Global Readiness Certificate

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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 - Deadline September 26, 2021

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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
  • 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

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 »

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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 »

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; Education, Health & Society; and the Farmer School of Business. 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.

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.