Credits required
27 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 27 quarter credits are equal to 18 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$350 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Global Learning – Online Undergraduate Certificate

Expand your worldview to better meet today's challenges

In our increasingly interconnected world, building cross-cultural skills is an important part of almost every career and discipline. Learn how to effectively think about global issues and broaden your intercultural competence by earning an Undergraduate Certificate in Global Learning online with Oregon State University.

This certificate is designed to give you a greater understanding of global cultures, economies, political systems and international relations.  Upon completion, you’ll be able to skillfully interact and communicate across cultures and demonstrate an active awareness of your own identity as it relates to others.


This 27-credit program is offered through the School of Language, Culture and Society and is a mix of coursework, study abroad and/or language learning. Please note that your intercultural experience, including demonstrating language proficiency, does not count toward your 27 credits of study.

Curriculum details and certificate requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Intercultural communication
  • Introduction to international relations
  • Introduction to world language and culture studies
  • International economics
  • Anthropology of international development
  • International finance theory and policy
  • Global sourcing of textiles, apparel and footwear
  • International perspectives on food systems

Additional program features

To complete the global learning certificate, you will participate in an intercultural experience. Studying abroad is one of the many ways you can fulfill this requirement. See the OSU Global Opportunities website for examples that count toward the certificate. Once you are admitted, you can also work with your academic advisor about designing a personalized intercultural experience that fits your goals and schedule.

You can also meet this requirement by demonstrating language proficiency through a placement test, transfer credit or by completing the second year of a language at Oregon State or another accredited institution.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed and taught by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same certificate and transcript as on-campus students.

NOTE:  The U.S. Department of Education has approved this certificate for federal financial aid eligibility as part of a full degree program, but not as an independent certificate program. Alternate funding sources (e.g. loans, private funds) may be required to cover the costs associated with this program.


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