Technical University of Denmark Green Challenge

About the program

June 2020

Every year, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) hosts the international student conference and competition: Green Challenge. The conference is DTU’s response to the global climate and sustainability changes. It's not just a competition offering the chance to win cash prizes, but a day where students can showcase their projects and visions for professionals working on the same problems.

To participate, you must have developed a project whose theme is sustainability, climate technology or the environment as part of your studies. The manner in which the theme is incorporated into the project is entirely up to you. You can participate with specific product ideas such as an eco-friendly mobile phone charger technology, optimization processes or research findings. There are no limitations, provided you focus on an aspect of sustainability, the environment or climate technology. In other words, you must be able to defend that the project solves, or contributes towards solving, a green problem.

Students present projects and are evaluated by expert judging panels made up of industry and academic experts. Students can win a cash prize from a total pool of 240,000 DKK (approximately $49,000 CAD dollars). Prizes are awarded to the best projects in four levels: Bachelor course, Bachelor project, Master course, and Master thesis.

DTU is offering two different opportunities for students to participate in:

2-day program leading up to the Green Challenge conference:

DTU's two-day program offers social activities leading up to the student conference. The activities include an introduction to the student life at DTU, a workshop on how to pitch a project, and a sight-seeing tour in the Copenhagen area.

3-week course + student conference:

DTU's three-week course (part of the DTU Summer University) prepares the student for the Green Challenge conference. The program offers the students the opportunity to participate in an intensive 5 ECTS-credit course taking place in the beginning of June. Students participating in this stream are eligible to receive transfer credit for the course-portion of the program. 

To learn more about the Green Challenge at DTU visit this page .

Eligibility

Go Global can nominate up to 3 UBC students to participate.

Green Challenge Eligibility 

Open to students enrolled in an undergraduate or master's program at UBC in the following faculties:

  • Science 
  • Applied Science 
  • Land and Food Systems 
  • Forestry 

Go Global Eligibility 

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full-time studies prior to application
  • We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades for summer research abroad experiences
  • You should have full-time student status as defined by your faculty in the year prior to your research abroad experience
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your departure
  • Students that have not received Go Global funding in the past will be given priority consideration, but all applications are welcome

Awards and program costs

Program Fees 

2 Day Program: 

DTU covers program and conference costs, meals, four nights of accommodation at Danhostel in Copenhagen, airport pick-up, and local transportation. Please note that students are responsible for airfare costs. In addition, academic transfer credit is not available for this program.

3 Week Course + Conference: 

DTU covers program and conference costs as in the 2-day program. The DTU Housing Office also provides accommodation during the 3-week course, but students are responsible for their own living expenses and airfare. Students participating in the courses will be required to pay UBC tuition for transfer credit. 

The Go Global Fee ($415.00) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to all Go Global programs. The fee will be posted to your SSC tuition account 1 -3 weeks following acceptance to participate in the program. You will be notified of the due date by email once the fee is posted (typically 2 weeks following posting).

Please see the Enrolment Service’s page on making payments to your tuition account.

Awards

Selected students are eligible to receive a Go Global award valued at $1000. 

How to apply

The application involves two-steps:

1. Apply directly to Go Global online by March 15, 2020. In your application include a 300 - 500 word statement outlining how this program contributes to your academic and personal goals.  

2. If nominated you will be asked to submit an application to the partner university. Selected students will receive detailed instructions following the Go Global deadline. 

Contact Go Global

Go Global Vancouver

Go Global's campus office is closed until further notice. At this time, you can contact Go Global by email, phone or virtually through Zoom.

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

UBC is pleased to support up to 2 students to participate in this program. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements 

University of Oregon Global Leadership Program Eligibility

  • Open to undergraduate students in 2nd year or higher 
  • Open to all disciplines 
  • Students must be 18 or older at time of application

Go Global Eligibility 

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full-time studies prior to application
  • We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades for summer research abroad experiences
  • You should have full-time student status as defined by your faculty in the year prior to your research abroad experience
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your exchange departure