This certificate program examines the challenges and opportunities facing higher education systems in different regions of the world. You’ll explore cross-cutting topics, such as leadership and management, economics and finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning, all from both global and regional standpoints.
As a student in the IHE certificate program, you will gain access to the Center for International Higher Education’s extensive global network. CIHE’s partners from around the world frequently participate in classes as guest speakers and host students for their final project. You will also study with peers from around the world through a range of international partnerships, including with the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Sophia University (Japan) and Yonsei University (South Korea).
Recent graduates of the Certificate program do international work at universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Boston College collaborates with key partners around the world, opening international networking opportunities to our students. You can also take advantage of the resources of the Boston College Career Center, which offers employment counseling and help with placements in the Greater Boston area.
The certificate provides you with the opportunity to hone your scholarly perspective, develop new skills, deepen your knowledge of key issues and trends in the international education field, and expand your professional network.
Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education
This course offers a perspective on the organization and structure of higher education worldwide, as well as an analysis of central issues affecting academe internationally. Examples from other countries are related to the American context. Among the topics considered are global trends in the expansion and organization of higher education, international study and its impact, the political role of universities, student activism, the role and status of the academic profession, styles of academic leadership in other countries, and others.
Internationalization of Higher Education
An introduction to higher education in America, this course focuses on the complex relationships between colleges and universities, and the political and social systems of society. This analysis includes a historical perspective on the evolution of American higher education, and especially the development of the contemporary university since the beginning of the twentieth century. Attention is also paid to the impact of federal and state governments on higher education; the role of research in the university; issues of accountability, autonomy, and academic freedom; the academic profession, student politics and culture; affirmative action issues; and others.
Students will select 2 courses from the options listed below.
Global Perspectives on Academic Affairs in Higher Education
Whether you are an administrator, policy maker, faculty, or researcher, all professionals in roles related to higher education are educators. To be a positive agent in the education venture is to ensure learning that is meaningful, empowering, and just--for students, colleagues, and external stakeholders. In this course--we strive to understand the contours of learning, teaching, and curriculum with a critical lens and from an international perspective, through an exploration of key trends and relevant issues in higher education institutions and systems around the world.
Global Perspectives on Higher Education Leadership and Managment
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of contemporary higher education leadership and management, and to examine these issues from a comparative and international perspective. Strong emphasis is placed on the global context and appreciating how different national contexts and issues impact and affect higher education. Students learn about different issues and experiences directly from leaders, practitioners, and case studies, and are encouraged to draw upon their own experiences - as university administrators, policy makers, faculty or researchers - at the country and institutional level.
Global Perspectives on Student Affairs in Higher Education
In this course students will explore the realities of the student experience around the world, and the ways in which higher education institutions and systems endeavor to understand and respond to them. The course will examine conceptual and practical, historical and contemporary approaches to student affairs. Critical analysis of the similarities and differences in approaches to student affairs across the world will provide students with insights into the relationship between theory and practice in the field.
Global Perspectives on Higher Education Economics and Finance
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of higher education financing, through a comparative and international perspective. The course analyses the rising cost of higher education and how this has led to different financing schemes in different national contexts. Students will learn about the different issues directly from experts and case studies, and get to reflect on their own experience at the national and institutional levels.
A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:
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.
All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:
Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
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If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
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