Leeds to South Korea

The Leeds to South Korea Leadership Programme is your chance to develop your leadership and communication skills as you work with students from KAIST University to create solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Leeds to South Korea

The Leeds to South Korea Leadership Programme gives you the opportunity to develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective. Along with students from KAIST University, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide. In 2021 the programme will focus on addressing the UN Sustainability Goal 11, by answering the question “How can we ensure our cities are resilient and inclusive?”

This 5-day programme has been developed in partnership with Common Purpose, a leadership development organisation that specialises in cross-boundary leadership. Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organisation running programmes in more than 70 cities worldwide. This is the fourth leadership programme run in partnership with the University of Leeds, following the Leeds to New York programmes in 2016 and 2017, and the Leeds to South Korea programme in 2019. The programme will be delivered online in 2021.

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The programme provides you with an international experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context while establishing a genuinely global network. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future. During the programme you will work as part of a diverse and multi-cultural team to address challenges, and will develop your cultural intelligence and leadership skills in the process.

Everyone who successfully completes a Common Purpose programme, anywhere in the world, joins the Common Purpose alumni network - a 90,000 strong, growing, global community of alumni with exceptional diversity and a huge range of skills, interests and leadership experiences.

Upon completion of the programme, you are awarded a digital Common Purpose certificate. You also have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning by earning the embedded Inclusive Leadership micro-credential, which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile.


The Leeds to South Korea leadership programme combines theory, innovative practice and hands-on experience. You will experience a range of benefits including developing your ability to lead from a global perspective, experiential learning with and from business leaders, world leading academic researchers and fellow students. This international experience provides a real differentiator in the competitive graduate jobs market and far beyond.


A Leeds Alumni has generously funded this programme. Your registration and programme fees will be covered by this donation. 


     – Duration: 5 days

     – Dates: Thursday 24 June – Wednesday 30 June 2021 (with no sessions over the weekend of 26-27 June)

     – Timings: 9am – 1pm British Summer Time  (5 – 9pm Korea Standard Time)

     – Welcome session: Successful applicants will be invited to a 45-minute welcome session on Wednesday 23 June at 9am BST / 5pm KST.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.  Participants are required to commit to attending all of the days above.


We are looking for 20 students who want to gain an understanding of how to lead in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural environments. We are not looking for students to demonstrate their proven leadership or international experience. 

Application criteria and process

You will need to create a concise 2-minute video or submit a 500 word personal statement to apply for this programme. This is a very competitive process and your video or statement is your pitch to the shortlisting panel to demonstrate why you think you should be selected. You can be as innovative as you like, but remember, you need to ensure that you:

  • demonstrate that you understand the programme objectives;
  • explain how it will benefit you personally, and;
  • explain how your learning on the programme could be applied in your future studies or career.

Applications for the 2021 programme will open on Friday 30th April 2021 and will close at 9am on Monday 17th May 2021.

Further details will be posted on the Study Abroad Minerva Organisation. In order to access the relevant page on Minerva, please ensure that you are enrolled onto the Study Abroad Minerva Organisation using this link

Information Sessions and Drop-in Sessions - Ask questions and get more information:

Our online information session will be taking place on Thursday 29th April 2021. We will publish details and joining instructions for our online information session in the Leeds to South Korea Leadership Programme section of the Study Abroad Organisation in Minerva as well as the recording of the session.

For more information please contact the Study Abroad Office


Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and supporters, we are preparing to run a similar programme for 1,000 Leeds students in the autumn of 2021. Details of how to get involved will be released soon. If you would like to sign up to be the first to receive further details of this opportunity, please complete our Expression of Interest Form.