Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join GC?

If you join Global Connections, you will become part of a community that will give you information and opportunity. That means not only information about campus events, new classes, study abroad opportunities, and internships, but also opportunities to meet like-minded peers who are becoming globally engaged, both in and out of the classroom. It also means opportunities to develop professionally, such as workshops that will show you how to market your international experiences to employers and graduate or professional schools. Toward that end, we also offer a certificate that will go on your transcript and make it clear to others that you took your global education seriously.

What is the importance of a global education?

The world of our parents is gone. When they were young, our grandparents and parents, not to mention our great-grandparents, could ignore the rest of the world and still have great careers and satisfying lives. That was yesterday. Today employers and graduate and professional schools want people who know languages other than English, and how to understand (and appreciate) cultures other than their own.

And if that's not enough for you, try this: The more you understand about the wider world, the better informed, more compassionate, more aware, and more fully human you will be. Try putting a price tag on that.

What can I do with a certificate in GC?

The Global Connections certificate marks you as a global citizen. Companies expect their employees to be able to work well with colleagues from different cultures at home or abroad. As a global citizen, you can provide evidence of how you attained a degree of global competence, in contrast to those who believe that all that is good in the world stops at the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. It does not matter if you are an engineer or a poet: You will stand out from your competition because you are becoming a global citizen.

Can I talk to someone about Global Connections?

Contact Dr. Alexandra Hellenbrand for more information about the certificate. Remember the flowchart?  The certificate is a way to capture the opportunities you already know you want! Feel free to click on any of the many videos throughout this site to see students talking about their global experiences.