Global Distinction Program

The Global Distinction is a structured sequence of courses and experiences that prepares UAlbany students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and perspectives to succeed in a globalized world – to become Globally Competent.

Represented as a 'milestone' on your official transcript, the Global Distinction is what sets you apart from peers without a similar experience, particularly when competing for admission to graduate schools or for jobs with prospective employers. It conveys that you possess a global understanding of your field, that you can work with diverse groups and across cultures, and that you can effectively navigate new environments.

Why pursue the Global Distinction?

Compared to other graduates, you will stand out for your:

  • International perspectives on contemporary issues
  • Deep applied learning, inside and outside of the classroom
  • On-site experience interning or researching in a global context
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Interdisciplinary problem-solving abilities
  • Acquired interpersonal and intercultural skills needed to perform in your career

Your Global Distinction Experience: Elements of the GD

As a Global Distinction student you gain a deeper understanding of your field, advance your proficiency in another language, and gain invaluable international experience through study and work.

Courses taken as part of the Global Distinction count towards your General Education and Major/Minor requirements or as Electives. This means there are no extra classes AND you will still graduate on time!

Globally Focused Coursework

Build interdisciplinary problem-solving skills via 3 pre-identified globally focused courses and an independent study or Capstone project!

Second Language Study

Learn to speak like a local by studying another language for 2 years. Choose from 11 options!

International Immersion

Spend a semester studying abroad at one of UAlbany’s many high quality exchange partner universities around the world, AND spend 8 to 10 weeks abroad as a summer intern or researcher! Choose a lab or professional internship in a city that speaks your second language!

Scholarships and a flight voucher are available!

Who Can Participate?

The Global Distinction is open to ALL MAJORS who are in good academic standing. Students, including transfer students, can sign up at any time in their undergraduate careers. Of course, the earlier that you declare the Global Distinction, the better we can advise you on your academics and experiences abroad.

Want a Global Distinction or Want to Know More?

Your Global Distinction advisor, Dr. Annette Richie, can help you determine how to structure your Global Distinction experience - from applicable courses, to study abroad experiences, to internships and research opportunities abroad.

Contact Dr. Annette Richie

Phone: 518-591-8172
Email: arichie@albany.edu
Office Location: Science Library G40

Speak Global • Study Global • Live Global • Work Global • Be Global