The Center for the Global Learner (CGL) creates equity and celebrates diversity by promoting language empowerment, global engagement, and intercultural understanding.

CGL priorities:

  • Create a welcoming and supportive environment for students of diverse backgrounds as they navigate the U.S. educational system, local workforce, and global economy.
  • Ensure that students develop the English-language skills, knowledge, and networks needed to be successful in college, work, and life.
  • Provide non-native U.S. English speakers with the academic foundation to complete programs and credentials successfully.
  • Facilitate equal access to community services for speakers of languages other than English through interpretation training and work-based learning.
  • Enhance understanding of global issues among our college community and present opportunities to experience other cultures.

Related Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL) offers courses in English to non-native speakers at several locations in Durham and Orange counties. 

Beyond Basic ESL offers core classes in Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Grammar, to teach the fundamentals of US English to internationals who wish to improve their English skills.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a program designed to help students improve their skills in U.S. Academic English. Students entering this program already have the basics of English (or speak another variety of English), but need to improve their skills as it relates to college-level reading, writing, research, grammar, listening, and speaking. Students receive academic credit for these curriculum-based courses.

English Language and Culture Immersion such as the Toyoma and Au Pair programs bring students from our partners in other countries to ʿⱦapp so they may study English and learn our culture in an authentic environment.

Community Spanish Interpreter curriculum programs lead to a certificate or a diploma in Medical Interpreting or Public Service.

Related Services

International Student Services assists students from all countries and backgrounds to pursue their education on our welcoming campus. Staff at the Center for the Global Learner can walk you through the process step-by-step or you can begin exploring the next steps on your own.

Study/Travel Abroad helps interested students research possible study/travel abroad programs based on their programs of study, their interests, and their goals. ʿⱦapp usually organizes one or more study/travel abroad group programs each year.

English for Workforce Development offers the design and implementation of industry-contextualized English language training programs for US and foreign companies and organizations. 

Customized Tutoring provides individualized one-on-one or small group English language tutoring.

Emergency financial assistance may be available for qualified students. Contact for eligibility criteria and application materials.

Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact in a casual and social environment. Project Talk meets the criteria required by the Global Distinction Program for partial fulfillment of the hours required for intercultural experiences.