(Re)Positioning International Offices

Graduate, Professional Development
Academic Level
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This microcredential is best suited for international education professionals, leaders and future leaders who need tools and strategies to take their institution to a higher level of international engagement.

The power and impact of international education on students is recognized as a benefit in an era of rapid globalization, yet it is also constrained by internal barriers and external challenges of international travel. Through specific exercises, readings and projects in this rigorous module, you will develop both professional skills and valuable deliverables to implement changes to international education operations in your organization. 

Virtually, participants will be grouped by interest and institution type to assess current institutional status and devise 1-3-year (re)positioning plans to strengthen the international office and its overall contribution to campus-wide internationalization.  

  • Session 1: Use SWOT analysis to explore key elements of curricular internationalization.
  • Session 2: Use reverse engineering to re-envision institutional offerings, redefine the international office and its campus position to start drafting the re-positioning plan.
  • Session 3: Investigate financial challenges and produce arguments for funding international office initiatives with options such as traditional and non-traditional student financial aid, brainstorming new revenue streams, building campus allies and reframing budgets in an investment framework to reduce program fees and attract new funding.
  • Session 4: Identify operational and management strategies to take advantage of student strengths, both international and domestic, as well as staff training and mentoring.
  • Session 5: Present final (re)positioning plans and collectively critique. Your (re)positioning plan will be evaluated by the instructor for the purpose of awarding the digital badge.


Additional Information:

This professional development microcredential has a not-for-credit option for $399. SUNY employees receive a 15% discount on not-for-credit International Education Management and Leadership microcredentials.

It could also be taken for one credit towards the MA International Education Management and Leadership and other School of Education graduate degree programs as approved by the department.

What are Microcredentials?

Whether you’re a current student or a working professional, microcredentials will help you develop new, relevant and demonstrable skills that can give you an edge in a competitive job market. 

Microcredentials at the University at Albany are a collection of courses and experiences that teach industry-aligned skills and competencies, which are documented by digital badges. 

Being able to clearly articulate your skills means you’ll be better positioned to bridge the gap between college and career, or between your current job and your dream job. You can also stack microcredentials into larger skillsets and credentials.

Our programs are developed using established faculty governance processes and endorsed by UAlbany, so the skills you learn are portable, meaningful and high quality. The programs are offered at the undergraduate or graduate level, or as an opportunity for continuing education. Many are conveniently offered online.