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Global citizenship award

An internationally-focused leadership development program open to all students.

The Global Citizenship Award (GCA) is an extra-curricular program providing distinctive international and leadership opportunities to prepare you as a global citizen. 

As a GCA participant you will be invited to attend a series of speaker events and practical skills development seminars around the key themes of global citizenship, leadership in an international context, and community and diversity. You’ll be supported to make the most of overseas and local student programs such as international exchange, faculty-led programs, international internships and volunteering.

Why get involved?

Join the GCA to:

  • hear from influential leaders across a range of fields
  • strengthen your intercultural competencies
  • create meaningful international networks
  • maximise your overseas study and/or work experience
  • prepare yourself to compete in increasingly global labour markets
  • understand your role as a global citizen.

How it works

As a GCA participant you will earn points for participating in events and activities focused on one or more of the program themes, from a range of local and overseas options. You'll be encouraged to undertake an experience abroad during your time at the University. You can also complete the GCA without going abroad, through one of the globally-focused opportunities available in and around the University.

To complete the GCA, you will:

Development seminars

In these seminars, you'll have the opportunity to learn about a range of international issues, develop practical skills and participate in group and personal reflection activities. Each seminar will run for 2-3 hours and is delivered by experts at the University and external facilitators across a number of formats. The compulsory core program will help you develop a strong foundation in the key GCA program themes and electives allow you to tailor your program to your own international and professional interests. 

Influential leaders speaker series 

In these events, you'll hear from high profile leaders and learn from their experience across a number of fields. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the Q&A and meet the speakers and other distinguished guests at post-address networking events. One to two events will run each year. 

Citizenship in action

You'll achieve points for experiences that provide opportunities to put the GCA themes into practice and develop your skills as an engaged global citizen. 100 Citizenship in Action points are required for completion of the award. 

Example experiences inlcude:

  • overseas study, internships and volunteer work (25-50 points)
  • participation in international leadership conferences (10-15 points)
  • participation in the MATES Abroad mentor program (15 points)
  • acting on a board of an on-campus club or society (15 points)
  • courses in culture and/or language (10 points)
  • participation in globally-focused campus events (5-10 points).

For the full GCA Citizenship in Action points table, see the ‘Citizenship in Action’ folder on Blackboard (registered participants only). 

Capstone project

In your chosen medium (essay, video, visual presentation) you will submit a short piece of work that demonstrates your recognition of the outcomes gained from participating in the program. Selected submissions will be presented at an end-of-program event and prizes awarded to the top submissions. 

How to apply

Complete the Global Citizenship Award registration form to join the program for 2017.

Once we've received your registration we will add the GCA module to your Learning Management System (LMS). In this module you'll be able to sign up for our next available welcome session to begin the program.

After you've signed up, you'll be able to use this module to register for seminars and speaker events and claim points for activities such as lectures, exchange programs, volunteering and internships.

Sydney Abroad

Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Open 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday
Last updated: 10 August 2017


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