Explore the World of International College Counseling

This counselor-tested, self-paced course is for secondary and independent counselors seeking to round out their counseling knowledge. You will gain the expertise and skills to successfully support students who are interested in applying to colleges outside of their home country.

This course is one of the first international counseling certificate programs of its kind. Upon successful completion, you will earn a professional certificate, CE credits, and a digital learning badge to signify your achievement.

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What does this course offer?

  • Counselor-tested, up-to-date learning. Pilot tested by a group of practicing counselors, this course imparts foundational and practical knowledge for busy counselors like you! And, because of the changing nature of international learning, the course content is thoroughly updated each year with the latest information on how to advise students on pursuing a degree abroad.
  • Short, on-demand modules. You’ll log into the learning management system to complete the short, topic-based modules on your own schedule and at your own pace.
  • Thoughtful and practical assessments. No surprises! You’ll know upfront what to expect regarding grading rubrics and timing for completing the quizzes, assignments, and paper. Each assessment is designed to help you apply your learning, check your knowledge, and keep you on track.
  • Grow your network. Your counseling counterparts from across the country and worldwide are enrolled in each course session. You’ll have the opportunity to interact, learn, and keep the connections going through the course online discussion board.
  • Professional certificate and digital learning badge. You’ll also receive a professional certificate from NACAC and a digital learning badge that you can easily embed on LinkedIn and other social platforms to signify your achievement.
  • Earn 16 CE credits. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to receive 16 hours of continuing education credits.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

What topics will be covered?

Topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • How to identify students who may benefit from seeking a degree abroad
  • The unique challenges and opportunities of studying abroad
  • Diving deep into the specifics of a few countries of your choice
  • Planning and implementing conversations with students to apply your new knowledge
  • Ways to enhance your school’s culture around pursuing degrees abroad

Who should take this course?

This course is for secondary school counselors and independent education consultants seeking foundational information. Individuals who would benefit from this course include:

  • Secondary school and independent counselors based in the US who advise students who are interested in pursuing college degrees from international universities.
  • Secondary school and independent counselors based outside of the US who advise international students who are interested in applying to US higher education institutions.
  • Secondary school and independent counselors who work at international schools and advise students who are interested in applying to universities located in several different countries.


Registration is open for this on-demand, self-paced course. Participants are granted access to course materials for 6 months from time of registration. To receive a professional certificate and badge, complete coursework must be submitted prior to expiration of course access.

Upon submission of completed course materials, participant work will be reviewed on the 1st of the following month. Professional certificates and badges will be delivered within five business days of the 1st. Coursework that requires resubmission will be reviewed upon the 1st of the next month.

  • Per Person: The cost per person is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers.
  • Group Discount: Save 20% per person when registering as a group of four or more! Please contact us for a promo code.

Please note: As of August 1, 2023, all requests to switch cohorts, extend course access (by 1 month) or changes to course registrations will be subject to a $50 processing fee per person/per course. No refunds will be processed.

Please email pd@nacacnet.org for questions about the course. For purchasing and billing questions, please email customerservice@nacacnet.org.


“I can not thank NACAC enough. I REALLY feel this course will be a game-changer for myself and my colleagues!”

“There is so much more to know! I was perhaps more confident than I should have been about international college admissions. Now I have an improved toolbox!”


“Prior to this, I hadn’t thought of providing international university information to all students — I was more of the mindset of simply replying if asked about a specific country. I now know to provide this information even if it’s unsolicited to all families and students, so as to broaden their scope and awareness of options.”