Your application to this contest must be supported by a faculty member or university administrator at the institution where you are currently studying. This institutional representative is required to attest that you have followed all of the contest rules and that you meet the eligibility requirements. After writing your essay, share it with this institutional representative so that she/he is then be able to attest to your work by filling out the faculty member/university administrator referral form. We advise that s/he print and sign a copy of this form with the university’s seal as a supporting document and have it ready if needed for further verification.
The person providing your reference must be a competent authority from your university or college (e.g. professor, dean of studies or college administrator). The reference should know you well enough to be in a position to attest that:
a. You are a full-time student of the institution in good standing,
b. Your essay is written in a language that is neither your first language, nor was it the language of instruction during your primary or secondary education.
c. The reference must also attest that your essay is your original, unaided work.
In order to fulfill the attestation requirements, your Referral Form must be completed by a faculty member or university representative at the university that will grant your degree.
Your first language is the language you grew up speaking – this can mean the language or languages spoken at school or at home. Depending upon your circumstances, you might have more than one “first language”.
ELS Educational Services, Inc. (ELS) will pay for each contest winner’s travel, accommodations and meals throughout their participation in the Conference and Global Youth Forum. However, winners are required to pay for the costs related to their passports and visas. Winners should also plan to bring spending money. For detailed information on the official contest rules, please visit: ManyLanguagesOneWorld.org/ContestRules
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If you have any questions that are not addressed above, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24 hours for our response.
Please do not send inquiries regarding your individual status as an entrant. We will not send any notification until after the winners have been chosen and their attendance at the Global Youth Forum has been confirmed.