Student to World

Free Online Courses

These unique online courses use youth storytelling to bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities.

Each course – designed in our Content Creation Lab youth internship program – provides an age-appropriate introduction to pressing issues. Youth learners can read real, impactful stories from other youth course participants around the world, share their own, and participate in moderated live conversations

These courses are ideal for in-person and virtual classrooms, adult-led youth groups, and homeschooled and individual learners ages 13-19.

To register for Student to World, please select one of the following courses.

Several hands point to architectural blueprints sit on a lighted table


Understand the cultural and historical significance of built structures, and explore a career that increases sustainability and justice.

Art in Action

Learn how art contributes to social movements and positive change while exploring local and global artistic and cultural expressions.
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Film & Media

How do filter bubbles shape our perceptions of the world? Explore this topic as it relates to representation and identity in social media, film, and journalism.
A calculator and pen sit atop an accounting paper


Youth consider ways that finance promote a person’s or country’s financial stability and how the notion of financial stability varies among and within countries, communities, and circumstances.
Serving soup at a charity food pantry

Global Hunger

Learn how food waste and loss contribute to global hunger while exploring the meaningful food rituals in local and global communities.
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Human Rights

Learn how people exercise their human rights every day, how to protect marginalized communities, and act with guidance from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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Medicine & Scientific Research

Explore medical systems in various countries, sustainable waste management in medical facilities, and how careers in Medicine and Scientific Research take shape worldwide.
A teenage girl with light brown skin wearing a pink and white shirt. She is standing in front of a desk, holding a notepad and pen while looking upward to the left. Behind her is a chalkboard with a Monday to Friday schedule noting tests and Skype sessions.]

Mental Health

Learn about the chemicals in the brain, the stigmas associated with mental health, and ways to promote well-being and rewrite the narrative around mental health.
A plastic bottle floats in blue ocean water

Ocean Health

Learn how plastic use impacts ocean health through local waste management practices and the impact of individual and collective behaviors.
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Learn about the relationship between sports, being our best selves, and how sports have been used to celebrate the best of everybody.
A group of girls in colorful dresses wave across a body of water

Women's Rights

Learn how beauty standards and gender roles impact women’s rights and how they are advocated for in your local and global communities.

Designed by Youth
for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these interns research, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

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Learning Goals, Standards Alignment, and Impact

Each course includes interactive lessons with clear learning goals as well as alignment to recognized international educational standards like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Asia Society Global Competencies, 21st Century Skills, and CASEL Social & Emotional Learning (links open in a new window). Visit each course page for specific standard alignments.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

– Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

A comprehensive evaluation of student surveys and student stories by Cogent Evaluation found that the Student to World program successfully builds empathy, increases global awareness, promotes collaboration, and improves communications skills.

Text + Video Formats

Each Student to World course includes both text-based and video-based formats.

Text-based courses are available in English, Arabic, and a growing number of languages.

Video-based courses include American Sign Language interpretation as well as closed captioning in English and Arabic.

Screenshot of a GNG video course showing closed captions and sign language interpreters
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Privacy, Inclusion, Safety, and Accessibility

Global Nomads Group honors our participants’ privacy, safety, and ability to participate.

All course content is designed to be accessible to a wide range of participants by using alternative text for images and closed captioning and American Sign Language interpretations for videos.