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CIS Global Distinction

In recognition of the unique personal, educational and career opportunities that international and diversity experiences can contribute to a student’s development, the Center for International Studies at USC Upstate wishes to distinguish students who successfully participate in a variety of internationally-focused activities during their academic career. Such international recognition will identify the student as having achieved Global Distinction by their senior year and awards will be presented at a special annual banquet in honor of the achievement. Awards will include a special cord for graduation, a certificate of Global Distinction and a resume support letter from the Center for International Studies.

Global Distinction Area Concentrations:

- African Studies
- Asian Studies
- European Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- International (Generalist) Studies

Area concentrations are determined by major, minor, cognate or area of study.

Global Distinction Criteria:

1) Study abroad or International internship with a minimum of one semester or two Maymester/summer sessions.
2) Volunteerism/engagement/leadership role in a local community project(s), preferably, with an international focus (10 hours minimum in a given semester).
3) Upstate Global Ambassador member: Serve as a mentor to an incoming international student for at least one semester and attend a minimum of two International Mixers. For more information on the UGA program, click HERE.
4) Study Abroad Association (SAA) member:
     - Attend/serve in at least two Study Abroad Fairs.
     - Attend/serve in at least oine Premier Fair.
     - Participate in an Upstate International Event.
     - Participate in the Spartanburg International Festival.
     - Mentor a pre-departure study abroad student.
     - Participate in a Two 2 Transform photo/essay competition post-departure.
5) Major, minor, cognate or area of study (i.e., 12 credit hours minimum abroad) in an area of international focus.
6) Attend career development workshops undertaken with Career Services.

Application:

To register for the Global Distinction, fill out of the form HERE, print the form, and schedule a meeting with the CIS office by emailing pmccleary@uscupstate.edu to drop off and discuss your application.

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