Students who complete the Global Education & Leadership Certificate will...
The Global Education & Leadership Certificate was developed to help undergraduate students at UGA process their learning and development upon return from an international education experience.
- Participate in a meaningful cross-cultural learning experience off-campus.
- Learn to integrate recent international experiences into their academic, personal, and professional lives through careful reflection at a re-entry workshop.
- Become an active global citizen through involvement in an internationally focused, OIE-approved leadership opportunity.
- Serve as an ambassador to students interested in study abroad opportunities through assisting the Office of International Education with various programming.
- Meet periodically with an advisor to discuss their development through the process of completing the certificate.
- Share their growth and learning through the certificate at a symposium with their peers who are also completing the certificate.
The Global Education & Leadership Certificate does not bear credits, and students have until they graduate to complete all requirements. Students should anticipate it taking, on average, no less than
one year upon their return from an overseas experience to complete all certificate requirements.
1. Cultural Immersion
: Participate in at least one
overseas experience to earn academic credit. Examples of overseas experiences may include:
- A faculty-led study abroad program;
- An academic exchange;
- An internship overseas;
- A research project abroad;
- A professional conference, athletic event, or musical performance abroad;
- A service-learning project overseas;
- Work or volunteering abroad;
- UGA international certificate, such as
- African Studies
- Asian Studies
- British and Irish Studies
- Cultural Capacity
- Global Studies
- International Agriculture
- International Veterinary Medicine
- Latin American & Caribbean Studies
- Peace Corps Prep
- US-based projects with international themes may be considered
2. Post-Experience Integration: Demonstrate a commitment to apply and connect your cultural experience to your everyday life by working on strategies for integration.
a.) Compose a submission reflecting on the experience after return to UGA, discussing the overall impact of being overseas. Students should consider ways in which they have grown, challenges overcome, what they have learned, etc. Reflections may be submitted as narrative essays, photo or video documentaries, blogs, outlines of public talks, etc. Submissions may not be assignments or blogs kept while the overseas experience was in progress.
b.) Attend one of the following events/workshops:
i. Life After Study Abroad - UGA's study abroad re-orientation
ii. Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience - hosted by OIE and UGA Career Center
iii. Lessons From Abroad Conference - national conference organized at the local level
3. Global Involvement:
Stay involved in global activities at UGA and become an international leader. Participate in at least one
opportunity listed below:
*Requires involvement for at least one semester
**Requires intensive involvement of at least two weeks
- Education Abroad Junior Advisor in the Office of International Education*
- Education Abroad Ambassadors (UGA student organization)*
- World Leaders (International Student Life)*
- Alumni representative for your study abroad program*
- Planning Board for International Street Festival*
- Intern abroad or volunteer abroad (may not be used to satisfy "Cultural Immersion" requirement as well)**
- Other globally-focused student organization or project***
4. UGA Involvement:
Serve the UGA community by promoting international education and volunteering to help with any of the following events for a total of at least
- OIE-sponsored information session
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Annual Education Abroad Fairs
- OIE Open House
- Life After Study Abroad Re-orientation
- Classroom presentations
- Education Abroad information tables
- Other (as approved by OIE)
5. Periodic Advising:
Meet at least once a semester with a certificate advisor* to discuss progress through the certificate, identify ways in which you have grown, and receive guidance on the capstone presentation.
*Advisors for this certificate are Kaija Lazda, Education Abroad Advisor, and Elizabeth Baldwin, Education Abroad Graduate Assistant.
6. Capstone Presentation:
Compose a 5-7 minute presentation highlighting your achievements and learning through completing the certificate. You will present at the end of the academic year symposium once you have completed all requirements.
The application for the Global Education and Leadership Certificate can be found on the GoAbroad Portal, goabroad.uga.edu. Please apply for the year in which you intend to graduate from the University of Georgia. All activities must be documented with signatures from activity supervisors and uploaded into your application. All requirements must be met to earn the certificate. If you have any questions, please contact Kaija Lazda, Education Abroad Advisor, email@example.com.