Global Readiness Certificate

Sparking lights connect world cities
 Four of the 2020-21 graduates
 Cohort poses on steps of MacMillan Hall
 Masked CAS cohort poses in MacMillan Hall
 Group of EHS students wearing face masks pose in MacMillan Hall
 Group of EHS students pose in front of international flags in MacMillan Hall
 FSB cohort poses in front of MacMillan Hall flags
EHS students, 3 of whom wear medals as graduates, and advisor pose near MacMillan Hall flags


The Global Readiness Certificate (GRC) is designed for students of all majors who wish to position themselves strategically for employment in today's increasingly competitive, diverse, and global workforce.

The certificate combines Miami coursework, co-curricular activities, and community involvement focused on global readiness. The courses and experiences in this certificate program will provide students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills necessary for global and intercultural communication and teamwork.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will:

  • Acquire interdisciplinary global knowledge
  • Gain intercultural competencies
  • Develop culturally sensitive mindsets necessary to live, work and interact with diverse individuals in our local and global communities.

Certificate Information

The Global Readiness Certificate is being rolled out across campus by college/school. If you do not see your college or school listed below, we are currently working on a launch date for your academic area. Feel free to reach out with any specific questions.

  • Education, Health & Society - Cohort launched Fall 2019
  • Farmer School of Business - Cohort launched Spring 2020
  • College of Arts & Science - Cohort launched Spring 2021
  • College of Liberal Arts & Applied Science - Cohort launched Spring 2022
  • College of Creative Arts - Cohort launched Spring 2023
  • All College Cohort Applications open Fall 2023

The GRC is a learner-centered curricular and co-curricular credential administered through small cohorts of no more than 15-25 students to ensure a supportive and personalized experience.

Certificate Requirements

All requirements for this program must be approved in advance by the Program Coordinator in the Center for American and World Cultures. A 2.5 minimum G.P.A. is required to receive the certificate upon graduation.

The certificate includes components within 3 categories:

Category A: Coursework (14–17 credits)

  • Intercultural Perspectives Course of the Global Miami Plan (3 credit minimum)
  • Dual Perspectives Course from Approved List based on students major (3 credit minimum)
  • Intergroup Dialogue Course, IDS 253: Voices of Discovery Intergroup Dialogue
  • Study Abroad/Away* (6 credit minimum)
*International Students may use their current abroad experience at Miami to fulfill this requirement.

Category B: Intercultural or Global Lectures/Programs

  • 6 total programs (2 or more per semester for 3 semesters)
  • Qualifying programs will be shared by the Center for American & World Cultures

Category C: Community Engagement

  • 30 total hours of domestic or international service learning or sustained volunteerism
  • Hours must be completed over 2 or more semesters

 Visit the Miami Bulletin for more information.

GRC Stories

GRC Alum Teaches Math in Thailand

Study abroad experiences in Luxembourg encouraged alumna Olivia Casey (Class of 2022) to teach high school math in Suphanburi, Thailand. Read more about Olivia's experience

GRC student earns national civic fellowship

Jacob Gainey, a member of the CLAAS cohort, was named Miami Regionals’ first-ever Newman Civic Fellow after finding ways to involve his fellow first-year students in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this honor

CLS honorees

GRC student named as alternate for Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

Navkiran Chima (at far right) was recently named as an alternate for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a challenging and demanding language immersion experience. Chima is a member of the College of Arts and Science cohort, majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Read more about this honor

Grace holds up a rutabaga in the greenhouse

How a Global Mindset Helps a Miami Alum Cultivate Social Justice

Grace graduated from Miami in May, 2020 with double majors in Nutrition and Public Health and a minor in Global Health. She was also the first student to earn the Global Readiness Certificate. Read how Grace is working to alleviate food insecurity »

GRC grads pose in front of international flags

2021 GRC Graduates Honored

Five graduating seniors, part of the first group of students to earn the GRC, were honored for their achievement. Attendees reflected on the extraordinary team effort that made it possible. Read about the GRC grads »

Student Impressions

Faculty Impressions

Application Process

Student should apply in their first or second year to ensure their ability to complete the certificate alongside their undergraduate degree.

Deadlines for the various cohorts will be communicated via the corresponding colleges, schools or programs. Current cohorts in progress are College of Arts & Science; College of Liberal Arts & Applied Science; Education, Health & Society; the Farmer School of Business; and the College of Creative Arts. If you need to confirm if you are eligible to apply, please contact Alicia Castillo Shrestha.

If you’ve been invited to apply to the certificate program, get started by completing the online application.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students will be notified of their status no more than 3 weeks after applying.

Students will be conditionally approved for the program after their application materials are reviewed. The certificate will be added to the student’s academic record after they successfully complete the required Orientation Learning Lab.

Information Sessions

Want to learn more? Join us for a virtual information session, or stop by to chat with an advisor during drop-in hours.

Drop-in Advising Hours

No appointment needed. | Location: MacMillan Hall, Room 108

  • Mondays: noon - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions

Registration Required

Certificate Completion

Students will work closely with their advisor in the Center for American & World Cultures in addition to those in their college/school to complete the certificate requirements.

Occasional cohort meetings and projects will be required in addition to a final project to culminate the student’s learning.