World View’s N.C. Global Distinction program mobilizes the international resources of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help N.C. community colleges create truly global campuses.

It is fast becoming recognized as a national model for university-community college cooperation in global learning.

Global Distinction campuses commit to develop and offer globally intensive courses and activities through which students can earn a global distinction credential.

World View and its UNC partners – including UNC’s five U.S. Department of Education-funded area studies programs, called National Resource Centers, and UNC University Libraries – provide support and access to knowledge, networks and grant funding needed to develop those course offerings and support students’ global education.

Global Distinction Requirements

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.

Program Components

  • Globally intensive courses
    World View offers course-development grants and coordinates University research visits for community college curriculum teams and individual instructors to create modules that infuse global connections, context and content into courses they teach.
  • International activities and dialogues
    World View and its partners help colleges identify speakers, films, webinars, webcasts and other activities and resources that educate and inspire faculty and students about global regions and issues.
  • Faculty professional development
    World View offers year-round global education professional development, including fall symposia and spring seminars, global study visits and a global education leadership program, that help educators broaden their global perspective and develop strategies and action plans for globalizing their classrooms and campuses. The fall symposia offer special sessions for Global Distinction campuses.

N.C. Global Distinction Campuses

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Central Piedmont Community College
College of the Albemarle
Craven Community College
Davidson County Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Gaston College
Guilford Technical Community College
Isothermal Community College
Nash Community College
Piedmont Community College
Pitt Community College
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Robeson Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Sandhills Community College
South Piedmont Community College
Stanly Community College
Surry Community College
Vance-Granville Community College
Wayne Community College
Wilkes Community College


Associate Director Hazael Andrew