Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Global Citizenship Program?

Lehigh University’s Global Citizenship Program is a cross-college co-curricular certificate program open to students from all fields, including engineering and science, business, arts, humanities and social sciences. Envisioned as a “backpack” – or a set of courses and experiences that any student can fit into her/his major – the program requires students to examine the questions of meaning and value associated with the theme of citizenship within today’s global world.

What can a student expect out of the Global Citizenship curriculum?

The curriculum focuses on various content areas: trade and commerce, environment and ecology, comparative cultures and identity, creative expression, imagery and the arts, science and technology, and language and communication. All content areas are concerned with critical perspectives of ethical responsibility, humanistic values, and cultural/religious/institutional awareness associated with the theme of "global citizenship."

How are faculty members involved in the Global Citizenship Program?

Faculty participate in the program by offering Global Citizenship-approved courses on campus; working with students on international projects; advising students in their studies; and leading international trips. Faculty members’ contributions are vital to the program's potentially transformative effect on the lives of students.

What is the travel component of the Global Citizenship Program?

Travel is the distinctive element of the Global Citizenship Program. The first-semester Introduction to Global Citizenship course introduces students not only to writing and communication in a global context, but also begins to prepare them for the challenges of international travel. After a 1-credit preparatory seminar in the fall semester of their sophomore year, all GC students travel for 10-12 days during the winter intersession break. Travel takes students to destinations where they experience the challenge of negotiating othernes and confront the human face of globalization. Cultural and academic activities are organized by Lehigh staff, and Lehigh faculty member accompanies students on this Intersession Trip.

Students are expected to participate in an additional study abroad experience. Acceptable study abroad experiences must be at least 5 weeks in length, take place in a non-English speaking country, and include language instruction. Home-stay is encouraged. Students are encouraged to spend a semester or year abroad, but summer programs are acceptable. Students may choose to return to the country they visited during their sophomore year, or they may travel to another country that faces current global challenges.

What is the cost of the Program?

The Global Citizenship Program is a scholarship program, generously and proudly subsidized by Lehigh University. In addition to regular university tuition, students are expected to contribute $500 towards the Intersession Trip. Previous trips have been to Chile, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, China, South Africa, Ghana, and Costa Rica. This contribution helps subsidize the cost of travel, lodging, food, and cultural experiences. Students are also responsible for their second study abroad experience.

What will a student receive upon completion of the Program?

All graduates of the program receive a certificate in Global Citizenship. Completion of the program will also be listed on each student’s academic transcript.

How do I apply to the Program?

The Global Citizenship Program will welcome its tenth cohort of students in October 2014. All rising sophomores are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through mid-September.  If you have any questions, please contact David Fine at (610) 758-6650 or

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Please note: accepted students will participate in a modified, three-year version of the previous, four-year curriculum (forthcoming). This plan will include a two-week intersession trip to Cambodia in January 2015.