A Living Learning Community for the Globally-Minded
What is the difference between individuals and organizations that succeed in today’s globalized, multicultural world and those that fail? Cultural intelligence. This is having the skills necessary to be effective across different situations—domestically and internationally.
- International Experience = Cultural Intelligence
- Technical Competence = Success
- High Emotional Intelligence = High Cultural Intelligence
The Global Boarders Living Learning Community (LLC) is tailored for individuals that want to grow their cultural capabilities. Join Global Boarders to experience living next door to people who don’t look, think, or act like you—and expand your perspectives and cultural capabilities!
All Behrend students are invited to join and must complete the two-step process in order to be considered for the program:
The application process for the 2023–24 academic year closed on May 29, 2023. Applications will reopen for the next academic year during the spring of 2024.
- STEP ONE: Choose Global Boarders as your preferred placement in the Housing process.
- STEP TWO: Complete this application.
Admission to the program is competitive, as we are seeking committed students that want to engage and learn alongside the cohort. If your application (step two) is not completed by the stated deadline, your preference for Global Boarders will no longer be valid.
If admitted to the program, participants are expected to participate in the following programming to gain the credentials for completing the program.
Requirements for the academic year (fall and spring semesters)
- Attend the GB Welcome session each semester
- Attend two of the Global Boarders lectures or events per semester
- Attend Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) retreat
- Attend We Are the World + Sustainability Conference
What do you get for participating?
- Global Boarders SWAG
- Receive a printed certificate of completion and a digital badge for LinkedIn or other online platforms.
- Get individual results from the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Center and a personal developmental plan.
- Priority placement in the above-mentioned regional and University-wide programs
This program is facilitated in collaboration with Penn State Global Engagement, International Student Services, Residence Life, and Housing and Food Services.
Questions? Contact [email protected].
Global Boarders enjoy the rare opportunity to live in a new residential building. Trippe Hall, a 251-bed, $28.4 million residence hall with the latest living-learning amenities, opened in August 2018.
Trippe Hall residents live in double rooms; each room has air conditioning, wi-fi, cable, and a microwave/refrigerator. Six private bathrooms are located in each residential wing of the building. In addition, students have access to a community kitchen, in-house laundry facility, group and private study areas, living rooms, and conference rooms.