Certificate for International Graduate Students
We will hold information sessions in June and September to introduce participants to the components of the Certificate and to provide details about the structure, timing and expectations associated with each of these elements. These sessions provide an opportunity for graduate students to have their questions answered by members of the TSC staff.
This Certificate is designed to enhance the academic and professional communication skills of international graduate students and to help them make a successful transition to Canadian academia. International students will learn about cultural differences in patterns of communication and acquire strategies to maintain positive interactions with supervisors, peers, and students.
Participants will receive a certificate and a letter of accomplishment after they complete the five program components:
- Intercultural Communication
- Academic Communication
- Professional Communication
- Written Project
Who is eligible to register for the Certificate?
To be eligible to register, you must be an international or new resident student enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a post-doctoral fellow at Western University.
I am not an international graduate student. Can I still register for this Certificate?
At this time, registration in this Certificate is only open to international graduate students. Please see the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning which is open to all graduate students.
Will international workshops I have taken in the past count towards the Certificate?
Yes. Any international workshops taken at the Teaching Support Centre in the past will count for credit towards the Certificate as long as they meet the requirements outlined in the Roadmap.
How long will it take to complete the Certificate?
Program components can be completed within one year, but you may choose to complete the workshops over two, three or more years.
When should I sign up for the Certificate?
You may register for the Certificate any time during your graduate degree. If you had already attended TSC programs prior to registering for the Certificate, those will be credited to you and count towards the completion of the Certificate.
Do I need to complete the Certificate requirements in a certain order?
No. You may complete the programs and written project requirements in any order, whenever it is most convenient for you. However, registration for certain programs is time sensitive (e.g. Difficult Conversations and Advanced Discussions is typically offered once per year).It is your responsibility to be aware of such dates and to plan your Certificate progress accordingly.
Who keeps track of my progress towards the Certificate?
It is the participants' responsibility to keep track of how many workshops they have completed. Please use this Personal Progress Tracker (pdf) to assist you.
Yes. You are welcome to complete both Certificates offered by the TSC. Each focuses on a distinct set of skills.
To receive the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, you must be an international or new resident graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a post-doctoral fellow at Western University. All program requirements must be completed during your program of study. Program components can be completed within one academic year, but you may choose to complete them over two, three or more years.