The Center for Intercultural Learning and Global Competence Education offers expert, practitioner lead training and consultation to help organisations and communities navigate intercultural and global competence challenges. 

We  respond to the challenges and opportunities of globalization and increased diversity by engaging, empowering, and informing stakeholders through our offerings.

Learn more on how we achieve our purpose

Work With Us

To learn more about customized training and coaching for your organization, or if you are interested in becoming one of the Center’s fellows, please e-mail [email protected].


Our aim is to transform education systems around the world to be 21st century ready and help learners meet the Global Goals by incorporating intercultural learning and global competence development for all learners alongside literacy, numeracy and STEM.  We do this through advocacy, research, training and educational programs that advance understanding, leadership and collaboration across differences.

Designed to support students participating in international education programs, the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) is a blended learning tool that builds global competence and the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. The GCC is available in 7 languages and independent research (Purdue University) demonstrates the program’s effectiveness. Find out more or contact Linda Stuart.

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Whom We Work With

With a focus on the global secondary (6-12) school sector, the Center connects:

  • policymakers including education authorities, ministries and intragovernmental agencies;
  • scholars and researchers;
  • practitioners such as teachers, school heads/principals, initial teacher educators and non-formal learning organizations; and
  • employers, youth advocates, parents, philanthropies and other key community members who have a stake in the future of education.

Our strategic partners include the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) and Teach for All.

Who We Are


People & Experts

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Global Competence Education consists of a wide network of Center staff, academic, business, government and NGO representatives.

Find out more about them here.


Affiliation with AFS

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Global Competence is hosted by AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS).

Find out more about AFS here.



Funding for the Center is made possible via AFS, the AFS Co-Fund for Impact, donations, and programmatic activity run by the Center. 

Donate today to ensure students are 21st century ready.

Where We Are

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Global Competence Education is based in New York City and has a global reach with strong presence in Colombia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Thailand.

Contact us at [email protected]

Explore AFS Center Virtual Training Workshops

Building on AFS’ 75+ years of experience and in an effort to make intercultural learning more accessible, the Center offers a new suite of multilingual training programs for international education professionals, higher education institutions, K-12 educators, school administrators, civil society organizations, nonprofits, and volunteers.

Reserve your spot below for upcoming virtual training programs for individuals, and we will contact you soon with more information. Find out more.

News & articles

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    Rethinking the Role of Global Competence in School Curricula

    “Providing all students the right opportunities to develop global competence will require significant changes in the classroom, including how much time students spend learning about the world and other cultures,…
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    AFS Holds a Successful Ibero-American Week of Global Education

    Under the theme of: Globalize, Connect, Transform, 6,000 participants from Latin America and Europe met last week to debate the present and future of education.    From June 1 to…
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    Leveraging Tech for Intercultural Learning

    It’s clear that the pandemic has accelerated the use of technology and online learning for those of us in (international) education far beyond what most had prepared or planned for.…
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    “Pre-departure” During COVID-19: Online tools & activities for supporting intercultural learning during uncertainty 

    Although the pandemic demonstrates our global interconnectivity and why intercultural skills are essential, empowering students to develop these abilities has become increasingly challenging in times of COVID-19. Surveys show that…
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    AFS & OECD to Launch PISA Global Competence Results at Virtual Conference

    At a time when global skills are in critical demand, the 2020 AFS Global Conference is set to host the a virtual global launch of the results of the Programme…
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    Re-entry in Crisis: 3 key strategies to support students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or cut short intercultural learning for over 5 million study abroad participants and international students. The already challenging process of returning home after an international…