Get your Global Experience Certificate

Your degree, your dream, your world!

Interested in a life changing international study term, co-op work term or volunteer experience? If you are an undergraduate student you may be a candidate for Waterloo's Global Experience Certificate (GEC).

Where in the world do you want to go? We can help you get there. Earn a Global Experience Certificate at Waterloo.What you need for a GEC:

Students are required to complete an online Global Experience Certificate plan outlining how they will complete the following three GEC components:

  • Three for-credit courses (1.5 units)
  • One International experience (IE), minimum 6 consecutive weeks duration
  • One Cross cultural volunteer experience (CCVE) consisting of a minimum 20 hours during 1 term*

Once you have completed the certificate requirements you will be awarded a Global Experience Certificate upon graduation, Global Experience Certificate will appear on your transcript, and your IE and CCVE will appear as milestones on your transcript. 

*Applied Language Studies students completing APPLS 205R, 304R & 306R for the CCVE component are exempt from the 1 term requirement

*International experiences and cross cultural volunteer experiences completed before the GEC plan form is submitted cannot be counted towards the certificate.

Please note: There is a $100 dollar withdrawal only fee associated with the Global Experience Certificate (GEC). If a student withdraws from the program for any reason after being approved, or fails to complete the components upon graduation, a $100 fee will be administered. 


Click to watch the GEC compilation video