Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Complete the Certificate or Badge?
As our nations globalize, employers will find an appreciation for incoming professionals that are interculturally 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 inept individual that can comfortably communicate and interact with persons of other cultures.
If I decide to do the certificate or badge, how much time will it add to my overall time for completing my degree?
Since the certificate and badge only requires a few classes, it can be completed quite easily. If you are a GVSU student, you may have already completed some of the requirements as ITC encompasses GenEd and issues courses. GVSU students may also find that earning an ITC certificate or badge is the perfect way to earn additional credential while fulfilling the remaining 120 credits required for your Bachelor's Degree. GVSU students can earn the ITC certificate in 2 years or less. The badge can be completed in as little as one semester.
Professionals who are not currently seeking degrees through GVSU will also find that the badge is relatively easy to complete, including through online course options.
If you would like to discuss your particular situation, please email the ITC Team and we can work with you to outline a study plan for completion.
Is ITC a minor?
No. The ITC program 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 Credly and becomes available immediately after you successfully complete the courses, even if you have not yet graduate with your degree.
Why do I need to submit an application?
The ITC program requires an application for both the certificate and badge programs to accommodate students who desire to join the program. By submitting an application, we are able to make sure that the number of ITC courses are adequate for program participants. From the application, 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. It is recommended that you submit your application before or after enrolling in ITC 100, although both students and community members are encouraged to apply at any time. 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 ITC@gvsu.edu.