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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 2022:

Student Seminars: US$ 2,100 per student participant, US$ 1,600 per faculty advisor accompanying a student group

Faculty & Administrators Seminars: US$ 2,750 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

Homeland Earth - A Campaign to Promote Planetary Awareness

"(T)he globalisation push of the last decades has connected all people on all continents and of all nations in a complex way and brought them into an indissoluble relationship with each other. Thus, whether we like it or not, an earthly community of destiny has come into being. (…) But many people and nations lack awareness of this earthly community of destiny. Especially in times of crisis, every nation retreats into itself and seeks its salvation in national solo efforts (…)" "What we need is a worldwide public opinion that represents a planetary awareness and is strong enough to influence the policies of states and international bodies in this direction (…) we must also develop the awareness that we are citizens of Homeland Earth and act accordingly. This is the idea of our international campaign "Homeland Earth." Heimatland Erde | ASPR The Global Citizenship Alliance supports this Heimatland Erde (Homeland Earth) campaign of The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), which was founded in 1982. The GCA encourages all of its partner institutions and alumni to familiarize themselves with the campaign for Homeland Earth and to consider supporting it by signing the appeal for this campaign, disseminating its manifesto and participating in events related to the campaign.