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  • Locations: Albany, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Non-UAlbany applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Leadership Language of Instruction: English
Partner University: UAlbany, University of Central Lancashire Program Advisor: Moody, Rachel
Program Description:

University at Albany / University of Central Lancashire
Global Leader Experience Abroad Program

Academics | Faculty | Accommodations | Costs | Eligibility | Excursions | Scholarships | Testimonials | Contact | Location | Duration | Overview
Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State's oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany's location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.

Academics 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. 

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.
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.  

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 Housing

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.  
Costs Students from the University of Central Lancashire should contact the University of Central Lancashire for information regarding program costs.
Eligibility 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.
Excursions 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
Scholarships Scholarship information and advisement for international students is available through the U.S. government's EducationUSA website.
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."
Contact To learn more about this program, please contact your UAlbany Education Abroad advisor.

Contact Information

Tel: (518) 591-8172
Office Location

Education Abroad Office
Center for International Education and Global Strategy
University at Albany
Science Library- G40
Location New York is world-famous for culture, the arts, media, business, history, entertainment, fashion, international diplomacy, theater and world-class universities. When studying at the University at Albany, in New York capital city, you will have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities in a city rich with opportunity!  Albany's 400 year history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complementing its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents. Our campus is in the center of New York's fast-growing TechValley, a hotbed of Research and Development, business, and entrepreneurial activity.

The Capital Region, as Albany is known, is home to 20 universities and colleges, 65,000 students, and nearly 800,000 people. The region is also a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Among its attractions are the New York State Museum and Library and the Times Union Center, a major Northeast entertainment and sports venue. Exploring the city and its many festivals, or getting out into nature, are very much a part of the experience of the Albany region. We are fortunate to admire four different seasons and all that they bring with them!  Our campus is within reach of exceptional skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities.

In addition, Albany's central location makes travel to New York City (only 135 miles away), Montreal, and Boston easy, making your access to resources and activities unlimited!  Both Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. are within a day's distance too! You will find that Albany offers you the strategic advantage of all city life has to offer, without the big city expenses, in beautiful and scenic surroundings.  Welcome to your home away from home.

Traveling to Albany

Airport Information

Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey.  If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany. 

If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany.  Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

Train information

The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.

General Travel Advice

Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.
Duration Program Dates: Summer 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 On-Site orientation is held upon your arrival to campus. 
Overview The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare. 

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University's Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education. 

Uptown Campus

The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Health Sciences Campus

The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/30/2018 04/30/2018 05/27/2018 06/02/2018