Certificate programs enable students to gain certification through a variety of activities, thereby setting their degree and experience apart for its global content. These may include such elements as tudy and internship experiences outside students’ home countries or with international communities in their own countries; courses and seminars with an international focus; reflection on intercultural understanding; community service or service learning; and participation in internationally focused events and conferences, among other things -- the list of what to count is up to you. The following are examples that can serve as models to those institutions wanting to develop something similar. One could tailor the certificate program to activities that are offered already at the institution.
Majors, Degrees and Curricular Requirements
- Goucher College has an International Scholars Program, which extends global learning over four years. It includes, “special seminars exploring global issues during their first three semesters and requires them to take one language class beyond the intermediate level and to study abroad for at least a semester. The ISP students get $3000 vouchers” (Steiner, 2008, p. 6). Any undergraduate can participate (Goucher College, 2012) and at graduation, each student’s transcript includes a notation indicating participation in the program.
- Deakin University (Australia) has a Global Citizenship Program. It is designed around "points" and "skills" that come from such activities as participation in internationally-focused units; seminars on international topics; international-centered volunteering; personal growth; international internships; and international study experiences.
- Other certificate examples include Community College of Baltimore County; Franklin Pierce College; University of South Florida; Centennial College and Lehigh University.
- Students are not the only ones who can earn certificates. At University of California Santa Cruz, there's a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate program offered for staff and faculty. There is no charge to participate, and participants self elect whether they would like to pursue the program. Participants must complete 6 core courses, and 2 elective courses to receive the certificate. One workshop focuses specifically on working with international students and scholars at UCSC called, "Intercultural Proficiency in Working with UCSC's International Student & Scholar Populations."
Majors, Degrees and Curricular Requirements
- Other universities have redesigned entire majors and degree programs to be more internationalized. At the College of St. Benedict's / St. John's, all Management students must take four globally-oriented courses in their sophomore year.
- "Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum" programs exist in many schools. While these can take different formats, one common approach is for students with intermediate or advanced language proficiency to do readings in some of their non-language courses (such as politics or economics, for example) in the foreign language. Examples include: St Olaf (USA0), Skidmore (USA), Binghamton (USA), Trinity (USA), University of Richmond (USA), and Baldwin-Wallace (USA).
- Carroll University's "Cross-Cultural Component," recognizes that taking a few global courses may not be enough for students to successfully integrate the knowledge that they have gained. For that reason they have created a five-course series with a cross-cultural experience and a special colloquium in their fourth year to tie together the learning over four years (Carroll University, 2011). The courses are: Cultural Seminar (CCS 100) (4 credits); Writing Seminar (ENG170) (4 credits); Cross-Cultural Development (CCD) (4 credits); Cross-Cultural Experience (CCE) (2 credits); and Global Perspectives Colloquium (CCS400) (2 credits)
The Cultural Seminar is taken in the first semester to stimulate students to better understand the dimensions of culture while the Writing Seminar, also taken in the first year, is designed to promote cultural learning through reading and writing. The Cross-Cultural Development course is studied after the first two courses and continues the process of learning about cross-cultural concepts. In the Cross-Cultural Experience, students go off campus, either domestically or abroad, to apply their knowledge and skills. The Global Perspectives Colloquium in the fourth year provides opportunities for students from different majors to engage in continued cultural learning.