Certificate in Global Citizenship

The Certificate in Global Citizenship is outlined the University Calendar.
Please contact gccd@ualberta.ca for details on how to register.


The Certificate in Global Citizenship is an embedded interdisciplinary certificate that recognizes undergraduate students at the University of Alberta who have an interest, understanding and ethic of global citizenship. The Certificate is open to undergraduate students across the university and can be earned in conjunction with multiple undergraduate degrees. While fulfilling the requirements for a major, minor, or Honours undergraduate program, students must complete a minimum 12 credits from a list of designated courses that focus on or are applicable to the study of global citizenship

In addition to one required course, Int D 404: Global Citizenship: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives, students can choose 9 credits from a list of courses from various Faculties across campus. These courses are outlined in the online University Calendar.

For information from past calendars, see the following sections:

Section 75.18.1 of the 2013-14 University Calendar
Section 75.19.1 of the 2014-15 University Calendar
Section 75.19.1 of the 2015-16 University Calendar

For the upcoming academic year, INT D 404 will be offered online and scheduled in Fall Term 2020. It is also scheduled for Summer Term 2020. Please register through Bear Tracks.


The Certificate in Global Citizenship is available to students across the University-regardless of Faculty or program. All students must register their intention to apply for the Certificate with GCCD and have the certificate checklist verified by GCCD before the next step below.

Before the Certificate can be granted, and noted on official transcripts, students wishing to pursue this Certificate must apply through Undergraduate Student Services in their home Faculty by the application deadline for convocation.

Please download and complete the certificate checklist to ensure you have completed the requirements for the certificate and arrange for submission, along with your official transcripts, by contacting gccd@ualberta.ca.


Certificates denote a specialized field of study and understanding. A Certificate in Global Citizenship indicates that students have thought through issues related to citizenship and its local and global implications in various fields of study.

Quotes from Faculty members across campus:

"The Global Citizenship Certificate is of great value to students as it provides an opportunity to live consciously, expand one's worldview, and consider multiple perspectives" (Faculty member in Physical Education)

"The Certificate (in exploring issues related to global citizenship and social justice) is of great value to undergraduate students - both in their academic lives and as citizens. This certificate provides a cutting-edge trans-disciplinary opportunity to explore diverse aspects of digital citizenship as well as group information rights. Through this certificate experience, students can explore both rights and responsibilities around hot-button global topics, including intellectual property and copyright; net neutrality; digital divide; open access to scholarly research; and digital inclusion as a new human right in the 21st century." (Faculty member from the School of Library and Information Studies)

"Future employers are going to be looking for students who are adaptable, good listeners, who see opportunity and the pitfalls of silo thinking. They are going to be looking for graduates with a sense of design and various modes of communication to different audiences. The global citizenship certificate cultivates this kind of affability, flexibility of mind, ability to start anew and build on other pieces of knowledge, and engage in critical and bold thought and communication." (Faculty member from Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences)


An embedded credit certificate implies that the requirements of the certificate can be met by students during the completion of their regular degree program. The embedded certificate defines a specific area of focus for the student during the course of their degree program. In some cases, students may choose to complete courses extra to their degree in order to receive a certificate. Generally, requisite courses are taken in the process of meeting degree requirements, and count toward both the student's degree and the Certificate. As such, the Certificate in Global Citizenship is embedded within the students' undergraduate degree. It is interdisciplinary in the way that the mandatory and complimentary courses approach issues and topics concerning global citizenship from a variety of disciplines from nearly all Faculties at the University of Alberta.