Global Citizenship Certificate Program for High School Students

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017.

Global Citizenship Certificate Program

The Global Citizenship Certificate Program (GCCP) is a rigorous educational program to recognize high school students who have demonstrated a dedication to expanding their global perspectives with international experiences. Students will lead their own path through the structured framework of the program the World Affairs Council has developed to complete the program’s requirements at their own pace over 2-4 years.

Students enrolled in the GCCP will add to their regular high school experience with a variety of globally focused coursework and extracurricular experiences, and track their progress online via the MobileServe app. Upon the completion of the GCCP with a Capstone project, each student will have demonstrated ability to:

  1. Investigate the world and recognize diverse perspectives: Students discover the world beyond their immediate environment and identify differing perspectives
  2. Communicate with diverse groups: Students can effectively exchange ideas with diverse audiences
  3. Translate ideas into positive action (apply learning through community engagement): Students transform their knowledge into appropriate actions that improve conditions in their community

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get for completing the program?

All students that complete the program will be recognized with, you guessed it, a certificate. Recipients can list this achievement on resumes and college applications as a mark of their dedication and experience.

Beyond the certificate itself, the GCCP will more importantly provide students with experiences and opportunities beyond a normal high school experience. The WAC has created a structured path that each student will follow through their own creativity and leadership.

Overall, undertaking this program will prepare students for success with broader global understanding and tangible, marketable skills like dual language proficiency, work/volunteer experience, and a wide range of knowledge you can apply toward future academic and professional careers.

How much does the GCCP cost?

In an effort to ensure the GCCP is available to all students in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, regardless of their economic means, there is no direct cost to apply for or join the GCCP at this time except the costs of transportation to and fro any events they attend, and the cost of a language proficiency test*.

The WAC seeks to regularly provide students with free and local resources, including those provided by the WAC itself. They may choose to undertake activities for their requirements that have an associated cost (eg. a celebration or festival with an entrance fee), though doing so is not required.

*As part of the GCCP, students are expected to take a language proficiency test (STAMP4S, IB, AP, SAT Subject) in a second language other than English, and are responsible for the cost unless their school or another scholarship program covers this cost. Costs range for each test, and more information will be available as students enroll in the program on pricing.

Who can apply?

Any high school student from Kentucky or Southern Indiana is welcome to apply. There is no restriction to the program based on class year, but students are advised that only the coursework requirements can be applied retroactively. All other requirements must be completed between program acceptance and graduation.

How do I apply?

The WAC is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Apply to the program by filling out an online application by October 15th.  An admissions decision will be returned to you by October 31st.

All students with an interest in global affairs and international perspectives are encouraged to apply, regardless of their prior academic or social experience. This includes students learning English as a Second Language and non-traditional students.

How long will this program take me to complete?

The GCCP requirements can be completed at each student’s own pace over the course of their four years in high school. We recommend that students apply no later than sophomore year to allow time to complete all of the program requirements.

Here are sample timelines of how a student could choose to complete the program requirements over 1–4 years. You can download the templates  and use them to schedule out the program requirements for your own pace, opportunities, and chosen path.

How do I track my requirements?

You will track your requirements using an online service called MobileServe. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be given a code to join the World Affairs Council as an organization within MobileServe.

From there, you will log your hours, get them verified by a supervisor, and post photos and reflections about your experiences. You can also connect with other students in the GCCP and share upcoming events related to your requirements.

For further information on using MobileServe, please consult the Mobile Serve Guide in resource links below.

Further Resources

For Teachers

For further information about the education certificate program, please contact Xiao Yin Zhao at