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Global Distinction

Thank you for interest in Valencia College's Global Distinction (VGD)!

A global citizen is curious and eager to learn about the dynamics of a growing world community. The goal of Valencia's Global Distinction (VGD) is to prepare students to live and work in an interdependent and multicultural world, while having the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a competent global citizen. This preparation includes:

  • Studying global current and historical events from multiple perspectives
  • Achieving a greater degree of cross-cultural competency through multidisciplinary study
  • Appreciating diversity in others
  • Articulating self-awareness from a cross-cultural perspective
  • Fostering curiosity about the world and different groups of people

Contact us

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    Fri 8 a.m. - 12 noon
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Complete the Intent to Graduate with VGD Distinction online submission form before the application deadline for your term of graduation.

Submit Intent to Graduate

In order to successfully earn the Valencia Global Distinction, students must work with a mentor to complete the following:

  • Valencia's Global Distinction orientation module and subsequent milestones.
  • 15 credit hours from any of the courses on the approved VGD course list.
  • 15 co-curricular hours with a global/intercultural theme OR participation in a study abroad program, international internship, or international service learning program.
  • Capstone project showcasing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a global citizen.

All students will receive a medallion and a Global Distinction notation on their official transcript.


Global Distinction Approved Course List

Review the approved list of courses that can count toward your 15 credit hours.


Search for Courses

Use the Credit Class Schedule Search to search for VGD supported courses.

Student Capstone Projects

Global Distinction Project

Education and its Role on Global Economy by Alina Rivera-Campo

A Global Approach to Improving Mental Health at Home by Jennifer Tolliver

Steps to Enroll

If you are interested in enrolling in the Global Distinction program, please complete the following required items:
  • 1Enroll in the program by completing the online form that is available on the SAGE website. Be sure to upload your unofficial transcript with the form so a staff member can verify your VGD course history.
  • 2You will then receive a Welcome Email with the name of your VGD mentor and instructions to self-enroll in the VGD Canvas space.
  • 3Complete the first milestone (VGD Orientation) within one month after you enroll into the Canvas space (all the details on how to complete the orientation are part of Milestone 1).
  • 4Complete 15 credit hours of coursework from any of the courses on the approved VGD course list.
  • 5Complete 15 co-curricular hours with a global/intercultural theme OR participate in a study abroad program (short-term or semester abroad), international internship, or international service learning program.
  • 6With the support from a VGD mentor, develop, research, and present a capstone project showcasing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a global citizen.


Co-Curricular Activities and Events

In order to successfully earn your distinction, complete all the required steps, including 15 co-curricular hours.  How to earn co-curricular hours towards the distinction?  Please see below:

  • Study Abroad: Students can participate in a study abroad experience (either short-term, semester-long, service learning, or an internship abroad).  Any of these experiences will fulfill the 15 co-curricular activity hours. Check the SAGE webpage for more information or contact the SAGE Office.
  • Attend International Education Week (IEW) events or a globally focused conference: Students can earn hours by attending events during International Education Week (IEW) or attending a globally-focused conferenc.  Please note that International Education Week (IEW) is an event that takes place during one week in November. 
  • Become part of an international club at Valencia: Valencia College has a few international based clubs and organizations where students can be involved and participate in activities and events that count towards the co-curricular activity hours. Here are a few examples: Valencia Intercultural Student Association (V.I.S.A.) at West Campus, African American Cultural Society at East and Winter Park Campuses, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) at East Campus, and Valencia International Club (VIC) at East Campus.

Additional activities, either on or off-campus, may be approved by a Global Distinction mentor. Ask your mentor for more information. Some examples of off-campus activities are:

Also, please access the co-curricular activities online document to find more information.  If you see something going on locally that you think should be an approved event, send it to your mentor for approval!

Access the Valencia's Global Distinction online calendar here: View All



VGD Campus Mentors

Tammy Gitto

Tami Gitto

Humanities professor at Valencia College. As an instructor at Valencia, Tami has had the opportunity to partake in research, through grants and endowments, at the NYC Public Library division of Baltic and Slavic studies via and National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as research in Brazil, Paris, and Cuba. Tami is a native New Yorker, and received both Bachelors and Master’s degrees from SUNY Stony Brook. While completing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to study in Siena, Italy. During the past few years, Tami has been able to embark on several study abroad journeys with approximately one hundred students during the past years.

Beth King

Beth King

Beth King is the West Campus Mentor for Valencia Global Distinction. She loves travel and research and is also a librarian. Find her in the West Campus library for VGD advice, research help, and random international information

Aby Boumarate

Aby Boumarate

Professor of English and Holocaust Studies has been teaching at Valencia for almost two decades. Aby, understands the regimen to reach across cultures and has contributed immensely to the development and growth of Valencia’s Global Distinction. As a member of the INZ (Internationalizing the Curriculum) committee, he served as the program’s first mentor, which enabled him to work with college-wide VGD students to complete their capstone and successfully graduate with Valencia’s Global Distinction.

Mr. B. is committed to fostering a collegewide culture of global engagement, which has led him to collaborate with multiple college/local organizations and The Holocaust Memorial Resource Center. Additionally, he continues to facilitate workshops and invite special guests to give presentations and interact with students. In the last few years, these guests included Holocaust/genocide survivors, global artists, and renowned scholars.

This commitment to global education is an integral part of his teaching philosophy, which centers on three key tenets: opportunity, simplicity, and community. His goal is to assist students in embracing their membership in the global learning community while developing higher critical thinking skills in such a simplified manner that integrates innovative and productive methods to highlight the centuries-old belief that "education is fun."

Vivan Ruiz

Dr. Vivan Ruiz, Ph.D

Full time faculty - English and Humanities professor at Valencia College.