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Global Distinction Program

The Global Distinction Program at Isothermal Community College aims to equip students with the advanced skillset needed to successfully navigate the complexities of our interconnected world.

In a global society, students increasingly encounter people of differing cultures, tonicities, languages, and perspectives. Knowing how to relate to those who come from other walks of life gives them a better chance of success in their personal and professional lives.

This program is a partnership between North Carolina community colleges and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Worldview program. The Global Distinction program focuses on discovering what it means to be a global citizen and how students can apply this knowledge to their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.

In this program, Isothermal Community College students will:

  • Complete globally focused college courses and receive specialized advising
  • Understand how culture influences our thinking and behavior
  • Become better prepared to participate in the interconnected global world
  • Participate in intercultural events that will help develop a greater awareness of other cultures
  • Earn a unique credential that appeals to transfer institutions and will set them apart in a competitive job market

Global Distinction Requirements: 

(per UNC-Chapel Hill's Worldview page)

Students who attend N.C. Global Distinction colleges can earn a “Graduated with Global Distinction” notation on their transcripts by:

  • Completing at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses
  • Participating in eight international activities and dialogues
  • Gaining 30 hours of global experience in a study abroad or domestic intercultural experience
  • Completing a capstone presentation related to their two-year global learning experience


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