What is Project Global Citizen?

Project Global Citizen is a cultural competency accelerator program for international and domestic students seeking to work in Australia or internationally.

  • It creates an understanding of culturally-influenced expectations (the “unwritten rules”) of employers and how to bridge the gaps that could limit your ability to survive and thrive in your new host country.
  • Over an 8-week program, we empower you with practical cross-cultural skills in relation to your academic, social and safety situation.
  • Project Global Citizen is Australia’s first professional development program that focuses exclusively on leveraging culture to optimise your experience in studying, living and working as a truly global citizen.



Sunshine Coast Students can now apply for Semester 1 Project Global Citizen Scholarships.

Following the successful rollout of Project Global Citizen programs across Victoria in 2019, we’re bringing our cultural competency accelerator program to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2020.

  • The first Queensland program will be held on the Sunshine Coast in March and April, thanks to the generous support of Study Sunshine Coast and Study Queensland.
  • Scholarship applications close on Wednesday 26th February at 5pm and the 8-week program runs from 4th March 2020 until 30th April.
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If the timing and/or location of this Project Global Citizen program doesn’t suit you, please pre-register your interest for future programs to be held in Australia.

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We’re so proud of our first cohort of Project Global Citizen Scholars.

Not only did they develop and demonstrate cultural competence across a range of employability skills, eight of our scholars told us during the graduation ceremony that they’ve already received job offers and/or promotions directly as a result of Project Global Citizen!

Global Mobility & Employability.


Do you have the full suite of 21st century skills to survive and thrive into the future?

The reality of employment in the 21st century is that, at some stage, you’ll probably be working internationally.

At the very least, you’ll be working with internationals. Either way, there’s a growing expectation of employers world-wide that you bring to the workplace well-developed cultural competencies required for competing in an increasingly global marketplace.

What employers now seek is cultural competence. And that’s what Project Global Citizen is all about.

That’s why the Harvard Business Review identified that the number one skill every 21st century manager needs is cultural competence – the ability to successfully work across cultures.

Cultural competence can’t be developed overnight, which is the reason Project Global Citizen is offered as a professional development program to students over an 8-week period. We want you to be a step ahead and have these important skills.

Cultural Challenges.


What Challenges Does Project Global Citizen Overcome?

Fitting in socially and getting a foot in the door of employers – it’s rarely easy, especially when you’re in a new country. We get it.

For international students as well as outbound domestic students, in the space of a plane ride you can go from being a competent adult with a well-developed social and professional network to someone whose ability is limited by your language skills and lack of local connections. This can have a corrosive effect on your confidence.

We know first-hand what it’s like to live and work internationally where you don’t speak the language and the culture is very different.

That’s why we hand-select topics in Project Global Citizen that are highly relevant and practical to your personal situation.

It’s unreasonable to expect you can settle into your new host country and get a foot in the door of employers without specialist intercultural advice.

To help you get there, we share our practical cultural frameworks to help you “make sense” of what you don’t yet know.

You’ll then co-design practical strategies to overcome these cultural differences so that you can survive and thrive in your new host country.

Who’s Eligible?


You’ll find our cultural competency program valuable if you’re:

  • An international student studying in Australia
  • An international student who intends to work either in Australia or someplace other than your home country
  • An Australian student who intends to study or work internationally
  • An Australian or international student who intends to work in a global organisation where you’ll be expected to work with people from different cultural backgrounds

Admission to the Project Global Citizen program is exclusively via a scholarship. Each organisation or institution offering the scholarship generally has their own additional eligibility requirements.

To find current scholarship openings, check the “Announcements” section of our website.

If you can’t find a current opening for a scholarship in your location, you can pre-register your interest by clicking on the button below.

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Our Focus.


There’s a LOT of professional development, personal development and employability support out there, if you know where to look.

But this support is often quite ethnocentric, meaning that their strategies for success work well in the local context, but don’t always take into account cultural differences from around the world.

In other words, the support you’re accessing may be delivered in a way that assumes you already understand the “unwritten rules” of the local culture and vice versa.

Without cultural self-awareness and an understanding of the underlying cultural assumptions of the support provider, it’s very difficult to fully make sense of everything you’re being taught.

We believe that culture – specifically, cultural competence – is the missing link. By developing your cultural competence through Project Global Citizen, you’ll be in a much better position to fully take advantage of all the other support services and programs available to you.

Our Partners.

We’ve developed Project Global Citizen with substantial support and input from government and the education industry.


  • Queensland Government
  • Study Geelong
  • Study Melbourne
  • Study Queensland
  • Study Sunshine Coast
  • Victorian Government


  • ISANA International Education Association
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Study Melbourne
  • Study Queensland
  • Study Sunshine Coast
  • VicWISE (The Victorian Working Group on International Student Employability)
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Deakin University
  • Education Access of Australia
  • Federation University Australia
  • Greystone College
  • ILSC Greystone College
  • Kaplan Business School
  • La Trobe University
  • Lonsdale Institute
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • TAFE Queensland International
  • TMG College Australia
  • Torrens University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • Victoria University

Who’s behind Project Global Citizen.


Project Global Citizen is a partnership between two Australian-based qualified intercultural practitioners, Craig Shim (Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists) and Astrid Hofmann (CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting).

  • Coming from a commercial background providing coaching and training to corporate and government clients, Astrid and Craig recognised the need for developing future leaders equipped with the 21st century cross-cultural skills necessary for thriving in a truly global marketplace.
  • Using the same intercultural frameworks provided to their corporate clients, Craig and Astrid collaborated to tailor a ground-breaking program, initially for international students. This program has developed into Project Global Citizen and has since been expanded to include domestic students.