Certificate in International Higher Education

Designed to provide you with a broad understanding of global higher education, our certificate program examines the challenges and opportunities facing higher education systems in different regions of the world.

The program outlines major trends and issues affecting this fast-growing field, and provides the skills to understand and analyze policy, practice, and theory. You’ll explore cross-cutting topics, such as leadership and management, economics and finance, student affairs, and teaching and learning, all from both global and regional standpoints.

The certificate provides you with the opportunity to hone your scholarly perspective, develop new skills, deepen your knowledge of key issues and trends in the international education field, and expand your professional network.

Successful completion of this certificate can be applied to a Master's in International Higher Education.

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At a Glance

How many courses?

This certificate consists of four courses and one field experience for a total of 15 credits.

How long will it take?

Students typically take 18 months to complete the program, but it can be completed in 12.

When can I start?

Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester, but it is possible to begin the program at any time during the year.

Can I complete the program online?

Yes, students can complete the program from a distance. Domestic students can also attend classes on campus.

Program Faculty & Expertise

Adjunct Faculty

Photo of Dr. Ariane de Gayardon, Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London (UK)

Dr. Ariane de Gayardon
Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London (UK)

Photo of Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn
Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

What will I study?


  • Courses: Four and
    a field experience
  • Credits: 15


Two core courses introduce the field, key concepts, and the intersections of theory, practice, and policy. The certificate culminates in a final applied research project, designed and conducted in collaboration with an international organization.

• Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education

• Internationalization of Higher Education

• Applying Research in International Higher Education 


Certificate students take two electives to complete their program. Electives are taught by globally recognized experts and also feature guest speakers, who provide additional insights from both a research and practicioner perspective. 

Sample of Elective Courses:

  • ELHE 7803: Global Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • ELHE 7804: Global Perspectives on Higher Education Leadership and Management
  • ELHE 7805: Global Perspectives on Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • ELHE 7806: Global Perspectives on Higher Education Economics and Finance
Course Course Title Credit
ELHE 7202 Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education 3
ELHE 7603 Internationalization of Higher Education 3
ELHE XXXX Elective Course 3
ELHE XXXX Elective Course 3
ELHE 7903 Applying Research in International Higher Education (field experience) 3
  Total 15

Application Information



Rolling Admission

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 250-500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.



Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.
Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.