Call for Submissions to the Many Languages, One World® Student Essay Contest

ELS Educational Services, Inc. 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 organizer of the Northeastern University Global Youth Conference. The contest, open to university students, will qualify contestants for the opportunity to win a trip to participate in the Global Youth Forum, present their ideas in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations in New York City, NY followed by the Northeastern University Global Youth Conference in Boston, MA.

The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, 16 March, 2017.

The goal of the Many Languages, One World Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum is to support multilingualism and to recognize the continued impact of the United Nations’ six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Students are being asked to write their essays in one of the six official languages, that is neither the contestants' first language (language(s) spoken at home) nor the medium of instruction in either their primary or secondary education, or a medium of instruction if attending a bilingual school. The essays should reflect the student's personal, academic, cultural and national context and discuss global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.

For this year's contest, 10 winners will be selected from entries in each language for a total of 60 winners. ELS Educational Services, Inc. will award each winner with an all-expense paid trip to Boston and New York City between 15-26, July 2017. Students will attend a Global Youth Forum in preparation of presenting their views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. At the Global Youth Forum, the students will create plans of action addressing selected topics. These international delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour Boston and New York City. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, 16 March, 2017.

2017 will mark the fourth edition of Many Languages, One World. In 2016, more than 9,000 people from 165 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest. 60 students from 36 countries, representing 54 universities were selected as winners from an essay pool of over 3,600. Winners attended prestigious international universities such as University of Pennsylvania (USA), Xi`an International Studies University (China) and Bologna University (Italy).

For full contest details, rules and entry guidelines, please visit

For more information, please see the press release.

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