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, 15-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).

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Laura Rumbley

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How to apply

At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of four courses and one field experience for a total of 15 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?


  • Courses: Four and
    a field experience
  • Credits: 15
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 3
  Total 15

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



Rolling Admission

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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



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.



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


International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.