International Development

UBC Certificate Program

Contribute effectively to international development projects with new techniques, tools and strategies.

The award-winning UBC Certificate in International Development is a practical, hands-on program that provides you vital skills in international development, an understanding of intercultural issues, and peer networking opportunities.

Program at-a-Glance

  • Next required course starts January 18, 2018 (earlybird discount available)
  • Applications accepted at any time
  • Delivered part-time100% online
  • Explore and understand ethics, project planning and management, evaluation, migration, education and health-related issues in the field of development
  • Requires completion of two required courses and three electives
  • Program cost ranges from $4,400 to $5,865 CAD
  • Option to take the prerequisite course before applying and being accepted into the certificate program (see Admissions and Registration)

Add international development knowledge and intercultural expertise to your skill set to contribute more effectively to development projects. The UBC Certificate in International Development offers:

  • a flexible, 100% online part-time format
  • an integrated program developed in consultation with educators and professionals from international development and intercultural fields
  • experiential learning methods incorporating varied activities to accommodate different learning styles
  • a balance of theory and practice to develop practical and interpersonal skills
  • assignments that build on individual experience and expertise
  • program electives that provide an opportunity for specialization
  • small class sizes to maximize opportunities for contribution and feedback
  • individualized feedback from accomplished facilitators
  • references, materials and tools to support ongoing learning
  • a venue for networking and alliance-building with other professionals.

Unique to this program is a focus on intercultural issues and skills in international development. Courses provide practical skills in intercultural communication, and examine the many cultural challenges to development including ethics, project planning and management, and multicultural teamwork.

Who It’s For

This 100% online, part-time certificate is designed for beginners and seasoned professionals, as well as those planning to work in the field of international development, considering future studies and individuals interested in global issues.

The practical, hands-on curriculum provides a broad overview of issues in international development. Your choice of electives allows you to specialize your skill set depending on your particular interests and needs.

You should be prepared to spend approximately seven hours per week completing learning activities, which includes readings, assignments, group discussions and other projects. Connect and learn with peers, and participate in online discussion boards.

As a student in the program, you’re asked to log in to the course website at least every other day. Everyone has access to all student postings, and your responses to each other and to the instructor form the basis of weekly discussions. Posting on time and engaging with others every week is key to your success and adds to the overall richness of the course for others.

You have the option of taking the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development, before applying to the certificate program. After that, you must apply and be accepted into the program to continue to take courses.

There are two required courses:

  1. Culture, Communication and Development
  2. Dimensions of Development

Three of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Certificate in International Development.

Three of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Certificate in International Development.

This 100% online part-time program consists of two required courses and three electives. Each course varies from six to seven weeks. Required courses provide you with an overview of international development and intercultural communication issues, while elective courses allow for specialization in specific subject areas.

Work at your own pace, and choose from a variety of electives. Every course focuses on experiential learning such as:

  • group discussions
  • skills practice
  • case studies
  • readings
  • practical written assignments
  • online discussion/learning among the participants and course facilitators.

You can complete the program within three years by taking one course at a time, which we recommend if you are working or studying full-time. (Under exceptional circumstances, extensions may be granted.) Take more than two courses at a time if you want to complete the program quicker.

Assessment/Grading Methods

You are evaluated in each course on the basis of standards and competencies established by facilitators, program administrators and an advisory board. At the end of each course, you will be notified of successful or unsuccessful completion.

Technology Requirements

UBC Extended Learning recommends that students have the following technology requirements to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online

Total program costs are as follows:

Save $100 CAD per course if you register for all five courses at the same time. Or save $50 CAD per course if you register prior to the earlybird deadline for each course. To register for all five courses at the same time, please contact us.

All fees are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.

Course fees include all course materials.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies

Refunds can be issued up to 10 business days prior to course start date – 100% refund less $50 CAD administration fee OR full fee transfer to another UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies or International Development course.

No refunds and no transfers can be issued within 10 business days of course start date.

UBC Extended Learning may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund is processed and sent to you automatically. UBC Extended Learning does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.

Courses in the UBC Certificate in International Development are taught by experienced educators, coaches and industry experts.

The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.

To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in International Development are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have:

  • at least six months of international or intercultural volunteer or work experience
  • post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
  • fluency in the English language, including good written and verbal communication skills
  • the academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
  • approximately seven hours a week to spend per course
  • minimum technology requirements as outlined in Program Format.

To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted continually. You should apply at least three weeks in advance of beginning the UBC Certificate in International Development program. You have the option to register for and take the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development without applying to the program.

If you complete the prerequisite course without applying to the program, and would then like to continue taking certificate courses, you must apply and be accepted into the program to be able to register for the second prerequisite course and elective courses in the program.

Application Process

Before applying to this program, please read and understand the terms and conditions in the program handbook. Download and read the handbook carefully as it contains important information about the program and its policies.

To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.

Complete the following steps to submit your application:

  1. Pay the $175 CAD non-refundable application fee. Please note the invoice number found on the fee receipt as you will need it for the application form.
  2. Complete the online application form. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.
Program Format
Program Fees and Policies
Admissions and Registration

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