale School Heverlee will be your 'home base'.

  • September until October: classes start half September in Leuven for 2 months.
  • From November to May: you will live and work with one of our partner organisations in the South depending on your preferences and competences. 
  • In May and June: the year is concluded with (4) exams and a presentation of your final assessment in Leuven. 
Are you interested?

Our team takes pride in the intensive guidance of its students. We strive for finding a match between you as a candidate, your background and interests on the one hand and our partners and their fields of activity in the global South on the other hand.

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The first step is to apply as a candidate. By candidating, you indicate your country and project preferences for the 6 months internship in the South or in Belgium.

As the number of internship vacancies per country is limited, we take your preferences into account and find a matching country according to your profile.

The following timings for subscriptions for the academic year 2022-2023 are:  

  • 1st round: Nov 1st 2021 until March 30th 2022.
  • 2nd round: April 1st until June 30th 2022.

You can apply as a candidate by filling in the next form. 

After you got assigned a project in the South/Belgium you can subscribe formally. In order to do this, take the following steps:  

  • Check your prior education level: any undergraduate, bachelor's or master degree is sufficient to enroll in the programme
  • Consider whether your diploma been issued inside or outside the European Economic Area

More questions or details on the programme or on the internship in the South:

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Jesse Goethals
Coordinator Advanced Bachelor Global Citizenship and Development (as of 1th sept.)
Kim Peeters
Support Advanced Bachelor Global Citizenship and Development

Our ambitions

The Advanced Bachelor degree Global Citizenship and Development aspires to train young people to become critical and committed citizens who:

  • have an open, reflective and critical eye of the world as a whole and are able to recognise and address the issue of structural problems of social inequality and injustice;
  • to contribute throughout their lives to a sustainable and just society;
  • day after day, in terms of professional as well as personal responsibility, act in a sustainable and humane way;
  • to function well and to be broadly employable in a multicultural, globalised, fast-changing society;
  • to take full advantage of their professional skills in institutions, organisations and companies where the need for these additional competences is rising.  

Our vision: core values

Respect: thinking and acting based on equality

Throughout the post Bachelor programme respect is considered to be an ethical attitude.

We perceive respect as the willingness to allow, show understanding of and (learn to) appreciate differences. This attitude is based on being susceptible for new information, being focused on others, considering everybody equal and recognising one's own contribution.

Solidarity: impressed by interdependence

The past, present and future of the North and South are intrinsically interwoven. In order to gain an insight into this continuous influence and interaction you need to dare to be vulnerable, (self-)critical and receptive in an experience where interaction and exchange are pivotal.

From this interrelation viewpoint the post Bachelor addresses the issue of social inequality and injustice in today's globalised world.

Reciprocity: striving for a sustainable cooperation

From the social and economic standpoint it is of fundamental significance for the post Bachelor to engage in a sustainable relationship with the South. This can be realised by a transparent and authentic dialogue with each other.

Reciprocity is a two-way process: learning together, cooperating and solving problems mutually, it is a give and take.

Engagement: transcending the individual and introspective

The post Bachelor Global Citizenship and Development stimulates students to also take up their social responsibilities outside the formal frame of the programme and participate in sustainable commitments.

This requires a transfer, application and integration of their acquired insights into their way of thinking, perceiving, living and working (together) with people from other cultures.


The study programme intends to extend and reinforce its partnerships and networks by means of the following goals in the forthcoming 5 years:

  1. Valorising and strengthening the employment and social potential of our alumni. We want to achieve this by analysing and thoroughly visualising the effect of our study programme.
  2. By way of developing an Advanced Bachelor International Cooperation North-South in English we want to target an effective reciprocity with various partners from the South and an exchange of know-how. In this way we are further shaping the international character of the study programme.
  3. By interweaving theory and practice and further integration into the programme we want to enhance the identity of our professional Bachelor.
  4. We want to make a specific contribution to the context of international internships as a powerful learning environment. This will be achieved by offering our know-how and expertise to other university colleges, institutes and organisations in order to prepare and supervise international internships.
  5. Furthermore we are working on developing a meaningful, sustainable and participative practice that is based on action research with our partners of the South. Taking our objectives into account, we intend to determine important research domains where students can carry out qualitative and meaningful research.  

This Bachelor's degree is explicitly focused on supporting the career profiles with respect to employability in an international labour market. You are expected to continue elaborating on your previously acquired competences as well as on your intercultural competences.


University College UCLL is known for the quality of its programmes. It is thus clear that we put a great deal of effort into both quality improvement and quality control. The following principles are key in this respect:

  • An appreciative culture of quality assurance throughout the organisation
  • Systematic and structural quality improvement
  • Stimulation of a critical attitude amongst students, personnel, alumni and professionals​
  • Continuous input of an independent external critical view

​Continuous quality control and improvement

A few years ago, the NVAO (De Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) virtually abolished the external review committees. Henceforth, each institution decided for itself how quality was controlled. Thus, UCLL devised its own, new system with, amongst other elements, dialogue committees with educational and professional experts. They also systematically asked external experts to examine specific themes, like the interconnecting of education, research and services.