Global Up with a unique program that develops essential & lifelong global “power skills”: collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, cross-cultural communication, open-mindedness & flexibility.

AFS New Zealand offers Global Up Teen and Global Up Educator to students, teaching staff and faculty across the motu. Find out more below and join us today!


All GCC offers include

  • Individual accounts for online learning environment
  • Online modules with video content subtitled in multiple languages
  • Online forum space for reflecting with peers from around the world
  • Online quizzes and assignments related to content
  • Facilitated Dialogue sessions (online or in-person) run by a Qualified Facilitator
  • certificate and digital credential upon completion

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Why organisations & learners choose the GCC to global up



Read more about research on the effectiveness of the GCC here.

A proven quality product based on solid intercultural theory and learning principles

“As we considered options to scale intercultural mentoring and learning for our students who study abroad for a semester or longer, the Global Competence Certificate easily rose to the top of the list of available options. It is a proven quality product based on solid intercultural theory and learning principles. We are thrilled about our partnership and how it will help us take our intercultural learning activities to a next level.”

Michael A. Brzesinski
Dean, International Programs Office, Purdue University

How much time is needed to global up with the GCC?

The GCC is very flexible and can be implemented over different durations that best suit your needs and availability – in a span of anywhere from two weeks to one year.

7 to 9 hours to complete

Discover AFS NZ's amazing Global Up programme offerings

The Global Up Teen programme is a one-of-a-kind, virtual programme, open to teens (aged 14-17) to develop key global skills for the emerging future and build bridges across cultures, all while becoming part of a truly global community. Global Up Teen features a closed, minors-only platform for connecting and sharing with other learners worldwide.

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With the Global Up Educator programme, educators will learn to collaborate effectively across differences through the virtual interactive programme that requires no travel. The Global Up Educator teaches global competence and equips educators to foster global competence in their students using the UN SDGs and world-leading research.

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Easy to scale, impressive results

“GCC learners are more effective intercultural communicators, they are equipped to resolve conflict and are able to bridge differences.”

—Study by Purdue University, 2018