Earn a Global Experience Certificate

You can expand your worldview and knowledge of global issues by earning a Global Experience Certificate (GEC). The certificate will showcase your capacity to be a global citizen and demonstrate your adaptability, cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication skills. Position yourself as a future leader and give yourself a competitive advantage. Earn your Global Experience Certificate at Waterloo. Find out how you can submit an application

GEC student spotlights

Learn what a great experience it can be from other Waterloo students.

Cindy skydiving. "The GEC allows me to develop skills, gives me perspective and a sense of accomplishment, and prepares me for challenging situations. It has also helped fuel my passion for travelling and given me hands-on experiences that reflect my goal of becoming a doctor. I love working towards a tangible item that will showcase my non-academic achievements and ability to be a well-rounded student." - Cindy

Liam in Rome."I heard about the GEC after I decided to participate in the Math in Europe program. I realized it would be a perfect fit for me since I was already participating in an international experience, taking French language courses, and am interested in seeing the world from the perspective of other cultures. The GEC is what enticed me to take the global courses and participate in a cross-cultural volunteer experience. This certificate should give me a competitive advantage when searching for future employment by showing my capacity to be a global citizen and a competent leader." - Liam

Alanna in Amsterdam."I chose to do my Global Experience Certificate because being involved internationally has always been a part of my life. I have grown up travelling and learning how to be a global citizen, and the GEC has been another opportunity to increase my global awareness and cultural education. As well, I believe having international experience on a resume can be very beneficial to your career. It has already helped me with finding co-op placements." - Alanna

Su Jin Kim hiking in Switzerland.

"I wanted to gain some international experience, and the GEC provided a comprehensive package! I improved my French, studied French culture and made international friends though the Shadow Program. All of these helped me immensely when I was in Europe. My Global Studies Course put my international experience into context." - Su Jin

Laszlo beside the mountains. "One beautiful advantage of living in Canada is that we are constantly exposed to various cultures and nationalities from around the world. I believe the more we learn from each other, the better we can work together. This is why I felt the GEC would be an important part of my education at Waterloo. Having the opportunity to travel somewhere else and immerse oneself in the local culture is a life experience like no other!" - Laszlo

Katie posing beside the French coast."I was fascinated by the idea of a certificate that was able to summarize and showcase the work I had been doing outside of my degree. I have always been interested in different aspects of language, culture, and the world; and the GEC will now be able to effectively represent this for me in the future!" - Katie