ELS and the United Nations Academic Impact are pleased to sponsor the fourth "Many Languages, One World" Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum. This year welcomes Northeastern University as the host of the "Many Languages, One World" Global Youth Forum and the sponsor and organiser of the Northeastern University Global Youth Conference.

Participants are invited to write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.  The essay should reflect the candidate’s personal, academic, cultural and national context. Write the essay according to the Official Contest Rules and Essay Guidelines.


Candidates must be full-time university students, referred and endorsed by a faculty member or university representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline. To qualify, essays must be written in an official language of the United Nation that is neither the candidate’s first language (language(s) spoken at home) nor the medium of instruction in either primary or secondary school education.


A faculty member or authorised representative from your college or university must recommend the candidate for participation in the contest by completing and submitting the faculty referral form on the contest website.


The deadline for essay submissions is March 16, 2017.

ELs Education Services, Inc. will award each winner with an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston and New York City between 15-26 July 2017; At the Global Youth Forum, the students will create action plans addressing selected topics from the sustainable development Agenda, and will present their views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City; These international delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour Boston and New York City; Airfare, accommodations and meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

For more information on the contest, visit the official website