Office of Global Engagement

Student Programs

Global Citizens Program


Global Citizens Program 

 Globalize Your Degree at Texas A&M University-Kingsville! 

Join the Global Citizens Program to gain the knowledge and skillets required for a globalized workforce!

Students can participate the program as either a Global Learner, a Global Scholar, or a Global Leader and experience diverse global communities through various program activities and on-campus events. Each pathway aligns to a specific global competency for students to develop and earn a digital badge certifying their new knowledge to place on their LinkedIn profile and resume.

The Global Citizens Program was developed to offer global learning experiences through the themes of examination/self-discovery, exploration/cultural discovery, and engagement/global discovery for the selected activity locations. 

Program Levels & Activities

  1. Local/Regional: Focuses on the multicultural diversity found within the local/regional community of South Texas.

    • Program Theme: Examination/Self-Discovery – “Who Am I”

    • Program Activities: Local/regional cultural/study tours (day/weekends).

  2. State/National: Focuses on the cross-cultural diversity found within the state and national community.

    • Program Theme: Exploration/Cultural Discovery – “Where I Am From”

    • Program Activities: State/national cultural excursions (spring break/intersessions), and study away programs (domestic faculty-led/national student exchange).

  3. International: Focuses on the intercultural diversity found within international communities.

    • Program Theme: Engagement/Global Discovery – “Where I Want to Go”

    • Program Activities: Cultural immersions (intersessions/summer), virtual international programming, and study abroad programs (international faculty-led/international student exchange). 

 Students can participate in the program through one of the three learning pathways listed below: 

The Global Learner pathway introduces students to new cultural experiences for developing their global self-awareness and perspective-taking skills.

Pathway Learning Outcomes:

  • Global Self-Awareness: You will gain a mature, integrated identity with a systemic understanding of interrelationships among the self, local and global communities, and the natural and physical world.

  • Perspective Taking: You will develop the capacity to understand the interrelationships between multiple perspectives, such as personal, social, cultural, disciplinary, environmental, local and global.

Pathway Requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of one (1) program activity at any program level.

  • Participate in six (6) on-campus cultural events and attend the Global Learner Workshop series throughout the academic year.

  • Complete a digital presentation reflecting your cultural growth during the program and have it published on OGE's website.

Pathway Recognition:

  • The Global Learner digital badge certifies the comprehensive knowledge and skills demonstrated in global self-awareness and perspective-taking.

  • Pin for graduation.

The Global Scholar pathway engages student research within a global framework to develop understanding of global systems and how to apply knowledge in contemporary global contexts.

Specialized Tracks Available for Honors College and the McNair Program.

Pathway Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding Global Systems: You will understand how global systems (natural and human) are (1) influenced and/or constructed, (2) operate with differential consequences, (3) affect the human and natural world, and (4) can be altered.

  • Applying Knowledge to Contemporary Global Context: You will understand the interrelationships between contemporary and past challenges facing cultures, societies, and the natural world on the local and global levels and gain the ability to apply that knowledge to real-life problem-solving both alone and with others.

Pathway Requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of two (2) program activities, preferably in (2) different program levels.

  • Participate in four (4) on-campus cultural events and attend the Global Scholars Pathway series throughout the academic year. 

  • Complete a research project related to your academic field and through a global context and participate in a poster presentation at a local or national conference/symposium.

  • Build an E-portfolio to document the activities and projects you completed during the program.

Pathway Recognition:

  • The Global Scholar digital badge which certifies the comprehensive knowledge and skills demonstrated in global systems and knowledge application.

  • Cords for graduation.

  • Personalized letter of recommendation for academic or professional advancement.

The Global Leader pathway encourages the development of global leadership skills by understanding the importance of diversity to gain a sense of personal and social responsibility.

A specialized track for Student Engagement & Campus Life. 

Pathway Learning Outcomes:

  • Cultural Diversity: You will understand how to learn respectfully about the cultural diversity of other people and recognize the influences of one’s own cultural heritage along with its limitations to bridge differences and collaboratively reach common goals.

  • Personal & Social Responsibility: You will develop a perspective on ethical and power relations both across the global and within individual societies and be able to recognize their local, national, and global responsibilities to society.

Pathway Requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of three (3) program activities, preferably in each of the three (3) program levels.

  • Participate in eight (8) on-campus cultural events and attend the Global Scholars workshop series throughout the academic year.

  • Become peer mentor with the Office of International Students & Scholar Services or Student Success for one semester or an active member of the Global Ambassadors student organization. 

  • Complete a service project that addresses either a local, national, or international problem.

  • Conduct an in-person or poster presentation about a selected service project at a local or national conference/symposium.

  • Build an E-portfolio to document the activities and projects completed during the program.

Pathway Recognition:

  • The Global Leader digital badge certifies the comprehensive knowledge and skills demonstrated during the program in cultural diversity and personal and social responsibility.

  • Medallion for graduation. 

  • Personalized letter of recommendation for academic or professional advancement.

Registration is free to A&M University-Kingsville students with out-of-pocket costs only for out-of-state/out-of-country program activities.