Global Engagement and Intercultural Experiences
Global and intercultural experiences change you. You become a different person challenged by what you have experienced and learned. Your perception of self and your worldview are questioned.
You learn about language, culture and customs of world groups and how the U.S. is viewed abroad. You learn about the intercultural fabric in the U.S. and how different ethnic groups contribute to the weaving of the tapestry.
Students with intercultural experience say they are confident in their abilities and knowledge of the world, America, and themselves. Their values and goals are clarified. Their leadership skills and confidence develop to help them make changes in their communities.
Learn about other ways of thinking and behaving by interacting with diverse cultures in the local community. Multiple service, intern, research and leadership in a global environment have been identified in the local community. Apply the skills you learned locally while studying or working abroad.
Learn how you fit into the world by engaging it.
Mission & Goals
The goal of global engagement and intercultural education is to provide structured learning contexts in which students experience and observe values, beliefs, and ways of behaving that are different from their own. Guided, reflective, global experiences facilitate the understanding and clarification of a student’s own values and permit evaluation of stereotypes and misperceptions as well as the discovery of similarities between diverse populations. Students who have these experiences are better prepared to work effectively in multicultural and global environments. Global engagement and intercultural education occur through classroom instruction (via the curriculum, research, or with interactions with international students); through participation in study abroad and off-campus programs (faculty-led short-term programs or longer semester or yearlong programs, domestic urban/rural programs); through participation in service, volunteer or internship programs locally and abroad (refugees, missionary, disaster relief programs, etc.); and through local engagement with multi-ethnic populations in the larger community.
Although often seen as occurring only internationally, domestic interactions can also be a catalyst for intercultural engagement, as students reflect on positive and negative affective and cognitive change that results from comparing their own values and beliefs with those encountered. Successful local intercultural engagement results in competences that are relevant to international encounters.
- Students will develop cross-cultural competencies in their academic field and be aware of the impact global pressures have on local communities.
- Students will learn intercultural skills locally which can be applied in broader, international settings.
- Students will develop proficiency in other cultures (including language) and will build skills to integrate and apply concepts and practices across cognitive, affective, academic, and cultural boundaries.
- Students will interact with diverse people in the local and international communities to develop and hone transferrable intercultural skills through the application of academic theories and practical skills.
- Students will become global citizens by giving to the local and international communities in which they live through service and volunteerism.
- Students will learn to see ambiguity and difference as opportunities for learning when in multicultural settings.
For more information about Global and Intercultural Engagement, please visit the Center for International Education & Global Engagement site.