Graduate Certificate in International Education
My experience at SIT has helped me a lot in my current role working on democracy and governance programs with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, an international think tank and development agency. I am managing an entire office and am using a lot of the tools I learned at SIT. Thank you to the SIT faculty for the great courses.
Steffen Krueger, Country Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
A flexible path to career advancement
SIT's Graduate Certificate in International Education is an ideal program for working professionals looking to establish a strong foundation in and understanding of the field of international education. The program’s low-residency, one-year format enables students to stay in their current jobs and communities while acquiring the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies they identify as critical to their career development.
This program is popular with international education professionals who have a master’s degree in another field and are looking to increase their understanding of international education, as well as with individuals seeking a one-year, low-residency program. The 19-credit curriculum follows the same sequence as the first year of SIT's low-residency MA in International Education program, and students who successfully complete the certificate program can easily continue with SIT’s low-residency master’s program in international education if they so choose.
|On-Campus Coursework||Online Coursework and Reflective Practice (the remainder of the year)|
|first two weeks in June
||10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus Reflective Practice in student’s current job|
- Core Coursework (12 credits)
Students are required to complete between 10 and 15 hours of work each week. Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies. The following courses are required:
- Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management – 4 credits
- Practitioner Inquiry – 2 credits
- Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education – 3 credits
- International Education Program Planning and Design – 3 credits
- Electives (1 credit minimum)
Students can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont, participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey), or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.
- Reflective Practice (6 credits)
Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework with ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.
Due to state regulations, students cannot complete their reflective practice for this program in Kentucky.
- Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education (IE) for over 30 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, high school exchanges, the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that.
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- Linda Drake Gobbo
A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to-face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.
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- William Hoffa
Bill Hoffa holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early academic years as a professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College and was founding director of the American Studies program at Hamilton.
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- Alla Korzh
Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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- David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.
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To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in International Education program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
- Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
- Intercultural and professional experience
- Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
- Students must have a job in the field of international education to complete their practicum requirement
English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.)
- Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
- 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
- 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
- 100 on the internet-based iBT.
- Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher.
- Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.
These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.
SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.
The program prepares professionals to:
- Advise international students
- Design and lead cross-cultural programs
- Coordinate and manage projects, resources, and staff
- Develop courses and training modules on topics related to international education
Students of SIT’s Graduate Certificate in International Education program gain the skills they need to advance in their current career. Alumni are prepared for work in study abroad or international student services as directors, language program coordinators, trainers, community education specialists, program designers, or international student coordinators or recruiters.
SIT has been a leader in the field of international education for more than 80 years.
Through SIT’s Graduate Certificate in International Education program, students have access World Learning’s network of international education and exchange programs and practitioners.
Positions held by alumni of the international education program include:
- Associate Dean, International Education, University of Richmond, Virginia, US
- Alumni Outreach Coordinator, US Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan
- International Student and Scholar Advisor, University of California at Berkeley, California, US
- International Recruitment Officer, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
- Director of English as a Second Language, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Massachusetts, US
Tuition and Fees
Year 1 Tuition: $20,295
Year 1 Fees: $1,455
Certificate total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $21,750
Year 1 On-Campus Room and Board: $700
SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.
Year 1 Books: $1,200
Year 1 Personal Expenses: $1,500
Year 1 Transportation Costs: $500
Field Study Courses in year 1: Costs range from $2,200 to $5,450. See details on the locations, schedule, and costs of individual field courses.
Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.