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Global Citizenship Program

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Expand your world and advance your career prospects with Deakin's Global Citizenship Program

It is a simple fact: In an increasingly globalised world, today's employers and businesses are looking for people with global experiences. When you finish your Deakin studies, you will want to show that you are globally aware, culturally sensitive, and able to live and work independently.

Deakin's Global Citizenship Program is specifically designed to engage you with a variety of global programs and activities that can build up your skills in these and other key areas that are important in the global workplace and global community. To successfully complete the Global Citizenship Program is to show the world that you are ready to be an active, productive player.

But this is more than a chance to give your CV the competitive edge. Through the Global Citizenship Program you will have the opportunity to expand your world, connect with different cultures, and perhaps make a real difference in communities across the globe.

The Global Citizenship Program is aimed at supplementing your studies at Deakin and involves a combination of different international activities such as:

  • International study experiences
  • Participation in internationally-focused units
  • Seminars on international topics
  • International internships
  • International-centred volunteering
  • Foreign language studies

Once you have acquired the set number points and skills, you will be awarded the Global Citizenship Program Certificate that will list the activities and the skills you have gained.

While the program is primarily non-credit bearing you can attach the certificate to your resume that will outline the skills and attributes you have attained. This will assist you in communicating to future employers the additional skills you have gained through your global experiences. The Global Citizenship Program is designed to be completed before you graduate.

How to participate in the Global Citizenship Program

Each activity is given a point value based on its associated skills and the extent to which each skill is developed. Refer to Global Citizenship Activities and Outcomes for full details. Your aim is to accumulate a minimum of 100 points and 17 of the 20 skills to complete the program. In addition you may prepare reflective pieces on many of the activities you participate in, and explore how they have contributed to your development as a global citizen.

To become a Global Citizen, you will need to participate in a number of internationally-related activities that will assist you to develop key personal, academic and careers skills.

Activities and Outcomes

The Global Citizenship Program is designed to help you develop the skills necessary to be a global citizen. As such, there are internationally-related activities that will foster these attributes that must be completed. Each activity is given a point value based on its associated skills, and the extent to which each skill is developed. Below are the pre-approved activities, outcomes and point values you can expect to gain by participating in these activities. You must earn a total of at least GCP 100 points, as well as complete at least 17 of the 20 skills/outcomes.


Activity Points
Exchange or study abroad program (at least one Trimester) 60
Long term global internship/volunteering (4 months plus) 60
Language (long term in-country language) 60
Global internship/volunteering (over 4 weeks) 40
Volunteering (GCP with fundraising component) 40
Major language stream or diploma 40
Deakin Abroad Peer Adviser Program (per Trimester) 20
Internships/volunteering (domestic with international focus – up to 4 weeks) 20
Global study intensive
(study tours/short term program 1–2 credit points)
Global volunteering (up to 4 weeks & no fundraising) 20
Global Internships (up to 4 weeks) 20
Global conference or globally-focused domestic conference (2 days or longer) 20
Beginners language study (global or domestic) 10
Major project or thesis/essay with international focus as part of Deakin degree (at least 4000 words) 10
Volunteering with Deakin International (for at least 10 hours) 10
Participation in the Deakin Abroad Buddy Program (1 trimester) 10
Attendance at lecture or symposium with global focus 10
Leadership in an organisation or club with international focus 10
Deakin unit with international focus (completion of 1 Deakin unit with an international focus for student studying a clearly 'non-international-focused course' who take an 'international-focused elective') 5
Language club participation (at least 4 sessions) 5
Participation in an organisation or club with international focus 5
Presentation/lecture or promotion on global study experience at Deakin or international partner 5


Personal Attributes
P1 Increased maturity
P2 Increased independence
P3 Increased self-confidence
P4 Increased tolerance to ambiguity, conflict and change
P5 Enhanced leadership skills
P6 Improved interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
P7 Improved foreign language ability
P8 Improved relationships
P9 Increased ability to appreciate multiple perspectives and diversity
Academic Skills
A1 Enhanced interest in academics
A2 Influenced academic and career selection
A3 Enhanced problem solving skills
A4 Reinforced commitment and persistence to academics
Career Skills
C1 Enhanced planing, organisation and time management skills
C2 Establish professional contacts
C3 Encouraged work in an international or multinational corporation or setting
C4 Improved networking skills
C5 Increased ability to manage a budget
C6 Increased regional understanding
C7 Increased business acumen

When you are ready to Apply please download the GCP Application form and submit to - Applications for the 2014 Award are closed.

Lectures and Events

Are you in need of 10 points for your GCP? Below you will find a list of events, lectures and seminars that may be of interest of you. All these events have been approved by the GCP as relevant activates for the award. You will need to write a brief 1-2 page report on the event you attend to claim points when you apply for the award.

If you find a event not listed that you believe is eligible please email so we can approve and share with other GCP students of the opportunity available.

More coming soon

Sounds good! Now how do I become a Global Citizen?

Apply for the Global Citizenship Program

1. Email your full name, student ID and course code to: We will include you in our database and update you with the latest international opportunities.

2. Participate in a variety of internationally-related activities such as: International study, volunteering, internships, conferences, or units, or domestic activities with an international focus.

3.  Earn a total of at least 100 points, as well as develop at least 17 of the 20 skills of global citizenship to be eligible for the Global Citizenship Award.

Apply for the Global Citizenship Award

Download, complete & submit the GCP application form along with the required supporting documents, by the deadline (applications for 2014 have now closed). Should your application be successful, you will receive the Global Citizenship Award!

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