Frequently Asked Questions: International Development

Have questions regarding the UBC Certificate in International Development? See some frequently asked questions and answers below, 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 – this helps in the job search. 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 the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development, without applying to the CID program. If you are interested in taking further courses after completing the prerequisite course, you must apply and be accepted into the CID program before you register for the second CID prerequisite course and CID elective courses. Please view the Admissions and Registration section of the UBC Certificate in International Development web 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 optimum 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.

Do I need to submit an application form before registering for a course?

Before beginning the certificate program, all students must first submit an application form accompanied by a $175 application fee. You have the option to register for and take the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development, without applying to the CID program, BUT you must apply and be accepted into the CID program before you can continue and register for the second CID prerequisite course and CID elective courses. Please view the Admissions and Registration section of the UBC Certificate in International Development web page for details.

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, it is highly suggested 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 section of the CID webpage 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 604.827.4203.