Skip to main content

Global Citizens Credential

GCC

The Global Citizens Credential (GCC) allows UH students enhance their undergraduate degrees with core global competencies and distinguish themselves as global citizens. UH students who participate in the GCC will gain global knowledge and skills and upon completion, can demonstrate this expertise through a certificate. The GCC helps students stand-out when applying to jobs, graduate school, and competitive international scholarships. It also encourages students to increase their level of global engagement on the UH campus and within their local community and beyond.

UH students who graduate with the GCC will receive a transcript notation, a signed certificate, and an honor cord to wear at graduation. 

Students interested in completing the GCC should click the button below to register: 

REGISTER NOW!

The GCC is open to any UH undergraduate student in good academic standing with a cGPA of 2.00 or above.

In order to receive the GCC, the student must earn a minimum of 10 points and attend a Capstone Symposium before graduation. Students can earn points through participation in any of these categories: Global Courses, Learning Abroad, Language Proficiency, Global Scholarly Work, and/or Intercultural Activities. More information about how points are awarded can be found below under ‘Earning Points Towards the GCC’.

Steps to Complete:

  1. Register and Join GCC list Serve: Students should register online and sign up for the GCC list serve (located at the bottom of the page) to receive important updates. 
  2. Make a Plan and Schedule Advising (If Needed): It is recommended to make a plan for reaching 10 points. Students can email us questions or schedule an advising appointment for advice on how to complete the GCC before graduation.
  3. Complete a Verification of Completion Form: After earning 10 points, students should submit a Verification of Completion form on our website to register points, as well as submit any documentation as needed. The documentation form listed below should be used for proof of attendance to any global scholarly work event or intercultural activity. Students need to submit a VOC form at least two months before graduation.
  4. Attend a Capstone Symposium: Once confirmed with 10 points and during senior year, the student should register for a Capstone online. The last Capstone is scheduled about a month before graduation. 
  5. Receive your Certificate and Honor Cord: Students who complete all points and attend a Capstone before graduation will be invited to attend a GCC certificate ceremony where they will receive a GCC certificate and honor cord or if unable to attend, schedule a time to come by the UH Global office to pick them up.

Students can earn 10 points from any of the five categories below. It is not required to earn points in every category, but there is a limit to the total number of points that can be earned for each category.  Students may not 'double-dip' points. For example, students may not earn points for both learning abroad and coursework taken abroad. Students may only earn up to 2 OR 4 points for global courses, learning abroad, and language proficiency based on the outlined descriptions below and students may only earn up to 1 OR 2 points for global scholarly work and intercultural activities based on the outlined descriptions below. 

Download the GCC Points Summary and Planning Guide

Global Courses  (4 or 2 points) Students can be awarded for either an approved global major or minor at 4 points or by taking a global course for 1 point each up to 2 points.

  • 4 points – Successful completion of UH approved global major/minor.
  • 2 points - Successful completion (C or higher) of two upper-level global courses from the approved list of global courses. The course list is not exhaustive and students can submit a syllabus to UH Global to determine whether a course can be approved. 
    • List of Approved Global Courses
    • Note: Students can not earn points for global courses taken abroad since this would be considered double-dipping if the student is already earning points for learning abroad. 
Learning Abroad  (4 or 2 points) Students can be awarded points for a UH academic program overseas (e.g. faculty-led, reciprocal exchange, or affiliated program) or with a documented professional activity abroad (e.g. internship, research, service learning, or volunteer project). Points are given based on the length of the program. For more information about learning abroad programs and scholarships, please visit the Office of Learning Abroad
  • 4 points – For an academic or professional learning experience abroad over one week in length
  • 2 points – For an academic or professional learning experience abroad of one week (7 days) or less
Language Proficiency  (4 or 2 points) Students can be awarded points for either having a foreign language major or minor at 4 points or by taking an upper division foreign language course for 1 point each up to 2 points. Students may also earn 2 points if they are able to submit written documentation that they are already proficient in another language. 
  • 4 points – Successful completion of any foreign language major/minor.
  • 2 points – Successful completion of two sophomore-level (intermediate) classes with at least a “B” or two junior-level (advanced) classes with at least a “C” foreign language courses taken either at UH or as part of a language immersion program where UH credit is awarded
    • List of Approved Courses
    • If a student already speaks a language other than English, the student can earn 2 points through either placement exam or with UH faculty documentation. For more information about language placement exams, visit the Testing Services website.
    • Note: Students can not earn points for language courses taken abroad since this would be considered double-dipping if the student is already earning points for learning abroad. 
Global Scholarly Work  (1 or 2 points) Students can fulfill the requirements for this category either locally, throughout the U.S., or abroad. Written documentation is required, such as an email verification by the event organizer or supervising professor/staff member or by using our documentation form below. 
  • 2 points – Participating in undergraduate research on any subject with a global focus for a minimum of four weeks or by authoring or co-authoring a scholarly work with international collaborators such as foreign embassies, multinational enterprises, non-governmental organizations, or research and development institutes. For more info about research opportunities, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • 1 point – Attendance or participation in two conference, seminar, symposia, or workshop that involves a global, multicultural, or international dimension. Some options are included below: 
Intercultural Activities  (1 or 2 points) Students can fulfill the requirements for this category either locally, throughout the U.S., or abroad. Written documentation is required, such as an email verification by the event organizer or supervising professor/staff member or by using our documentation form below. 
  • 2 points – Taking a leadership role in an ethnic/multicultural or global focused student organization or event on or off campus. For more information about on campus student organizations, please visit Get Involved. Students may also earn 2 points by interning or volunteering with any local office that has a global focus (such as a NGO, consulate, multinational corporation, etc.) or with any community organization that serves international populations (such as a community center, refugee services, etc.)
  • 1 point – Active participation in at least two multicultural, global, or international events. Some options are included below: 

After completing 10 points, students must complete a 'Verification of Completion' form by clicking the button below to submit information and documentation to register points. UH Global will verify the total points and follow up if additional information or documentation is needed.

Students must submit this form at least two months before their expected graduation date to ensure there is sufficient time to complete a Capstone and process the transcript and certificate before graduation. 

Verification of Completion

The Capstone is a three hour session where GCC students share their global experiences, explore global issues and theories, discuss the effects of globalization, and reflect upon what it means to be a 'global citizen'. Students are eligible to register for a Capstone during senior year and after successfully registering 10 points with UH Global. The Capstone Symposium is the final step in completing the GCC and must be completed before graduation.

UH Global offers a few Capstone Symposium options every semester but the last Capstone is typically scheduled about a month before the end of the semester to ensure there is sufficient time to process transcripts and certificates before graduation. 

Students can register for a Capstone Symposium by clicking the button below:

Sign up for a Capstone Symposium

All Capstones will be held in the UH Global office in Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Suite 101 unless noted otherwise. 

GCC graduates receive:

  • Global Citizens Credential Transcript Notation
  • Signed Certificate
  • Honor Cord for Graduation 

Note: Students who complete the GCC will have a $25 'Graduation Application Fee' placed on their account by the Registrar after graduation. These charges cover the processing of the transcript and certificate. 

Contact Information

For questions, please contact us at uhglobal@uh.edu.

Want to Schedule an Advising Appointment?

Advising appointments can be scheduled via the Navigate App, which can be downloaded in the Apple Store or on Google Play by searching 'Navigate Student'. Students will then login with their CougarNet ID and password and then choose the following options: Support Services, UH Global, Global Citizens Credential. Navigate can also be acessed online here: https://uh.navigate.eab.com or within AccessUH.

 

Sign Up for the Listserv!


Listserv: UH-GCC

Your full name:

Your e-mail address:

action: