How Studying Overseas Is A Good Start to Global Citizenship

How Studying Overseas Is A Good Start to Global Citizenship

What exactly does it mean to be a Global Citizen?

Essentially, a global citizen values and respects diversity, they are socially responsible, globally aware and civically engaged. Most importantly, they take responsibility for their own actions. 

Some important characteristics of Global Citizens are listed below:

1. A global citizen tries to understand other people and has empathy for them.

2. A global citizen acts fairly in their choices, their decisions, and their words.

3. A global citizen believes that they are just as important as everyone else.

4. A global citizen believes that all people are equal.

5. A global citizen does not think of some groups or individuals as superior or inferior to others.

6. A global citizen accepts differences and does not react with hostility to people who are different.

7. A global citizen is willing to help and cooperate with others.

8. A global citizen has their own ideas and expresses them, but are open to change if they are proved wrong.

9. A global citizen is curious and wants to learn more about the world.

10. A global citizen looks after the environment.

11. And perhaps most importantly, Global citizens believe that they can make a positive difference in the world.

Source: OXFAM International

You are probably asking yourself how does Studying Abroad fit into the list of important characteristics of global citizens.  The fact is that global citizenry is not something that can be taught. It is developed and cultivated in people with a world view.  Traveling overseas certainly helps people become more aware of the world around them. However, a true global citizen possesses a wide view of the world and recognizes the important part that he or she may play in it. Global citizenship is a way of life.

While you are studying abroad, you will begin to see the world through a different set of eyes.  As you meet different people from all over the world, your perspectives will begin to change. You will have new experiences and learn new cultures. Many of your preconceived ideas will slowly begin to disappear. The diversity you find in the world will make you more open and accepting of different ways of thinking.  And, when your study abroad experience is over, you will return home with a much broader knowledge and understanding of the world around you.  

– “There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” Mahatma Gandhi

– “It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” 
— Aristotle (384-322 BC)

-“It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.” 
— Thomas Jefferson

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