Certificate in International Higher Education

In a complex, fast-moving globalized environment, effective work in the field of international higher education requires specialized knowledge and know-how. Delivered onsite and online, Boston College’s five-course, 16-credit Certificate in International Higher Education provides opportunities for busy professionals to deepen their understanding of key issues and trends, develop new skills, and expand their professional networks. The program--which may be completed fully online**--is coordinated by Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), a premier global center for expertise in the field.

Designed to provide you with an understanding of and a scholarly perspective on global higher education, this certificate program examines challenges and opportunities in different geographic regions. The program outlines the major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory. You'll explore cross-cutting topics as leadership and management, economics and finance, and teaching learning, and student affairs in the field--from global and regional standpoints. 

Successful completion of this certificate can be applied to a Master's in International Higher Education.

** Please note that international students can only take this course online. International students are those who are not U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or those with permanent residence status (indefinite leave to remain).

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of four courses and one field experience for a total of 16 credits.


How long will it take?

Students can complete the certificate in 1 year.


When can I start?

Students must begin the program in the fall semester. 


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?

Curriculum

  • Courses: Four and
    a field experience
  • Credits: 16
Course Course Title Credit
ELHE 7202 Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education 3
ELHE 7603 Internationalization of Higher Education 3
ELHE XXXX Elective Course 3
ELHE XXXX Elective Course 3
ELHE 7903 Field Experience in International Higher Education 4
  Total 16

Sample of Elective Courses:

  • ELHE 7801: Regional Perspectives on Higher Education in Asia and Latin America
  • ELHE 7802: Regional Perspectives on Higher Education in Africa and Europe
  • ELHE 7803: Global Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • ELHE 7804: Global Perspectives on Higher Education Leadership and Management
  • ELHE 7805: Global Perspectives on Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • ELHE 7806: Global Perspectives on Higher Education Economics and Finance

Application Information

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form

 

Résumé

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 250-500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

 

Transcripts

Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

 

International Students

An international applicant is defined as any person that requires a student visa in order to study in the United States. International applicants are eligible to apply to any graduate program in The Lynch School, provided they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations from the country in which the degree was earned. International applicants must complete all program-specific application requirements as well as additional requirements outlined below.

Transcripts

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Click HERE for a complete list of NACES-approved evaluators. Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

English Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English (or for whom English is not one of their primary languages) are required to submit proof of satisfactory English proficiency. At this time, the only acceptable forms of proof for English proficiency are the TOEFL and IELTS exams (certificates of completion from English-language schools are not currently accepted). Below are the minimum scores required.

TOEFL iBT = 100 minimum

IELTS – 7.0 minimum

An official score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (TOEFL). TOEFL School Code: 3240.

Exemptions

Applicants that meet either of the criteria below do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States

  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate OR graduate degree at an institution outside of the United States where the language of instruction was English

Conditional Acceptance

The Lynch School offers Conditional Acceptance to applicants that fulfill all academic requirements for admission to and are accepted to the program, but whose level of English proficiency does not meet the minimum requirements. In these cases, admitted students will be granted conditional admission, but will have to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit an official score report that shows the minimum score has been met no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student’s program will begin. If a student with conditional admission does not submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS score within the allotted time frame, he/she will be granted a deferral to start in a future semester, no later than one year from the original start term. Due to this policy, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible in order to ensure that these conditions can be met.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467