Internationalization is an integral part of the University’s commitment to learner-centredness; it involves bringing the world to Guelph and opening up international opportunities for our students. The learning and living experience of students at Guelph is enriched by the presence of international students on campus and through a curriculum that fosters global awareness. In addition, the growing number of our faculty who were born or trained abroad bring their distinct perspectives and experiences into the classroom and to their mentorship of students.
Looking outwards, our students are provided with a rich array of opportunities through which to challenge themselves, including exchange programs, semesters abroad and other initiatives, and they are offered with the confidence that comes from being an innovator in such programming. At Guelph, we are proud that our students go beyond these formal, program-based initiatives to take advantage of opportunities provided by international organizations such as Vets without Borders, Engineers without Borders and Project Serve International. Other students choose to create their own experiential opportunities.
The University recognizes the value of international involvement, both to the students concerned and the communities in which they live and work. The new Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship represents the University’s most recent step in recognizing the role of international involvement in the creation of transformative learning experiences.