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becoming a globally competent human and developing intercultural skills should be a learning opportunity available to anyone and everyone.
whether you teach, study, work or simply coexist in a culturally diverse environment, global competence is one of the most powerful tools to collaborate and build a better world together.
This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively with people from other backgrounds and cultures and learn more about yourself in the process.

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what does it mean to global up?

With this program, you'll explore:

  • How to develop your intercultural awareness and cultural sensibility in any culturally diverse environment
  • How to communicate effectively and intentionally, regardless of any language barrier
  • How you can stand for issues you really care about and fight against inequalities to build a better community and a more just world
  • How to be part of a global community of people passionate about making a difference
  • What makes differences between cultures so important and beautiful 
  • Why we all need to build our empathy muscles and increase our emotional intelligence

At the end, you’ll earn the award-winning Global Competence Certificate issued by AFS acknowledging your new global skills, and a Digital Credential issued in collaboration with Credly.

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Why should I be part of it?

Get first-hand access to an innovative experience that will start or continue your journey in global skill-building.

See the world with new eyes and trough different perspectives without leaving your home and within your own community.


Create meaningful and intentional connections with global peers, colleagues and friends from around the world.


Open your mind to new experiences, ways of learning and resources.


Join a global community of AFS Global Citizens: educators, researchers, students, volunteers, activists, interculturalists and the whole AFS network.


Earn your own AFS Global Competence Certificate and Digital Credential to add to your resume, university and job applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program includes 20 different go-at-your-own-speed modules, which take around 16 hours to complete over 6 weeks. You will also attend 4 online facilitated dialogue sessions where you will connect with the global peers in your cohort, as well as an AFS Qualified Facilitator, to reflect on the content, exchange ideas, and participate in group discussion as you build your global competence skills.

Global Up programs are flexible and designed to fit around busy schedules. You can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week in the program. Once you are enrolled, we’ll survey you on your availability so that we can ensure we schedule the most optimal timeframes for you and your global peers. You can always join the next cohort in case to find the schedule that fits you better.

Who can participate in AFS Global Up programs?

This truly inclusive global program is designed for adults who are looking to meet, connect, learn and collaborate with equally passionate humans about intercultural learning and global citizenship.

If you…
  • are a faculty member interested in developing your global competence to use in the classroom;
  • are a student getting ready for an international experience;
  • are an intercultural studies researcher willing to broaden your knowledge;
  • are an activist expanding your toolkits to tackle inequalities and fight for social change;
  • or if you are simply a curious and open-minded person who wants to meet people different from your won culture and create positive change in the world…
Then this program is for you. 

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What other participants have to say about Global Up

“It’s great to connect with people that feel like you and understand you! I am very excited to keep on inspiring people and spread positivity, love, change and open-mindedness in the world because we really need it.”

“It was such a great experience to learn from this platform. In these times of uncertainty we might feel sad, and feel like we can’t open our minds and acquire new knowledge. But it was possible here.”

“I really learnt and gained a lot in those modules, such as understanding myself and others, how to communicate, what is empathy, and more. I met interesting people from other countries and had a chance to chat with them. This program is really amazing and meaningful for me.”

Research-based experiential programming

Content for the Global Up programs was created by AFS experts in intercultural learning and is based on more than 70 years of experience running educationally-proven exchange programs in more than 99 countries.

AFSers making an impact

People who take part in AFS programs today are leaders who go on to great things.

Regina Agyare Honu

(Ghana to Norway, 2000)

Tech innovator, changemaker and founder of Soronko Academy and Tech for Girls, the first coding and Human-centered design school in West Africa, was named one of the BBC 100 Women for empowering women and girls with technology skills.


Samantha Cristoforetti

(Italy to USA, 1994)

The first Italian woman in space, Italian Air Force Captain Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours). A U.S. Space Camp Hall of Famer, she is spokesperson for Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut and mentors space fans @AstroSamantha on Twitter.


Carla Bolivar Quintero

(Venezuela to Germany, 2009)

A physician on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chile, a country that has the third most coronavirus cases in Latin America, says her global superpower is understanding people and using empathy to give the best care in these challenging times.


Christine Lagarde

(France to USA, 1973) 

President of the European Central Bank, this noted antitrust and labor lawyer and longtime advocate for women’s equality has urged policymakers to reform fiscal policies, invest in infrastructure and create jobs and strengthen the role of women in the world economy.

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