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IKE Certificate = Gorillas Gone Global!

The International Knowledge and Experience (IKE) Certificate promotes international awareness and encourages student international experiences. The IKE certificate consists of three components of international experience – Study Abroad, Academic Courses, and Co-Curricular programming. A student may complete any two of the components to fulfill the certificate requirements. Students completing IKE by choosing to include the Academic Courses component will also receive a notation on their academic transcript.

IKE Grads Spring 2009

IKE Components

Study Abroad

This component is completed by earning credit through a PSU Study Abroad program, or any approved partner study abroad program.

International students taking credit courses at PSU fulfill this component.

Academic Coursework

This component has two areas (language study and international coursework) and both must be completed to fulfill the component. The foreign language area is fulfilled by completion of a second-semester language course with a "C" or better, or the equivalent. (Equivalencies may be considered with the approval of the MLL department). The international coursework area is fulfilled by completing three courses in three different disciplines with a grade of C or better. Courses are selected from a list approved by the International Studies program.

International students may fulfill the foreign language area by meeting the English proficiency for international students set by the University. They may also meet the international coursework area by taking one (two with permission) course with a significant modern US focus.

See current International Studies courses that are offered by clicking on the link at the top of the  current Schedule of Classes.

Co-Curricular Activities & Events

This component is fulfilled by participating in a number of intercultural activities, lectures, meetings, student organizations, etc. equaling 60 units, and writing reflective essays abut them. Being an active Pitt Pal for a semester earns 30 points. Completing the Global Leadership Institute earns 20 points. Attending an international event on campus earns 5 points. The units are calculated from an approved list maintained by the International Programs and Services.

More information

IKE is conducted through Canvas. To be added to the Canvas community send your name and student ID number to

Want to learn more about IKE? Just signed up and need to know how to get started? Stop by to speak with Angela Moots or Brenda Hawkins in International Programs & Services, Whitesitt 118.