Global Competence Award

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Global competence is crucial for successful careers and citizenship in today’s global world. Mount Holyoke offers many amazing opportunities, in and outside the classroom, on and off campus, to advance your global competence.

The Global Competence Award is given to seniors with demonstrated achievement in language learning, cultural immersion, global perspective-taking, and cross-cultural learning.  


1. Language Requirement

Complete at least three courses, in the same language, beyond the College's language requirement, while enrolled at Mount Holyoke. One course taken pass/fail can be accepted. 

2. Cultural Immersion

Complete at least one of the following:

3. Global Perspectives

Complete at least two courses that explore a global issue from different perspectives.

4. Cross-Cultural Learning on Campus

Participate in at least one of the following:

  • Live on a language floor
  • Participate in the Global Partners' Program (Program temporarily suspended)
  • Be active in a student organization with an international focus (you will need to supply a description of your participation of 250 words or less when you submit your application)

5. Reflective Essay (no more than 500 words)


  1. Track your progress towards meeting the requirements and submit your application for the Global Competence Award
  2. The McCulloch Center certifies that a student has met the criteria for the award. Seniors need to submit their application in MyMountHolyoke by March 1st of their senior year.
  3. Seniors will receive the award at a special ceremony during Commencement Week.
  4. The award will be listed in the Commencement program and noted on the transcript.
  5. If you have questions about whether certain courses or activities will meet the criteria for the award, please contact Jenny Medina ( in the McCulloch Center.

2022 Award Winners

  • Rachael Amoruso (English/Italian)
  • Lisett Bonilla (International Relations)
  • Nico Boutaugh (East Asian Studies/International Relations)
  • Giselle Cabrera (Environmental Studies/Italian)
  • Jaia Colognese (Italian)
  • Jamie Day (Biology/East Asian Studies)
  • Celeste Delancey (Environmental Studies/German Studies)
  • Jiaxin Dong (Art History)
  • Jieyu Feng (Art History)
  • Elena Frogameni (French/Politics)
  • Paola Granados Jaramillo (Environmental Studies/International Relations)
  • Yixuan He (Economics)
  • Ilse Hill (Architectural Studies/French)
  • Tiange Hou (French/Psych Ed)
  • Declan Langton (English/French)
  • Kayley Lewis (Physics)
  • Luisa Linares (French)
  • Jiejie Luo (Psychology)
  • Francesca Petruzzelli (Art History/Economics)
  • Sandra Popadic (Sociology)
  • Sara Pradhan (Economics)
  • Miles Reinstein (Spanish)
  • Aya Sakonju (East Asian Studies)
  • Emma Sullivan (Environmental Studies/Spanish)
  • Isabelle Tomlow (Sociology)
  • Claire Louise Wagner (German Studies/International Relations)
  • Maryam Ware (Neuroscience & Behavior)

Past Award Winners

  • 2021: 15 seniors from 14 different majors
  • 2020: 37 seniors from 25 different majors
  • 2019: 37 seniors from 22 different majors
  • 2018: 36 seniors from 27 different majors and minors
  • 2017: 38 seniors from 20 different majors
  • 2016: 19 seniors from 11 different majors