Isothermal Community College

Student Services

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, ethnicities, 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