Center for Continuing and Professional Education

International Migration Studies

Program Description

Few things will affect our future more than migration. Worldwide international migration is a large and growing phenomenon, with some 200 million people now living outside of their home countries for extended periods. Migration significantly affects source, transit, and receiving countries throughout the world. The United States is the largest recipient of international migrants, followed by the Russian Federation, Germany, Ukraine, India, France, and Saudi Arabia. Major source countries of emigration include Mexico, China, India, the Philippines, and the countries of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

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

Designed For

  • Local, federal, and international policy-makers
  • Law enforcement officials
  • NGO professionals who focus on international migration and refugee issues
  • Academics with an immigration research agenda

Program Prerequisites

Participants in the certificate program must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and at least two years of professional experience or an advanced degree. 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. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in International Migration Studies from Georgetown University, participants must complete the 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. Students must complete the program within a two-year time 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 Format & Schedule

Courses typically meet on weekdays for three consecutive days (e.g. Wednesday to Friday) with the exception of Global Trends in International Migration (XCPD-700), which is a four day course. Refer to individual course pages below for course schedules.

Courses may be taken in any order though students are strongly encouraged to take Global Trends in International Migration as the first course.

Program Materials

Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.

Program Tuition

Tuition is $895.00 per course for all courses except Global Trends in International Migration (XCPD-700), which is $995.00. Total certificate tuition including all six courses and course materials is $5,470.00. Participants pay per course and payment is due at the time of registration. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund policy.

This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in our interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Take advantage of tuition discounts for alums, groups, and select partner organizations
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters

Program Registration

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

International Students

Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please send an email to or call (202) 687-7000.  Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.


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

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required  Spring 2016
Labor Migration: Permanent Settlers, Temporary Workers, and Unauthorized Migrants Enrollment closed
Required Spring 2016
Newcomers to Citizens: Immigrant Integration Enrollment closed
Required Spring 2016
Refugees and Displaced Persons Enrollment closed
Section 01
Wed/Thu/Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Apr 20, 2016 to Apr 22, 2016
640 Mass Ave. , C127

Required Spring 2016
Global Trends in International Migration Enrollment closed
Section 01
Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
May 17, 2016 to May 20, 2016
640 Mass Ave. , C126

Elective  Spring 2016
Migration and Development Enrollment closed
Elective Spring 2016
Human Trafficking Enrollment closed
Section 01
Wed/Thu/Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Mar 02, 2016 to Mar 04, 2016
640 Mass Ave. , C127

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