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Global Responsibility & Leadership

Established in 2018, University College Fryslân offers a unique and contemporary bachelor degree: the BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership.

This future-oriented bachelor is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is dedicated to training a new generation of leaders to address global challenges by finding innovative local solutions. We foster your personal development in a small-scale learning community of ambitious scholars who strive to make the world a better place. Will you join us?

In the first year, you study sustainability in the broadest sense of the word: from political science and economics to global health and psychology, to environmental studies and data science. You also make your acquaintance with academic skills such as conducting and presenting research, and the basis of intercultural communication.

In the second year, you further tailor the programme to your own needs, by specialising through one of three Majors: Responsible Governance, Responsible Humanity or Responsible Planet. You additionally follow courses in Ethics and Leadership, and you have the opportunity to put learned theory into practice, by completing a Living Lab research internship in collaboration with one of our non-academic partners.

In the third and final year, you continue following courses in your chosen Major and you have the option to participate in an exchange programme with a university abroad or complete a pre-master in preparation for a Master's degree. You will complete the bachelor with your Capstone, which is a creative project serving as the academic culmination of your degree.

Please bear in mind that the Global Responsibility & Leadership programme is selective, so you will need to pass a selection procedure before you are admitted.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Global Responsibility and Leadership
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
59327
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Campus Fryslân
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Leeuwarden?
  • Inspired by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Small-scale and personal education
  • Residential university college
  • International community
  • Living Lab projects with local and global partners
Programme

Year 1 consists of eight courses introducing students to the interdisciplinary educational concept of the programme and serve as the starting point for the major. The Foundation consists of core courses in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Earth & Environment, Global Health, and Information Technology.

The GRL programme consists of four main components that need to be fulfilled throughout the three years: the Foundation, the Skills Lab, the Major and the Minor. Throughout the three years, students have the opportunity to design their own programme based on the major and minor options as well as complementing it with extracurricular activities.

Parallel to the Foundation and Major components, students must complete the Skills Lab. The courses in the Skills Lab provide a solid ground in academic communication techniques, research methodology, intercultural communication and collaboration skills. The Skills Lab consists of core courses in academic communication, language and culture, statistics and interdisciplinary research design and qualitative methods.

Courses
Academic Communication (5 EC)
Explaining Human Behaviour (5 EC)
Introduction to Data Science (5 EC)
Introduction to Global Health (5 EC)
Introduction to Programming (5 EC)
Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition (5 EC, optional)
Language and Culture I (5 EC)
Major courses (10 EC)
Politics, Power & International Responsibility (5 EC)
Principles of Economics (5 EC)
Statistics I (5 EC)
The Earth System (5 EC)

You follow courses from one of the three majors of your choice:

  • Responsible Planet
  • Responsible Governance
  • Responsible Humanity

Furthermore, you also undertake a Living Lab project with one of our regional or (inter)national partners.

Living Lab project: The Living Lab project is a unique feature of the GRL programme and provides you with the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and skills in the real world. As such, the Living Lab Project creates a win-win situation: you learn how to apply your academic knowledge in actual, real-life contexts and develop related skills (communication, collaboration, problem-solving, research) whereas public and private stakeholders get to work with talented young people that are able to provide insight into questions important for the region.

Examples:

  • Collaborate with the city of Leeuwarden to create social innovations to improve liveability in economically poor neighbourhoods.
  • Address governance issues concerning greying in rural Hebei, a Northern province of China.
  • Work on sustainable tourism in the Wadden area.
Courses
Interdisciplinary Research Design (5 EC)
Language and Culture II (5 EC)
Major courses (5 EC)
Major courses (10 EC)
Major courses (15 EC)
Statistics II (5 EC)

Year 3 of the GRL programme consists of three parts:

  • Major Courses
  • Minor
  • Capstone final project

Major courses: In the final year, students can choose different interdisciplinary courses to complete their major.

Minor: The Year 3 minor gives students the opportunity to individualise their programme even further. Most students will choose to go for an exchange semester at a university abroad, but you could also do a minor at another university in The Netherlands or abroad, or you can use the minor space to fulfil pre-master requirements in preparation for a masters programme at the University of Groningen or another university. Last but not least it's also possible to do an internship.

Capstone final project: Students complete their third year with a Capstone project, which is the academic culmination of your degree. The Capstone meets the standards and requirements of (semi-independent) academic research but does not have to take the form of a traditional thesis. You're encouraged to decide for yourself how to complete your degree and to present the project in a creative way. For example, by developing an app, filming a public service announcement, designing a product, writing a policy paper or creating a theatre production. Students could also choose to do another Living Lab project for their Capstone Final Project.

Courses
Capstone (10 EC)
Major courses (10 EC)
Major courses (10 EC)
Minor (30 EC)

Study load

40 hours of class and self-study per week on average

For detailed information, check the UCF Study Guide

Curriculum

To view a listing of the Bachelor programme course descriptions, please visit https://www.rug.nl/cf/university-college-fryslan/pdfs/studyguide19-20.pdf

Programme options
Responsible Planet (major)

Courses:

  • Ecosystem Processes & Services,
  • Climate Change: Land, Air & Water
  • Climate Services and Global Governance
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Hospitality Studies
  • Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.
Responsible Governance (major)

Courses:

  • Key Political Thinkers: from antiquity to modern political theory
  • Policy, Policy Making and Implementation
  • Governance and Innovation
  • History of Economic Thinking
  • Behavioural Economics
  • 22nd Century Economy
  • Information Technology and Implication
  • Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition.* Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.
Responsible Humanity (major)

Courses:

  • Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development in Health
  • Comparative Health Systems and Approaches to Health: Healthcare Financing
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Sustainable Decision-Making
  • Leadership and Change.* Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Study abroad is optional and only possible in Year 3

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test. Some exemptions are made for demonstrating English proficiency. Also, students are required to have achieved a passing grade in VWO Wiskunde A, B, C or an international equivalent

assessment interview

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

previous education

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

reference letterNo further information
Curriculum Vitae (CV)No further information
written request

Letter of Motivation or a Video Presentation

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After uploading all the required documents the Admissions Board will inform you if you're deemed admissible based on our admission criteria.

The applicant must pass a two-step selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme. The selection procedure consists of two steps:
- Selection Documents
- Selection Interview

With your online application (Studielink & OAS) you’re also asked to upload the following documents as well:
- Letter of Motivation or a Video Presentation
- Reference Letter
- Curriculum Vitae

Read more about the criteria for the selection procedure documents.

If you’re deemed admissible to the GRL programme, the Admissions Board will then have a further look at your selection documents and decide if you are invited for the second part of the selection procedure: the selection interview.

The selection interview can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you might have.
Within approximately a week after the interview, you’ll be informed about the outcome of this second and final step of the selection procedure for the GRL programme.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test. Some exemptions are made for demonstrating English proficiency. Also, students are required to have achieved a passing grade in VWO Wiskunde A, B, C or an international equivalent

assessment interview

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

previous education

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma that allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

reference letterNo further information
Curriculum Vitae (CV)No further information
written request

Letter of Motivation or a Video Presentation

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After uploading all the required documents the Admissions Board will inform you if you're deemed admissible based on our admission criteria.

The applicant must pass a two-step selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme. The selection procedure consists of two steps:
- Selection Documents
- Selection Interview

With your online application (Studielink & OAS) you’re also asked to upload the following documents as well:
- Letter of Motivation or a Video Presentation
- Reference Letter
- Curriculum Vitae

Read more about the criteria for the selection procedure documents.

If you’re deemed admissible to the GRL programme, the Admissions Board will then have a further look at your selection documents and decide if you are invited for the second part of the selection procedure: the selection interview.

The selection interview can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you might have.
Within approximately a week after the interview, you’ll be informed about the outcome of this second and final step of the selection procedure for the GRL programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 4130full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12350full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 4130full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 12600full-time

At the moment, first-time 1st-year EU students of programmes such as GRL, get a tuition fee reduction of around 1050 EUR. More information can be found here: https://www.government.nl/topics/secondary-vocational-education-mbo-and-higher-education/plan-to-halve-higher-education-tuition-fees

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After getting your master's degree, you can choose to apply for a PhD position or start working as a policy advisor, a consultant, an entrepreneur or as a development specialist in both the private or public sector. Given the fact that your bachelor is internationally orientated and recognised, you will have outstanding career perspectives in an international working environment.

Job examples

  • Policy Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Development Specialist
Research

After Year 1, the programme offers many opportunities for students to put their knowledge in practice and participate in research projects that have local impact. One of the main features of the GRL programme is the Living Lab projects, where students get to work with senior researchers, fellow students and private or public stakeholders on real-life issues affecting organisations, local governments or companies.

But the opportunities for developing research skills do not end there! Campus Fryslân offers the opportunity to become a student-researcher by participating in the ongoing research projects related to the Frisian Flagships and SDG’s:

  • Governance: local & global
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Culture, Language and Technology
  • Health and Food
  • Cross-cutting theme on Big Data and Innovation

When necessary, students get the opportunity to support senior researchers on their research projects. This allows students to develop networking and research skills and get involved in Campus Fryslân research outputs and contribution to social impact.

Lastly, during the last year, students can opt for a research internship at a local or international organisation. Students must look and apply for internship opportunities themselves, but GRL staff is helpful with sharing ideas and contacts.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Global Responsibility & Leadership, please contact:

  • Admission Office (* For questions related to Studielink, OAS and admission documents, kindly contact: )
    Email: ucf.bsc.admission rug.nl
  • Student Service Desk Ucf (For questions related to UCF/GRL, selection procedure and general information, kindly contact)
    Email: ucf-grl rug.nl
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    Studying at UCF is inspiring me every day. In the first half a year I have already learned many new things about the world but also myself. The program is very broad and introduced me to many new interesting subjects such as programming and global health. We learn to think about problems from different perspectives: economic, political, environmental, social, local, global, etc. I especially like that we already had some projects with local organizations such as the water authority and a waste processing company. In such projects, we can really apply our broad knowledge to local issues.

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Student profile

We are looking for students that are motivated and ready for a challenging but rewarding education. Students that apply to the programme are:

Internationally oriented Ambitious Socially engaged Open minded Adventurous Motivated

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 60 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

The teaching at University College Fryslân takes place in small-scale workshop-like settings, encompassing active and digital learning in all our classes. We place a large amount of responsibility for the learning process with you: the student. In each year of the programme, classes will not exceed 25 students and attendance is mandatory. Lecturers act as coaches who provide brief instruction, give feedback on student work and stimulate discussion. Such intensive learning facilitates the develo

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

At the start of the GRL programme, each student is assigned a dedicated academic advisor. During the three years at UCF, the academic advisor can help the student with for example choosing the right major, minor and/or master's programme as well as guiding them in their capstone final project.

The current Academic Advisors at UCF are:

● Dr. Daniel Feitosa - Assistant professor Computer Science ● Dr. Karsten Schulz - Assistant professor Political Sciences ● Dr. Berfu Ünal - Assistant professor Social Psychology

Next to the Academic Advisors, there is also a dedicated Study Advisor present at UCF: Drs. Maaike Moltzer. Maaike supports students that face personal difficulties, have issues with study planning, time management or if they have special needs.

The UCF team looks forward to welcoming you in Leeuwarden!

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