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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.

CNS 571 Introducation to Student Affairs 3 hours
CNS 581 International Students and Services in Higher Education 3 hours
CNS 595 Internship in Student Affairs* 3 hours
*Placement in an Office of International Student Services or placement at a higher education institution abroad
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* 3 hours
CNS 579 Seminar in Student Affairs* 3 hours
*Focus on International Students and Student Services

Department Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Aaron Hughey, Ph.D.
Email: aaron.hughey@wku.edu
Call: (270) 745-4953

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate

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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 Last Modified 9/4/20