Global Student Mobility

  • Certificate
Location: Boston
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Why Global Student Mobility?

The Graduate Certificate in Global Student Mobility offers an in-depth look at the dynamic field of international higher education.

The continual expansion of globalization has changed the landscape of higher education worldwide and fueled the demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge to enter this increasingly specialized field. By concentrating in Global Student Mobility, students can:

  • Explore the business of international education, including the role of third-party study abroad providers, recruiters, program developers, and nonprofits, as well as the immigration and legal issues facing the industry.
  • Develop basic field research and cross-cultural communication skills, and gain the tools they need to hypothesize the impact of future global trends.
  • Apply theory to real-world situations through case studies, service learning opportunities, and international field study experiences.
  • Prepare for leadership roles in the international education field, in areas such as admissions and recruitment, ESL and language programs, study abroad, and international study, work, and volunteer exchange.

Students will receive a grounding in cross-cultural theories while also exploring the widening range of program types, methods of delivery, and the importance of experiential and service-learning exchanges. The graduate certificate prepares students for employment in various sectors of the international education field including:

  • Study abroad
  • International student and scholar services
  • International admissions and recruitment
  • The development and administration of international study, work, and volunteer exchange
  • Student ESL and language programs
  • The complex range of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs such as Fulbright, Humphrey, Muskie, YES, and scores of others
  • NGOs supporting these exchanges such as IIE, Amideast, American Councils, and many others
  • Creating and administering exchange programs for working professionals outside of higher education, targeting religious, philanthropic, and thematic programs

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Unique Features

  • Boston location is a hub for education
  • Participate in extra-curricular events such as symposiums and panel discussions relevant to the field

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Global Student Mobility General Requirements
GST 6810 - International Higher Education
GST 6820 - Managing Study Abroad
GST 6830 - Managing International Students


Complete one of the following:

GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
3.00 - 4.00

(NOTE: INT 6900 requires co-registration in a 1-q.h. directed study. Students interested in taking INT 6900 should contact their Academic Advisor.)

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Did You Know?

There has been a 10% increase of international students in the U.S., driving need for higher ed professionals in global student mobility (Institute of International Education, Open Doors Data 2015).

Average Time to Completion

6-12 Months



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