Certificate in International Learning

What is the CIL?

Hear from CIL Alumni

Why Enroll? 

  • Learn how to thrive in culturally diverse and global contexts
  • Meet other internationally-minded students
  • Stand out to employers and graduate schools
  • You may already have completed many of the requirements, so...why not?

That's our pitch. But don't take it from us. Our graduates speak for themselves.

"As an international student, the Certificate in International Learning helped me weave the gaps between my own culture, Canadian culture, and cultures from all over the world. In my current role as a Student Service Advisor, I am equipped with the tools to connect and work with all kinds of students, Canadian or international!" - Timothy Hendrawan, Faculty of Science, June 2023

"The CIL challenges one's perception of the world; it truly opened my eyes to international possibilities. I can't recommend this program enough for those who are even slightly curious about the world or themselves." - Celine Caruso Dixon, Faculty of Arts, June 2023

"The CIL gave me the chance to learn both in and out of the classroom, question things, and dig deeper into my thoughts. I developed an international mindset which is extremely important in today's world." - Shenin Mehnaj, Faculty of ALES, June 2021

"My CIL experience allowed me to become more self-aware. It made my international experience more meaningful." - Mohamed Rahall, Faculty of Arts, June 2018

"It's a great opportunity to grow, learn and expand your worldview. I found it helpful to move from passive awareness to active participation in global society." - Astrid Arzu, Faculty of Law, June 2018

"It will challenge you, but it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your degree ..." - Erin Yue, Faculty of Science, June 2018

"CIL has not only taught me amazing things, but it has changed me tremendously (in a good way)" - Huilin Zhang, Faculty of Arts, June 2018

"I would highly recommend the program to anyone!" - Jennifer DeChant, Faculty of Business, June 2018

Graduate with the CIL and you're in good company. CIL alumni have gone on to:

  • Teach English as Additional Language, with community and educational institutions in Alberta and in classrooms in Japan
  • Graduate study, from Public Health to Canadian Studies, from Master's degrees to PhDs, at Canadian universities and abroad
  • Work abroad, with The Royal Academy of Arts in London, England and Farm Radio International in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Intern with international organizations like KIVA and CUSO
  • Work in international business development with UAlberta, Stantec and the Edmonton International Airport
  • Work in environmental research and advocacy with the Pembina Institute and Vermillion River Watershed Alliance

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate students who are active in any U of A degree program, in any Faculty*
  • Full-time and part-time students

Exchange students or students studying temporarily at U of A are not eligible.

Notes: Students in undergraduate professional programs are encouraged to consult their faculty advisors before enrolling. 

For students who were in Open Studies and are now accepted into a degree program, or for students who are in an after-degree program, all CIL-approved courses completed in Open Studies or in their initial undergraduate degree will be accepted.

When should I enroll?

The sooner the better! With course-based Certificates, you apply for the Certificate after completing the required courses. The CIL is different. You need to attend sessions scheduled at specific points in the semester, so it is a good idea to enroll early.

You do not need to have completed any requirements to enroll. After enrolling, you will receive notifications about required sessions, deadlines, and exclusive CIL training opportunities.

As per the U of A calendar, students are "required to register for the certificate no later than September 30 of their third year, or at completion of 60 credits, if studying part-time."

See the full calendar description. For a suggested CIL timeline, please visit our Resources page.

You may be able to enroll later, especially if you are well on your way to completing the program requirements. Email us your questions at cil@ualberta.ca

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