Global Guarantee thrives as more students seek a global education

This fall, attendance at the Office of Study Abroad programs will reach 110% of pre-pandemic levels. By the end of the academic year, more than 2,000 Tar Heels are expected to study abroad, more than any previous year. When combined with ever-expanding global on-campus courses and programs, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill delivers on the global guarantee.

The Global guarantee is Carolina’s commitment to providing a global education to all students. Launched in 2019-2020, this pledge is in line with the Globalize pillar – one of the eight strategic priorities – of the University’s 2020 strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for the Public Good.

“When borders were closed and travel was halted in the spring of 2020, Carolina not only maintained the global guarantee, but strengthened it by expanding global education on campus,” said Heather Ward, vice – Deputy President for Global Affairs. “Caroline is achieving the strategic objectives set more than two years ago.”

The comprehensive guarantee ensures that a variety of opportunities are available, such as study abroad, language and region studies, Online Collaborative International Learning virtual global courses, research and internships, global campus programs and events, and globally oriented courses. According to Ward, the Global Guarantee recognizes the value of acquiring global knowledge and skills for all Carolina students, regardless of their major or degree program, and makes this learning available both abroad and on the campus.

Study abroad takes off

Since shutting down international travel in the spring of 2020, the Carolina study abroad office has worked steadily to assess risk and reopen a limited number of safe and well-managed programs. With the approval of campus management, some Carolina students were able to study abroad as early as fall 2020. Each semester thereafter, the number of programs and students increased.

Now, the study abroad office expects more Tar Heels to study abroad than in any previous year. They estimate the number of students at 2,000 in 2022-2023, compared to 1,724 for the most recent pre-pandemic figure.

“We have re-examined our practices to be more effective and efficient while implementing new processes and systems,” said Jason Kinnear, Associate Dean of Study Abroad and International Exchange. “We have overseen a concerted and methodical return to mobility, with a focus on the health and safety of our students.”

The successful rebound in study abroad is also due to increased scholarships provided by donors and a streamlined application process.

“The Study Abroad Office continues to increase program access through scholarship funds, expanding the types of programs offered to provide more research, internship, and fellowship options. studies in currently unserved locations, as well as expanded virtual programs,” Kinnear said.

A successful first year Carolina Global Launch The program has also increased the number of study abroad. Through the program, admitted students study together abroad during the fall semester before enrolling at Carolina in the spring. For the fall 2022 semester, the second iteration of the programme, 83 students will study at one of three overseas universities – the University of Stirling in Scotland, the University of Maynooth in Ireland and the University of Granada in Spain.

“Carolina Global Launch has reaffirmed my interests in international affairs, while opening me up to so many paths I never knew were possible,” said Emma Sampson, a sophomore majoring in global studies and public policy. . Sampson completed a semester of general education classes in Granada, Spain as part of the program. “I learned so much inside and outside of the classroom, both academically and about myself. It meant so much to me to form a cohort of students with whom I could enter Chapel Hill, closely linked by our experiences abroad.

Plot a unique global journey

The Global Guarantee ensures that students’ global education is not limited to studying abroad.

Through COIL courses, Carolina faculty co-teach with faculty at a global partner university, and Carolina students work virtually with peers overseas. Recent collaborative activities include the review of case studies, the development of an original musical score and the development of a bilingual website. During the 2021-2022 academic year, 819 Carolina students enrolled in COIL courses with curriculum development support provided by the OVPGA.

Since fall 2020, 40 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty have taught COIL-enhanced courses, partnering with faculty from 26 countries and 33 universities. Teachers from seven vocational schools and 25 disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences participated, and this fall more language courses will be added, two in Chinese and one in Russian.

“If it works as we hope, Global Guarantee embeds global learning into a Carolina student’s education from start to finish,” Ward said. “For example, a student can study Spanish abroad, continue learning the language on campus through a COIL course, then join a virtual research project with a team of scientists based in Galápagos and deepen their knowledge of Latin America through history and anthropology lessons. . The learning journey becomes connected and useful.”

Students can also engage globally on campus through programs such as the diplomatic initiative, led by Barbara Stephenson, Vice Rector for Global Affairs and former United States Ambassador. This initiative has engaged hundreds of students to learn about common global challenges and how diplomats are trying to address them during the program’s 2021-22 pilot year.

Top international relations practitioners from Washington, D.C., and around the world have engaged with Carolina students in person and virtually through public lectures, class discussions, mentorship, and networking in a series of events called Diplomatic talks. During the first week of UNC-Chapel Hill Diplomacy in April, students stepped into the shoes of policy makers and received expert feedback from Carolina alumni working in international affairs through a synthesis competition.

“The Diplomatic Initiative advances the Global Guarantee by opening the world of diplomacy and foreign affairs to Carolina students, creating opportunities that would typically only be available in world capitals such as Washington DC,” Stephenson said.

This year, the Diplomatic Initiative will add a new element: Washington Week. Through this five-day experience during spring break in Washington D.C., undergraduates will network and learn from global problem solvers working in federal agencies, international organizations, think tanks, and global corporations.

“By meeting and hearing directly from world leaders, Carolina undergraduates will be able to examine their career interests and learn about a wide range of career paths in global affairs, foreign policy and diplomacy,” Sharmila said. Udyavar, Associate Director for Global Education.

The Washington Week Program application will launch later this month with an expected deadline in early November.

As the menu of global education opportunities expands and more Carolina students take advantage of them, Ward is confident that the University will fully realize the global guarantee.

“Former students often tell us that they wish they had studied abroad or done more to prepare for a career in today’s global economy,” Ward said. “The comprehensive guarantee means UNC graduates will be well-equipped when they leave Chapel Hill with the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals.”

Learn more about Carolina’s comprehensive warranty