International Knowledge and Experience Certificate


The International Knowledge and Experience (IKE) Certificate promotes international awareness and encourages students to have 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 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 at PSU.

International students may fulfill the foreign language area by meeting the English proficiency for international students set by the University. They may also take one course with a significant modern US focus and two international courses to meet the international coursework area.

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. Attending an international event on campus earns 5 points. The units are calculated from an approved list maintained by the International Programs and Services.