Upon graduation many of our students pursue employment in government, with inter-governmental or international non-governmental agencies, or go on to pursue graduate degrees in law or the social sciences. All of these paths require in depth understanding of plural societies, inter-cultural competency and context sensitive problem solving skills. Therefore, our goals with Global Learning Programs are:

  • Teach international cultural competency
  • Develop students' international political acumen
  • Improve international problem-solving skills by teaching tools of political analysis

We take a multi-pronged approach to achieve these goals. For example, in the major we offer high quality, low-cost classes, taught by our regular faculty on campus in combination with an experiential trip to locations relevant to the material studied. We also organize - in a searchable way - the multiple relevant electives that help students work with an advisor to fit experiential learning into your busy schedule and budget. We hope that all of our students can find here an international experience that works for them. If you have any questions about these programs please visit the GVPT advisors page at: https://gvpt.umd.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-advising.


Jóhanna K. Birnir

Professor and Director of GVPT Global Learning


Headshot of Hanna Birnir
Contact: jkbirnir@umd.edu