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Globalization

A student playing with kids and a globeInternational experience has become a cornerstone of a Carolina education with 39 percent of undergraduate students studying abroad. This is one of the highest percentages among all U.S. public universities.

The Study Abroad Office has academic programs in more than 70 countries. At least 32 programs include courses on issues of environmental, social, or economic sustainability. By sending students and faculty abroad, forming international partnerships, and bringing new thinking to campus, UNC helps North Carolinians gain a global perspective in our increasingly interconnected world. Sustainability-related study abroad opportunities range from Institute for the Environment field sites to programs coordinated through outside organizations.

The FedEx Global Education Center, with its green roofs, day-lit spaces, and local building materials, is a shining example of sustainability at Carolina. More than just a building, the center is home to programs that bring diverse global perspectives to the University. International Student and Scholar Services hosts approximately 2,500 international students, faculty, and academic staff at Carolina. The Curriculum in International and Area Studies offers an undergraduate major with 725 students. Nearly half these students pursue a second major, so introduce global themes into other disciplines.

Resources:
Sustainable Travel Guide
FedEx Global Education Center Fact Sheet

Links:
Study Abroad Office - http://studyabroad.unc.edu/
International Student and Scholar Services - http://oisss.unc.edu/
Curriculum in International and Area Studies - http://www.unc.edu/depts/ints/

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Green Passport

Students studying abroad can have a tremendous environmental and economic impact on the destinations they visit. With so many students traveling and studying abroad each year, UNC is providing students with the tools they need to ensure their impact is a positive one.

In partnership with the Abroad View Foundation, Ithaca College, Living Routes, and Middlebury College, UNC developed the Green Passport program in fall 2007. Students preparing for any program abroad may enroll if they agree to follow a code of conduct that includes:

  • Minimizing their impact on the environment;
  • Acting in culturally respectful ways;
  • Engaging with locals and participating in the local community; and 
  • Giving back to host communities.

Once enrolled in the free Green Passport program, participants join an online community of students committed to responsible travel. Network members share their experiences with each other and with future groups of study abroad students. Since the program’s inception in 2007, approximately 100 UNC students have participated.

Links:
Green Passport Program - http://www.greenpassport.us/

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