University of London


City UoL SGE Brussels 2023



1 Week In Brussels And 1 Week Online

In collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project, this innovative and carbon-conscious programme includes a 5-night Sustainable Field Trip in Brussels and a Carbon Literacy Training to improve students’ understanding of climate change and carbon emissions.

  • Sustainably travel to, and explore an exciting new country
  • Take part in an accredited CL training to become certified as Carbon Literate
  • 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, critical thinking, research, evaluation & presentation

  • Group travel between campus & Mainland Europe
  • Carbon emissions offset by 150%
  • Tours, masterclasses & networking events
  • Engage with public & private sector organisations
  • Sector-specific focus, with sustainability embedded throughout
  • Shared hostel accommodation included
  • Full on-site support from Pagoda
  • Understand the theory of climate change and sustainable practices
  • 2 mandatory 3-hour sessions
  • Opportunity to be awarded a uniquely-coded Carbon Literacy certificate



Pagoda will host a virtual pre-departure event where participants will have the chance to have their questions answered. A recording of the event will be provided to those unable to attend.

Accredited by the Manchester-based Carbon Literacy Project, participants will receive Carbon Literacy Training and an official certificate upon 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.”

The training, developed by the Carbon Literacy Project, is globally unique and was recognised as such by the UN at COP21, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 Worldwide Transformative Action Programs. It has been implemented by more than 1700 organisations worldwide, including the NHS, the BBC, and the Machester City Council.

By incorporating Carbon Literacy Training into this programme, we aim to equip students with a solid educational foundation and understanding of the importance of adopting a carbon-conscious lifestyle.

  • 5-night field trip to Amsterdam, giving participants hands-on industry experience in a global context
  • Introduction to a carbon-conscious culture
  • Any carbon generated will be offset 150% through Gold Standard offsetting projects
  • Sustainability themes weaved throughout each component of the programme
SUNDAYArrival & welcome dinner
MONDAYOrientation & project setupSustainable city tour
TUESDAYMasterclasses at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionGroup project work and free time to explore
WEDNESDAYTours at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionGroup project work and free time to explore
THURSDAYGroup-project presentations

Q&A with industry professionals

Networking opportunity

Farewell dinner
FRIDAYCarbon conscious tourist activityDeparture

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 trains are 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.

On average, travelling on the Eurostar emits 10 times less carbon per passenger compared to a short-haul flight to the same destination.

In line with the programme’s core ethos, transportation during the programme is exclusively via public transport and walking.

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

Hostels are situated in, or are in close proximity to the city centre, with excellent public transport links.

In addition to the other programme components, Pagoda will arrange for students to take part in guided tours around the best attractions the city has to offer.

All entrance fees are covered as part of the programme and the group will be fully supported and supervised throughout the activity by a friendly member of the Pagoda staff.

Participants will have their evenings free throughout the programme to explore the city and bond with their fellow teammates. A Digital Welcome Pack of the city’s (arguably) best sustainable attractions, shops and restaurants will be provided.

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.


Maintain communication with Pagoda before, during, and after the programme.

Skills Courses

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.

Global Alumni Community

Connect with other participants and students from other programmes all around the world.

Application Deadline: 5th February 2023

Programme Dates (Field Trip): 11th June to 16th June 2023

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!


This programme is fully funded by the university.

£50 GBP refundable deposit will be invoiced to students who have been allocated a place on the programme. Deposits are refunded at the successful end of the programme, deducting any cleaning fees or damage to the accommodation.

Please note that daily spending money for food is not covered by our programme fees.

Bridgette’s InternChina Office Internship in Chengdu

Five and a half months ago, I made my way to the office for the first time – ridiculously early – and sat down at my desk in the IC Chengdu office. I was really quite nervous as this was the first time I have worked in an office environment, but my colleagues were all very friendly and helpful. I admit I felt quite overwhelmed in my first week, there were so many new faces, so many tasks and programmes to familiarise myself with. There was also my jetlag to deal with and the fact that I didn’t like spicy food (and almost everything in Chengdu is at least a little spicy).

Nevertheless, day after day, I grew more comfortable in my role and in what I had to do. I began exploring the city with the other interns as well and saw and experienced numerous interesting sites in and around Chengdu. The most memorable places were, of course, the Giant Panda Base and Emei Mountain (see my account on that here).

InternChina – pandas in Chengdu!
InternChina – Summit of Emei Mountain

The food has also been quite a journey for me. As I said, I could not eat any spicy food when I first arrived. Now, five months later, I am enjoying my dishes drowned in red chilli sauce and sprinkled with Sichuan peppercorns. I never knew it was possible to train your taste-buds!

InternChina – Sichuan spicy food (hotpot)

I have met amazing people during my short time here, have made friends for life and I admit, despite the fog, I’ve fallen in love with this ever-changing city. I will miss my colleagues, I will miss the food, I think I will even miss the smog!

But it doesn’t end here! Though my internship is over, my time with IC is not – I’m staying on board to take on the role as Qingdao branch office manager! I am extremely excited to have been given this opportunity and I can’t wait to start my new adventures in Qingdao starting from April.

It has been fun, challenging, and most of all rewarding to intern with IC and I look forward to coming back, meeting new people, visiting new places and trying new foods. It is an adventure I would recommend to anyone and I hope to be able to welcome many more students and graduates to China, and make sure they have an amazing time in this magical country!


Kick start your career with an internship in Qingdao, Zhuhai or Chengdu and join in the adventure! Apply Now!