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Humber’s innovative Global Citizenship Certificate (GCC) prepares you for engaged living in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing world. Through a combination of academic courses, travel experiences and extra-curricular activities, you will gain a highly valued global perspective, deepen your understanding of human diversity, interconnectedness, and cultural complexity and enhance your sense of personal and community responsibility.

The Global Citizenship Certificate is a cross-college, multi-disciplinary program designed to accommodate currently enrolled students from all Academic Schools, including: Applied TechnologyBusinessCreative & Performing ArtsHospitality, Recreation & TourismLiberal Arts & SciencesMedia Studies & Information TechnologySchool of Health Sciences and Social & Community Services. Envisioned as a "global backpack" or a set of courses and experiences that you can fit into your current studies, the program requires you to examine the questions of meaning and value associated with the theme of citizenship within today's global world.

Once successfully completing the program requirements you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in Global Citizenship. You will exit with an e-portfolio documenting your global skills, knowledge and experiences to share with potential employers and/or your community of professional interest.


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GBLC 001: Introduction to Global Citizenship  
GBLC 002: Citizenship at Humber  
GBLC 003: Citizen of the World  


Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.Ed.
Manager, International Mobility and Partnerships
International Centre
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
3199 Lake Shore Boulevard West (H100A)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8V 1K8
Tel: 416‐675-­6622 ext. 3179

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1. What is the Global Citizenship Certificate?

Humber College’s Global Citizenship Certificate is an interdisciplinary, four-course online program that helps to prepare you for engaged living in our culturally diverse and rapidly changing world. Through a combination of academic courses, travel experience and extra-curricular activities which fit into your current studies, you’ll gain a highly valued global perspective, deepen your understanding of human diversity, interconnectedness, and cultural complexity, and enhance your sense of personal and community responsibility.

2. What are the components?

(A) GBLC 001: Introduction to Global Citizenship
This course introduces the concept of global citizenship, including relevant knowledge, skills, values and civic actions. Learners will reflect upon the rights and responsibilities of citizenship within communities at local, national and global levels, and explore the historical and contemporary contexts that shape what it means to be a global citizen as related to their academic discipline.

(B) GBLC 002: Citizenship at Humber
This course introduces the concept of community, including factors of locality, membership, unity/cohesion, authority, scope and boundaries. Learners will explore the core principles and building blocks of community engagement and development, as well as barriers to participation, and analyze their own role as community member. Learners are provided with guidelines, leads, and a tracking document to complete 40 hours of required community engagement, and will review the benefits and rationale of volunteerism. Learners are introduced to the foundational principles of reflective journaling, with reference with Kolb’s model of experiential learning.

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(C) GBLC 003: Citizen of the World 
Students enhance their global understanding by completing a study, work or volunteer experience abroad, either internationally or through a different cultural community within Canada (Ex. Francophone Quebec, First Nations/Inuit/Métis community). Approved activities must provide the conditions for students to gain intercultural awareness and competence; appreciation of different perspectives on global issues; critical awareness of their own values and culture; and new perspectives on their place and role in the world.


  • Exchange Semester Abroad 
  • HRT 4th Semester Program (in Europe or Taiwan) 
  • Internship / Work Placement Abroad 
  • Faculty-led Study Tour / Course Abroad
  • Summer Study Program Abroad 
  • Alternative Spring Break Abroad 
  • Volunteer Abroad

This course introduces the topics of culture and identity, guided by the Iceberg Concept of Culture, Hofstede’s theory of Cultural Dimensions and Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. Learners will review the concept of “culture shock” and explore various coping strategies. Learners will conduct research on their destination, and create an action plan framework to guide self-identified objectives/goals for their experience abroad. Learners will keep a structured blog / journal to reflect upon all aspects of their experience abroad as they go through the process of cultural adaptation. Learners will examine their personal observations, feelings, and progress toward their self-identified learning objectives. Upon return, learners will reflect upon their cultural re-entry transition and practice strategies for communicating the learner’s global knowledge, skills and competencies to others.

3. Are there any pre-requisites or co-requisites?

Students must complete one academic credit from an approved list of courses holding an “international” attribute offered by one of Humber’s Academic Schools. Courses with this attribute have learning outcomes that contribute to the development of global competency. The intention is to guide learners to think critically about global issues within their career-focused area of professional and personal interest. This “Global Studies Course” may either be a core or elective credit within your chosen area of study. Pre-/co-requisite approval is at the discretion of Humber’s Internationalization Committee. A list of courses with an “international” attribute can be found in Humber’s course catalogue.

4. Who is eligible?

The Global Citizenship Certificate is open to all currently registered Humber students in a diploma, advanced diploma, postgraduate certificate or degree program. On a case-by-case basis non-Humber learners may be approved to enroll in the GCC as part of a special professional development initiative coordinated by the institution.

5. How is the Global Citizenship Certificate delivered?

Learning will take place online via Blackboard (i.e. GBLC 001 – 003), in a classroom setting (i.e. global studies course pre-/co-requisite and pre- and post-departure orientation workshops) and in various community settings in Canada and/or abroad. Learners interact and share resources with each other across platforms and between academic schools, and are encouraged to use creative methods to demonstrate their learning outcomes (ex. reflective writing, blogging, film, photography, animation, poetry, drawing, etc.).

6. Will it count toward my degree or diploma program?

Upon successful completion of the Global Citizenship Certificate you will receive a “Certificate of Completion” and notation on your formal academic transcript. Credit cannot be transferred to any other post-secondary credential. GBLC courses will be marked on the basis of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” and not be reflected within your grade point average (GPA) at Humber.

7. Can I customize the program to suit my area of interest?

Absolutely! Learners can tailor elements of the Certificate to suit their specific interests by selecting topics, community engagement, and learning experiences abroad that match their academic and/or personal areas of interest.

8. I am currently involved on campus. Can I apply this experience toward the 40-hour engagement experience requirement?

Yes, you can, with approval by the program administrator. It is important that students demonstrate that their experiences provide new opportunities to develop or enhance particular skills, to gain new knowledge in keeping with the Certificate’s stated learning outcomes. The intention of this requirement is to actively engage students in experiences that challenge them to clarify and expand their understanding of themselves in relationship to diverse communities and cultures; to develop, hone and strengthen the skills necessary to adapt, collaborate and lead; and to connect and extend their knowledge to acquire a deeper, critical understanding of political, social, environmental and economic issues.

9. I am not currently involved on campus but I was previously involved in activities before starting the GCC. Can I apply that experience toward the 40-hour community engagement requirement?


I have already completed a study/internship/work/volunteer experience abroad at Humber. Can I apply that experience toward GBLC 003: Citizen of the World?

No, you cannot. An essential component of the engagement experience is to engage in intentional reflection of skill development and acquired learning. This cannot be achieved retroactively.

10. Where can I go abroad?

Humber students can choose from a broad range of international opportunities, which can last in duration from a week abroad to a full academic semester. Over the past several years students and staff have traveled to more than 35 different countries crossing every continent in the world (except Antarctica – at least, not yet!) Depending on your program of student, you can go abroad for:

  • A semester of study abroad
  • An internship work placement 
  • Part of a course through a study tour / field trip
  • A course toward your field of student or a general education elective credit
  • A service learning trip or volunteer abroad

For more information, visit the International Centre’s website

11. Does GBLC 003: Citizen of the World need to be completed outside of Canada?

Not necessarily. With approval, learners can engage in an internship / work placement / service learning / study abroad experience in a different cultural community within Canada, ex. Francophone Quebec, a First Nations/Inuit/Metis community, etc.

12. If there funding available?

Yes! Students enrolled in the GCC who are approved to travel abroad may be eligible for a bursary between $500.00 - $2,500.00 CAD which they may use toward their travel experience in GBLC 003: Citizen of the World. Visit the Financial Aid office’s website for eligibility criteria and details on how to apply.

13. What is the fee for each of the GCC courses?

There is NO fee to register for each of the GCC courses. The entire Global Citizenship Certificate program is currently offered without cost to students.

14. Sign me up! How do I register?!

Registration is easy! Sign up today!