International Education and Global Engagement

Chico State Presidential Recognition of Global Engagement

Global competence is crucial for successful careers and citizenship in today’s world. CSU Chico offers many opportunities for such connection and growth, in and outside the classroom and on and off campus, to advance intercultural engagement and build global competence. This award helps students and employers identify and conceptualize the valuable knowledge and skills that Chico State students have gained through international engagement, which in turn, will assist them in their careers and life-long achievement. Employers are often most impressed by the international and intercultural experiences and skills that students describe as part of their university experience.  At the university, we understand that these beneficial experiences are also co-curricular and not necessarily captured on a student’s transcript. Yet it is important to recognize students who systematically gain this additional skill set. Consequently, each year recipients will receive an official recognition from the President of the University. They will also be recognized on the International Education and Global Engagement website. 

The CSU, Chico Presidential Recognition of Global Engagement is given to graduating seniors or graduate students with demonstrated achievement in language learning, cultural immersion, global perspectives, and cross-cultural learning and service. All students who complete the following requirements will receive the recognition.


1. Intermediate language proficiency

Complete at least level three of a college-level language course in the same language.  Non-native English speaking International students may count English as their second language.

2. Cultural immersion and exchange

Complete at least one of the following:

  • study abroad (physical or virtual)
  • an international internship (physical or virtual)
  • an internationally focused community-based learning project
  • 2 courses with a virtual exchange (COIL) component as listed in the class schedule.

3. Global academic perspectives

Complete at least two courses that explore global issues from the perspective of different disciplines. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses may apply. Global Cultures courses are all acceptable, but the two courses should be from different disciplines.

4. Cross-cultural learning on campus

Participate actively in at least one of the following:

  • a student organization with an international focus, where you held an officer position, e.g. E.L.A.C.C., Japan Fusion, CALMENA, German Club, Phi Sigma Iota, etc.
  • Participation in the International Wildcat Program with IEGE
  • Language tutor in the Student Learning Center (SLC)
  • ESL Support Services intern or tutor
  • Living and participating in activities at the International house on campus

5. Reflective essay (no more than 500 words) OR short video (no more than 3 minutes) that describes the impact your international engagement has had on your studies and or future career.

Please note that applicants must submit an essay or a short video but not both.

Graduating seniors or graduate students need to submit their application to International Education & Global Engagement (IEGE) by April 15, 2023.  IEGE will certify that a student has met the criteria.

Recipients will receive an official recognition from the President of the University.

If you have questions about whether certain courses or activities will meet the criteria outlined above, please contact Dr. Sara Trechter,  

APPLY NOW(opens in new window)


Spring 2022 Recipients

Esmeralda Aguilar
Majors: Criminal Justice (BA), Political Science: Legal Studies (BA)
Minor: Italian, European Studies
Nathan Dohn
Major: Asian Studies (BA)

Elena Maennle
Major: Communication Studies (MA)
Vanessa Mendoza
Major: Animal Science (BS)
Minor: Spanish
Yoshihiro Motomura
Major: Nutrition and Food—General Diet (BS)
Mireya Ocampo
Majors: Spanish: Pre-Credential (BA), Latin American Studies (BA)
Oscar Saucedo
Majors: German (BA), TIL (MA, starting)
Lorena Silva
Majors: English: English Education (BA), Asian Studies (BA)
Minor: Linguistics 
Charvi Grover
Major: Art: Interior Architecture (BFA)
Minor: Art Studio (Minor)