Global Citizenship Program

A First-Year Ampersand Program

Globalization, Development, Citizenship, & Resettlement through an Interdisciplinary Lens

Offering fundamental skills relevant to Global Studies, this First-Year Ampersand Program examines what it means to be a citizen of the world, challenging its participants to engage in both demanding texts and real-life scenarios. This two-semester course sequence led by three instructors from different disciplines will equip you to think critically and holistically about how our own mental maps compare to the realities of a globalized world, as well as how language plays a role in refugee resettlement within the legal, healthcare, and educational systems.

Through the program's additional weekly workshop, you will develop the skills and the critical consciousness to consider what it means to be a "global citizen" in today's world. Second semester, you will engage in a community-based learning project in which you partner with a local organization to explore tangible ways to foster and practice solidarity within the St. Louis community. An optional trip during Spring Break will provide further opportunities for hands-on learning and interaction with organizations and people involved in the themes of the course.


Beldina Orinda, Class of 2023

“I wanted to act, and I wanted to learn about refugees and the experiences that they have coming to this country. But looking back, we covered those things and so much more. I think that I am walking away having realized that immigration issues are so much closer to home than we often realize.”

Anne Johnson, Class of 2023

“I discovered that being a global citizen can be achieved anywhere, even with a smaller community, so long as I take the chance to reach out to people and educate myself on the ways that global issues touch my life.”

Christine Hutchinson, Class of 2023

Getting the opportunity to work with organizations in St. Louis allows one to get more of a feel of the city and the people in it. For example, before hearing about NCP [Niños Cambios Puertas] I was unaware that St. Louis had a sizable Latinx population (or at least in certain communities) and this was interesting for me to learn."

The GCP Curriculum Path

This unique, yearlong opportunity led by four instructors from different disciplines brings together a community of engaged students and other faculty interested in understanding global affairs and exploring how our own mental maps compare to the realities of a globalized world.

See the full curriculum path here

Admission FAQ

How do I apply for admission to the GCP?

After you have committed to coming to Washington University, you will receive a publication entitled “Getting Started” which lists GCP as well as a number of other first-year programs. You are asked to register your interest and submit a brief essay to apply. For the essay (no more than 500 words), you must address a topic of international concern, highlighting your own interests and qualifications.

When do applications open?

The application process for first-year programs and seminars opens on Thursday, May 13, at noon (CT) and closes on Monday, May 17, at noon (CT). You will need your WUSTL Key to apply, so please be sure to sign up for your WUSTL Key by Tuesday, May 11 to give it 24 hours to activate.  There will be a link to the application webform on the First-Year Programs homepage during this time for you to sign up.

What criteria are used in selecting participants?

We try to make the best match we can between students and program by looking at your background, your current interests, and your academic achievements. A strong essay is key in the application process.

What if I am not admitted into GCP but would like to get started on Global studies? 

There are many ways to gain an international perspective during your first year of college. Courses like World History, International Politics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and civilization courses are available to all incoming students and provide a wonderful foundation for advanced study. You can also enroll in foreign language classes in preparation for studying abroad. Finally, if you are certain you want to be a Global Studies (GS) major, you may want to apply to be a part of the GS Honor Society.

Will this program's travel component be affected by COVID-19? 

This Ampersand Program typically has an international and/or domestic travel component, which could be affected by federal and local guidelines related to health, safety, and security considerations. This program's main academic component will not be affected.