Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Complete the ITC Certificate or Badge?
As our nations globalize, employers will find an appreciation for incoming professionals that are inter-culturally competent. Every profession requires a respect and understanding of other cultures, so the certificate or badge can only benefit you. Not only will it provide professional advancement, it will help shape you into a more culturally astute individual who can comfortably communicate and interact with persons of other cultures.
I am a current GVSU student. If I decide to pursue the certificate or badge, how much time will it add to completing my degree?
Since the certificate and badge only require a few classes, it can be completed quite easily. As a GVSU student, you have likely already completed some of the requirements through your General Education Program courses. Undergraduate students also find that earning an ITC certificate or badge is the perfect way to earn additional credentials while fulfilling the remaining 120 credits required for your Bachelor's Degree, maximizing your tuition investment. The ITC Certificate can be earned in 2 years or less. The ITC Badge can be completed in as little as one semester.
I am a working professional. Can I earn ITC certification without being enrolled in a degree program at GVSU?
Professionals of all educational backgrounds or levels are welcomed into the ITC Program. If you have already earned a minimum of 55 college credits, you can apply to be a part of the LEADS program and pursue a stand alone certificate in Intercultural Communications. If you would like to discuss your particular needs, please email the ITC Program Coordinator and we can work with you to outline a study plan for completion.
Is ITC a minor?
No. ITC is a certificate program and a badge program. If you earn the certificate, it will be annotated on your official university transcripts. The badge is granted digitally via Acclaim and becomes available immediately after you successfully complete the courses, even if you have not yet graduate with your degree or are not pursuing a degree through GVSU.
Why do I need to submit a Study Plan?
The ITC program requires a study plan for both the certificate and badge programs to accommodate your needs and support you to successfully complete the program. By submitting a study plan, we are able to make sure that the number of ITC courses are adequate for program participants. From the plan, we will begin to build upon the journey through intercultural competence with you.
When should I submit my application?
The application is available online, so you can submit your application anytime. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.
If you have a question that has not been answered on this page, please send us an email at IRIS@gvsu.edu.