Global Engagement

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engagement

certificate code - cu08

Students in the Eberly College, may earn this Certificate, regardless of their major. Completion of the Global Engagement Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural background. Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship. Students must complete fifteen hours of approved courses and have the option to earn part of the certificate on campus, or to earn all of their credits abroad by completing one of the two options described below.

Option 1: Language-Intensive Option (15 credits minimum)

Language Component

6-9 credit hours of academic coursework in one language other than English, beyond the core language requirement (typically 204 or the equivalent, as determined by the Department of World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics), completed at either WVU or a foreign academic institution; and

International Coursework Component

6-9 credit hours, beyond the language component (above) requirement, of coursework bearing the "G" designator.*

Option 2: Travel-Intensive Option (15 credits minimum):

15 credit hours of coursework bearing the "G" designator.* It is recommended that at least part of this coursework be earned during an extended, semester-long experience.


Courses carrying the “G” designation are approved for the designation by the Office of International Programs and include courses taken abroad either with WVU, at an exchange university, or through another higher education school or organization.  WVU offers approximately 60 WVU faculty-led programs per year, with one to three academic courses typically offered in each faculty-led program. There are over 50 exchange linkages with universities abroad, many of them comprehensive and some specialized in areas such as health sciences, engineering, business, language, etc.  WVU also has agreements with approximately one dozen affiliate programs (ISEP, for example), each with a wide selection of programs and courses.  An Eberly College student may take advantage of any WVU “G” courses for which he/she meets the pre-requisites or restrictions. Courses to be counted toward academic major requirements must be approved by the designated authority in the student’s major program.