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International experiences

At NTU, you’ll be joining a community of staff and students from over 160 countries. With lots of opportunities in our Global Lounges and virtually to enhance your university experience.

Take part in global opportunities throughout the year to connect with peers from around the world to learn something new about a culture or a global issue.

Here's a taste of just some of the exciting opportunities you could get involved with:

  • Global Lounges

    The Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC students and staff. These dedicated spaces are based on campus and virtually to provide opportunities to internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

    Whether you visit the Global Lounges or find us online you can expect to:

    NTU students love the lounges and Rasha who is studying photography would describe the Global Lounge as “welcoming, eventful, and happy!”

    Events hosted at our Global Lounges and in our Virtual Global Lounge online include movie nights, a book club, guided meditation and games afternoon, opportunities to learn new languages, and plenty of live chats with our student Global Lounge Assistants. Take a look at the events timetable here or follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

    The Global Lounges are located at the City Campus (Goldsmith Street) and Clifton Campus (Mary Ann Evans building) and online via the Virtual Global Lounge and are open all year round, including the summer, to support all students from the UK, EU, and further abroad in enhancing their university experience. Our friendly team are here to help you with any questions, please contact NTUGloballounge@ntu.ac.uk

    City Campus

    Global Lounge, 23 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5JT.
    Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 2139

    Clifton Campus

    Mary Ann Evans 126
    Monday to Friday
    9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    10 am – 4 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 3047

    To make a booking or get involved with our activities, please contact one of the following people:

  • Language practice opportunities

    Language Café 

    Practise speaking different languages in a friendly and relaxed environment online in the Virtual Global Lounge with our student volunteers. Whether it is Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, English, or any other language, you'll have the chance to improve, teach, and show off your skills!

    As an NTU student, you can take part in the Virtual Global Lounge on Tuesdays, 5 pm – 7 pm, and Thursday, 2 pm – 4 pm.

    You can also become a Language Café volunteer. If you're fluent in more than one language and are interested in learning and teaching languages, then this is the role for you. We are looking for applicants that can make students feel welcome and prepare topics of conversation to help deliver a language and collect feedback from students. If you'd like to get involved, email ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk and we'll send you more information.

    Language in Tandem

    If you would like to practise a language one on one, then we can find you a language exchange partner. We'll pair you up with a native speaker of the language you want to learn. So, for example, if your first language is English and you want to learn Spanish, we'll find a fluent Spanish speaker wanting to improve their English.

    You'll arrange to meet for an hour or more every week (this can also be online), and each of you will benefit from at least 30 minutes of language practice.

    The scheme is open to all NTU staff and students. Whatever language you speak, at whatever level, sign up today! Please email us at ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk if you have any questions.

  • Global Week at NTU

    Global Week is a week-long vibrant festival showcasing Nottingham Trent University’s international community on campus every year.

    Throughout the week, the staff and students of NTU, Confetti, and Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), alongside community partners from Nottingham and beyond — hold a series of stalls and events across campuses.

    The annual event is organised to celebrate the vast array of cultures at the university, which is home to approximately 5,200 EU and international students from around 160 different countries.

    Through art, dancing, sport, and food, Global Week connects and celebrates the different cultural heritages of the NTU community. It’s a chance for our staff and students to extend their international perspectives and enjoy global experiences right here on campus.

    One of our NTU students, Rasha, supported with Global Week, by delivering her own cultural stand to represent Lebanese culture, not once but three years in a row! 500 Internal Server Error

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    Find out more about Global Week and how you can be involved next year: www.actiongamess.com/globalweek and Watch Global Week 2020. Please email us with any questions: ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk

  • Studying abroad

    Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your degree by experiencing other cultures and developing skills to add to your CV.

    With short and long-term options available through our global network of over 300 partner institutions — and across all of our Schools and subjects — we'll support you in developing personally, professionally and academically.

    NTU students can choose from many different travel destinations and it’s easy to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of travelling.

    Here is what our students have to say about travelling abroad:

    “I’ve developed new skills, made new friends, learnt about other cultures and feel more confident as a result of the trip.” – Fenniecia Smith, studying Accounting and Finance travelled to Europe.

    “I met so many people from different backgrounds/cultures from all over the world, people I would not normally mix with I became really good friends with!” – Michael Armand, studying Business travelled to Australia.

    Visit the study abroad section to find out where your course could take you. Please email us with any questions: ntuglobal@ntu.ac.uk

  • Acceler8 Global Award

    As an NTU student, you’ll have the chance to enhance your CV by taking part in the Acceler8 Global Award.

    This is an exciting award delivered by the Employability team in collaboration with NTU Global to support students in becoming global graduates through meaningful experiences, such as volunteering for our Language Café, organising a cultural event, representing a culture or a global issue at our annual Global Week celebration, becoming a Global Lounge Assistant, taking part in challenges and much more.

    The award is open to all students but may appeal to those who are interested in working internationally or improving their international profile.

    What are the benefits of the Acceler8 Global Award?

    • Develops your global appeal by highlighting your international related skills and experience
    • Stands you apart from others – giving you a unique selling point on your CV
    • Rewards and recognises the extra you have done outside of your course through a formal certificate and contributes to your HEAR

    If you are interested in taking part in this Award, you can register now and start gaining the extracurricular international experience and when the Award commences you can add your points to your record.

    If you have any queries, please contact the Acceler8 Team at Acceler8@ntu.ac.uk.

  • Working and volunteering

    Develop your confidence, make new friends and gain skills to add to your CV by joining our global community.

    The Global Student Experience Team has many opportunities that you can take part in including:

    • Global Lounge Assistant – paid, part-time role to work in the City or Clifton Global Lounge, and in the Virtual Global Lounge. These opportunities are promoted on Unitemps and Futurehub
    • Global Week volunteer – represent your culture or a global issue you care about
    • Cultural Ambassador – organise a cultural event or an event or activity around a global issue you care about online or in the Global Lounge
    • Language Café Volunteer – help other students learn and practise a language. We ask you to do at least 10 sessions throughout the academic year.
    • Global Summer School Volunteer – Welcome and support international students who are doing a Global Summer School programme at NTU. You’ll also be able to attend a course for free. Visit our Global Summer Schools section for more information on this exciting scheme, and to find out how you can get involved.
    • Student Exchange Buddies – for students that have travelled as part of an exchange or work placement who would like to give advice and guidance to other students that are preparing to do the same thing.

    Rasha Kotaiche is currently studying Photography at NTU and has been a Global Lounge volunteer since 2017 and an assistant since 2019. She first heard about the Global Lounge through an NTU staff member and can be found in the lounges now up to four times a week! She feels that she has had the chance to make long-lasting friendships with people from across the world.

    “My highlight is working with the staff and students at the Lounge, it's never boring, everyone's friendly and up for talking and it's an open-minded space, with no judgement, and everyone is open to learning more and having fun.”

    If you’re interested in working or volunteering with NTU Global please email: ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk

    These opportunities also count towards your Acceler8 Global Award and HEAR, or you can use them towards your continuing professional development (CPD). They’re all great ways to internationalise your profile during your time at NTU.

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