Global information systems, or at least the infrastructure therefore, are a reality, not just a possibility. Specifically, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, gopher, and information utilities (e.g., CompuServe) provide the basis for building global information systems. To compare the relative levels of students' general awareness and knowledge of the Internet, surveys were conducted to help identify specific Internet tools and techniques students in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, and the United States feel comfortable using. Additionally, the surveys identify the sources of particular Internet knowledge for each student sample. This three continent investigation should provide insight as to whether the era of the global village has truly arrived.