Global Graduate

Global Graduate

Global Graduate students at Aalborg University, 2019

Are you a global graduate?

Employers increasingly request from their recruits the capacity to understand and function in a multicultural, international organisation. Commonly such abilities are referred to as intercultural competence, but do you actually know what this means? At AAU we have researchers specialising in intercultural and international relations. We therefore believe it is our responsibility to offer you the opportunity to develop your international and intercultural skills. Many of you are already involved in activities relevant to intercultural and international learning. The Global Graduate programme recognises such engagement, enabling you to obtain a certificate that you can use upon graduation when applying for jobs. 

How does the Global Graduate scheme work?

The Global Graduate Programme is based on a points system, which means that we will issue certificates to all students, who have collected a minimum of a 100 points. You can gain points through participation in a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities. You will find a catalogue of activities and points to the right.  We estimate that one point in the Global Graduate Programme equals 25 work hours. This means that the average duration will be around two years for most participants. Accordingly, we recommend that you register for the programme either in the first year of your BA or first year of an MA course. Please note that you can only claim points for activities undertaken after your matriculation in your present programme at AAU. If, for instance, you are registered as an MA student, but have completed a course on Intercultural Communication as part of your BA education, you cannot claim points for this.

Activities in the programme?

In the Global Graduate programme we have organised activities under five thematic categories: 1) International/intercultural Studies, 2) Multicultural teamwork (obligatory module), 3) Internationalisation at Home, 4) International Experience and 5) Intercultural Learning (obligatory module). In acknowledgement of the AAU principle of Problem-Based Learning, we have made it obligatory to participate in some form of Multicultural Teamwork. In addition, we encourage a reflexive learning process by requesting that all global graduates participate in one of the activities listed under theme 5), intercultural learning. You will find a detailed description of the five themes here.

Part of the programme may involve ordinary coursework, but an equally important element is extracurricular activities. This is to acknowledge that intercultural communication and learning frequently happen outside the classroom. So what you may gain through the Global Graduate Programme is a formal AAU acknowledgement of voluntary work that you are already doing.

How do I register for the programme?

The Global Graduate Programme is currently offered to students from the BA programmes in Language and International Studies (LISE) and International Business Communication (SIV). If you follow other programmes, please contact your head of programme to check if the GGC programme is an option for you.

To participate in the Global Graduate programme you have to register. Please click here to access the online registration form.

Once you have registered, you will need to keep a log of the programme activities that you have completed. Please remember that it is your responsibility to collect documentation for your participation in a particular activity.

We recommend that you place all documents in a separate folder, which can be presented when you apply to have a Global Graducate certificate issued.  Make sure that you keep all documentation until you have received the certificate from us. Please note that we can only issue a certificate if you can document participation in activities equivalent to 100 points.

The five Global Graduate themes

Intercultural competence can be defined in different ways. Common to these are knowledge, interaction and practices, which we have therefore chosen as key priorities when selecting activities for the Global Graduate programme.


Catalogue of activities

To obtain Global Graduate Certificate you need to

  1. collect at least 100 points from 4 different modules
  2. one activity must be participation in multicultural teamwork (module 2)
  3. one activity should be related to intercultural learning (module 5)
  4. collect documentation to be presented when applying to have a certificate issued.

To read more about the Global Graduate modules, including possible activities and documentation, please click on the links below:

Theme 1: International/Intercultural Studies
Theme 2: Multicultural teamwork
Theme 3: Internationalisation at Home
Theme 4: International experience
Theme 5: Intercultural learning