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.
Global Employability Award
Practise speaking different languages with other students every Tuesday and Thursday at Language Café in the Virtual Global Lounge, 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 Practise Opportunities' tab.
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.
Your Global Opportunities
The Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC 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:
- relax and make friends from around the world
- celebrate and take part in student-focused cultural events and even organise your own event
- develop your confidence through volunteering or part-time work
- find out about international study abroad and placement opportunities.
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 events, a book club, guided meditation and games afternoons, opportunities to learn new languages, and plenty of live chats with our student Global Lounge Assistants.
Our friendly team is here to help you with any questions, please contact NTUGloballounge@ntu.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you in-person or virtually!
Global Lounge, 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)
Mary Ann Evans 126
Monday to Friday
9 am – 5 pm (term time)
10 am – 4 pm (out of term time)
*Please note our current opening times are 10 am - 4 pm.
To make a booking or get involved with our activities, please contact one of the following people:
Language practice opportunities
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.
Global Employability Award
Working and volunteering