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About the program

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is a free, self-paced, co-curricular program designed to help you become a multifaceted global citizen, giving you a competitive edge as a graduate.

Is the GLP for me? 

Do you want to understand what's going on in the world? Do you want to discover your potential while exploring your passions and developing professional skills? Do you want the guidance of a dedicated Advisor to help you on your journey?

The GLP provides you with the framework, resources, and guidance to assist with your personal and professional development, prior to graduation. The Program can help fill the employability gap between what you learn in your degree and how you get that job as you build a portfolio of experiences and self-management tools. We want to help you break down the 'no experience' barrier and have impressive talking points at your dream job interview.

What is it like to do the GLP? 

You will attend expert-led workshops, where you'll be exposed to new perspectives and ideas through interactive discussions with fellow program participants.

You will undertake flexible and self-directed practical activities, such as internships, volunteering, conferences, career workshops, exchange, study tours, community courses, and more. You will be the curator of your GLP, defining the Program to fit your interests, professional goals, class timetable, and other commitments, with the help of your GLP Advisor. Undergraduate students can complete the program in a minimum of one year, and postgraduate students and study abroad and exchange students in one Session.

You will become part of an active and engaged community and connect with like-minded peers outside of your study discipline.

What will I get out of the GLP?

The GLP's mission is to open up new possibilities for you by giving you a critical understanding of diverse issues and perspectives, as well as the skills and experiences to confidently connect and communicate across cultures as global citizens.

GLP students develop:

  • Knowledge of international issues
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Leadership skills and
  • A practical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship

Students can expect to gain knowledge, experiences, community, networks and professional skills, all of which will provide you with a competitive edge when you graduate. Go to our "Meet Our Students" page to hear more!

If you complete the requirements of the Undergraduate or Postgraduate GLP, GLP will be listed on your:

The GLP will also supply you with the following documentation if you complete the Undergraduate GLP, Postgraduate GLP, or the Global Leadership Certificate (the Global Leadership Certificate is for study abroad and exchange students only):

  • a letter of recommendation
  • a certificate of achievement
  • a transcript of all your GLP activities


There are no entry requirements for the GLP and we encourage everyone who is interested to join. We are committed to building an inclusive community of students from all backgrounds and strongly encourage all interested undergraduate, postgraduate, and study abroad and exchange students to join.

Signing up

  1. Register on GLP’s online platform – Thrive.
  2. Use your Student ID and password to log in.
  3. Fill in your details.
  4. Register for a compulsory Welcome Session.
  5. Attend the Welcome Session and you are part of the program!

Our Awards 

PIEoneer Awards

The PIEoneer Awards are the only global awards that celebrate innovation and achievement across the international education industry. The GLP won the Progressive Education Delivery Award in September 2019, solidifying our program as the international benchmark in co-curricular program delivery.

StudyNSW (NSW Government)

The GLP jointly won the 2018 NSW International Student Community Engagement Award (Education Provider). This prestigious award recognises how the GLP facilitates connection and engagement with the GLP's international student community.

Institute of International Education (IIE)

The GLP won the 2017 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in the 'Internationalising the Campus' category.

Meet our students

Get to know about our students' GLP experience and how they have benefited from the program.