Global Competency

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Recognizing globally minded citizens at TRU

The Global Competency certificate allows students to earn formal recognition for their intercultural and international experiences – from Study Abroad, to learning a second language, to volunteer work.

  • Earned in tandem with any credential at TRU
  • Formally noted on your TRU transcript
  • Acknowledged at Convocation ceremony
  • Points can be earned at any time throughout your time at TRU

What is it ?

Global Competency is a credential that can be earned in tandem with any credit program – undergraduate or graduate – offered by Thompson Rivers University. All students, are welcome to participate whether they are on-campus or Open Learning students.

The credential formally recognizes the global competencies – knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally minded citizen – acquired by students through their educational experiences.

Students who successfully complete the Global competency course will have it formally noted on their transcript and it will be acknowledged with a certificate upon completion of their program.

How do I earn it?

Students can start by earning and compiling points in any year of study from first year or fourth year.

When students are close to the required 12 points and interested in completing the one credit GLBL 1000 course, they will need to be preapproved by the credential coordinator to add it to their course schedule.

Once students are registered into the Global Competency course, they are expected to complete a portfolio of their experiences, a giveback/presentation piece, and a reflective essay to be handed in at the end of that semester.

If students would like to earn the credential but do not meet the point requirements, we encourage them to first spend some time intentionally gaining relevant experience. Students can refer to the points chart or meet with the credential coordinator (email to learn more about how to meet the points requirement.

When can I receive it?

Students interested in earning this credential are encouraged to plan your TRU experience with the objective of gaining global competency.

Students can enroll in the GLBL 1000 course at any time during their studies if they meet the points requirements.

Why earn this recognition?

Students university experience should include more than just classes and assignments. There are many opportunities to take part in meaningful intercultural and international experiences on campus, in the community, and abroad.

Don’t graduate with just a degree, diploma or certificate. We want students to launch their career with a resume full of the relevant learning experiences that employers value today. Global Competency gives students just that – documented evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally-minded citizen.

Still have questions?

Email Lolina Koopmans, call 250-371-5996 or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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