The UBC Certificate in International Development program is being phased out and will end by March 31, 2023. We invite you to review the updated schedule and register for courses so you can successfully complete the program by March 31, 2023. Applications for this program are now closed.
Since its inception in 2005, the UBC Certificate in International Development has addressed the need for trained professionals with knowledge of international development issues and the skills to work effectively in various contexts. However, several factors, including the global pandemic, have contributed to a decline in registrations, and unfortunately we cannot continue to offer this program.
Contribute effectively to international development projects with new techniques, tools and strategies.
The 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.
- Applications are now closed
- Delivered part-time, 100% 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 $4,925 to $5,485, including a non-refundable application fee
- Option to take any one of the required or elective courses before applying and being accepted into the certificate program (see Admissions and Registration)
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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 is This Program 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.
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
- practical written assignments
- online discussion/learning among the participants and course facilitators.
Program must be completed by March 31, 2023. Take more than two courses at a time if you want to complete the program quicker.
How Am I Assessed?
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.
UBC Extended Learning recommends that students have the following technology requirements to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online.
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 any one of the required or elective courses before applying to the certificate program. After that, you must apply and be accepted into the program to continue to take courses. The deadline to submit an application is January 15, 2022. All courses must be completed by March 31, 2023.
To complete the program you need to complete a total of five courses (two required courses and three elective courses).
Three of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the certificate.
Total program costs are as follows:
- $175 non-refundable application fee (paid at time of application)
- $1,050 per required and elective course
- $1,110 for Project Planning and Proposal Writing
Save $100 per course if you register for all five courses at the same time. Or save $50 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.
Admissions and Registration
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.
We're accepting applications until January 15, 2022. You should apply at least three weeks in advance before beginning the UBC Certificate in International Development program. If you complete a required or elective course without applying to the program, and would then like to continue taking certificate courses, you must apply and be accepted into the program before you can register for any other required or elective courses in the program. All courses must be completed by March 31, 2023.
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:
- Pay the CAD$175 non-refundable application fee. Please note the invoice number found on the fee receipt as you will need it for the application form.
- Complete the online application form by January 15, 2022. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.