Global Competence Certificate


What is the Global Competence Certificate?

Designed to support learners participating in an international experience, our Global Competence Certificate builds their global competence; the knowledge, skills, and understanding we believe are needed to create a more just and peaceful world. The content, now available in 7 languages, is designed to meet key educational goals that help learners develop intercultural competence and deal with cultural adjustment. These goals are organized into four core areas:

  • Self-awareness
  • Awareness about others
  • Emotional intelligence, and
  • Bridges across difference

This is what GCC is all about

“In what ways did this change the way I thought about my cultural identity? It made me think about my cultural identify –period. I had never thought of it before.”

Kevin Klein, Intern Finance and Budget Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship Program

Regardless of program type, intentional educational interventions are necessary for intercultural learning to happen.

That’s why we offer the Global Competence Training Program (GCTP) and the Global Competence Certificate (GCC). The GCTP is based online while the GCC combines online training and guided reflection with Qualified Facilitators. The GCC blended learning program is flipped to deliver content online, in multiple languages, and leverage offline facilitation for deep reflection about intercultural learning. The program is modular and developmental, helping learners grow at their own pace, with ample opportunities for peer-learning with other participants from around the globe.


Research shows us, that of all the variables (including the use of host families, the length of the program, access to language learning, etc.), the one variable that has the biggest impact on people’s learning for intercultural competence is having intentional intercultural education surrounding one’s experience abroad. Even a short program can serve as a powerful catalyst and an effective ‘real lived experience’ as part of the Kolb Experiential learning cycle.

“In education abroad and in language learning, the professional’s task continues throughout the experience; in the Georgetown Consortium study, facilitation at key points of the semester led to greater increases in students’ Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) scores. In contrast, students participating in unmediated direct enrollment programs showed no such increases…”

"Very easy to use"

“We started implementing the GCC and just had our first returnee meeting. The GCC is very easy to use and all participants loved the experience. It is a great help for them to be prepared for the program and to guide them through intercultural challenges along the way. As a facilitator I enjoyed the experience and had no issues at all implementing the GCC.”

See a sample from one of the 18 online modules

The GCC asks learners to follow a different path...

“Nearly all organizations continue to design and deliver programs abroad on the assumption that participants learn simply through reading some things about culture before they depart, and then by coming into contact with the new and different after they arrive. The GCC asks learners to follow a different path, practicing core global competencies that allow them, over time, to learn to interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others. Kudos to AFS and Sentio for offering a certificate program that prepares people to live and flourish in an increasingly diverse and complex world.”

-Michael Vande Berg PhD, award-winning researcher, author, and speaker

What CEA appreciates most about the GCC:

  • The flipped learning model makes it accessible to our students, with watching the videos to learn the online content before coming together in discussion sessions.
  • The opportunity for our students to improve their chances of integration and cultural adjustment during their study stay.
  • The focus on reflection and sharing of the individuals’ own experience in the discussion session and how the theory relates to the students’ actual experiences.

Emelyne Burkhard
Celtic English Academy, UK English language provider serving approximately 1000 students from up to 50 different nationalities annually

What Purdue University thinks about the GCC:

“My group who went abroad had impressive quantitative and qualitative results in terms of intercultural development.. Both the IDI and the qualitative data showed that the group had a shift from a predominantly monocultural mindset to a more intercultural (global) mindset. Given these results and considering learners’ feedback about the program, I highly recommend the GCC.”

H. E. Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Latin America/Spain Program,
Global Engineering Programs
Purdue University

Global Skills Development

We invite you to watch this insightful webinar with Dr. Mick Vande Berg and Sentio’s CEO Bert Vercamer on Global Skills Development for the Workforce, how facilitated learning both home and away grows global competence.

Learn more about the theory, application, and the development of the Sentio Global Competence Certificate— a blended, personalized educational program that prepares individuals with the global skills that employers and communities need.

Demo’s now available. Contact us for more details.