Global Citizenship and Internationalization

The University of South Florida's strategic plan includes the word "global" once in the mission and twice more in the vision statement, implying a very strong emphasis on a focus beyond our own borders. To a great extent, it will be the job of the instructional faculty to create global citizens and international thinkers.

As part of USF's reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 2015, USF selected the Global Citizens Project as the university's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Read the Executive Summary of USF's 2015 QEP or the full QEP.

There are many ways faculty can add an international flavor to their courses. At a classroom level, you can simply choose to provide examples, test questions, case studies, and scenarios in your teaching that venture beyond the U.S. borders—even such a simple reminder that the world is global (and your discipline has global implications) can be effective at prompting students to think internationally.

USF World leads efforts on campus to focus attention on global issues, bring international speakers to campus, and to promote study abroad. Faculty are encouraged to imagine study abroad opportunities for their classes. Even short visits abroad can yield amazing engagement results with students. Not every international journey has to be expensive; there are some destinations in this hemisphere that are much more affordable, so it can be fruitful to dream up international study or field work opportunities in unexpected places. USF World is happy to brainstorm study abroad ideas with faculty!

When true study abroad cannot be implemented, consider international connections that leverage technology. Why not bring in a visitor from another country using Skype? Your students can interview this person and learn directly from them. Or consider classroom-to-classroom connections internationally. There are sometimes issues with scheduling and time zone restrictions, but if the right project can be found, students in both countries can benefit from teleconferencing (again via Skype or similar technology).