The World Affairs Council of Austin offers a Global Scholars Certificate program for high school students.
For example, students at Del Valle High School work on high level international educational projects– Community Matters, International Moot Court, The Big Debate, Academic WorldQuest, and international educational conferences with schools in more than 30 countries around the world.
Students completing the program obtain certification in global affairs from the World Affairs Council of Austin. Certification requirements include:
Students must complete six courses across three different disciplines that are designated as “globally focused” by each individual high school and districts’ Global Scholars leadership. (Public Administration, Political Science, Debate)
Students must demonstrate skill in a foreign language.
Students must participate in at least three globally-focused extra-curricular activities (i.e. Academic WorldQuest, Model UN, Austin Sister Cities, ICC Moot Court, or World Class Schools projects).
Students must complete a minimum of twenty hours of globally-focused service learning.
Students must complete a capstone research project that encapsulates their global competency. For example, students may present case studies on education systems around the world.
High schools participating in the Global Scholars program have access to visiting professionals, diplomats, authors, and politicians. Guest speakers address large groups of students at no cost.