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GSC returns for 2018 with final showdown in Toronto

6 January 2018

The annual Global Student Challenge is now open for entries, with the final due to be held in Toronto after four years in Hong Kong.

This year the format is also changing. The former free trial period is now renamed as the Foundation Years to establish this period of time as the official starting phase of the competition. In the past few years the teams who did well in the competition were those that made the most of the trial period. 

The Foundation Years will take place in February, followed by the Early Years stage, which has a first submission date of 20 March. The Early Years end on 24 April, with the top six ranking teams announced as the finalists the following day.

Global Student Challenge 2018 timeline

  • Open for entry: 6 November 2017
  • The Foundation Years start: February
  • The Early Years first submission: 20 March
  • Finalists announced: 25 April
  • Finals in Toronto: July

The finals are being moved from Hong Kong for the first time. Instead, they will be hosted in Toronto to run alongside the Members' Forum, allowing finalists to take
part in Forum activities and network with senior construction professionals from around the world. 

The entry requirements have also been amended: the competition for 2018 will only be open to full-time students. However, there remains an allowance of one postgraduate member per team as in previous years.

The competition is open to students studying a degree in the built environment. All finalists and their university tutor will be flown out to Toronto, with all expenses paid. The winners receive mentoring from senior construction professionals, including past CIOB presidents, and a cash prize of £2,000. 

To enter complete the registration form online at

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