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Global and Intercultural Engagement

Students have the opportunity at Otterbein to study abroad and to participate in local and regional cultural immersion programs. Through intercultural experiences, students gain a deeper knowledge of and respect for another culture’s worldview, its values, customs, and traditions. They may develop greater linguistic proficiency in another language and the ability to engage in meaningful communication with people in another culture. Students also develop global and cross-cultural competencies as they gain a deeper appreciation for diversity.

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Opportunities to Earn this Card

Click here to see the opportunities. Read about students earning this Card on their trips to Austria, England, and Vienna!

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Will My Experience Count as a Card?

To count as a Card, the experience must meet these essential components. 

Card Characteristics 


  • Project-Oriented: The student’s experience was project-oriented and included intentional real-world activities. Involvement in projects, research, and service opportunities that bring students into contact with diverse communities can facilitate an understanding of cultural differences, a realization of how culture influences how one thinks and reasons, and a nonjudgmental comparison of cultural similarities and differences.
  • Time Commitment: The student’s experience lasted over a significant duration of time.  Relative duration and time commitment were discussed with mentor(s) at the beginning of the experience. Although long-term intercultural exposure can be beneficial in some learning environments (i.e. language acquisition), multicultural-selves can be explored in short, immersive experiences.
  • Concrete Outcome: The student created a concrete internal and/or external outcomeEngagement in activities that result in long-term benefits to the larger community can be a major component of global and intercultural engagement (i.e. building a water purification system in a community may not be as beneficial as learning how building a water purification system will impact and/or improve the quality of life in the community).
  • Authentic Experience: The level of scholarship and engagement was appropriate to the field(s) of study. Students engaged in global and intercultural activities are expected to continue the development of their personal identities (values, beliefs, goals, etc.) based on a multicultural perspective and change in how the student is able to see his or her place in the world.


  • Hands-on: The student’s experience included a hands-on application of knowledge and skill. Students should have the opportunity to apply and hone discipline specific skills in multicultural and intercultural situations.
  • Student Ownership: The student’s ideas were original and the student took at least partial responsibility for the scope and direction of the project. Students should have the motivation to address issues of contemporary global and intercultural concern.


  • Student Reflection: The student showed evidence of reflective thinking about the experience.Through the experience, a student should understand how culture(s), including one’s own, has shaped his/her values and/or beliefs.
  • Mentorship: The student worked with one or more faculty, staff, or peer who served as a guide or mentor.


  • Evidence of Change: Engagement promoted change in the community and/or scholarship. Did the experience change the way the student understands him/herself, or sees his/her role, in the larger community?
  • Personal Transformation:Student had opportunities to reshape their personal and academic lenses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will interpret and act on intercultural experiences, demonstrating an understanding of multiple worldviews.
  • Students will develop a global/intercultural mindset (integrate and apply concepts and practices across cognitive, affective, academic, and cultural boundaries).
  • Students will initiate and develop interactions/relationships with culturally different others.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of other cultures in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
  • Students will recognize difference and ambiguity as opportunities for learning about self and others

Personalized Cardinal Experience 

Many courses, co-curricular activities, research opportunities, non-credit bearing work, and off-campus experiences can serve as a Personalized Cardinal Experience (PCE). Review the application for the Global Engagement and Intercultural Experienced Card to determine if an experience may qualify. Each Personalized Cardinal Experience needs to be sponsored by a faculty or staff member who will help you identify how the experience will meet the criteria for earning a Card. A PCE Checklist should be completed with your sponsor prior to participation. 

To start your Personalized Cardinal Experience journey complete the form below with your Card sponsor. 

Personalized Cardinal Experience Global and Intercultural Engagement

More Information

For more information on global and intercultural engagement visit the Study Abroad web section.


Kathryn Plank
Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of University Programs

Tabatha Piper
Five Cards Graduate Assistant

Patricia Wilson
Five Cards Faculty Liaison

p/ 614.823.1501
e/ 5cards@otterbein.edu

Global and Intercultural Engagement