Leeds to South Korea

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

The Leeds to South Korea Leadership Programme is your 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.

This 7-day programme, developed in partnership with Common Purpose, a leadership development organisation that specialises in cross-boundary leadership. A not-for-profit, they run programmes in over 70 cities worldwide. This is the third leadership programme run in partnership with the University of Leeds following the Leeds to New York programmes in 2016 and 2017.

Leeds to South Korea


The programme provides you with an immersive 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 explore the challenge “How can different generations work together to ensure cities maximise the benefits of AI?” from the perspectives of Leeds in the UK and Daejeon and Seoul in South Korea. You will work as part of a diverse and multi-cultural team to address the challenge, and will develop your Cultural Intelligence and leadership skills in the process.


The Leeds to South Korea leadership programme combines theory, innovative practice and hands-on experience. Participants will experience a range of benefits including travelling to a new country and city, experiential learning with and from business leaders, academics 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 ensuring that your entry on the programme, accommodation at KAIST, some meals and travel to and from South Korea will be covered. Participants will be required to cover any additional costs such as recreational activities, refreshments and some meals.


Please note that this schedule is subject to change. 

Wednesday 12 June 2019 - Half-day briefing, programme overview and programme documentation at the University of Leeds

Saturday 15 June – Travel to Daejeon, South Korea

Monday 17 to Friday 22 June- Programme visits to KAIST, Daejeon & Seoul.

Saturday 23 June - Return to the UK (arrive on 23 June)

Tuesday 02 July 2019 - Final day of the programme in Leeds.

N.B. Participants are required to commit to attending all of the days above.


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

Application criteria 

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

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

Application Process

The applications process opens on 11th March 2019.  Videos must be uploaded to MediaSite, and the direct link submitted to MyCareer by 4pm on 8th April 2019.  Guidance documents for this can be found on MyCareer. Any applications submitted after this time will not be accepted. More information on how to submit videos will be posted on this page when applications open. 

As of 29th March 2019 the MediaSite Instructions have been updated and changed - please ensure that you use the most recent instructions.

Successful applicants will be notified by email on towards the end of April 2019.  

Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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

Drop-in Session - 1pm - 2pm | Wednesday 13th March | International Student Reception, Level 11 Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
Information Session - 1pm - 1:45pm | Wednesday 20th March | Roger Stevens LT.23 (8.23)
Drop-in Session - 1pm - 2pm | Friday 22nd March | International Student Reception, Level 11 Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
Drop-in Session - 1pm - 2pm | Tuesday 26th March | International Student Reception, Level 11 Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building

Download the Leeds to South Korea Info Sheet

Download the Leeds to South Korea Application FAQs

Download the MediaSite Instructions (updated 29th March 2019)

For more information please contact the Study Abroad Office