Global Futures Programme
In partnership with UoB, HKU and Common Purpose

Want to spend the summer in one of the most developed cities in the world? Want to be immersed in the local culture, complete a 3-week work placement, and develop critical employability skills for your CV? Join the University of Birmingham, The University of Hong Kong and Common Purpose for the Global Futures Programme to Hong Kong.

You will spend four weeks in an amazing city that is Hong Kong, a city that holds 7.5 million residence of various nationalities and is also a major global financial centre and one of the most developed cities in the world.

Through cultural immersion activities and spending time with businesses, government agencies, NGOs and in communities, you'll get beneath the surface of the city. You'll then spend the rest of your time in an organization on a work placement - not just to get experience, but to actually work on a real-life project that will make a meaningful difference to the organization.

Student, University of Birmingham – Hong Kong Programme

“It was an absolutely life changing experience. It has made me consider how lucky I am to have all resources readily available to me and I’m ready to take advantage of them.”

About the programme

Through the carefully curated programme design, you’ll also develop critical employability skills that employers are looking for.

You’ll develop your:





 So you can tell future employers that you:

  • are able to understand other cultures and work in their diverse teams
  • step forward into ambiguity and have the confidence to navigate the complexity of the modern workplace
  • can adapt to new environments and settings, you can operate wherever they need you to
  • deliver real results and solve problems for them, adding value to them and their objectives.

Through Cultural immersions you could meet global brands such as Asia Business CouncilTeach for HK, The Jane Goodall Institute, and organizations across a diverse range of industries, from sustainability, housing, international trade, finance, environment & conservation and non-government organizations (NGO) i.e., poverty alleviation.

You could be with an organization working in:

  • civic participation and advocacy
  • sustainability research
  • consultancy
  • health
  • children’s NGOs and many more.

In June 2019, 24 Birmingham students travelled to Hong Kong through the University's Study Abroad programme, and had the opportunity to meet local alumni as part of the visit. They made video diaries of their experiences and what they learned on the trip.

Also watch highlights of Birmingham students' visit to Bangalore, India in 2022 here.

Student, University of Birmingham - Hong Kong Programme

“The programme allowed me to be more inquisitive and curious of people that are different from me. When you respectfully ask about another person’s culture, you realize that we are all very similar in our essence.”


The Global Futures Programme to Hong Kong runs from the 17 June 2023 – 15 July 2023.

Funding is available for Birmingham Scholars for this opportunity. Funding is explained in the application form or questions about funding can be directed to

For more than a century, the University of Birmingham has been pursuing and sharing knowledge through outstanding teaching and world-leading research. The 10 Nobel Laureates we count among our staff and alumni have contributed to some of science’s greatest discoveries, including in recent times the Higgs Boson and Gravitational Waves. Our research provides innovative solutions to the challenges we face in our city, our region and across the globe. We encourage and empower people to turn ideas into reality and make important things happen.

Common Purpose is a leadership development organization that specializes in cross-boundary leadership. A not-for-profit, we run programmes in over 100 cities worldwide. Founded in 1989, we have over 110,000 alumni globally. Our leadership development programmes inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.