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Living together in Phillips/Hawkins

What is Global Village?

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Established in 2012, the UNCG Global Village is a community that offers first-year students the opportunity to live and learn together while having fun with fellow students interested in diverse languages and world cultures. In the Global Village, students choose to study at least one of the following six languages offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Students live together in Phillip/Hawkins Residence Hall, rooming with other Global Village students.

Global Village Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Village is to provide new first-year undergraduate students with the opportunity to live and learn together in an inclusive educational environment focused on the exploration of global languages, literatures, and cultures. We foster a diverse collegiate community of informed students equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to engage in intercultural dialogue, service, and civic engagement.

Course Requirement

Global Village students are required to enroll in the following introductory level courses:

  • LLC 120 “Global Crossings: Images, Media, Texts,” 3 credits (GLT/GN)
  • LLC 111 “Connection, Collaboration, and Inquiry” 1 credit
  • At least one language course at the appropriate level, 3 credits

(Placement testing provided by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and

  • LLC 389 “LLC Service Learning,” 3 credits
  • At least one language course at the appropriate level, 3 credits

Eligible Students

This community is open to any new first-year undergraduate student of any major; willing to commit to the fulfillment of the Global Village mission.

Opportunities and Benefits

Language Practice

Global Village students meet weekly with peer facilitators. These are UNCG students with advanced language skills or students who are native speakers. These weekly meetings provide Global Village students with more guidance and oral practice than non-Global Village students in their languages courses.

Inter-Cultural and International Experiences

An array of co-curricular activities support students’ learning about other cultures. This includes, but is not limited to, foreign film screenings, guest lectures, field trips, and cultural celebrations. Specific activities have included trips to Old Salem and Washington DC, retreats at Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro, guest lectures about global sustainability, canvas painting at Artist Bloc, and Holidays Around the World Extravaganza. Students also serve as English conversational partners with international students at Interlink, furthering social contact and cultural exchanges with students who come from countries around the world.

Beyond the First Year

Global Village students continue to explore the world via study abroad later in their college careers. Many decide to add a major or minor in a language; others develop their international leadership skills through the Global Leadership Program. All of our students become active members of the campus community, engaging with the local and the global to make a difference in both arenas.

Our Commitment

Having close interactions with faculty, peer facilitators, and fellow Global Villagers, students will find a home in a cohesive community that values cultural and linguistic diversity, inter-cultural exchanges, and community building.

Community Staff

Global Village Alumni

gvHear what Global Village Alumni have to say about their experiences, goals, and achievements!

Testimonials from former Students:

“I have gotten a lot out of the Global Village. Because of the global village, I have learned how to manage my time and become comfortable in front of a group. I have met great people that I still keep in contact with to this day.”

“I decided to join the Global Village because it was a challenge that I wanted to take on. It seemed like a great opportunity since I want to be a professor one day.”

“As an International and Global Studies minor, I am very interested in becoming a global citizen and I feel I can further work to achieve this goal with the help of the Global Village.”

Testimonials from former Peer Facilitators

“I greatly enjoyed teaching and sharing with my students my culture and my native language. I also enjoyed working with my fellow peer facilitators and learning their cultural stories and how they connect both their native culture with their American culture.”

“I liked that I got to work closely with the students I tutored and the events are always great.”

“I joined because I believed that it would be a great opportunity to help others with the language I’m fluent in. It was also a great way to get to know incoming freshmen.”

“The Global Village has done so many great things to help me prepare for my future career and I sincerely thank the Global Village and Dr. Rinner for giving me the opportunity of being a part of the Global Village. I never took this opportunity for granted because I knew it was a privilege to serve as a facilitator and that’s why I always tried to do as much as possible for the program.”

Global Village students are high achievers!

These are some of their awards/honors:

  • Graduate of Stanly Early College.
  • National honors society, social Marshall
  • Spicer Scholarship, Freeze Scholarship, Simpson Scholarship, King Scholarship, Disciplinary Honors for Spanish
  • High honor roll, honor society invites, internship invites, travel grant, study abroad acceptance
  • Student at Honors College