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Counseling & Student Affairs

International Student Services (ISS)

Certificate Program

College campuses have become increasingly internationalized in recent decades. International student populations have grown, study abroad has become a standard of the higher education landscape, and as a result, the student population has developed new needs. The Certificate in International Student Services offers graduate-level students preparation to manage educational exchange, lead campus internationalization, and provide international student services. Students pursuing the Certificate in International Student Services may complete the certificate program by itself or along with the MAE in Student Affairs. Successful graduates will have earned their certificate through theory-based instruction, application of material through internship, and an international experience.

Certificate Requirements/Curriculum

The 15 credit hour certificate program includes 9 credit hours of required core courses and 6 credit hours of restricted electives.. The program requires a study abroad course and/or an internship abroad depending on student's international travel experience upon admission.

Required Courses (9 hours)

CNS 571 Introduction to Student Affairs (3 hours)
CNS 581 International Students and Services in Higher Education (3 hours)
CNS 595 Internship in Student Affairs, with placement in an Office of International Student Services or placement at a higher education institution abroad (3 hours)

Restricted Electives (6 hours)

To be selected with advisor approval in advance from the following list:

CNS 572 The College Student Experience (3 hours)
CNS 574 Student Development (3 hours)
CNS 670 Parameters of Law in Student Affairs and Higher Education (3 hours)
CNS 555 Social and Cultural Diversity (3 hours)
GWS 555 Global/Cultural Perspective on Women (3 hours)
CNS 578 Special Topics in Student Affairs (with a focus on international students/student services)
CNS 579 Seminar in Student Affairs (with a focus on international students/student services)

Or other course(s) approved by faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ISS program is based on completion of a baccalaureate degree and adequate preparation in this or a related area of study. To apply for admission to the certificate program, applicants should submit a Form A (Admissions Application) to The Graduate School (with the required $60 fee), and have an official copy of their undergraduate transcript (showing completion of the baccalaureate degree) sent to WKU (if the applicant is not a graduate of WKU). In addition to their Form A and undergraduate transcript, it is requested that applicants also submit a statement to The Graduate School which indicates their reasons for wanting to pursue this certificate program, how their previous life and educational experiences are applicable to this program, and how they plan to use the credential in the future. The statement should be 3-4 pages in length (double-spaced) and follow APA format.

Related Links

Study Abroad programs for Student Affairs at other institutions

Additional Information

Dr. Aaron Hughey, Ph.D.
I.S.S. Program Coordinator
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.



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Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3036
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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