DIS Intercultural Leadership Award
DIS takes pride in helping our students become true global citizens, with an understanding of other cultures and the ability to make informed decisions. We do this through intense immersion in Danish society and culture, be it through different housing options, classes that reflect global and local trends and by offering to students ways in which they can step out of their comfort zones on their own while always knowing that DIS is there to support them in their explorations.
What is the Intercultural Leadership Award?
The Intercultural Leadership Award (ILA) is recognition from DIS that you have stepped out of your box this semester, building personal leadership through engaging in a cross-section of cultural immersion activities while here. A majority of DIS students fit eligibility requirements for this award and all are encouraged to apply, however a group of finalists will be chosen based on their points for housing, academics, and immersion as well as the quality and content of their essay.
The winner of the ILA for this fall 2013 will receive a return ticket to Denmark for Spring 2014 to attend the Arrival Workshop; a personal letter of recommendation from the Director of DIS, Anders Uhrskov; honor cords for their home school graduation; and an award certificate!
Applicants who are awarded 'Platinum' or 'Gold' awards will receive honor cords for their home school graduation; a letter of recommendation from Director of DIS, Anders Uhrskov; and an award certificate.
All finalists will be invited to the Intercultural Leadership Award Honors Reception at the end of the semester. Please make sure that you are able to attend this reception as you will receive your honor cords, letter of recommendation, and your award certificate. The overall winner of the ILA will be announced at the reception.
All non-finalist applicants will receive an ILA certificate and a letter of recommendation from Anders Uhrskov.
Why apply for this award?
Think about it! You are gaining valuable experience and skills while you are studying abroad. What goals have you achieved that you and your home school hoped you would in making the decision to come study in Copenhagen? While you are looking at your experience currently from the immediate vantage point, approximately three months into your study abroad experience, you should imagine that this essay could also be used once you’re back in the U.S. as basis for an application to either grad school or a job.
And noting that you have received this award will be a valuable talking point on your resume, LinkedIn profile, and in job interviews!
Who can apply for this award?
As a current DIS student, if you feel that you have immersed yourself and built leadership through engagement opportunities this semester, you are invited and encouraged to apply for the DIS Intercultural Leadership Award (ILA). For DIS, personal leadership means taking charge of your life and your study abroad experience by being able to make informed decisions, being able to negotiate life based on practical experience and being able to tell a positive story. Intercultural leadership is actively using your head, heart, and hands to create a positive experience for yourself and your peers.
Applying requires that you fill out an application form and write a reflection essay that will be reviewed by a committee here at DIS.