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GLD in Global Learning

Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning helps you make meaningful connections between learning within the classroom and your experiences studying abroad.

Completing the Global Learning pathway will help you explore the significance of your study abroad experience through ideas of multiculturalism, diversity, cultural awareness, and globalization. The Global Learning pathway emphasizes the personal, educational, and professional development that occurs from learning in/about another culture. It also pushes you to apply your learning toward interacting and solving problems in the real world. To receive Leadership Distinction in Global Learning, you must complete the appropriate pathway requirements for the degree level you are pursuing.

The first step towards pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning is to complete the GLD Orientation.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

There are two core experince options. You must complete one.

A. You must complete one semester, at least 12 weeks, in study abroad experience. You may combine multiple study abroad experiences to meet the minimum 12 week requirement. International students meet the core experience requirement by virtue of study at the University of South Carolina.

B. You must complete 8 weeks of faculty-led study abroad, and a minimum of 60 hours in focused local international experiences. 

The Office of Study Abroad can help connect you to study abroad experiences that fit within your academic and personal interests.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in three (3) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your global learning interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and cultural events. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. You can use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Global Learning pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Global Learning pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Associates Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete a minimum of 4 weeks in a Global Learning experience. Some domestic experiences can count as long as it occurs in a distinct culture.  At least 9 days must be spent outside of the United States. 

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in two (2) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your global learning interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and cultural events. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. You can use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Global Learning pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Global Learning pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Pharm.D.

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete at least 18 weeks, in study abroad experience. You may combine multiple study abroad experiences to meet the minimum 18 week requirement. International students meet the core experience requirement by virtue of study at the University of South Carolina.

The Office of Study Abroad can help connect you to study abroad experiences that fit within your academic and personal interests.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in four (4) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your global learning interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and cultural events. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. You can use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (9) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Global Learning pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Global Learning pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.