What does it mean to be “globally competent”? This difficult-sounding term is becoming more and more common in both offices and universities around the world—and students who take the initiative to become globally competent gain a major advantage over their peers, especially for careers in international relations, business, and public service.

Global competence focuses on developing the skills to understand and engage with people from different cultures. People who are globally competent are more open to new ideas and opportunities and ready to address future challenges in college and beyond. They’re better prepared for international adventure, and increasingly capable of addressing major world issues like poverty, climate change, and economic instability.


Test your own global knowledge with these ten questions and find out how much you know about the world around you:



Many high schoolers (and even adults) don’t know the answers to the above questions, but those who are ready and willing to learn are uniquely positioned to become the next generation’s dedicated changemakers and global citizens.

Check your answers to the quiz, and see how you did. Then find out how you can increase your global competency by discovering the AFS Effect through a culturally-immersive study abroad program.

(For more information, visit the New York Times article that inspired this post, “Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World.”)