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Global U Program

The Global U Program is an optional, non-transcripted program that Learning Abroad students can complete concurrently while participating on their Learning Abroad program. It is designed to help students turn their international experience into transferable skills that they can then use in school, their communities, at home, and at work. In addition students can market their experience on job and graduate school applications. By combining learning abroad with skills in Community Engagement, Career Development, Language Immersion, and Research Experience, students intentionally work towards their academic, personal, and professional goals and learn how to articulate the skills they gain from learning abroad in a valuable, marketable way. Students who complete the program gain recognition with a Global U Pin for graduation, receive a co-curricular certificate of completion, and are honored a Global U Program recognition event.

Students who complete the program:

  • Gain recognition with
    • Official Global U pin for Graduation
    • Certificate of completion
    • Global U Program event
  • 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 6 Learning Abroad Badges. To complete the program, students earn Badges in each phase of the program.

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Each Learn Phase Badge offers different benefits and skills to students. During the Plan Phase of the Global U Program, it is important to decide which Badge(s) will help you reach your goals.  The benefits of each Badge are listed below.

Career DevelopmentCareer Development

  • Puts student in an environment that develops problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Teaches students to ask questions, learn quickly, be resourceful, and analyze information across cultures
  • Provides global context to a student’s career goals
  • Helps students to develop emotional intelligence and leadership skills

Community EngagementCommunity Engagement

  • Provides unique insights into the host culture
  • Gives firsthand experience with the infrastructure of the host country
  • Requires that students creatively adapt to conditions in a social setting
  • Contributes to local and international communities

Language Immersion

  • Allows students to practice using a language in everyday life
  • Creates the opportunity to understand how language interacts with culture
  • Provides students with cross-cultural communication skills that can be used in academic, social and professional settings

Research Experience

  • Students gain new perspectives in their area of study
  • Learn how culture impacts international research initiatives
  • Participate in intense academic inquiry
  • Students share their scholarly work with the U community

Students earn Badges by completing all of the requirements in each phase. To complete the Global U Program, you must complete the requirements of each phase. Students automatically fulfill many of the requirements by participating in a Learning Abroad program! A breakdown of the program requirements is found below.

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You can register online for the Global U Program at any time. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll before departing for their program. Registration includes a non-refundable $20 registration fee. This is a one-time fee that covers the Recognition Event, 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 complete the requirements of the Plan Phase earn the Learn Abroad Badge.

Learn Abroad Badge Requirements
Register for Global U Program in program online application Pay Global U Program registration fee in program online application Complete the “Global U Program: Plan Phase” questionnaire in Learning Abroad online program application before going abroad

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. Students who complete the requirements of the Integrate Phase earn the Returnee Experience Badge. There are 3 requirements for the Integrate Phase:

Complete the Digital Returnee Seminar

Attend 1 Returnee Event

Complete Testimonial

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Complete this non-graded, non-transcripted seminar that addresses the emotional, intellectual, and practical challenges of integrating a learning abroad experience into life at home. At the end of the seminar, answer 3-4 reflection questions to help you articulate how your experiences abroad relate to your personal, academic, and professional goals.

Attend a minimum of 1 Learning Abroad event for returned students. There are dozens of approved events for returned students each year. A list of pre-approved events can be found on the Global U Program website. For the most up to date information about events, please contact Learning Abroad. Write content for a testimonial about your Learning Abroad experience that Learning Abroad can publish on its website. Articulate how you earned your Learn Phase badge(s), what you gained from your experience, as well as how you plan on applying and building on the transferable skills you gained now that you have returned from your program.

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. Other events may be eligible. Contact Learning Abroad at learningabroad@utah.edu to request to add an event to the pre-approved list.

Testimonial Requirement

Please refer to the testimonial questionnaire in your Learning Abroad application regarding specific requirements. As part of the integrate phase, students will be asked to provide a testimonial and a photo to provide general information about their program experiences and earning their Learn Phase Badges. This information will be used to create a one page testimonial that will be shared with the University of Utah community and will be provided to the student to use for their personal portfolio, resume, etc.

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Independent options are available during the Learn phase. 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.

Learn Phase (during program)

  DO ONE OR THE OTHER:  
Learn Badges For-Credit Activities Non-Credit Activities  Online Badge Reflection
  Complete a minimum of 3 internship credits while abroad Complete a minimum of 25 hours of business visits, internships, job shadowing, networking, career counseling & informational interviews while abroad Complete the “Learn Career Development Badge” questionnaire in Learning Abroad online program application while abroad
  Complete a minimum of 3 service-learning or community engagement credits while abroad Complete a minimum of 25 hours of a community service project while abroad Complete the “Learn Community Engagement Badge” questionnaire in Learning Abroad online program application while abroad
  Complete a minimum of 6 language credits (includes courses taught in host country language) while abroad Complete a minimum of 96 hours attending pre-sessional/non-credit language classes while abroad Complete the “Learn Language Immersion Badge” questionnaire in Learning Abroad online program application while abroad
Complete a minimum of 3 research credits (or special designation) while abroad Complete a minimum of 25 hours on a research project while abroad Complete the “Learn Research Experience Badge” questionnaire in Learning Abroad online program application while abroad

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

Returnee Student Resources

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

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.

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: 8/18/17