What is the Global Laureates Academy?

The Global Laureates Academy is a program that encourages students to explore and develop their global competencies in depth. The program, which contains both academic and extracurricular elements, mimics academic curricular honors programs in that it requires completion of a capstone experience (alongside faculty or staff) focused on a pressing global theme (e.g., global health, global trade, climate change, etc.). Students in the Global Laureates Academy will participate in experiences aligned with each of the five global learning threads, while at the same time maintaining a high level of scholarship across their academic studies.

Why join the Global Laureates Academy?

The Global Laureates Academy provides a focused opportunity for you to develop your global competencies aligned with your studies or area of interest. You will participate in academic and extracurricular experiences with individualized mentoring by Global Laureates staff. Whether applying to graduate or professional schools, or going into the job market, programs and companies are looking for well-rounded students who have developed a global competencies. The Global Laureates Academy will help you align your studies and interests in a way that demonstrates your commitment to developing your global mindset.

  • Eligibility

    The Global Laureates Academy is open to all students, including students who study abroad. Enrolled students must be committed to pursuing ideas in depth and developing intercultural skills over an extended period of time.  

  • Duration

    You may begin the program in the fall or spring semester. The program will take 2-4 semesters to complete, depending on your prior academic and extracurricular experiences.

  • Apply

    1. Orientation


    Information Sessions will be offered in late spring for students interested in GLA for fall 2017.

    2. Registration

    For soft launch in spring 2017, attend the Global Laureates Academy Welcome Reception on December 9th, 4-5:30pm. You will be asked to make a commitment at this ceremony.

    After the ceremony, you will be asked to respond to the following three questions:

      • What work have you done, or are doing, that may align with one or more of the 5 global learning threads below?
        • Interpret global events, values, and practices from multiple cultural perspectives. (Intercultural Inquiry)
        • Explain how their own perspectives and experiences influence their understanding of other cultures. (Self Awareness)
        • Collaborate across diverse cultures and settings to address complex global challenges. (Community Interaction)
        • Negotiate intercultural interactions using appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills. (Intercultural Communication)
        • Formulate solutions to global challenges through informed decision-making and reflection. (Global Responsibility)
      • What prompted your interest in the Global Laureates Academy?
      • What are you hoping to achieve by participating in the Global Laureates Academy?

    You may also be asked to submit additional materials such as an unofficial transcript or current resume.

    3. Advising

    After registering for the program, a GLA staff member will contact you to arrange an advising meeting. During this meeting, you will discuss your goals for the GLA, learn more about program requirements, and begin to develop a plan for successfully completing the program. Once applicants have met with a GLA advisor, they are officially enrolled in the program and can begin uploading information into the GLA database.

    Two additional advising meetings are strongly encouraged – once when you are halfway through the program, and once towards the end of the program. You may schedule additional advising appointments, as needed.

  • Program Requirements


    • 2.75 cumulative GPA


    • Successfully complete 6 credit hours of globally-focused coursework with a grade of B or higher
      • Courses not already listed on the approved course list on the GLA website must be submitted for approval by the GLA Advisory Board using the Course Approval Form
      • You may submit courses you have completed, or that in which you are currently enrolled.

    Enhancement Experiences

    • Attend 5 lectures, workshops, campus events, or activities that actively engage you in discussion and global learning aligned with each of the global learning threads (intercultural inquiry, self-awareness, community interaction, intercultural communication, global responsibility).
    • You must participate in at least one experience aligned with each global learning thread, for a total of five experiences.

    Sustained Engagement

    • Engage and reflect on one sustained (at least one semester) extracurricular experience related to one of the global learning threads (e.g., semester or summer study abroad, live in the Global Villages at WFU, serve as a Global Ambassador, serve as a program assistant for a global initiative, volunteer at a globally focused community organization).


    • Document and reflect on your coursework, enhancement activities, and sustained engagement in an e-Portfolio (see sample e-Portfolio on the GLA website).
    • Each activity should be accompanied by a reflection that answers the following:
      • Which of the five global learning threads was addressed by your participation?
      • How has your knowledge of this thread changed?
      • What elements/lessons learned from the course or activity is most applicable to your studies and/or prospective profession? Why?

    Capstone Project

    • Propose an action or research project that highlights your understanding and growth on at least one of the 5 global learning threads.
    • Select a faculty or staff mentor to supervise your global action or research project.
      • Note: You have the option of enrolling in a 3-credit independent study course to receive additional mentoring and assistance with proposing and implementing your project.
    • Complete your action or research project.
    • Share the results of your action or research project at a campus sponsored event (e.g., URECA, WISE)
    • Note: Funds are available for students to offset the costs of completing the project. The Global Laureates Academy will fund student projects that move WFU towards becoming a more global campus community.
  • Recognition

    Upon completion of all requirements, students will:

    • Be invited to attend a ceremony with the Provost/President to award distinction
    • Receive certificate and gift
    • Be highlighted in campus-wide publications (e.g., Dean’s Digest, Provost’s Newsletter, Parent Newsletter, Inside WFU, Wake Forest Magazine)
  • Forms

    Registration Form (Google form) (pdf)

    Course Approval Form (Google form) (pdf)

    Capstone Project Form (Google form) (pdf)

    Planning Document (Google form) (pdf)