2022 Global Opportunities Festival

Eilidh Henderson
Tuesday 4 October 2022


The Global Office is excited to announce that the Global Opportunities Festival will be returning this year and running throughout October once again. As with the previous festival, we have collaborated with colleagues from around the University of St Andrews and with partners around the world to produce a variety of events for students and staff to promote the international opportunities which St Andrews offers. 

We will have presentations from various departments within the University as well as speakers joining us from partner universities and external organizations. Please email [email protected] to register your interest in any of the events listed in the festival schedule below.

We are currently waiting for confirmation on some events regarding time and location, so please keep an eye on our blog and social media for further updates and information. There will hopefully be some fun – as well as highly informative – events for you to take part in during the festival!


Study Opportunities


Charles University presentation, *UPDATED TIME*

10-11am on Friday 14th October: We are excited to share this session where prospective study abroad students can hear about the opportunities offered by our colleagues in Prague. There will be a short presentation and then a chance for students to ask questions about studying at Charles University in 2023-24. This session will take place virtually. 



University of Melbourne presentation, 9-10am on Tuesday 11th October: We are delighted to collaborate with our colleagues at the University of Melbourne to offer an information session for students interested in studying at Melbourne in 2023-24. This will include a short presentation about the programme and a Q&A session with staff from Melbourne’s Study Abroad Office. This session will be held virtually.


Study Abroad Fair, 2-4pm on Wednesday 12th October: The Global Office will be holding our annual Study Abroad Fair and this year we will be back in-person. There will be presentations about our study abroad opportunities and how to apply in The StAge (Students Union) at 2pm. Following this, there will be stalls set up in Club 601 at 3pm and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and chat with students who have studied and worked abroad previously. 

We will be creating a Moodle space where students (and staff) can view materials from our partner institutions and access presentations about study abroad opportunities within particular Schools. The module is called ‘Study Abroad Fair Materials 2022’ and is open to everyone at the University. 

Finance and Scholarships Presentation, 11-12 noon on Monday 17th October: Outbound Student Mobility Officer, Joseph North, will be presenting a talk on the finer details regarding finance and scholarships for Global Opportunities. This session will be a useful opportunity to learn about what financial support and scholarships are available, as well as how to apply for them. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. This will be a virtual presentation.


Work Opportunities 

How to Find Global Opportunities, 2-3pm on Thursday 13th October: This session will be hosted by Careers Adviser, Amy Kinsman, and will focus on work opportunities within and out with the University. We will discuss where to find work opportunities, how to source your own opportunities, and how to make the most of your abroad experiences – while you are away and once you are back home. This talk will take place in-person. Sign up for this session on CareerConnect


Volunteering Opportunities 

Saints Volunteer, 11-12 noon on Thursday 13th October: Hosted by Sports Development Officer for Saints Sport, Nina Revell, this session will discuss the University’s international volunteering programmes in Africa. Volunteer Zambia, Saints Volunteer – Stellenbosch and Saints Volunteer, Livingstone have been running for over ten years in partnership with key local stakeholders. 

  • Volunteer Zambia is an international sport programme run by the Wallace Group – a collaboration between leading UK ‘sport’ universities that supports the work of leading Zambian sports NGO, Sport in Action.
  • Saints Volunteer, Stellenbosch works in partnership with Stellenbosch University and the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport student coaches to deliver PE sessions, sport specific coaching and classroom based sessions in local schools.
  • Saints Volunteer, Livingstone enables students to support the important work of leading Zambian NGO Sport in Action by helping to provide a practical and theory-based programme of sport and education in schools across Livingstone.

This presentation will be in-person. 


Think Pacific, 6-7pm on Wednesday 19th October: Think Pacific is a UK social enterprise which works in partnership with the Fijian Government to offer rewarding volunteer and internship expeditions in the Fiji Islands. Their ethical and sustainable volunteering opportunities have received very positive results and feedback from St Andrews students who have participated previously. This information session will help you find out more about their Youth, Conservation, Sport, Health, and Leadership initiatives as well as other key information about Think Pacific projects. The presentation will be held in-person


Research Opportunities

Brussels Discussion Series, ‘Sustainable Resource Use – From Coring to Coding’, 11:00 CMT on Monday 17th October 2022: The issue of sustainable resource use within a European context continues to be an important topic, particularly in light of the green and digital transitions. Even more so as the world observes geopolitical tensions that threaten access to natural resources, e.g., minerals, oil and metals. Added to this, the world sees a push to develop and deploy technologies enabling the twin and digital transition – from Renewable Energy through to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Many scarce resources are needed to support the physical infrastructure behind these technologies. How is Europe to balance a decline in the availability of resources with the need to innovate using said resources?

The University of Bonn-University of St Andrews Brussels Discussion Series brings together leading experts from both institutions to explore, challenge, and encourage lively debate around some of the most pressing issues facing European and global societies today. Join Adrian Finch, Professor of Geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews and Aimee van Wynsberghe, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bonn, for a networking lunch following the discussion.

Please note, in-person registration for this event will begin at 11:00 CET, with the event itself beginning at 11:30 CET. The online broadcast of the event will only begin at 11:30 CET.

For any St Andrews-based students and staff wishing to attend the event virtually, the online broadcast will begin at 10:30 GMT.



Other Opportunities

Global Dog Cuddling, 2-4pm on Tuesday 11th October: We are very excited to be collaborating with St Andrews Dog Walking Society to bring you a Global Dog Cuddling session. For any international students who are missing their pets or anyone else who wants to meet new people and cuddle some dogs, this is the perfect event! An opportunity to relax amidst all the Global Opportunities information you will be taking in, this event is open to everyone. There will also be Global Office staff on-hand if you want to ask any more questions. Come and find us in Club 601 and StAge at the Students’ Association.

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