Studies on global citizenship and development?
- Do you have critical considerations on sustainability and ecology, development cooperation and global inequality?
- Have you obtained a bachelor's or master's degree?
- Are you looking for a responsible commitment as a volunteer in the South?
Then you could be the world citizen we are looking for!
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.
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:
- Sri Lanka
For more details regarding each country: see below or check 'countries' in the table of content
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
- intercultural communication
- project management
- local country context from a socio-economic and political point of view
- language (French, English or Dutch)
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
PAG-ASA aspires to a society in which the exploitation and trafficking of human beings no longer exists. More information : https://pag-asa.be/who-we-are
- 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: https://wisper.be/en
- 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: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/studentservices/pangaea
- 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: https://www.rikolto.org/en
- 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: https://www.globearoma.be/fr/over-onsopen-kunstenhuis/open-kunstenhuis/
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
The total cost is approximately equivalent to one year of higher education at home.
You will spend more on medical preparation and travel costs, but you will save on accommodation and living expenses during your stay in the South.
The route counsellors can give you a more detailed description of the costs per country.
The registration fee for the Banaba is equal to the registration fee for all other bachelors, namely € 906. There are of course no costs associated with volunteering in the projects.
Other costs are for your plane ticket, vaccinations and possibly a visa (depending on the country). You also pay a monthly rent for your room with a host family. You pay this rent directly to the host families or to the projects, not to the UCLL. We estimate the total cost (all included) at €4000 - €5500 for the entire academic year.
In order to be able to integrate as good as possible in your internship environment, it is best that you do not always find yourself together with another student in exactly the same network or at the same project location.
However, we always try to send you to a certain region as a group, because we think it is important for our students to have the possibility to rely on each other if necessary.
There are two options:
- You will stay in the same village or in the same city as one or more other students. This allows you to find each other according to your own needs. For example: staying with different internship partners, with the same partner but each with a different project of this partner, in each other's neighbourhood or in the same house.
- You stay at 1 or 2 hours drive from other students and therefore have the opportunity to visit each other during the weekend.
From the intake we will prepare you for a departure as a group. For the programme it is important that you are able to deal with each other in a professional and respectful manner during your stay in the South. Dealing with each other is also part of the evaluation criteria of the course unit 'Internship abroad'.
The proximity of other students depends on the project and the region you choose. We will discuss this in detail during the intake procedure, taking your wishes into account as much as possible.
The programme facilitates the search for a housing formula as much as possible.
There are various housing formulas:
- host family
- student room (e.g. on a university campus)
- room on the project
- living together with other young people in an apartment
A combination is also possible, e.g. a first period in a host family and then the choice of other options.
Each of these residential formulas has its own characteristics. We prefer residential formulas in which you live under one roof with locals. In many of the countries in which we operate, we work with host families.
Nevertheless, in some regions, this form of coexistence does not exist very much or is less appropriate to the context. The formula in which a student is housed in the South ultimately depends on the possibilities within a particular country, region or project.
During the second meeting (orientation meeting with the person in charge of the country), you will receive more specific information about the possibilities with regard to housing.
The course starts half September. It's the start of the preparation process of 9 weeks.
From September until the end of November classes will be scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays and Fridays there are no classes. The lessons take place at the campus Social School (SSH, Groeneweg 151 in Heverlee) between 8:30 and 17:30. Some of the classes can take place online.
Exceptionally, following activities are planned outside the general schedule:
- in September: 3 days with 2 nights together with the students from all the other countries
- guest speaker about your country e.g. one evening
- 1 cultural activity with your country group e.g. in the weekend
After returning from the South you will still take part in the return two days at the beginning of May, but there are no more lessons. All you have to do is come to the campus for the evaluation interview, the exams and the defence of your Bachelor's thesis.
The Bachelor's thesis is a scientifically sound research project in which you, as a student, demonstrate that you have acquired all of the educational competencies.
Method: Participatory Action Research
Within the Banaba International North-South Cooperation, we explicitly opt for a participatory action research approach (PAR).
PAR is a scientifically recognised research tradition that is very much in line with our vision on international cooperation.
PAR is explicitly based on locally defined priorities and 'real life problems' and investigates these together with the local organisation or community.
Together with these stakeholders, a process of critical reflection and dialogue is started on the problem definition in order to arrive at insight and change.
PAR's success is measured:
- not only by the quality of the information obtained;
- but also by the way in which the organisation or community was actively involved in the research
- and the extent to which their knowledge, skills and capacities were improved.
Bachelor's thesis: rather practical or knowledge-oriented
Depending on your background and the nature of the research, a Bachelor's thesis can be practice-oriented or knowledge-oriented.
As a student, you demonstrate that you can formulate and elaborate a problem definition and a research question in a methodically responsible manner, taking the North-South International Cooperation approach as a starting point.
- your reasoning skills;
- ability to process information;
- your critical reflection;
- the competence to apply solution strategies in problem situations in practice.
In addition to using a coherent foundation from the scientific literature, you collect primary research material and a personal and critical contribution is expected.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- By interweaving theory and practice and further integration into the programme we want to enhance the identity of our professional Bachelor.
- 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.
- 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.