Students must complete four components:
I. International Experience:This could include study abroad, international internships, overseas volunteer programs, research abroad, or being an international student in the U.S. The international experience must be completed while students are in college.
II. Academic Coursework:
- Language requirement: Students must complete either the equivalent of FL 201 in the language in which they met the university foreign language requirement, or at least three credit hours at any level of study in a new language.
- Course requirement: 4 additional courses with strong international emphases chosen from 3 different categories. Click on the following categories for a list of acceptable courses:
- Students may substitute a course with a multicultural emphasis in place of one of the required 4 courses. Courses used to fulfill certificate requirements may simultaneously apply to general education, major, or minor requirements.
- Overall GPA for GPC coursework must be at least 2.0.
- For questions about the approval of courses not listed, please contact the GPC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. Co-curricular & Service Activities:
- Co-curricular Activities: GPC participants must engage in co-curricular activities totaling at least 30 points. 1 hour is worth roughly 1 point, with 10 points awarded to semester-long commitments for certain activities. For more information on points and acceptable activities, click here. Please note: Co-curricular activities counted toward the certificate must be carried out in the United States. Activities must also have an international focus.
- Community Service: GPC participants are required to complete at least 10 hours of volunteer work. Service activities must have an international focus. For more information and examples, click here.
IV. Final Project:Students will have a choice of completing an essay (5 page minimum), poster, powerpoint presentation, physical display, website, video, or combination of media depicting their global experience. After approval, some form of the project must be presented or made available to the public. For more information, click here.