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Fall 2017 Details

Registration is now open for all Fall 2017 Skills Institutes! Please find the list of all courses offered on the navigation to the right, and all course description within the tabs on the left.

Please note, there are no waitlists for Skills Institutes, and courses with low enrollment will be cancelled - Register soon to save your spot!

What are Skills Institutes?

Skills Institutes are intensive workshops designed to introduce students to professional skills relevant to careers in international affairs. Taught by experienced practitioners from many fields, the courses allow participants to translate theory into practice and gain the competencies sought by today's employers. SIS offers school-wide Skills Institutes on skills applicable to most international affairs practitioners. Many SIS programs also offer Institutes on skills essential to their specific field, though all courses are open to all SIS graduate students unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to look beyond their own program for Skills Institutes that may be relevant to their interests and intended career paths. Students should also consult their Academic Advisors and program policies to see how Skills Institutes will count toward degree requirements.

Skills Institutes take place over 2-3 full days, usually a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are exceptions, so be sure to verify the dates and times before registering. Courses are designed to be intensive and experiential. Some advanced preparation may be required.

For a master list of all Skills Institutes offered in a particular semester, click on a link to the right.

How do I register for a Skills Institute?

On-Campus Skills Institutes: Students can register for a Skills Institute as they would for any other class using the MyAU Portal online registration system. Students may add or drop a Skills Institute with no financial penalty at any time before the Institute meets, including after the add/drop deadline. Space is limited, however, and early registration is strongly recommended. Additionally, SIS expects students to make all registration changes for Skills Institutes no later than 24 hours before the Skills Institute meets. Students who add a Skills Institute within 48 hours of the Skills Institute meeting must contact the faculty member to confirm their enrollment and obtain any course materials already distributed.

Online Skills Institutes: When available to on-campus students, follow a different registration process and have earlier registration deadlines. Students cannot register for online Skills Institutes via the MyAU Portal online registration system, and not all online Skills Institutes are open to on-campus students. For a list of online Skills Institutes available to on-campus students and registration instructions, please consult the semester-specific list of Skills Institutes under Quick Links. Contact or your academic advisor with any questions about online Skills Institutes.

There are no waitlists for Skills Institutes. If you interested in registering for a Skills Institute that is closed, you should regularly monitor the course enrollment status for an open spot in the course. If a seat opens in the course, you can add the Skills Institute online via your myAU Portal.

Are there any eligibility requirements for Skills Institutes?

Skills Institutes for certain programs may require prerequisite courses. Check the course description or the program website for information about prerequisites.

How are Skills Institutes graded?

Most Skills Institutes are graded pass/fail. Some programs (Social Enterprise and Global Environmental Politics) require letter grades for the Skills Institutes they offer.

Skills Institutes may not be audited.

Students are expected to attend the entirety of any registered Skills Institute and should plan accordingly. Students who miss more than 2 hours of a Skills Institute may fail the course.

How much does a Skills Institute cost?

Students will be charged the current tuition rate for one graduate-level credit hour. An additional materials fee may also apply.

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Fall 2017 Skills Institutes

Spring 2018 Skills Institutes 



For more information about a specific on-campus course, please contact Abby Evans, Skills Institute Program Coordinator (

For more information about an online Skills Institute, please contact

For any questions on registration, payment and grading please contact your Academic Advisor.

For information on the Office of Experiential Learning, please contact Stephanie Fisher, Director of Experiential Learning (