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International experiences

At NTU, you’ll be joining a community of staff and students from over 160 countries. There are lots of international opportunities in our Global Lounges and virtually to enhance your university experience and your employability.

Students smiling in the Global Lounge

Global Lounges

The Global Lounges are open to all NTU, NTIC, Confetti students and colleagues. These dedicated spaces are based on campus and in the Virtual Global Lounge (VGL) to provide opportunities to internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

Join the Virtual Global Lounge in MS Teams to take part in global opportunities throughout the year to connect with peers from around the world, take part in cultural events, learn new languages, volunteer with us, or find out about study abroad opportunities.

You can take part in numerous weekly events such as:

  • Connect Lunch
    • Tuesdays, 12 pm - 2 pm in the Wellbeing room (Clifton campus)
    • Thursdays, 12 pm – 2 pm at the City Global Lounge
  • Language Café
    • Mondays, 5 pm – 7 pm on the Virtual Global Lounge

For a full list of activities, click here or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Bookings can be made by completing the Global Lounge booking form here.

To join the VGL you'll need to log in with your NTU username and password to join. Please note your name, student number, and student/staff email, and course as well as your activities within the VGL will be visible to other members of the MS Team, which includes NTU, NTIC and Confetti students and colleagues.

Global Week

Global Week is our annual celebration of the diverse culture at NTU. This week long celebration is open to all NTU staff and students. Global Week is an opportunity to showcase a global issue you are passionate about or represent your culture through food, art, dance, performances, events, workshops and more! You can find out more about Global Week and how you can take part here.

Opening hours and locations for Global Lounges

The City Global Lounge is located in 23 Goldsmith Street and is open Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 7 pm and Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (term-time), and Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (out of term).

The Clifton Global Lounge is located in Mary Ann Evans 126 and is open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (term-time), and Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (out of term).

We provide a welcoming and friendly social space for all students that are feeling isolated to relax and find out about global opportunities.

Students in classroom

Global Employability Award

An opportunity to enhance your CV by taking part in activities to develop international skills and experience. This award has been designed to support students interested in working abroad through volunteering for our Language Café, organising a cultural event, becoming a Global Lounge Assistant, taking part in challenges and much more. See the 'Global Employability Award' tab below for more information.

Language Cafe

Global Languages

Practice speaking different languages with other students every Monday Tuesday and Thursday during Language Café in the Global Lounges, or practise one on one in Language in Tandem at a time that suits you. These opportunities count towards the Global Employability Award. Find out more below in the 'Language Practice Opportunities' tab.

Michael Armand NTU student

Studying abroad

Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your degree by experiencing other cultures and developing skills to add to your CV with any of our 300+ partner institutions. We’ll support you with every step including applying for scholarships to help with the cost of travelling. Remember, if you're taking part in a summer school, virtual opportunity, or volunteering that is not a compulsory part of your course then you can use it towards the Global Employability Award.

“I met so many people from different backgrounds/cultures from all over the world, people I would not normally mix with I became really good friends with!” – Michael Armand, studying Business travelled to Australia.

You can find out more about our study abroad opportunities on our study abroad page.

Your Global Opportunities

  • Global Lounges

    The Global Lounges are open to all NTU, NTIC students, Confetti students and staff. These dedicated spaces are based on campus and virtually to provide opportunities to internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

    Whether you visit the Global Lounges or the Virtual Global Lounge you can expect to:

    NTU students love the lounges and Kane, who studied MSc Management and Innovation & Enterprise at NTU, describes the Global Lounges as “Friendly, Providing opportunities and Intercultural".

    Events hosted at our Global Lounges and on our Virtual Global Lounge include cultural celebrations, a book club, games afternoons, opportunities to learn new languages, and many more.

    Our friendly team is here to help you with any questions, please contact We look forward to seeing you in-person or virtually!

    City Campus

    23 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5JT.
    Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 3047

    Clifton Campus

    Mary Ann Evans 126, Clifton , Nottingham  NG11 8NS
    Monday to Friday
    9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    10 am – 4 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 6523

    *Please note our current opening times are 10 am - 4 pm.

    To make a booking or get involved with our activities, complete the Global Lounge event booking form or contact one of the following people:

  • Language practice opportunities

    Language Café 

    Practise speaking different languages in a friendly and relaxed environment in person and online in the Virtual Global Lounge with our student volunteers. Whether it is Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, English, or any other language, you'll have the chance to improve, teach, and show off your skills!

    "I really enjoyed the weekly language café. A free, safe, and inclusive space to speak with people of different cultures is the perfect way to practise or learn any language." - Ruqaya Malik, Legal Practice Course LLM student at NTU.

    As an NTU student, you can take part in the Language Café on Mondays, 5 pm – 7 pm (virtual), Tuesdays, 5 pm – 7 pm (City) and Thursdays, 3 pm – 5 pm (Clifton).

    You can also become a Language Café volunteer. If you're interested in languages and would like to help other students practise and improve their conversation skills, then this is the role for you. We are looking for volunteers to help out with at least 20 hours per academic year, who can make students feel welcome, prepare topics of conversation to help deliver a language and collect feedback from students. If you'd like to get involved, email and we'll send you more information.

    Language in Tandem

    If you would like to practise a language one on one, then we can find you a language exchange partner. We'll pair you up with a native speaker of the language you want to learn. For example, if your first language is English and you want to learn Spanish, we'll find a fluent Spanish speaker wanting to improve their English.

    You'll arrange to meet for an hour or more every week (this can also be online), and each of you will benefit from at least 30 minutes of language practice.

    The scheme is open to all NTU staff and students. Whatever language you speak, at whatever level, sign up today! Please email us at if you have any questions.

  • Global Week at NTU

    Global Week is a week-long festival celebrating and showcasing Nottingham Trent University’s international community on campus.

    Throughout the week, the staff and students of NTU, Confetti, and Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), alongside community partners from Nottingham and beyond hold a series of stalls and events across our campuses.

    This annual event is organised to celebrate the vast array of cultures at the university, which is home to approximately 5,200 EU and international students from around 160 different countries.

    "As part of Global Week, I delivered my own stand to represent my Lebanese cultural heritage, not once but three years in a row! I've made many friends and contacts, developed my confidence and communication as well as developing my global mindset and becoming even more culturally aware." - NTU Photography student, Rasha Kotaiche.

    Through art, dancing, sport, and food, Global Week connects and celebrates the array of cultural heritages in the NTU community. It’s a chance for our staff and students to extend their international perspectives and enjoy global experiences right here on campus.

    Global Week also highlights serious global issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, human rights, and global poverty. In 2020, NTU Global made a pledge to reduce waste by no longer offering plastic giveaways during Global Week, but instead to concentrate on increasing biodiversity in Nottingham, by working closely with the NTU Sustainable Development Team to purchase several campus-based beehives.

    Find out more about Global Week and how you can be involved next year: and watch Global Week 2020. Please email us with any questions:

  • Studying abroad

    Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your degree by experiencing other cultures and developing skills to add to your CV.

    With short and long-term options available through our global network of over 300 partner institutions — and across all of our Schools and subjects — we'll support you in developing personally, professionally and academically.

    NTU students can choose from many different travel destinations and it’s easy to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of travelling.

    Here is what our students have to say about travelling abroad:

    “I’ve developed new skills, made new friends, learnt about other cultures and feel more confident as a result of the trip.” – Fenniecia Smith, studying Accounting and Finance travelled to Europe.

    “It was a very grounding and eye-opening experience that everyone should experience.It made me more confident and less stressed.” - Weronika Zaspa, studying Fine Art travelled to Malaysia

    Visit our study abroad webpages to find out where your course could take you. Please email us with any questions:

  • Global Employability Award

    As an NTU student, you’ll have the chance to enhance your CV by taking part in the Global Employability Award.

    This is an exciting award delivered by the Employability team in collaboration with NTU Global to support students in becoming global graduates through meaningful experiences, such as volunteering for our Language Café, organising a cultural event, representing a culture or a global issue at our annual Global Week celebration, becoming a Global Lounge Assistant, taking part in challenges and much more.

    The award is open to all students but may appeal to those who are interested in working internationally or improving their international profile, or who want to work with people from diverse communities within the UK.

    What are the benefits of the Global Employability Award?

    • Develops your global appeal by highlighting your international related skills and experience
    • Helps you stand apart from others – giving you a unique selling point on your CV
    • Rewards and recognises the extra you have done outside of your course through a formal certificate and contributes to your HEAR

    “Participating in the award has been extremely rewarding. To my surprise, the online activities were selected to be specific to the job role whilst giving me essential life skills. The courses have given me a new outlook on working across cultural boundaries.”- Ruqaya Mailk is currently studying Legal Practice Course LLM at NTU.

    If you are interested in taking part in this Award, you can register now and start gaining your extracurricular international experience and when the Award commences you can simply add your points to your record.

    If you have any queries, please contact the team at

  • Working and volunteering

    Develop your confidence, make new friends and gain skills and experience to add to your CV by joining our global community.

    The Global Student Opportunities Team has many opportunities that you can take part in including:

    • Global Lounge Assistant – paid, part-time role to work in the City or Clifton Global Lounge, and on the Virtual Global Lounge. These opportunities are promoted on Unitemps and Futurehub usually in the spring.
    • Global Week volunteer – represent your culture or a global issue you care about during the annual Global Week celebration. Keep an eye out on our social media or emails to find out when you can sign up.
    • Cultural Ambassador – organise a cultural event or an event or activity around a global issue you care about online or in the Global Lounge.
    • Language Café Volunteer – help other students learn and practise languages in an informal setting. We ask you to do at least 20 hours throughout the academic year.
    • Global Summer School Volunteer – Welcome and support international students who are doing a Global Summer School programme at NTU. You’ll also be able to attend a course for free. Visit our Global Summer Schools section for more information on this exciting scheme, and to find out how you can get involved.
    • Student Exchange Buddies – for students that have travelled as part of an exchange or work placement who would like to give advice and guidance to other students that are preparing to do the same thing as well as to support visiting international exchange students at NTU. This opportunity is usually advertised in the spring, so keep an eye on your email and our social media to find out more.
    • If you’re interested in working or volunteering with NTU Global please email:

      "Most importantly, I have developed an open-mindset and can tailor information to people of varying backgrounds and abilities, which will help me in any career I wish to pursue". - Ruqaya Malik, Legal Practice Course LLM student at NTU

      These opportunities also count towards your Global Employability Award ( and HEAR (if you’re an undergraduate student), or you can use them towards your continuing professional development (CPD). They’re all great ways to internationalise your profile during your time at NTU.

Students at Global Week 2020

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