Frequently Asked Questions: International Development

Have questions regarding the UBC Certificate in International Development? Read our frequently asked questions and answers, or contact us for more information.

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I am new to the field of international development. Is this program for me?

Our training is designed to capitalize on the experience of our participants while providing access to leaders in the field. Participants must have some prior international or intercultural experience so that each member in a course benefits from the insights of the others. Relevant experience may include international business or management experience, experience with diverse groups in your workplace or community, international development work, travel or study abroad programs.

What will the UBC Certificate in International Development do for my employment or salary prospects?

This program provides professionals with the opportunity to gain an understanding of key issues in international development and develop relevant skills to effectively work in this field. The UBC Certificate in International Development is a recognized and credible qualification that will be valued by prospective employers.

Will I get a job in the field of international development if I take this certificate?

By taking a course or doing the full certificate, you will have the opportunity to network with facilitators and other participants working in the field of international development, which helps in job searches. In addition, employers will see that you are serious about being prepared for working in this field and are interested in gaining important knowledge and skills to become successful international development practitioners.

Can I take a course in the program before applying for the certificate?

Yes, you have the option register and take any one of the required or elective courses that make up the certificate without applying to the program. If you are interested in taking additional courses after completing the first course, you must apply and be accepted into the program before you can register for any of the other required or elective courses. Please view the Admissions and Registration section of the UBC Certificate in International Development program page for details.

How long will it take me to complete the certificate requirements?

If you are working full-time, we suggest that you schedule one course every other month for optimal learning. At this rate, you will complete the five courses within 12 to 18 months, depending on scheduling and course availability. Completing the certificate program should take no longer than three years. We may grant extensions in exceptional circumstances.

Can I obtain a student loan to pay for a program?

The UBC Certificate in International Development (CID) program is a part-time, non-credit certificate program with UBC Extended Learning and is not eligible for a student loan. Student loans are limited to students enrolling in and attending a recognized full-time post-secondary level program leading to a formal credential. Part-time programs, due to their duration and course load, are not eligible for student loans at this time.

Do I have to have access to the internet in order to participate?

Yes. You must have regular access to a computer with email and internet capabilities.

How do I successfully complete a course?

In order to complete a course, you will be required to submit weekly assignments, respond to other participants’ assignments and participate in relevant discussions throughout the course. What we are looking for is your understanding of the concepts and issues being taught and your critical feedback.

Should I take more than one course at a time?

If you are new to online learning, we suggest that you start taking one course at a time. You should take more than one course at a time only if you are able to dedicate five to seven hours a week per course.

How much time will I spend online?

You should expect to spend approximately seven hours per week on a course. This includes doing the required readings, working on weekly assignments, participating in discussions and commenting on the submissions of your fellow participants. There are no exams or research papers.

What are the program course fees and availability?

View the Program Fees and Policies and the Curriculum sections of the UBC Certificate in International Development program page for upcoming courses.

How do I register for all five courses at the same time for the full certificate program fee?

The full certificate program fee is not available for online registration. If you would like to register for all five courses at the same time please call us at +1 604 827 4203, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm Pacific Time.