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 International Student Services Certificate program 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.
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:
- Form A (Admissions Application) to Graduate Studies (with the required $40 fee)
- 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.
This certificate program welcomes applicants from all graduate programs at Western
Kentucky University and elsewhere. However, students seeking admission to a University
graduate degree program must apply to and meet admissions requirements of the program.
Please note that admission to, or completion of, the ISS program will not guarantee
admission to any graduate degree program.
The 15 credit hour certificate program includes 6 credit hours of required core courses and
9 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.
||Introducation to Student Affairs
||International Students and Services in Higher Education
||Internship in Student Affairs*
|*Placement in an Office of International Student Services or placement at a higher
education institution abroad
||The College Student Experience
||Parameters of Law in Student Affairs and Higher Education
||Social and Cultural Diversity
||Global/Cultural Perspective on Women
||Special Topics in Student Affairs*
||Seminar in Student Affairs*
|*Focus on International Students and Student Services