Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Global Competency

Recognizing globally minded citizens at TRU

TRU Global Competency allows students to earn formal recognition for their intercultural and international experiences – from Study Abroad, to learning a second language, to volunteer work.

What is it ?

Global Competency is a credential that can be earned in tandem with any credit program – undergraduate or graduate – offered by Thompson Rivers University. All students are welcome to participate whether they are on-campus or Open Learning students.

The credential formally recognizes the global competencies – knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally minded citizen – acquired by students through their educational experiences.

When you have completed your Global competency course you will have it formally noted on your transcript and it will be acknowledged with a certificate upon graduation.

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How do I earn it?

  • When you want to complete Global Competency you will have to sign up for GLBL1000 (a one credit course)  however you will have to get pre-approval from the credential coordinator before registering in the course. It is recommended that when a students adds the GLBL 1000 course that they are close to the 12 point requirement.
  • Earn and compile points-The following is a summary of the relevant activities in each of the four categories and the points awarded for achieving each activity. One way you can compile points is to attend a Field School through TRU.

When can I receive it?

If you are interested in earning this credential, you are encouraged to plan your TRU experience with the objective of gaining global competence. Students can enroll in the course at any time during their studies if they meet the points requirements.

Graduates have up to one year (12 months) after graduation to complete their application for Global Competency.

Why earn this recognition?

Your university experience should include more than just classes and assignments. There are many opportunities to take part in meaningful intercultural and international experiences on campus, in the community, and abroad.

Don’t graduate with just a degree, diploma or certificate; at TRU, we want you to launch your career with a resume full of the relevant learning experiences that employers value today. Global Competency gives you just that – documented evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a globally-minded citizen.

Still have questions?

Contact Julie Taylor at or 250-371-5942 or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page through the link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

​Open Learning students are welcome to participate in this certificate course.

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