United Nations One World Student Essay Contest 2018- Apply Now


Last updated on February 14th, 2018 at 06:08 am


Over the past four years, the Many Languages, One World® essay contest has brought students together from local and international community and empowered them to share ideas on how multilingualism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can drive us to a brighter future. These global citizens have displayed a passion for global change, and have opened the doors to countless opportunities.

About the Contest

ELS Educational Services in conjunction with the  United Nations Academic Impact each invites  applications for the fourth Many Languages, One World® Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To Participate:
Write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.  The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context. 

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Many Languages, One World promotes the continued learning of the six official languages of the United Nations-Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  To qualify, essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is neither your first language (language(s) spoken at home) nor the medium of instruction in either your primary or secondary education (or a medium of instruction if attending a bilingual school). You will need to demonstrate both written and verbal competency in the language of the essay.  You must be a full-time university student, referred and endorsed by a faculty member or university representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

Value of Contest: 

Last year ELS Educational Services, Inc.  awarded each winner with an all-expense paid trip to Boston and New York City between 15-26, July 2017. At the Global Youth Forum, the students  created action plans addressing selected topics from the Sustainable Development Agenda, and will presented views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. These international delegates  also had the opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour Boston and New York City.

Airfare, accommodations and meals were provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.



In 2018, we are pausing the contest to take a look back and celebrate their successes.  This year, we will be releasing a series of videos and webcast of our past winners.  Check back to hear these winners’ stories.

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Award Provider:  Northeastern University

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