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United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest, 2014

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Deadline: February 21st, 2014.

Applications are invited from students around the world for the 2014 edition of the United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest.  The essay is aimed at projecting ideas for global citizenship through multilingual tolerance in the campaign termed the ManyLanguagesOneWorld Campaign.


1.  Students must be full-time university students, sponsored by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older.

2. Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or primary language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education

Application Process

  1. Write an essay (2000 words or less) discussing the ideas of global citizenship and understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural and national context.
  2. Show your essay to a Faculty Member or University Administrator who can attest to the fact that you have followed the contest rules. Have that Faculty Member or University Administrator complete the Reference Form in support of your participation in the contest.
  3. Once the Reference Form has been received and verified by Many Languages, One World, you will receive further information, and a link where you can complete your application and upload your essay to the contest website.
  4. Complete your application form. Be sure to include your national identity card number or passport number showing your name as it appears on your passport or official documents. Do not submit your photo.
  5. Upload your essay to the contest website.


Winners will participate in a 5 day International Youth Forum in New York and present their work at the United Nations Headquarters on June 27th 2014.

For additional information visit the Many Languages One World Campaign Website

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