What is Internationalizing the Curriculum & Campus?

For the University of Minnesota, internationalizing the curriculum and campus includes all learning experiences through which students, faculty, and staff can gain global and intercultural competencies. Specifically, we seek to develop faculty and staff capacity to enrich curricula and develop pedagogy—either within study abroad programs or on-campus learning—that focuses on global learning outcomes.

Through partnerships on-campus, in the community, and abroad, GPS Alliance professionals provide guidance and direction for the University efforts to internationalize the student learning experience for all 67,000 students system-wide.

The questions that guide our efforts are:

  • What skills, knowledge and attitudes do we want our students to learn?
  • What are our definitions of global citizen, global learning, and global competency?
  • What skills, knowledge, and attitudes do the faculty and staff need in order to help students develop their competencies?

We surveyed over 200 University of Minnesota faculty and staff who attended our 2010 Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus conference in order to create a working definition of “global competency”:

“To be globally competent, University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to understand the world and work effectively to improve it.”

By comprehensively internationalizing the University and its teaching and learning mission, we will move another step toward accomplishing the University’s educational mission of graduating all, not just some, students as global citizens.

Learn More


Gayle A. Woodruff, director
Curriculum and campus internationalization