Why International Studies?

Come gather round people, wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving,
Then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a changing.
                                                        -Bob Dylan


Why International Studies?

Throughout the United States, more and more universities and colleges are recognizing the need for stronger international components in the general education of their students.  The Certificate in International Studies was created for IPFW students who wish to deepen their understanding of other nations, cultures and peoples and an increasingly complex and culturally diverse society.  It is also intended to prepare students for careers in a global environment that promises to become more and more interdependent.


Did you know...?

Did you know that many companies in the Fort Wayne vicinity are in need of employees with some international experience or education.  When surveyed recently about their international interests, 30 Fort Wayne companies gave the following responses: 

Which departments in your company have regular international contact?

53%        Executive/Management
97%        Sales
43%        Other (Engineering, Customer Service,                 
                Purchasing, etc.)

How frequently does your company host international visitors?

50%        several times per year

Which assets do you consider important for recent college graduates seeking employment with your company?

73%        Internship in a US-based company with 
               international clients
40%        Internship abroad
30%        Travel abroad
27%        Study abroad

How important are the following for employees of your company?

                 54%     important or very important

                  53%     important or very important

                   26%     important or very important


Who should consider a Certificate in International Studies?

You should consider a Certificate in International Studies if you are considering a career in any of the following areas:

The International Studies Certificate is available to any IPFW student who wishes to add an international component to their major area of study.  Since there is great flexibility in this program, you may choose to focus your study on one region of the world or adopt a broader approach and take a variety of courses focusing on international concerns.