Global and cultural awareness

flagsEmployers are increasingly looking for people who can work and communicate in a global business environment.

Global awareness is an understanding of how environmental, social, cultural, economic and political factors impact the world.

Cultural awareness is demonstrating an understanding of other people's cultural values, beliefs and perceptions which might differ from yours.

Develop global and cultural awareness

Use the International Experience box on the front page of our resources site to learn more about working and studying abroad, find international vacancies and how to make applications in different countries. The International Vacancies sub-page will lead you to some useful links including your free access to GoinGlobal - a site that provides international jobs, internships and country profiles.

Careers and Employment also offer CV workshops and webinars aimed at students looking to tailor their CV for international opportunities - visit our Skills Central event listings to see what's on offer.

Study abroad

The University of Hertfordshire offers a study abroad programme where you can take one or two semesters of study in a partner university abroad, as well as combine this with a work placement if you wish! This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in a different country and will help develop your language skills, cultural awareness, adaptability and self-awareness, as well as widening your friendship circles globally!


Volunteering and gap year opportunities abroad is another way to develop a number of skills and enhance your cultural understanding. There are a number of work and volunteer programmes abroad, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Join a cultural society

If you have an interest or want to learn more about a particular culture, there are many societies that will broaden your cultural horizons! From Afro Caribbean to Bangladeshi, Filipino to Spanish, joining a society is a great opportunity to develop your cultural understanding and network with new people.