What is the Global Competence Certificate?

Designed to support learners participating in an international experience, our Global Competence Certificate builds their global competence; the knowledge, skills, and understanding we believe are needed to create a more just and peaceful world. The content, now available in 7 languages, is designed to meet key educational goals that help learners develop intercultural competence and deal with cultural adjustment. These goals are organized into four core areas:

  • Self-awareness
  • Awareness about others
  • Emotional intelligence, and
  • Bridges across difference

This is what the GCC is all about:

Prepare your participants interculturally and help them with cultural adjustment

Add the Global Competence Certificate to your inbound and outbound programs

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Regardless of program type, intentional educational interventions are necessary for intercultural learning to happen.

That’s why we offer the Global Competence Training Program (GCTP) and the Global Competence Certificate (GCC). The GCTP is based online while the GCC combines online training and guided reflection with Qualified Facilitators. The GCC blended learning program is flipped to deliver content online, in multiple languages, and leverage offline facilitation for deep reflection about intercultural learning. The program is modular and developmental, helping learners grow at their own pace, with ample opportunities for peer-learning with other participants from around the globe.


Research shows us, that of all the variables (including the use of host families, the length of the program, access to language learning, etc.), the one variable that has the biggest impact on people’s learning for intercultural competence is having intentional intercultural education surrounding one’s experience abroad. Even a short program can serve as a powerful catalyst and an effective ‘real lived experience’ as part of the Kolb Experiential learning cycle.

“In education abroad and in language learning, the professional’s task continues throughout the experience; in the Georgetown Consortium study, facilitation at key points of the semester led to greater increases in students’ Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) scores. In contrast, students participating in unmediated direct enrollment programs showed no such increases…”

"Very easy to use"

“We started implementing the GCC and just had our first returnee meeting. The GCC is very easy to use and all participants loved the experience. It is a great help for them to be prepared for the program and to guide them through intercultural challenges along the way. As a facilitator I enjoyed the experience and had no issues at all implementing the GCC.”

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The Global Competence Certificate will be at:

Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience
June 11-12, 2017 Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
From research to practice: How educator-led blended learning programs can enhance global competence and intercultural learning in study abroad and off-campus domestic study programs

Global Internship Conference 2017
June 13-17, 2017 at La Pontifica Universidad Catolica Santiago de Chile
Building the bridge: Fostering engaged and continuous learning through purposeful holistic programming in international internships

CIEE Annual Conference 2017
November 8-11, 2017 in Austin, Texas
Online Pre-Departure Courses – Maximizing Student Learning and Support

You might have also heard about the Global Competence Certificate at the following conferences/events:

FAUBAI Conference 2016
April 17-20, 2016 in Fortaleza Brazil
Beyond pre-departure orientation towards Global Competence Development

Generation Study Abroad IIE Summit
October 23, 2016 in Washington, D.C. USA
Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad

45th NSEE Annual Conference
September 26-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
Introducing an Innovating Blended Learning Model for Intercultural and Experiential -Learning: Lessons Learned from A First Year Pilot

12th QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS-APPLE)
November 22-24, 2016 in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Beyond pre-departure orientation towards Global Competence Development

SIETAR Brazil 2016
October 20-21, 2016 in São Paulo Brazil
Programa online de Competências Interculturais

The Forum on Education Abroad
March 29-31, 2017 in Seattle, WA USA
Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience With Online Intercultural Learning

Language Canada 10th Annual Conference
February 26 – March 1, 2017 in Quebec, Canada
Language acquisition aided by global competence (and vice versa): Research and tools

The GCC asks learners to follow a different path...

“Nearly all organizations continue to design and deliver programs abroad on the assumption that participants learn simply through reading some things about culture before they depart, and then by coming into contact with the new and different after they arrive. The GCC asks learners to follow a different path, practicing core global competencies that allow them, over time, to learn to interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others. Kudos to AFS and Sentio for offering a certificate program that prepares people to live and flourish in an increasingly diverse and complex world.”

-Michael Vande Berg PhD, award-winning researcher, author, and speaker