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Global Case Competition

The Global Case Competition brings students together to develop innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues using local resources.

Teamwork to Solve a Global Problem

The Global Case Competition (GCC) at Washington State University began in spring 2011. It brings graduate and undergraduate students from all WSU campuses together to form multi-disciplinary teams. Each team is asked to develop a solution to an issue currently impacting a global community.

Teams of four to six students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in two stages. Each team submits a two-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and select the top five teams as finalists.

Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges will be present at the competition. They will have an opportunity to ask questions of each team before selecting a winner.

Why should I participate?

  • Build your résumé with an internationally-related experience
  • Gain valuable interdisciplinary teamwork experience
  • Contribute to solving a complex global issue
  • Win a scholarship and an opportunity to travel
  • Be a Global Coug!



The competition is open to any WSU student currently enrolled in spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate students from all locations are welcome to apply.

Team Requirements

Each competing team must have four to six members, including:

  • Two undergraduate students and two graduate students
  • International and domestic students
  • Representation from at least two WSU colleges
  • Representation from at least two WSU campuses


Registration is electronic. It is first-come, first-served. You can register either individually or as a complete team. Students registering as a complete team must complete the individual registration as well. All teams will receive the same challenge case.

Registration will remain open until 20 teams have been formed.

Individual Registration

When you register as an individual, you will be assigned to a team composed of other individual registrants to meet the requirements of a team.

Registered individuals will be notified when a team is formed and will be assigned a temporary team captain. The team captain will be sent all important information to share with his/her team.

Individual Registration

Team Registration

You may register a team of four to six students that meets the requirements. All team members must complete the individual registration in addition to the team registration. Your team will be asked to name a team captain. Once a team has been successfully registered, the team captain will be notified.

Team Registration

2017 Fall Competition Schedule

The 2017 Global Case Competition will be held in late October. Registration opens on September 5.

The Rules

Participants in the Global Case Competition must follow a detailed set of rules providing the guidelines for team communication, faculty advisers, submission of solutions, and the final competition.

GCC Rules

Support the Global Case Competition

Your support is essential! Your contribution could help:

  • Provide scholarships and travel awards to the winning teams
  • Fund statewide team members’ travel to Pullman
  • Support marketing and hospitality for the final competition
  • Bring industry/professional judges to the panel

Sponsorships are a great opportunity to foster global thinking and raise awareness of your brand among the state’s brightest college students. Qualified professionals are invited to inquire about judging and mentoring opportunities.

Volunteers are always welcome.

Cheryl Hansen
Washington State University
Office of International Programs
Director of International Outreach and Partnerships
PO Box 5121
Pullman WA 99164-5121

Bryan Hall 206N

Washington State University