U21 Global Citizens


About the Programme

Hear from 2020 participant William about his experience on U21 Global Citizen


Universitas 21 Global Citizens is a three-week, online leadership development course with 75 student spaces available per university.

By developing ideas together, across borders and time zones, students develop the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century whilst tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems, outlined in the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). With the support of trained facilitators, participants are guided to reflect on the improvement in their cultural competency and awareness throughout the course and how they, as individuals and as groups, can turn their learning into valuable global action.



Who can take part?

  • Any registered student (post or undergraduate) at a U21 member university.
  • All applicants must be over the age of 18 at the time of the course start date. 

Key Dates

Applications for Global Citizens 2024 are now closed!

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for any queries you may have. 

To express an interest in this programme and other U21 Global Student programmes for future, fill in this form. 


The programme will take place between 11-29 March 2024.

  • Times for option live session for March 2024 are as follows (please ensure you convert each time to your local time zone - depending on your time zones dates might fall the day before or after what is listed below):

Week 1 goes live – Mon 11 March 2024

Week 1 workshops (4 options) Tuesday – 03.00 – 04.30 GMT Wednesday – 05.00 – 06.30 GMT Wednesday – 17.00 – 18.30 GMT Tuesday – 13.00 – 14.30 GMT

Week 2 goes live – Mon 18 March 2024

Week 2 workshops (4 options) Tuesday – 03.00 – 04.30 GMT Tuesday – 14.00 – 15.30 GMT Wednesday – 05.00 – 06.30 GMT Wednesday – 17.00 – 18.30 GMT

Week 3 goes live – Mon 25 March 2024

Week 3 workshops (4 options)

Tuesday – 17.00 – 18.30 GMT Tuesday – 03.00 – 04.30 GMT Wednesday – 13.00 – 14.30 GMT Wednesday – 05.00 – 06.30 GMT


Why take part?

“My biggest learning came from talking with students from around the world, it was amazing to hear their perspectives and realise that we all have a common goal. It is encouraging to know that there are many passionate students with different resources that when all pooled we can make a major impact for the best.”

2020 Participant, University of Connecticut

  • To connect, learn and discuss global issues with students around the world including social and environmental challenges. You will be part of a cohort of up to 2000 student innovators across the world.
  • To experience international co-operation and leadership that is flexible around your studies. You will undertake around 9 hours of learning across 3 weeks of online engagement, discussions and development.
  • To meet like-minded individuals to develop ideas for social change. You will have time to work in smaller groups on the topics that interest you via additional, optional online workshops run in real-time with students across the world. These workshops consolidate learning and create connections. Students will have the opportunity to choose to attend sessions at a time that suits them.
  • To take the first steps to creating your own social enterprise innovation via access to insights from global leaders who will share their knowledge and experience.
A hexagon of 6 colourful quadrants

Upon completion of the course all participants will be:

  • Equipped to take rapid action on the Sustainable Development Goal that you choose.
  • Able to step outwards and collaborate with diverse networks.
  • Ready to challenge preconceptions and better inform people’s perspectives.
  • Better equipped to operate across hierarchies.
  • Better prepared to live and maintain your values and integrity.

All participants who complete the end of programme's final assessment will:

  • Receive a U21/Common Purpose micro-credential and badge which you can display on your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating that you have developed the skills to tackle complex global issues and stand up as a leader.
  • Gain access to the Common Purpose alumni community, with access to global leaders and opportunities to engage virtually.
  • Be in a position to move forward as an individual or with a group of like-minded individuals to progress their sustainable development goal. 
Photo of Priyasha and Margarete.

Two students who took part in the U21 Global Citizens course alongside 2000 other students share their experience of exploring what it means to be a global citizen and connection with others around the world. Read more



Other information


      Who are Common Purpose?

      Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1989 that develops leaders who can operate across boundaries. They deliver face-to-face and online leadership programmes for multiple generations of leaders: from students to senior leaders in organisations and society.