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A Global Mindset

As a leading global public research university, we integrate global thinking into all that we do. Global opportunities fuel collaborations for our students, research partnerships for our faculty and the innovative approach we take to building the skills of the world’s future leaders. At Carolina, a global education is integral to every student’s experience. The Global Guarantee – Carolina’s promise that a transformative global education is available to every student – is a key part of infusing our campus with a global mindset.

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There has arguably never been more need to work across cultures to find solutions to global problems. The grand challenges of our time – including climate change, cyber security and pandemics – do not live neatly within national borders. To educate the next generation of global leaders, Carolina must create opportunities for students to learn from and with other cultures so they develop the global mindset needed to address these complex issues.

Global and Growing

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“The global education we offer at Carolina prepares our students to become global leaders and to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

– Barbara J. Stephenson, UNC-Chapel Hill Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer

Carolina’s Global Guarantee

The Global Guarantee is a University-wide commitment. It ensures that all Carolina students have access to the best menu of global education opportunities possible. Our guarantee diversifies and strengthens global learning and creates opportunities, many of which don’t have a special application process or fee. Opportunities include:

  • Globally focused curricula, tracks and degrees in a range of disciplines
  • Study Abroad
  • Global internship and research opportunities
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses and other virtual exchange programs
  • Global programming and cultural exchange on campus

Connecting Carolina and the World

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Connecting with Vietnamese Language and Culture

A second-generation Vietnamese American, junior Valerie Nguyen feels more connected to her roots than ever after a semester in Carolina’s new Vietnamese language pilot program.

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Collaborating across continents

A new format of courses is helping Carolina students and faculty share ideas with counterparts across the world.

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Study Abroad Goes Virtual

In the midst of the pandemic, a group of students in the College of Arts & Sciences are experiencing study abroad virtually with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

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Promoting International Dialogues

A new initiative supports faculty seeking to incorporate enhanced virtual and remote international collaboration in their course offerings.

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Creating a Destination for African Art

Reggie and Celeste Hodges are preserving their extensive collection of African art.

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Connecting Doctoral Students Across the World

Carolina Ph.D. students are producing a new global podcast series about the challenges and opportunities for doctoral students.

    Strengthening Global Partnerships

    Francisco Laso and his fellow researchers launch a drone on the Galapagos Islands.
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    Putting Galapagos Farmers on the Map

    Combining aerial drone photography and interviews with local farmers, Francisco Laso ’21 (Ph.D.) is mapping farmland on the Galápagos Islands in his native Ecuador.

    Patients walk into the University of Zambia School of Medicine Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
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    A new device for saving lives

    UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Zambia researchers are tackling global maternal and child health issues while providing quality services to women and children in Zambia.

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    Four Premier Dental Schools Form Global Alliance

    The new DentAlliance partners will collaborate globally to transform education, research, and professional practice in dentistry and oral and craniofacial health sciences.

    Christine Mikeska and Ben Arbuckle with an assemblage of bones from an archaeological dig.

    Analyzing Ancient Animal Remains

    Analyzing ancient animal remains shipped across the Atlantic from a partner university, researchers at Carolina are uncovering insights about life in some of civilization’s first cities.

    Illustrated portraits of Kui Wu, a global studies major from Singapore, and Josh Evans, an economics major from the U.S.
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    Joint Opportunities

    Two students — one from Singapore and one from the U.S. — discuss their experiences studying on opposite sides of the world.

    Global Pharmacy Scholars at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
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    Global rotations

    The Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) program is a springboard to creating innovative solutions for global health care issues.

      The New Global: Building Partnerships for the Future

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      Diplomatic Discussions

      Carolina is expanding its digital learning platforms and educating students about the practice and theory of U.S. diplomacy.

      UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Anusha Chari poses against a railing in the Fedex Global Education Center.
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      India Rising

      An international economist is the director of the Modern Indian Studies program, which advances knowledge and understanding of India’s emergence as an economic powerhouse.

      Carolina alumnus Will Jung conducts an orchestra.
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      Bridging Music and Language

      A Carolina alumnus applies his experience with Chinese folk music to the UNC World View Fellows Program, providing K-12 and community college educators with global professional development opportunities.

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      Students on the Frontlines of Humanitarian Health

      The Humanitarian Health Initiative leverages Carolina's global health expertise in support of humanitarian efforts around the world.

      Students present a project at the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
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      Seven hubs for international education

      Global and area studies centers are critical to deepening and expanding the campus and community’s understanding of the world and the importance of international education.

      An Indian woman in a sari stands in a field of solar panels.
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      Investing in the future of sustainable business

      The India Impact Challenge invites students worldwide to pitch sustainable investment strategies.

        Support A Global Mindset

        Private support for global initiatives at Carolina is crucial for the University to infuse a global dimension throughout its teaching and research mission and to enhance its global visibility. Gifts to the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund give University leaders the flexibility needed to provide funding to students, faculty and programs supporting Carolina’s top global priorities.

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