Many Languages, One World - 2017 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum

Many Languages, One World 2017 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc.,(ELS) invites students, 18 years and older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest.

ESSAY TOPIC:The essay should discuss global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect the student’s personal, academic, cultural and national context.

ENTRY RULES: Essays of up to 2,000 words in length must be written in one of the six official languages of the United Nations-Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish.

Language Eligibility:

  • The essay must be written in a language you have learned, or are currently learning, AFTER COMPLETING your secondary school studies.
  • The essay can be written in a language that you learned as a subject during your pre-university schooling, at a language institute, or at university.
  • The essay cannot be written in your first language, or a language you speak at home, or grew up speaking.
  • If you attended bilingual primary and/or secondary schools, your essay cannot be written in those languages of instruction.
  • If you attended a half-year to year-long school or government sponsored exchange program where one of the 6 languages was spoken, your essay cannot be written in that language.

For more information, including how to submit an essay, click here.

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