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world map drawn in chalk with title of Global and Intercultural Engagment Honor

Contemporary globalized society favours university graduates with global and intercultural competencies, and Western International's new Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor will recognize 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 negotiate an increasingly globalized reality, both professionally and personally.

If you are interested in being awarded the Honor for the 2015/16 year, please contact International Learning so we can add your name to the contact list.

*Note: during the 2013/14 academic year, the program was called a "Certificate." Recently, Western approved the appearance of the achievement on official transcripts and the name was changed to "Honor." We are in the process of updating our website and forms to reflect this change. Should you have any questions, please contact  International Learning.

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

The Honor is awarded based on a point system and two final workshops in Global and Intercultural Competency to be completed when the candidate has completed all of the other 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.  

When submitting your claim forms and workshop package (electronically or in paper), students must fill out the Honor Overview Form and attach it as the covering letter. Students must submit all of the documentation required -- the Honor Overview Form, the four Claim Forms, and the Course Package from the workshop -- before attending the workshops. The Honor is awarded once all the requirements have been completed.

Path Examples

EXAMPLE 1: 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 


EXAMPLE 2: 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

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EXAMPLE 3: 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