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International Migration Studies

International Migration Studies

Ideal for Policy-makers, law enforcement officials, NGO professionals, and academics who want to gain an in-depth understanding of international migration and refugee issues.
Program Format Courses typically meet on weekdays for three consecutive daysWednesday through Fridaywith the exception of Global Trends in International Migration which is a four day course.
Program Length Six courses over one semester. Students are not required to enroll continuously and have up to two years to complete the program.
Program Cost Tuition is $895.00 to $995.00 per course. Total program tuition including all six courses is $5,470.00. Most course materials are included.

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Start Date International Migration Studies courses are open enrollment and offered throughout the year, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Courses may be taken in any order, however, students are strongly encourage to take Global Trends in International Migration first. Please see course schedule below for the next start date.

Program Overview

Government authorities, NGO professionals, and academics responsible for developing, implementing, and analyzing migration policies face exceptional challenges in dealing with unauthorized migration, legal immigration, and forced migration. Understanding the complex dynamics behind international migration is essential to improved policies and programs to address the multiple causes and consequences of these movements of people. Doing so requires a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on the economic, social, cultural, ethical, security, and policy ramifications of international movements of people.

Taught by distinguished faculty from the Institute for the Study of International Migration at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center, the Certificate in International Migration Studies is a comprehensive program that addresses global migration trends, national and local security conditions, and social issues driving contemporary immigration policy and enforcement.  

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze how government laws and policies influence migration patterns
  • Develop solutions to problems concerning unauthorized migration, legal immigration and forced migration
  • Find the best information available to understand international migration challenges
  • Apply such critical information to create lasting policies and practices
  • Prepare in advance for change by understanding trends in international migration

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in International Migration Studies from Georgetown University, participants must complete four (4) required courses and any two (2) electives for a total of 15.20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 152.0 contact hours. All six courses must be completed within a two-year period.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Global Trends in International Migration Required 3.20
2 Newcomers to Citizens: Immigrant Integration Required 2.40
3 Labor Migration Required 2.40
4 Refugees and Displaced Persons Required 2.40
5 Elective 1 Elective 2.40
6 Elective 2 Elective 2.40
Total 4 Required Courses + 2 Elective Courses   15.20
See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Prerequisites

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent
  • At least two years of professional experience or an advanced degree

International Students

Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for non-credit professional certificate programs, however, international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

How to Enroll

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.


Global Trends in International Migration
Labor Migration: Permanent Settlers, Temporary Workers, and Unauthorized Migrants
Newcomers to Citizens: Immigrant Integration
Refugees and Displaced Persons


Human Trafficking
Migration and Development
Migration and Security

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required  Fall 2016
Newcomers to Citizens: Immigrant Integration Enrollment closed
Required Fall 2016
Refugees and Displaced Persons Enrollment closed
Required Fall 2016
Global Trends in International Migration Enrollment closed
Section 01
Oct 04, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016

Required Fall 2016
Labor Migration: Permanent Settlers, Temporary Workers, and Unauthorized Migrants Enrollment closed
Section 01
Wed/Thu/Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Nov 30, 2016 to Dec 02, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Elective  Fall 2016
Human Trafficking Enrollment closed
Elective Fall 2016
Migration and Development Enrollment closed
Elective Fall 2016
Migration and Security Enrollment closed
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