Frequently Asked Question

The University Scholars Leadership Symposium is a world-leading Global Leadership in Social Change Program that aims to nurture the leadership potential of outstanding youth from reputable institutions of higher learning. We achieve this by imparting delegates with the necessary skills and knowledge, as we are providing invaluable opportunities that benefit not only themselves but their communities. This Symposium also emphasises the importance of ascertaining an open-minded view of the world as young delegates face humanitarian challenges through global collaboration. We hope that our delegates leave the USLS with the realisation that they have the power to lead and implement positive and sustainable change.

Humanitarian Affairs invites all outstanding youth leaders, between the ages of 17 to 30, with the following qualities to participate in the University Scholars Leadership Symposium:

  • Youth Leaders should be able to demonstrate strong leadership potential and demonstrate how they can aspire to learn from others to become better leaders.
  • Youth Leaders should have an open mind and maintain a genuine appreciation for different perspectives and for individuals with different backgrounds, interests and ambitions
  • Youth Leaders should hold consideration and respect for others and possess an interest to better serve society.

Please use the online application form to apply.

The Registration Fee varies from USD 1,350 to USD 1,500 and will include 5-night accommodation on a sharing basis; Breakfast, Lunch and coffee-breaks for the program duration; a Souvenir T-shirt; participation in the Service Learning; Access to all lectures, plenary and networking sessions; Local Transportation during Official Activities; and an Electronic Copy of the Certificate of Participation. For those who would like to opt-out from the hotel accommodation, the registration fee starts from USD 1,000 to USD 1,200. Please note the registration fees mentioned are not inclusive of the 7% VAT (Value-added Tax).

International travel arrangements and costs will be the sole responsibility of each participant.

We offer an early bird registration rate. Please look at the fee payable under Registration Fee. There will be an additional discounted rate for group registration of more than 10 persons.

We are unable to provide any financial assistance. Interested individuals may like to approach their institution directly for funding opportunities. We also suggest that you check with local organizations, such as the Lions or Rotary clubs in your area for sponsorship.

We will provide approved applicants with a Formal Acceptance Letter to facilitate the application of Entry visas. You can present this official letter to the Embassy of the host country if you are applying for an entry visa. Please note that the acceptance notice does NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa or admittance to the host country. Visa issuance is entirely contingent upon the Embassy’s and Consulate’s discretion, and admittance upon the Immigration authorities’ discretion at the point of entry.

Yes, you can still attend the Symposium as an observer. All NGO representatives, Youth Workers and those interested in Humanitarian Service are welcome, but the age should not be over 30 years old. The fees are the same as for any delegate; please use our online application system to apply.

Yes, however, the full registration fee will still apply. Kindly note that you will not be eligible for the Certificate of Participation unless you complete the full training program.

You are expected to receive an email notification concerning the outcome of your application within 10 working days from the date you send in your application. If you do not hear from us, then most likely your application is not successful.

You may appeal for further considerations on your application if you feel strongly about participating in the Symposium. There will be a phone interview to assess your suitability during this process. No further appeal will be entertained if you again fail to secure a place after this assessment.

To contact us, please use the online contact form or write to

Felicity Ng

International Medical University, Malaysia

Beyond Ourselves

“I was given the exclusive privilege of attending the USLS for a second time. My first encounter with the event was in Hanoi, at the 7th USLS. The experience then was just as impactful and inspiring as the 10th USLS. Through my time at both symposiums, I have become convinced that the USLS is truly a platform that provides purpose to every youth leader that walks through its door. Not only that but the event is also a reminder to my fellow youth to achieve greater things beyond ourselves.

The 5-day youth empowerment symposium was filled with positive energy, inspiring stories, and impactful lessons. USLS definitely explored every possible emotion there was to experience, leaving us all raw with passion to make the world we call home a better place.

I have met so many aspiring youths and I have hope for the future generations to come. I definitely left the symposium as a more sensible, proactive, and empowered global citizen.