UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs offer Certificates & Programs to help give you the skills and competitive advantage to accelerate your career in:
- Project Management
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
In most of these programs, you will share the classroom with American and other international professionals who have complementary career interests.
Certificate programs, except the Digital Marketing and Paralegal Certificate, may run on a hybrid model, offering a combination of in-person and online classes. This format meets the SEVP requirements for international students, while maintaining strict public health protocols.
Business Certificates & Programs
Our Business Certificates & Programs are led by practicing professionals with direct knowledge of the latest trends in American and international business. If you are an international student with an advanced level of English and you are looking to launch or accelerate your career in business, these business programs are just what you need to acquire the expertise necessary to advance in your career:
The popular Business Management Certificate and Business Administration program offer you the opportunity to build job skills and business knowledge through an extensive introduction to U.S. business practices.
Given the increased demand for project managers worldwide, the business department offers an intensive certificate program in Project Management that can be completed in two quarters.
If you wish to gain a broad introduction to American business practices, Business Administration is right for you. It is possible to take one, two or three quarters of this program. During the first quarter, you will participate in the American Workplace Experience, an experiential learning course. You will have the opportunity to meet local business professionals to better understand real world applications of the business principles you are studying.
If you have a university degree or two years of full-time professional work experience, and you are interested in developing your management skills and improving your ability to influence others in the workplace, Leadership and Management is for you. During the program, you will participate in a hands-on experiential learning project with a local company.
If you have a university degree or two years of full-time professional work experience, and you would like a strong foundation in digital marketing, this program was designed for you. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to design innovative marketing plans, implement successful digital marketing tactics, and utilize marketing analytics. During the program, you will participate in a hands-on experiential learning project with a local company.
If you have a university degree or two years of full-time professional work experience, and you would like to acquire a comprehensive introduction to the vast field of business intelligence, Business Analytics is designed for you. The expanding field of business analytics is fundamental to all areas of business, across different industries. During the program, you will participate in a hands-on experiential learning project with a local company.
If you have obtained a bachelor’s degree and one year of professional work experience or completed four or more years of professional work experience and also have a high level of English competency, Business Management will give you in-depth expertise which improves upon your experience. During the program, you will choose one of the following areas of emphasis: Finance, Leadership, or Digital Marketing. To complement the classroom experience, the Business Management program offers an optional 120-hour unpaid internship within a San Diego company.
If you have a bachelor’s degree and one year of professional work experience or four years of full-time professional work experience AND seek a hands-on approach to gaining the knowledge and tools necessary for handling complex projects within various industries, Project Management is designed for you. Based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the curriculum provides an in-depth study of the elements essential to initiate, execute, and complete a successful project.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Programs
Are you considering teaching English?
Our Teaching English as a Foreign Language programs will give you the effective classroom teaching skills and modern English language teaching techniques necessary to instruct students in non-English speaking countries and non-immigrants in U.S. classrooms.
This three-month program is a foundation course in TEFL for non-native English speakers.
This six-month program focuses on developing effective classroom teaching skills and modern English language teaching techniques to instruct students in non-English speaking countries and non-immigrants in U.S. classrooms.
Complete 4 courses of TEFL Professional Certificate program online from your home country and 5 courses here at UC San Diego. One in-class course can be replaced with 3 one-unit workshops. The four core TEFL Professional Certificate courses can be completed online either before or after your stay in San Diego. Online courses are available throughout the year. In-class courses can only be taken in the winter and summer quarters.
In this three-month program, you select your own schedule of courses in teaching English as a foreign language, education, humanities, and other academic areas to enhance your preparation to teach English.
If you are enrolled in the six-month TEFL Professional certificate or Special Studies in TEFL certificate, you can also obtain the Teaching English to the Young Learner certificate, which focuses on teaching students from ages 4 to 11.
If you are already enrolled in the six-month professional TEFL certificate or Special Studies in TEFL certificate, you can also obtain a Teaching English Grammar certificate.
Paralegal Certificate Program
The Paralegal Certificate, approved by the American Bar Association, combines practical skills for a paralegal career with legal theory and analysis. Classes are taught by prominent attorneys and experienced paralegals who will provide you with a balanced perspective and insight into the tasks paralegals perform.