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Certificate in International Studies

We are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in International Studies.

The Center for International Studies is introducing the Global Citizenship Credential (GCC) in Spring 2017, to replace the Certificate in International Studies.
Students who have already declared the Certificate will have the choice to complete the Certificate by May 2018 or transfer into the Global Citizenship Credential.

Certificate in International Studies

The Certificate in International Studies is a 2 – 3 year program that fosters the development of global citizens through academic coursework, skill-building programs, and interaction with international communities. It can be added to any major at TCU and is noted on the TCU transcript. Certificate graduates also wear a sash at graduation featuring the country flag of their study abroad experience.

Program Details

Over their tenure at TCU, students plan and complete a series of academic and extracurricular activities. They keep a journal or log of their participation, submitting documentation to the Center along the way. Students must complete required components from three areas:

Knowledge

To demonstrate how they are prepared to interact in the world with knowledge, students must do all of the following:

  • Study Abroad for a minimum of 3 weeks and submit a Written Reflection
  • Take UNPR 30302 Initiatives for Global Citizenship
  • Complete one of the following:
    • A major or minor in a foreign language
    • A minor in Asian Studies, British Studies, or Classical Studies
    • 9 hours from a list of select classes

Skills & Application

To demonstrate how they have applied their international knowledge into skills, students must submit a Written Reflection after participating in one of the following:

  • UNPR 30201 Engaged Global Citizenship
  • Model United Nations
  • Intercultural Leadership, Global Leadership, or the Community Action Leadership Seminar
  • Leadership Adventures
  • Undergraduate Festival of Scholarship and Creativity, with an internationally-themed project
  • Other approved projects

Interactive Perspectives

To demonstrate how they have developed positive intercultural relations with culturally-different others, students must submit a Written Reflection after participating in one of the following for at least one semester:

  • 25 hours of community involvement with a different cultural group
  • Participation in a service-learning course
  • Service Spring Break
  • International Student Association
  • Conversation Partners
  • Student language associations
  • Other approved cultural associations

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the Certificate in International Studies.

The Center for International Studies is introducing the Global Citizenship Credential (GCC) in Spring 2017, to replace the Certificate in International Studies.