The 2015 Many Languages,
One World contest is now closed.
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2015 International Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum


Winners are being chosen now!

We are currently in the evaluation phase of the selection process for the Many Languages, One World essay contest. A total of 70 winners will be chosen from around the world as delegates to the 2015 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum where they will create plans of action related to the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda. Ten winners for each of the six official UN languages, plus an additional ten chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages, will be invited to New York to participate in a series of events during the week of July 20-26, 2015. All expenses are sponsored and arranged by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

Selection Process

Step 1: Two panels of judges will read and evaluate essays on the quality of ideas expressed and their fluency of language. These two scores will be combined, and the top essayists will pass to the interview stage of the competition.

Step 2: The top essayists will be invited to complete personal, in-language interviews regarding their essays. This interview will be conducted online via SKYPE by a panel of international judges.

Step 3: Winners will be selected based on the scoring of Step 1 and Step 2. Selection criteria includes the originality and quality of thought and the written and spoken language proficiency in the essay and interview.


ELS will send winners a letter of invitation to the 2015 Global Youth Forum at Adelphi University. At that time, winners will also receive
complete rules of participation. Winners will also receive detailed instructions about their visa application, e-ticketing for the round-trip air ticket, arrival procedures and the tentative agenda of the conference.

Stay tuned for more information!



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