Faculty of Engineering

WE Go Global Certificate

Effective September 2014, the WE Go Global certificate is no longer available to students who are not already enrolled in the certificate.  We are happy to introduce the Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor, which replaces the WE Go Global Certifcate.  Details can be found here.

Frequently asked questions

As the world continues to become smaller through innovations and technology, it calls upon socially conscious, globally minded engineers to solve problems.  Western Engineering (WE) is tackling this reality by offering the innovative WE Go Global Certificate.  With proper planning, this certificate can be completed within the timeframe of the regular four-year BESc degree.

The Global Engineer can be described as one who has three distinct skill sets:

  1. Technical Skills - engineering science fundamentals, analysis, design, innovation and problem solving.
  2. Professional Skills - management, leadership, teamwork, communications, work ethic and social responsibility.
  3. Societal Skills - multi-cultural global environments, global challenges, language, global citizenship, cross-culture communications, cultural diversities, global and political awareness, and adaptability.

The goal of this certificate is to enhance and strengthen the Societal Skills through three aspects:

  1. Courses focusing on global issues, cultures, or environments.
  2. Foreign language (must be different from first language, and/or usual language of communication).
  3. International experience (minimum 12 weeks) via either exchange opportunities, volunteer or paid work experience, or experiential learning opportunities.  This international experience will be considered part of a course called ES 4500: Global Externship for Engineers.

By augmenting traditional engineering courses with additional specially selected courses in ethics, language, and global studies, students will be able to appreciate and understand the impacts of engineering in international cultures.  Engineering students enrolled in this Certificate will also participate in a 12-week Global Externship.  Participation in the Global Externship course (ES4500) will allow students to experience cultures and settings different from their own.  Students will develop an appreciation for how Canadian or North American engineering principles and solutions may or may not fit into different cultures and environments.  As part of the certificate requirements, students will prepare and present a report based on their experiences in the field and also present a leadership workshop.  The leadership workshop will be an open-to-all seminar scheduled once a year to allow the students to present their international experience to their peers and professors.

Admission, Application and Structure

This Certificate is open to students in their second, third or fourth year.  To be eligible for admission, students must obtain a weighted average (YWA) of 65% in their previous year in Engineering with no failures. In addition, students must complete the application form below. Admission is not guaranteed and space is limited. Enrollment in the certificate, and some courses, may be limited. Students should apply as early as possible to this certificate in order to maximize the use of non-technical electives in the engineering degree structure. Some students may need to take an additional term or year, or take summer courses if available, to obtain the certificate in addition to their BESc degree.  Orientation and training specific to selected locations will be provided to the students and supported through the WE International Coordinator.  Effective September 2014, this certificate has been replaced with the Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor.  More details and registration regarding the Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor can be found here.


To complete the WE Go Global Certificate successfully, in addition to their BESc degree, students must complete the following 4.0 credits:

1.0 course:   Business 2299 Business Organization for Engineers*

0.5 course:  ES 4498F/G Engineering Ethics, Sustainable Development and the Law*

1.5 courses:  Non-technical electives relating to global issues or have an international theme**

1.0 course: Language course (except English) must be at a university level.

ES 4500 Global Externship for Engineers:  A 12-week (or longer) international experience in a specific setting: exchange opportunity, volunteer or paid work experience, or experiential learning in an international setting. This course is restricted to students in Year 2 or 3 of their Engineering program and who are enrolled in the WE Go Global Certificate (non-credit course).

*part of standard engineering curriculum.

**Selection of the non-technical electives must be approved by the Undergraduate Services office.

    The following selections of non-technical courses have been pre-approved:

                CGS 1021F/G:  Introduction to Problems in Knowing the World
                CGS 1022F/G:  Introduction to Globalization
                CGS 1023F/G:  Introduction to Global Development

                GEOG 1100A/B:  Fundamentals of Geography
                GEOG 1300A/B:  Physical Geography
                GEOG 1400F/G:  People, Places and Landscapes
                GEOG 1500F/G:  Society and Nature               

                CGS 2002F/G:  Problems in Global Development
                CGS 2003F/G:  Discourses of Global Studies
                CGS 2004F/G:  Critique of Capitalism
                GEOG 2020A/B: Latin America and the Caribbean: Landscapes of Inequality
                GEOG 2040A/B:  Geography of East and Southeast Asia
                GEOG 2045A/B:  Russian and the Former Soviet Union:  The Legacy
                GEOG 2050A/B:  Western Europe
                GEOG 2060A/B: World Cities
                GEOG 2071F/G:  World Rivers
                GEOG 2131A/B:  The Natural Environment
                GEOG 2142A/B:  Geopolitics
                GEOG 2143A/B: Foundations of the Geography of World Business
                GEOG 2151A/B:  Global Change:  Issues and Impacts
                GEOG 2153A/B:  Environment, Economy and Society

                SOCI 2107A/B: Population and Environment: Theory, Practice and Debate
                CGS 3001F/G:  Applied Research Ethics for Global Studies
                CGS 3002F/G:  Participatory Research Methodologies
                CGS 3003F/G:  Gender and Development
                CGS 3004A/B:  International Development Project Management
                CGS 3005F/G:  Contemporary Critical Theory in Global Studies
                GEOG 3411A/B:  Cultural Geography
                CGS 3508F/G:  Africa in Transition
                CGS 3509F/G:  Indigenous Peoples and Development in Global Perspective
                CGS 3511F/G:  Language and Cultural Discourses
                CGS 3512F/G:  Human Displacement and Refugees
                CGS 3513F/G:  Small Scale Economies
                CGS 3514F/G:  Global Resistance Movements
                CGS 3515F/G:  Global Cultures of Gendering
                CGS 3523F/G:   Law in Global Relations and Languages of Power
                CGS 3524F/G:  Postcolonial Global Studies
                CGS 3525F/G:  Community in Global Modernity
                Political Science 2240E: An Introduction to Third World Politics