Aberystwyth University


Aberystwyth University – Sustainable Global Experience 2023



In collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project, this innovative and environmentally sustainable programme includes a 5-night sustainable field trip to Brussels, and built in digital components to develop your employability and cultural skills.

  • Sustainably travel to, and explore an exciting new country
  • Deepen understanding of carbon emissions, sustainable living and sustainable industry
  • Increase your digital, employability, cultural and workplace skills on Pagoda’s certified online skills courses
  • Enhance professional networks by joining the Pagoda global community and connecting with sector experts from around the globe
  • Develop a range of transferable skills through enquiry-based Learning (EBL) including comprehension, analysis, research, evaluation & presentation
  • Group travel between London & Mainland Europe
  • Tours, masterclasses & networking
  • Engage with public & private sector organisations
  • Explore a range of organisations that are committed to sustainability
  • Accommodation in Europe included
  • Full on-site support from Pagoda
  • Carbon Literacy Training
  • Access to 4 Pagoda Online Skills Courses
  • Certificates awarded for each completed skills course
  • Join a global community through the Pagoda App
  • Join Pagoda’s Alumni Community


Partially funded university programme with limited availability. Funding is available to UK-domicile students and priority will go to UK students who have not previously taken part in independent travel abroad.

Students will need to contribute a non-refundable £250 towards the cost of the programme.

Please note that accommodation in Brussels and transportation from London to Brussels and within Brussels are included. Transportation from campus to London is not included, however a night in a hostel on the 22nd and 28th of July are included.



Applications Close: 24th February 2023
Online Carbon Literacy Training: The week before field trip dates start
Brussels Field Trip: 6th August to the 11th August 2023

5-night field trip to Brussels, giving participants hands-on industry experience in a global context.
Careful designed to minimize the carbon impact of the trip.
Any carbon generated will be offset >100% through local gold standard offsetting projects.
Sustainability themes weaved throughout each component of the programme.

SUNDAYArrival & welcome dinner
MONDAOrientation & project setupSustainable city tour. Talk and Q&A with key private and public sector figures
TUESDAYTours & Masterclasses at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionGroup project work
WEDNESDAYGroup project work and free time to exploreNetworking event
THURSDAYTours & Masterclasses at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionFarewell dinner
FRIDAYGroup project presentations, feedback & reflectionDeparture

Accredited by the Manchester-based Carbon Literacy Project, you will receive Carbon Literacy Training and an official certificate on completion.

Carbon Literacy is defined as “an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

More than 1700 organisations across the UK and internationally have empowered their teams with the award-winning Carbon Literacy training, including the NHS, the BBC, and Manchester City Council.

By incorporating Carbon Literacy Training in this programme, we aim to equip you with a solid educational foundation and understanding of the importance of cultivating a low carbon culture, and how to action this in your day-to-day life.

According to the International Energy Alliance’s (IEA) 2020 Tracking Transport Report, ships, planes and road-vehicles make up almost three-quarters of global transport emissions.

Urban and high-speed train is one of the most sustainable, long-distance transport methods. Eurostar’s high-speed trains are the most carbon efficient option when travelling between London and neighbouring European cities.

Travelling from London to Paris or Brussels via the Eurostar emits 90% less greenhouse gases than a short-haul flight, and 80% less in the case of London to Amsterdam.

We welcome you to take a look at Eurostar’s webpage on their carbon footprint for further details.

In line with the programme’s core ethos, transportation during the programme will be exclusively via public transport or walking.

To reflect the programme’s core ethos, participants will stay at high-quality eco-hostels, which both support and demonstrate sustainable and environmental practices.

The hostel will be situated in, or are in close proximity to the city centre, with excellent public transport links.

Throughout the programme, alongside the other components Pagoda will arrange for the students taking part some guided tours around the best attractions the city has to offer.

All entrance fees will be covered as part of the programme and the group will be fully supported and supervised throughout the activity from the friendly member of Pagoda staff!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Don’t forget you will have some of the evenings throughout the programme to explore by yourself, so if there’s something in particular you’re wanting to tick off, you can hopefully do so in some of the free time!

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of the learner’s current skillset and improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic career.

These courses prepare the learner with the knowledge required to communicate effectively within an international working-group or team, tackle the job market with confidence and have a strong understanding of ‘digital’ implications of work. As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is provided following each completed Pagoda skills course.

Pagoda’s app is built for communities and allows users to engage, share and communicate with each other whilst maintaining a high level of privacy.

The info sessions are completely non-commital and if you can’t make it you can always register and we’ll send you the recording after. The only people with cameras on will be the hosts and we’ll use the Q&A box to ask questions.




Being home to the EU parliament and commission, Brussels is hugely influential in fighting climate change. It is one of the greenest capitals in Europe working towards a circular economy. Stroll through the cobbled streets, try Belgian waffles and visit the world’s biggest beer selection!