Global Learning

Global Learning Office

The Central Piedmont Global Learning office serves as a resource to students, faculty, staff, and members of the Charlotte community to explore international issues. Become a "global citizen" by studying abroad, participating in cultural events, discussing international issues, and gaining a global perspective.

Our global learning initiatives prepare students for employment in the global economy, provide experiences leading to increased knowledge and appreciation of cultures, and facilitate faculty awareness and increased globalization of curriculum.

If you are interested in learning more about global learning and study abroad at Central Piedmont, complete our interest card.

Activities and Events

Resources for Students

  • NC Scholars of Global Distinction

    Graduate as a NC Scholar of Global Distinction

    The NC Scholars of Global Distinction is a partnership between UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina community colleges, designed to equip students with the global competencies and skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

  • Global Student Association

    The Global Student Association is a group of students who learn about and celebrate different cultures. Supported by both the International Student Services Center and the Global Learning office, the Global Student Association appreciates different languages and different ways of doing things by participating in multicultural events and supporting students who want to study abroad. The Global Student Association also creates a sense of unity among international students and those interested in other cultures.   

    Benefits of Joining the Global Student Association

    • learn more about the world around you
    • free or low cost tickets to Charlotte International events
    • learn about ways to globalize your future or career
    • meet interesting people from cultures all over the world

    How to Get Involved with the Global Student Association

  • Other Central Piedmont Internationally-Focused Student Organizations


  • Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

    Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) is global network of community, vocational, and technical institutions dedicated to creating globally engaged learning environments. Members engage within the network to improve practices, participate in learning communities, and collaborate to advance global opportunities at the college level.

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

    Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship that provides two months of intensive German language, four months of study in the participant's career field at a German college or university, and a five month internship with a German company. Central Piedmont both hosts visiting German students and supports applications by American students looking to go abroad for this career development program.

    Live, Study, Intern in Germany

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates who are interested in living, studying, and interning in Germany on a full-year, funded fellowship. CBYX is sponsored by the U.S. and German governments for applicants in all career fields between the ages of 18-24, and does not require any prior German language knowledge. Applicants in business, vocational, technical, engineering, scientific, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply.

    75 participants are annually awarded the CBYX fellowship to spend a year studying and working in their career fields while completely immersed in German language and culture. Please forward this email to ideal candidates among your students and young alumni, who can find more information at The CBYX for Young Professionals fellowship includes:

    • two months of intensive German language training (prior German language knowledge is not required, but preferred)
    • four months of study in the participant’s career field at a German college or university
    • five-month internship in the participant’s career field with a German company
    • accommodations living with German hosts, in shared apartments, and in student dorms
    • transatlantic airfare and monthly food stipends
    • health/accident insurance
    • various program seminars in the United States and Germany
    • support throughout the program year by local program representatives
    Eligibility for the The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • between the ages of 18-24 at the start of the program in July 2011
    • high school diploma or equivalent
    • clear career goals and some relevant work experience in career field
    • strong interest in German and international affairs, and a strong sense of American identity
    • flexibility, independence, and diplomacy

    Application deadline is December 1 for the program beginning in summer. For more information, and to apply online, visit the CBYX website. You may also contact the Central Piedmont Director of International Learning.

  • Generation Study Abroad

    Studying abroad is one of the best ways American college students can acquire international experience necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. While that may sound like a lot, it in fact represents less than 10% of the 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year. Generation Study AbroadTM seeks to address that shortfall by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college students for whom traditional study abroad programs aren't working. Central Piedmont committed to this pledge in 2014 to work to make our study abroad programs more accessible, pledging to increase the number of students it was sending overseas by 70% and double the number of countries available to study abroad students by 2020. In 2018, we achieved these goals two years ahead of schedule.

  • World Affairs Council of Charlotte

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. It is supported by private funding from individual and corporate members. It is a regional center for education and discussion of world affairs. The Council seeks to provide leadership for global thinking, and a broad perspective for effective competition in the global economy and for responsible citizenship in an increasingly interdependent political world. Central Piedmont works closely with WACC on the Global Issues Forum and other Charlotte area events.

  • World View (UNC Chapel Hill)

    World View is a public service of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their website is intended to provide educators with information about our programs, outreach, and resources focused on 21st century global education. Annually, Central Piedmont sends a team of faculty members to World View Conferences.

Resources for Faculty

We also invite you to be a friend of the Global Learning office by emailing You will then receive our Friends of Global Learning office emails to learn about upcoming events and opportunities, both on and off campus.

  • Virtual Exchange Opportunities

    • IREX Global Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Central Piedmont has been selected to participate in the fall cohort for this virtual exchange initiative that supports workforce development in the U.S., Iraq, and Jordan. In this exchange, community college students from the U.S. and university students from Iraq and Jordan team up to solve global challenges facing the business sector across industries. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills through online collaboration. Camelia Tehari (Business Instructor) and Nadine Russell (Director of the Global Learning office) will be leading the fall cohort. If faculty are interested in applying for the sixth and final cohort in spring 2021, please contact the Global Learning office.
    • Study Abroad Association | 360º Global Learning and Virtual Study Abroad: Understanding the value and impact of global learning, the Global Learning office is working with Study Abroad Association& to ensure all students and faculty have access to international education opportunities through an innovative and in-depth format. Study Abroad Association has developed a shared model to launch virtual study abroad programming which will focus on four main areas of study: Humanities, Business, Science, and Global Perspectives. Each area of study will contain at least 12 hours of virtual, supplemental, globally-infused real world content. The learning materials will be interfaced and accessible by January 1, 2021 and obtainable through Blackboard on all forms of technology, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. Faculty can access demos of all four modules in October 2020. You will receive a faculty guide and have the opportunity to provide feedback and to assess how to incorporate into your specific spring semester courses. Watch this Study Abroad Association | 360º Global Learning and Virtual Study Abroad promotional video for more information.
    • The Intercultural Ireland Content Library (ISA Ireland): The Intercultural Ireland Content Library was created to help faculty internationalize classes by using Ireland and Irish/European history, culture, business, politics, economics, language, literature, and science as a platform for creating the opportunity for comparative and critical thinking as a part of the lesson. The aim is to directly and purposefully create an opportunity to develop cultural competencies in every lesson, irrespective of discipline. The Intercultural Ireland Content Library is free. However, please let the Global Learning office know if you are interested in accessing the content for class.
    • Soliya Connect Program: The Connect Program — Soliya’s flagship virtual exchange initiative — is an online cross-cultural education program integrated into curriculum that provides students with a unique opportunity to establish a deeper understanding for the perspectives of others around the world on important socio-political issues and to skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and media literacy. The curriculum is already designed for classes and requires a facilitator and participation from at least 20 students. The Connect Program can be integrated into a variety of existing courses, but is most commonly integrated into arts, humanities, business, and social sciences. If interested in implementing this program into your class for spring 2021, contact the Global Learning office.
  • Study Abroad Proposals and Forms

    Faculty or staff interested in leading a short-term study abroad program must submit a Study Abroad Program Proposal (PDF) 14-18 months prior to travel. All proposals must be reviewed and approved by the Center for Global Learning prior to any program marketing, promotion, or recruiting. All leaders should review the Faculty/Staff Study Abroad Responsibilities (PDF) and the Faculty/Staff Leader Handbook (PDF). Additional information that will need to be submitted once a program has been selected include:

  • Globalize Your Class/NC Scholars of Global Distinction Information

    The North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) provides a centralized location for the acquisition, collection, sharing, and management of quality learning resources for all teachers in North Carolina. Their site hosts plethora of resources to add international learning to your classroom.

    NC Scholars of Global Distinction

    Globalizing curriculum ensures students develop the global competencies and skills needed for the 21st century workforce and to thrive in a world that is increasingly globally connected. It is also an integral part of the NC Scholars for Global Distinction program. The Center for Global Learning is also developing a Globalization in the Classroom Learning Community to support this effort. If you are interested in globalizing your course, you will need to meet the criteria for evaluating courses with significant global content*:

    • Course demonstrates intentional effort to prepare students to live and work in an interconnected world. Preparation includes the ability to recognize and address issues and phenomena at global, international and local levels, as well as develop intercultural competencies. Course includes a substantial focus on one or more of the above abilities/competencies.
    • Syllabus explicitly lists learning outcomes that involve global learning as a result of participation in the course. One or more of these outcomes should develop cultural competency.
    • Assessment requires students to demonstrate learning that reflects the global dimension of the course.
    • Instructional media (text and/or supplemental resources) help frame the subject of the course in global terms.
    • Course includes assignments requiring students to grapple with global issues related to the subject of the course.

    *These criteria have been adapted and modified based on the Davidson County Community College model and the criteria developed by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU).

    Submit a copy of your course syllabus, including specific learning outcome(s) that involve(s) global learning, and attach course assignments and assessment descriptions demonstrating that the course meet the aforementioned criteria to the NC Scholars of Global Distinction committee or to the Global Scholars Coordinator.

  • Request a Speaker

    If your department or faculty is interested in hearing from a global expert, the Center for Global Learning will be happy to serve as a conduit for these programs.

  • Bring a Fulbright Scholar to Campus

    The Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) is a great opportunity to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars for short term speaking engagements that enrich cultural understanding. You can access the current list on the OLF Scholars page.

    Fulbright Scholars are in the U.S. from a variety of countries and disciplines. The OLF encourages them to visit Community Colleges and Minority Serving institutions to:

    • give department or campus-wide lectures to students or faculty
    • hold lectures in classrooms where the scholar can make a contribution to the discipline or country/regional understanding
    • meet with faculty to allow for an exchange of ideas
    • have informal gatherings with students and faculty
    • meet with community organizations, professional, cultural or religious groups, K-12 schools and school districts that have a special interest in international relations
  • Skype with State Department Personnel

    The U.S. Department of State offers a great opportunity to speak with classes on any foreign policy topic via Skype. Possible themes include:

  • Professional Development

    The Center for Global Learning hosts professional development sessions throughout the semester on a variety of topics to promote comprehensive internationalization. Visit AbilityLMS for upcoming opportunities.

  • International Education at NC Community Colleges Report

    The International Education at NC Community Colleges report is the result of a survey to explore how the NC Community College System (NCCCS) addresses its mission “to develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce” (NCCCS, 2020). Central Piedmont was integral in the design of the survey; our students and programs are featured throughout.

  • Relevant International Organizations

    • World View: World View is a program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices, and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. Through professional development and outreach services, World View helps educators add a global perspective to their classrooms. In addition to the NC Scholars of Global Distinction Program, World View provides numerous resources and opportunities to Central Piedmont faculty:

      • community college resources
      • regional training opportunities – faculty can attend World View fall and spring seminars. Contact the Center for Global Learning if you are interested in attending
    • World Affairs Council of Charlotte: A local non-profit focusing on education and discussion of world affairs, WACC hosts numerous programs and events each year including WorldQuest, the World Citizen Award, and a variety of international speaker series.
    • Association of International Educators (NAFSA): NAFSA is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange to build global citizens. NAFSA offers extensive professional resources including workshops, seminars and annual conferences.
    • Community Colleges for International Development (CCID): CCID helps institutions further internationalization initiatives and develop globally competent workers.

Other International Opportunities at Central Piedmont