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Global Fluency Certificate (GFC)

At DePaul, we continue to create new opportunities for students to become engaged protagonists of a globally interconnected world, from study abroad, to international service learning, to virtual exchange  and  intentionally internationalized curricula. With the launch of the new Global Fluency Certificate (GFC), undergraduate students will have the ability to showcase their strategic pursuit  of global learning opportunities, throughout their studies at DePaul. The certificate offers students a cohesive, curated way to grow as global citizens and the opportunity to clearly demonstrate their achievements in global learning to  perspective employers.


Apply for the Global Fluency Certificate (GFC) to build skills that:
  • Build relationships with colleagues, clients and vendors;
  • Work within diverse teams;
  • Diffuse conflict;
  • Adapt to changing needs; and
  • Support a strong global reputation and brand.
I believe that this certificate will make me a more qualified candidate for future employment […] With a certificate such as this on my transcript, I am a more attractive candidate, and it can serve as an opportunity to speak to potential employers about my knowledge of and initiatives of learning about other cultures, working together with individuals from other countries, and in living abroad” –Kat M, Class of 2019. 

Register for the Global Fluency Certificate here! For questions, contact globalfluency@depaul.edu​. ​

In order to receive the Global Fluency Certificate, students will need to meet the following requirements: 
  1. Foreign Language Proficiency: Students must demonstrate beginning proficiency in a language other than English. This requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing with a C or better language courses up to 103 (i.e. one year of a foreign language) or by taking an assessment test, administered by the Modern Language Department. 
  2. Global Experiential Learning: Students must complete at least one global experiential learning opportunity. This requirement can be satisfied by completing one of the following:
    1. A short or term-long faculty led study abroad program. Both DePaul managed and non-DePaul programs qualify.
    2. A course with a Global Learning Experience (GLE) project. This must be officially recognized GLE course, through the office of Global Engagement.
    3. An international Campus Ministry service trip.
    4. A Global Brigades program.
    5. An international internship or virtual international internship.
  3. Global Learning Courses: Students must take and pass at least 4 (four) Global Learning tagged courses. Courses that satisfy either requirement 1 or 2 above cannot count for this requirement. At least 2 (two) of these courses must not be able to satisfy requirements of the student's major. 
  4. Grade Point Average: Students must maintain a DePaul GPA of 2.67 or better. 
Please register by completing the form here. You will be contacted by globalfluency@depaul.edu within 1 (one) week when the GFC is added to your program plan. 
To take an assessment test, please follow the instructions listed here. Once completed, please contact globalfluency@depaul.edu with your student ID number to let them know so the office can mark this requirement as complete or inform you if you did not meet the minimum requirements. 
The intention behind 2 (two) GL-tagged courses outside of your major is to encourage students to have a holistic education, as well as to not unfairly advantage students who naturally already have an international courseload due to their major. 
Yes. The certificate will be formally awarded by the student’s home college and will appear on the student’s official transcript.

Global Engagement will accept international internships through your study abroad program, through UIP Career Courses, or through a virtual international internship. These options allow for DePaul University to verify the quality of the internship. For international internships outside of these programs, please contact globalfluency@depaul.edu to determine if it will be accepted for credit. 

You will be able to see your progress on your Degree Progress Report (DPR) via Campus Connect. You may also contact globalfluency@depaul.edu with your student ID number to check on progress. 
For more information or if you have questions, please contact globalfluency@depaul.edu.
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