Cohort Model

What is the GHE cohort model?

The cohort model and the cohort spirit are the soul of the Global Higher Education Master’s Degree Program (GHE). Through its cohort design, the Global Higher Education (GHE) program facilitates an intercultural, transnational, and family-like collaborative learning community. Students follow the course sequence together, which provides a daily platform for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, and sharing expertise regarding current and critical issues in international higher education. As they move through the program together, students will have opportunities to participate in academic and social events together, expand their professional networks, and build life-long friendships among cohort fellows. Students who have completed the program describe the experience as irreplaceable. They all agree that the cohort allowed them to share cultures and to quickly form tight connections with their ​fellows.

What have GHE ​alumni said about the cohort model?

“I really like the cohort model, it helps me find my niche within a campus as large as UW-Madison.”

“I think one of the most beneficial aspects of the GHE program was the cohort model. It really helped me connect with other students and learn from them, and it also provided comfort and familiarity in the courses.”

“The cohort model and those relationships really helped me build my confidence because everyone was so supportive and we all wanted to see each other succeed. When I started the program I never expected to become so close with the cohort group, but I know I gained lifelong friends.”

” I absolutely loved the cohort model.  I learned so much about the cohort members and their cultures over the course of the program.  They always offered diverse perspectives on higher education, many of which I will utilize in my professional experience.  Socially, the cohort model was great for meeting people right away and feeling more comfortable in a city where I barely knew anyone.”

“I love my cohorts from the bottom of my hearts! All the domestic students are so patient to listen to the international students’ voices and so caring. I think the size of our cohorts is perfect.”

” I think that our cohort model is amazing. It is great that our cohort is well-balanced when it comes to our members. Not only do we have an almost even amount of domestic and international students, but we also have international students from a variety of countries thus allowing us to gain more perspectives on different topics.”

” I think we would have done even more together if we had more free time. The moments to get together and socialize are essential. That was irreplaceable in creating a comfortable learning community for domestic and international students alike.”