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  • Locations: Albany, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Non-UAlbany applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Partner University: UAlbany, University of Central Lancashire
Program Advisor: Moody, Rachel
Program Description:


Academic Program

In today's evolving world, you need more than the tools of a trade or knowledge that comes from a book. You need a broad view of the world—the ability to adapt, to accept new ideas, and to embrace, even lead, change. At UAlbany, you'll find the resources and experiences you need to prepare for an unpredictable future.   And you'll study and learn with a diverse group of students from around the globe—enriching your experience and opening you up to endless new ideas.
Students from the University of Central Lancashire, from any academic discipline, will have an opportunity to work with a cohort of students from the the University at Albany in an effort to advance learning and to contribute local knowledge to bridge cultural understanding. 

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the leadership pedagogy of cultural intelligence. Using immersive and experiential learning techniques, you will develop: 
  • Cultural intelligence (ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures)
  • Leadership skills required to lead in situations where you have no formal authority
  • Networks, locally and globally, with fellow students, contributors and regional employers 
  • Skills required to quickly understand and address complex issues
A Cultural Intelligence (CQ) online module will be utilized to provide a deeper awareness of CQ and its relevance for modern leadership, as well as providing students with the opportunity to reflect on and uncover the cultural influences that make them think and act the way they do.  The online curriculum combines new methods of content delivery and interactive learning using visual media, articles, facilitated discussions, leadership exercises and anecdotes to facilitate structured reflection and group engagement.
Emphasis will be on development of leadership skills in an international context, diversity, innovation with regard to social change, and the development of collaborative relationships.  Application of foundational knowledge and integrated learning will be demonstrated in written assignments, oral presentations, and performance.

On-Site in Albany*

May 29 
Through a series of highly participatory sessions, you will reflect on your strengths, blind spots, and how you need to develop as a leader.  You will be introduced to InnoVenture, a technique that asks you to explore a challenge (such as, “how do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?"), and provides a framework for your leadership learning. 
May 30
You will be immersed into your new city through a series of visits to organizations representing different sectors. You will explore the challenge and practice the leadership skills required to quickly understand and address complex issues.  You will also explore the culture of the host organizations, as well as reflect on what your are learning about yourself and the way you operate in unfamiliar environments.  
May 31
You will continue to connect with senior leaders during further immersion visits and organizations across the city.  During this time, you will consider your  default positions and challenge yourself to operate in different ways.  In groups, you will begin to innovate potential solutions to the challenge. At this point, you will be joined by mentors and external consultants who provide a further opportunity to observe and reflect on different leadership styles, different approaches to problem solving and different ways to work with diverse groups. 
June 1
You will receive a masterclass on pitching in preparation for your final presentation, which is delivered to a panel of experts and city leaders.  You will present your project ideas as well as your external perspectives on the city and the challenge, receiving immediate feedback on the idea, the group presentation, and how your team has worked as a collective group.  After the pitch, you will reflect on the leadership skills and cultural intelligence you have developed and how you can use these to create change at your University, in your community, and in your future career.
You will complete a qualitative and quantitative evaluation using methodology built on the Kirkpatrick Model and focus on your behavior changes after the program, also repeated three months later, to evaluate how that change created an impact in your organizations, cities and communities.
*You will have lunch together with all program participants, as well as mandatory group excursions and activities. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

UAlbany Faculty

Dr. Martha Asselin is the Director of UAlbany's Center for Leadership and Service, with more than 30 years of professional experience in higher education.  She is also a visiting professor for the Educational Policy and Leadership program.  

UCL Faculty

In addition to your faculty, one or two University of Central Lancashire chaperones will join you on-site.  Their role is to provide students with any support and/or pastoral care needed during the course.


Accommodations in Albany are included as part of the program.  You will reside in dorms on the University at Albany campus.  More information on the accommodations will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
For general information about on-campus living, please visit the Residential Life web page.


All meals during the program hours, including two refreshment breaks and lunch, are included as part of the program.  

Summer 2018

Estimate of Costs

Students from the University of Central Lancashire should contact the University of Central Lancashire for information regarding program costs.

Academic Requirements

To study at UAlbany as a visiting student your home university must select you and recommend you to UAlbany. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and UAlbany should first be addressed to your university. Visiting study abroad students receive academic and social support from the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS).  

English Language Requirement

Your skills in English must be high enough to take regular classes taught in English. You must meet one of UAlbany's English proficiency requirements to attend the University as an exchange student:
  • TOEFL: 70 / 523 pbt
  • IELTS: 6.0 
  • ELS 112
  • Completion of the UAlbany IELP program
If your English skills are not strong enough to attend regular classes, you should consider enrolling in UAlbany’s Intensive English Language (IELP) Program

I have been selected by my home campus, now what?

If you are selected by your home campus, you must apply to UAlbany using the special forms and procedures designed for visiting students.  To be admitted, your application must be processed by the Education Abroad Office which is part of the Center for International Education & Global Strategy at UAlbany. 

Entry Requirements

If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home University for more information regarding the visa application process.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. Both the overall program and individual courses include a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the country and culture of the U.S. to its fullest. 
As part of the program, you will participate in immersion visits to local private, public and non-profit organizations. Potential site visits include:
  • The American Red Cross
  • Sequence Development
  • Transfinder
  • NY BIZLab Accelerator
  • The City of Albany Office of Recreation
  • Youth and Workforce Services
  • Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
  • United Way of the Greater Capital Region
  • Women Igniting Change
  • Schenectady County Human Rights Commission
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change
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Testimonials "I LOVED THIS PROGRAM! After the first day, I realized this was an amazing opportunity that I got to experience! I 100% RECOMMEND!"
"In this experience, I was able to really connect on a personal level with different diverse groups. Having different views other than your own is a healthy way of living and this opportunity has truly prepared me for the future I hope to have."
"The inspiration that I have gained from this program will genuinely motivate me to act. Learning from others has also shown me just what is possible when you surround yourself with great people. I don't doubt that this will have lasting impact on my life both professionally and personally."
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Flight Information

You will make your own flight arrangements. You will be given a time frame to arrive in Albany to be picked up from the airport. If you arrive outside of the time frame, you will have to find your own way to your housing. You should plan to be in Albany on the first day of the program. This is considered the beginning date of the program, and orientation will begin that day. If you are traveling beforehand, be sure to give yourself enough time to get to Albany by the arrival date. 

Summer 2018

Program Dates

05/28/2018 to 05/29/2018


May 28: Arrive in Albany
May 29: June 1*: Onsite Global Leader Experience in Albany
June 2:  Depart for the U.K 


As an international student, you are required to participate in a mandatory arrival orientation. The onsite orientation is held upon your arrival to campus. 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/22/2018
05/23/2018 05/27/2018 06/02/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.