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What is the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA)?

The Alliance was founded as an independent organization to continue, strengthen and expand the work of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s successful Global Citizenship Program (GCP). Jochen Fried and Astrid Schroeder, both former staff of the GCP, form the GCA team.

Partner institutions and alumni of the GCP are still members of the SGS alumni pool and will be included in SGS outreach and alumni communications as usual. Partner institutions are encouraged to maintain their relationship with SGS even as they continue moving ahead with global citizenship education and programs with the newly-formed Global Citizenship Alliance.


What are the costs?

The costs for attending a Global Citizenship Seminar as of 2019:

Student Seminars: US$ 2,020 per student participant, US$ 1,500 per faculty advisor accompanying a student group

Faculty & Administrators Seminars: US$ 2,650 per participant

Please note that these costs do not include travel expenses, but full room and board

As in the past, all institutions will be asked to sign an agreement between the institution and the GCA.


Who is the main contact person for partner institutions at the Global Citizenship Alliance?

For any questions you may have, please write to or contact Astrid Schroeder, COO of the GCA.


What is a Global Citizenship Seminar (GCS)?

A GCS is a short-term program offered by the Global Citizenship Alliance for students and faculty of U.S. colleges and universities. It is designed to provide an intensive seven-day international experience for participants to explore pressing issues of global concern and to view such issues from a perspective both literally and figuratively outside the borders of the United States.


Why are we offering Global Citizenship Seminars?

Recent studies by the ACE, NAFSA, and others indicate a deficit of international skills, knowledge, and experience among U.S. college students, and call for dramatic expansion of study abroad opportunities as part of a concerted effort to make undergraduate education more international and globalized. A GCS is designed to fulfill a pressing need by providing U.S. colleges with a short-term, affordable, and intensive international experience designed to help develop the global competency skills of their students and faculty members.


What are the goals of a GCS?

To expose participants, students and faculty alike, to important global issues and to provide them with critical tools for understanding new developments in world affairs.


What are the outcomes of a GCS?

A GCS experience results in students and faculty at participating institutions who are more aware of global issues and what it means to be a ‘global citizen’, more discerning in their assessment of information pertaining to world affairs, and more understanding of America’s place in the world as well as of non-Americans’ perception of the U.S. Students and faculty bring their enriched understanding back to their home campus classrooms and campus environments. Faculty incorporate new ideas and information sources into enriched syllabi and course materials.


Is there one version of the program?

No, there are two GCS versions: one for students, and one for faculty members/administrators. While both programs will cover similar themes (world affairs, global citizenship, viewing events from a non-American perspective, etc.), the faculty program will also provide pedagogical techniques for making one’s teaching more international, applying such techniques in the classroom, and encouraging an institutional commitment to global issues.


Where does a GCS take place?

There are multiple venues for a GCS to take place. One of them is Schloss Leopoldskron, an 18th century castle in Salzburg, Austria. Visit the Schloss Leopoldskron website to view the facilities. Another venue is the Schlosswirt in Anif, located in a Salzburg suburb. Visit the Schlosswirt website to view the facilities.

Eventually, seminars will be held in other locations as well.


Can students receive credit for participating in a GCS?

The decision whether or not to grant credit for a GCS is made individually by each participating college. Contact your study abroad office for information.


How does one apply to a GCS?

Application to a GCS is through your college and not via the Global Citizenship Alliance. Applications, admissions, financial aid, and petition for credit are all handled by participating colleges and universities; contact your campus study abroad office for details. Colleges and universities wishing to participate in a GCS should contact Astrid Schroeder, COO of the GCA.



News and Views

GCA Alumna Organizes Walk for Freedom in Irving, TX

Jessica Estrada, Dallas County Community College District, North Lake College (Alumna of Global Citizenship Faculty and Administrators Seminar 12, 2017): "(…) We had more than 150 participants show up to raise awareness for human trafficking through A21's annual awarenes and fundraising event, Walk For Freedom. We surpassed our fundraising goal of $5,000 and raised $6,819. (…) A21 is a global nonprofit that has been fighting against modern-day slavery for the last 10 years. They have 14 offices in 12 different countries. This year was their 5th Walk For Freedom, and more than 450 cities and more than 30,000 individuals around the world participated on October 20 in their local cities to make a global impact. We are thrilled over the success of the event here in our city and college. Several students volunteered and participated, and many citizens from the community came out as well. (…) Thank you for inspiring us to globalize our college and beyond!" Walk For Freedom, Irving TX A21