Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor

Contemporary globalized society favours university graduates with global and intercultural competencies, and Western International's Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor will recognize and reward students' experience and engagement in such activities during their time at Western. Once achieved, the Honor will appear on the student's official transcript upon graduation. The structure of this program allows students to incorporate both curricular and extracurricular activities. Students awarded this honor will be global-ready graduates: they will have the skills required to navigate an increasingly globalized reality, both professionally and personally.

Interested in being awarded the Honor for the 2018/19 year? Contact International Learning to be added to our contact list.

Please note: Graduate students are not eligible. The Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor is designed for undergraduate students at main campus, the affiliates, and students at Law and Ivey.


The Honor is awarded based on a point-system and two final workshops in Intercultural Competency to be completed when the candidate has completed the Category requirements.  Students accumulate 100 points from the four Categories outlined on this page, forty of which are required and must come from Categories 1 and 2 and the other sixty points can be made up of any combination of all Categories without exceeding fifty points in a single Category.  

Before registering for the workshops, students must submit all of the documentation required -- the Honor Overview Form, the Claim Forms, supporting documents, and pre-module assignment (electronically or paper form) to Western InternationalThe Honor is awarded once all the requirements have been completed.

New: flex points

Gain flex points for attending events during International Week. Flex points can be used towards any Category requirement. Attend six events or more to receive 10 points towards the GIE Honor. Remember to get your International Week Passport stamped at each event and submit it to the Western International Booth in the UCC Atrium during International Week or at the Western International Office. In addition to attending the events and submitting your stamped Passport, you must write a 500-word reflection paper describing the events that you attended and what you learned. 

Ways to Achieve the Honor

  • Example 1

  • Example 2

  • Example 3

Being awarded the Honor without second language skills

Economics 3312A/B - The Global Trading System 10 points
Economics 3324F/G - Economic Development I 10 points
Economics 3325F/G - Economic Development II 10 points
Economics 3326F/G - The Economic History of Europe I 10 points
Economics 3327F/G - Economic History of Europe II 10 points
Exchange Term to Maastricht University, the Netherlands 20 points
Volunteer in VIP Program at Western International 30 points
Total 100 points
Workshop in Global and Intercultural Competency

Being awarded the Honor without going abroad

History 1801 - Major Issues in World History 20 points
History 1805E - Science, Technology and Global History 20 points
Arabic 1030 - Arabic for Beginners 20 points
Western International's Peer Guide Volunteer 20 points
CCLC Conversational Mentor  Volunteer 20 points
Total 100 points
Workshop in Global and Intercultural Competency

Being awarded the Honor as an international student

English 2250F/G - Introduction to Cultural Studies 20 points
Student is from Sri Lanka and speaks Sinhala 20 points
International Student Studying at Western 20 points
Alternative Spring Break, Nicaragua 20 points
Hindi 1030 - Hindi for Beginners 20 points
Total 100 points
Workshop in Global and Intercultural Competency