ELS, in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact, is seeking entries for its Academic Impact Student Essay Contest. This year’s topic is “Many Languages, One World.”

Essays of 2,000 words or less should discuss global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.

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Essays must be in an official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.

Worth of Award

  • 60 Student winners will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
  • Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

To Participate:

  • Write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.
  • The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context.
  • Essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or primary language of instruction during your primary or secondary education.
  • The official United Nations languages are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • You will need to demonstrate both written and verbal competency in the language of the essay. You must be a full-time university student, recommended and endorsed by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

Deadline: application closes Thursday, 31 March 2016 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Click here for more details and to apply