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Global U Program

The Global U Program is designed to help you turn your international experience into transferable skills that are used in school, the community, at home, and at work. By combining learning abroad with Community Engagement, Career Development, Language Immersion, and Research Experience, students learn to articulate their skills in a valuable, marketable way. Students who complete the program are recognized with a Global U Pin for graduation and receive a co-curricular certificate of completion.

Students who complete the program:

  • Gain recognition with
    • Official Global U pin for Graduation
    • Certificate of completion
    • Annual awards ceremony
  • Market their experience on job and graduate school applications
  • Develop transferable skills that enhance personal, professional, and academic goals

There are three phases to the Global U Program.

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The cornerstone of the Global U Program is Learning Abroad Badges. There are 5 Learning Abroad Badges. To complete the program, students earn Badges in each phase of the program.

Students earn Badges by completing all of the requirements in each phase. To complete the Global U Program, you must earn at least 1 Badge in each phase of the program. Students in the program share their experiences with the community through social media. Students automatically fulfill many of the requirements by participating in a Learning Abroad program! A breakdown of the program requirements is found below.

Global U Program ChartStudents who want to participate in the Global U Awards Ceremony in the spring semester must complete the Integrate Phase requirements by April 5th.

You can register online for the Global U Program at any time. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program before departing for their program. Program registration includes a non-refundable $20 registration fee. This is a one-time fee that covers the awards ceremony, certificate, Global U Pin, and support services.

  • Students who have an active Learning Abroad Application (Fall Break 2015 and Beyond), can register through the Learning Abroad: Global U Program Questionnaire in their Learning Abroad Application.
  • Students who completed or applied for a Learning Abroad program BEFORE Fall 2015 and including Summer 2015 can email learningabroad@utah.edu to start an application!

The Plan phase is an opportunity to set goals, prepare for your experience, and think about your Badges before you go abroad. All students who participate in an approved Learning Abroad Program automatically fulfill the 3 out of 4 of the requirements for this phase!

The Learn phase occurs while you are abroad. Many programs are designed to automatically earn Badges in the Learn phase. To determine if your program automatically earns the Career Development, Community Engagement, Language Immersion, or Research Badge, see the Fact Sheet at the top of your program website. If your program doesn't automatically earn one of those Badges, you can earn a Badge by coordinating independent options. Your host institution, affiliate, or Faculty Director may be able to help you coordinate independent options while abroad. Contact these individuals for details about the options available on your program. Additionally, the following independent options have been pre-approved as eligible Badges activities in the Learn phase.

Career Development

Community Engagement

  • 3-12 credit service learning courses offered through an affiliate or host institution
  • Semester at Sea IMPACT Scholarship

Language Immersion

  • Courses taught in a language other than English offered through an affiliate or host institution
  • Credit and non-credit language courses offered through an affiliate or host institution

Research Experience

The Integrate phase occurs after you return home from your program. The Integrate phase helps students convert their experience abroad into transferable skills that can be used at home, at school, in the community and in the workplace. There are 3 requirements for the Integrate Phase:

  1. Complete the Digital Returnee Seminar
  2. Attend 1 Returnee Event
  3. Earn at least 1 Badge

Digital Returnee Seminar

In this phase, students participate in a Digital Returnee Seminar. This non-graded, non-transcripted seminar walks you through the emotional, intellectual, and practical challenges of integrating your experience abroad into your life at home. With a focus on reverse culture shock and developing transferable skills, this online seminar can be finished at any time after you return from your program. As a co-curricular activity, the seminar does not appear on your transcript or affect your GPA. At the end of the seminar, students answer 3-4 reflection questions to help them articulate how their experiences abroad relate to their personal, academic, and professional goals.

Returnee Events

Returnee events help you expand your network by connecting with experts here on campus. There are dozens of approved returnee events each year. A list of pre-approved events can be found below. For the most up to date information about returnee events, see the announcements in your online Global U Program Registration. Other events may be eligible. Contact Learning Abroad at learningabroad@utah.edu to request to add an event to the pre-approved list.

Earning Badges in the Integrate Phase

During the Integrate phase, students earn badges through independent options. This allows you to customize the Integrate phase in a way that makes the most sense for your goals.

Independent options are available during the Learn and Integrate phases. Independent options allow students to customize the Global U Program to their personal, professional, and academic goals. Independent options may include optional program activities or independently organized activities. You can combine credit and non-credit activities to earn badges through independent options. A breakdown of the requirements for independent options is below.

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Some activities have been pre-approved for independent options. Students who participate in pre-approved activities still need to satisfy the minimum number of hours required to earn the Badge. Information about pre-approved activities is found below. Independent options that have not been pre-approved need to be approved by Learning Abroad in advance. To obtain approval for your activity, send an email to learningabroad@utah.edu. The email should include your name, Learning Abroad Program, UNID, and a description of the activity.

Learn Phase: Pre-approved Badge Activities

Your host institution, affiliate, or Faculty Director may be able to help you coordinate independent options while abroad. Contact these individuals for details about the options available on your program. Additionally, the following independent options have been pre-approved as eligible Badges activities in the Learn phase.

Career Development

Community Engagement

  • 3-12 credit service learning courses offered through an affiliate or host institution
  • CAPA Certificate of Achievement
  • Griffith University Community Internship Program
  • Griffith MATES Volunteer Program
  • Semester at Sea IMPACT Scholarship
  • University of Sydney MATES Program

Language Immersion

  • Courses taught in a language other than English offered through an affiliate or host institution
  • Credit and non-credit language courses offered through an affiliate or host institution
  • NTU non-credit Chinese Language Program

Research Experience

Integrate Phase: Pre-approved Badge Activities

The following independent options have been pre-approved as eligible Badges activities in the Integrate phase.

Career Development

Community Engagement

Language Immersion

Research Experience

  • Learning Abroad Research Poster Fair
  • Participate in a 2nd Learning Abroad Program earning the Research Experience Badge
  • Travel & Small Grants
  • UROP

This is an experiential, co-curricular (non-transcripted) program for all U of U students who participate in an approved Learning Abroad Program. A list of approved programs can be found in our Program Search. Non-credit activities will not appear on your transcript or fulfill graduation requirements. To determine if credit-bearing activities fulfill graduation requirements, contact your academic advisor. Students are not eligible to receive the certificate, participate in the awards ceremony, or receive the graduation pin until they satisfy all Global U Program requirements. Students are required to share their experiences through social media as part of the program. Registration fees for the Global U Program are non-refundable.

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Last Updated: 3/24/17