Students from GLE in front of St Donat's Castle

Global Leadership Experience (GLE)

Exploring the challenges facing your planet and our future


The Global Leadership Experience (GLE) brings together passionate and aspirational young people from all around the world to UWC Atlantic College, UK. Join us to explore the challenges shaping your planet and our future, while we take you on a journey towards becoming the changemakers and innovators to address these challenges.


Course Information

  • £2,595pp – 14 day programme
  • Ages | 16 – 18 years old
  • Summer 2022 dates to be confirmed soon!
  • Sign up to receive updates on when booking for 2022 is available

About Global Leadership Experience (GLE)

Learning to lead, building critical thinking and decision-making skills and developing a global perspective to help create change in yourself is a good thing. Using those skills to generate ideas for social impact and be an advocate for positive change in the world – that’s a great thing. The Global Leadership Experience (GLE) is your chance to bring it all together.

UWC Atlantic based in a 12th-century castle by the sea in Wales UK; every day is packed with new experiences – from exploring the complex systems of the world (why some work and others simply don’t) to developing your own answers to the BIG ethical, social, environmental, political, geographic and economic questions that impact the lives of everyone. Through thought-provoking workshops, insightful discussions and comfort stretching outdoor activities, you will be invited to develop the 21st Century leadership needed at a global, local and personal level.

Programme Themes

GLE seeks to build a community of young thinkers and does from across the globe committed to innovative and ethical leadership. The programme has been broken down into four key phases, based on an adapted Golden Circle model, which supports you in answering four key questions:

Who – Who am I?

Through activities steeped in experiences, you will be challenged to explore what comprises your identity, your values, your passion, your strengths. You will begin to explore what leadership means to you and uncover who the leader that lies within you is.

Why – What is my why?

By diving deep into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, you will gain a deeper understanding of the global challenges we currently face. You will investigate the root and impact of these challenges at local and global level. In doing so, you will better be able to identify the issues that you most deeply care about and your motivation to influence change – your why!

How – How can I influence my community?

You will meet and hear from a variety of leaders from different sectors, that will expose you to the multiple way of influencing change – from being a politician, to organising a lifeboat rescue programme. Through these experiences, you will better be able to identify the strengths you wish to draw on to positively impact your communities.

What – What am I actually going to do?

Following a human-centred design thinking approach, you will work together with people from around the world to creatively and effectively design the actions you will take to become the changemaker.

Experiential Learning for Critical Development

Through experiential education designed and delivered by Critical Engagement CIC, you will have the chance to develop strong foundations for critical thinking and personal engagement with issues of identity, diversity and social responsibility. Through a variety of different workshops and activities, you will explore what makes you the person and aspiring leader that you are, how this can shape your changemaking ambitions and what leadership is fit for the future world you envision.

Design Thinking to Influence Change

In order to develop your skills in influencing change in the communities around you, you will be led through a human-centred design thinking process to translate your understanding of the global challenges into tangible actions you will take to positively impact those around you.

Outdoor Adventures

Drawing upon the resources that the beautiful surroundings offer, you will be challenged to develop your leadership skills through creative and exciting outdoor adventures. Whether climbing down seafront cliffs or scrambling through the Brecon Beacons, you will (safely) be invited to push beyond your comfort zone, connect with natural places and work together with your peers to overcome your fears whilst discovering your strengths and potentials.

Leadership in Action and Reflection

The greatest lessons are learnt from practice and reflection. You will have the chance to directly practice what you learn by taking a lead in shaping and delivering sessions and events throughout the week – from evening games to the final gala.

In order to draw out your personal learnings, you will be part of a smaller umbrella group. Guided by a facilitator, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon the day’s activities, alone and together, to more deeply understand your own personal journey.

In Partnership

Atlantic School for Young Leaders (ASfYL)

“This course is being run in partnership with Atlantic School for Young Leaders (ASfYL), a charity created in 2014 to develop the leadership skills of young people from across the globe. Following the completion of four successful ASfYL leadership schools held at UWC Atlantic, the partners are excited to continue to grow the network of aspiring young leaders”

– Ceri Thomas, Director

Critical Engagement CIC

“GLE is designed and delivered in partnership with Critical Engagement CIC (CE), a community interest company created in 2019 to develop strong foundations for critical thinking, creative collaboration and confident, constructive communication. CE was first born at UWC Atlantic over 12 years ago and we have partnered with ASfYL since 2015, thus we are excited to continue to grow our joint commitment to offer action-oriented education for young people across the international stage”

– Sophie Mak-Schram and Faima Ramirez, CE Co-Directors


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Course Fees

Programme Cost: £2,595. Fees are inclusive of return transfer from one of the following airports:

  • Cardiff
  • Bristol
  • Heathrow


A limited number of funded places are available via Atlantic School for Young Leaders. To apply via the funded route, please visit their website. Applications are now closed.

Application Process

The application deadline is 31st March 2021 and is now closed. To be added to our wait list in the event of cancellations, please complete the form below.

Please note, once you have submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email to notify you that your application has been received. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and you will be notified if your application is successful by early May 2021.

The application is made up of 4 main sections:
1) Personal Details
2) About you – longer questions exploring your motivations and thoughts on leadership (if you would like, you may supplement these answers with additional material, e.g. a video, image, audio recording).
3) Parent/Guardian information (to be completed by your parent/guardian)
4) A reference (written by a referee such as your teacher).

We are keen to discover the leader within – and that can mean different things to different people. In assessing applications, we look for both merit and potential, recognising that there any many different ways to lead and that becoming a leader is an ongoing process. Please answer the questions below with sincerity and confidence, and use personal examples.

To ensure you complete the application smoothly, you are advised to prepare the longer answers beforehand (Section 2).

The questions are:
1) Share something about yourself, or something you have done, that you are proud of. (1000 characters)
2) Why are you applying and what do you hope to gain from this course? (max 1000 characters)
3) What will you contribute to the Global Leadership Experience (a specific perspective, skills, experiences)? (1000 characters)
4) Describe what you understand leadership to mean, using an example or experience of “good” or “bad” leadership to explain this. (max 1000 characters)


Global Leadership Experience (GLE) is a residential course at UWC Atlantic; a 12th Century castle by the sea in Wales. You’ll have opportunities to explore the local area and experience the beauty of South Wales and with a 122 acre site, including its own woodland, seafront, farm and valley, you’ll be able to take part in a diverse and intensive programme of activities including lifeguarding, kayaking, surfing, sailing, power boating, swimming, mountain walking, navigation, and climbing.

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