Global and Intercultural Engagement Honour

Contemporary globalized society favours university graduates with global and intercultural competencies, and Western International's Global and Intercultural Engagement Honour (GIEH) will recognize and reward students' experience and engagement in such activities during their time at Western.

Once achieved, the Honour will receive a certificate and 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 Honour will be global-ready graduates: they will have the skills required to navigate and succeed in an increasingly globalized reality, both professionally and personally.

Learning Outcomes

- Develop intercultural skills that will enhance interaction and recognize multiple perspectives when engaging with people from diverse countries or cultures

- Understand the complexities of global issues, such as culture, history, geography, world market, economy, social and political trends affecting today’s globalized society

- Learn to adjust own attitudes and approach to global engagement as a reflexive practitioner

  • Apply intercultural and global learning with increased self-confidence to their personal, academic and professional life
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Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students, in any Faculty, at main campus, affiliate colleges; students at Law and Ivey are eligible to enroll in the Honour. At this time, graduate students are not eligible to enroll.

Why achieve the GIEH? 

There is no cost and it can be completed in conjunction with your degree program.

  • - Enhance your degree with recognition on your transcript for global and/or intercultural experience
  • - Develop intercultural communication skills, knowledge, and global awareness that employers seek
  • - Connect with other global-minded peers and grow your professional network
  • - Broaden your perspective on the world and increase your cultural awareness and knowledge
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How to achieve the GIEH?

The GIEH is awarded upon successful completion of the following components:

  • Achievement of 100 points from the Categories below, with 40 points that must be accumulated from Categories 1 and 2 respectively:
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    • Category 1: Academic Coursework (required)
      • - A minimum of 20 points must be accumulated from this category with a maximum of 50 points
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    • Category 2: Global Experience at Home or Abroad (required)
      • - A minimum of 20 points must be accumulated from this category with a maximum of 50 points
      • - Experiences within this category are not retroactive, as such they cannot be started prior to submitting an application for the GIEH
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    • Category 3: Global or Intercultural Engagement and Training
      • - A maximum of 50 points can be accumulated from this category
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    • Category 4: Language Proficiency and Learning
      • - A maximum of 40 points can be accumulated from this category
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Application Process

Step 1: Enrol in the Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor (GIEH) by completing an application in Atlas, Western’s international experience portal. Click on the 'log in to apply' button at the bottom of the program page when you are ready to begin your application.

Step 2: Complete the "Foundations for Intercultural Competence and Global Engagement" online module.  Instructions to access the online module will be provided within your Atlas application. A reminder that this module must be completed within the same term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer) of your application being submitted to become a GIEH candidate and before starting the "Category 2: Global Experience at Home or Abroad" requirements. Upon completion of the module, you will be required to upload your certificate of completion in Atlas.

Step 3: Submit evidence of completion for:

  • - Foundations for Intercultural Competence and Global Engagement Online module certificate
  • - Self-assessment (core competencies)
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Step 4: Submit evidence of completion for:
  • - All Category requirements, attaching supporting documents in Atlas, where applicable
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Step 5: Upon completion of all Category requirements, submit:
  • - Final critical reflection components in Atlas
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Final Personal Reflection
  • - Write a reflection using prompt questions to articulate how the impact (personal, academic and professional) of the respective experiences and learning through the GIEH has influenced the student’s global awareness and intercultural fluency development.

 

Ways to Achieve the Honour

  • Example 1

  • Example 2

  • Example 3

Being awarded the Honour 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

Being awarded the Honour 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

Being awarded the Honour 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

Contact Information

If you have any questions or inquiries, please email goabroad@uwo.ca.