Many definitions of global learning exist, but a flexible definition was developed by experts at the American Association of Colleges and Universities as part of the “Shared Futures” project.

“. . . a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.” (see

Thus, global learning encompasses both interdisciplinary learning about the globe, globalization, and global phenomena, as well as cultural humility, intercultural communication, learning, and development.

Peruse these “sample definitions” by U.S. institutions. How might they differ at non-U.S. institutions?

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