Living-Learning Certificate Programs

  • Beginning in fall 2020, there will be two living-learning community certificate programs: Global Scholarship and Scientific Communication. These programs are open to students in all majors, will span four semesters, and will give you a leg up on the competition when you enter the workforce. 

    It’s all About the Community

    Truly live and learn in a tight-knit community. In your living-learning community, you’ll live near the same students you’ll take your certificate classes and labs with. Community is integral to getting a solid start at college. This built-in component will make for an easier transition and connect you with students who share the same interests and goals. 

    Have a roommate who isn’t interested in the certificate program? No problem. You can still select a roommate outside the program. 

    The Double-Dip Effect

    You’ll take four classes and four co-curricular labs for a total of 14–15 credits. The cool part? The four classes you’ll take can apply to your degree, meaning this won’t set you back in pursuit of your degree. It will actually help you get the most bang for your buck. Who doesn’t want that?

    Benefits and Beyond

    There’s even more in it for you than the certificate, the community, and the double-dip.

    • You will build key skills that employers and graduate schools are looking for.
    • You’ll be more competitive for internships, summer jobs, and research opportunities such as IUP’s Research Experiences for Summer Scholars program.
    • A certificate completion will show up on your official transcripts.
    • You’ll have special experiences through co-curricular labs that take you outside the classroom.
    • You’ll receive additional support from and build relationships with faculty and staff.
    This is the only program of its kind in the country, so you’ll be one of the first to be a part of this awesome opportunity.

    Find the Right Fit

    The Scientific Communication Certificate Program is specifically designed for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students that will enhance scientific communication skills employers demand. Students join a community of other STEM-focused peers in the Northern Suites, right next to the buildings where all science classes take place.

    • Suggested for students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields
    • Cohort classes: science lab, critical thinking, statistics, and research writing

    The Global Scholarship Certificate Program is for any student who wishes to develop skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in our diverse, global society. Students join a community of peers who recognize the importance of global engagement and social responsibility to become leaders in the 21st-century workforce.

    • Suggested for students in research and humanities fields
    • Cohort classes: cultural anthropology, global history, presentation making, research writing

    Important—Complete the Form to Sign Up for Certificate Programs

    To participate in one of the Living-Learning Community Certificate Programs, submit the Living-Learning Community Certificate Program form that can be found under the "Forms" tab when completing your housing application through your MyIUP.

    Email living-learning@iup.edu for more information.