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American Culture Certificate


finalized March 2016


Coordinator, International Student Life, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Life

The Certificate in American Culture Exploration (ACE) is designed for international students who come to Augustana College for one year.  The purpose of the ACE certificate is to acknowledge international students who desire to focus their academic career on the study of culture in the United States.  By following a curriculum with various interdisciplinary options, the ACE certificate will provide students the opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of American culture.

International students who spend one year on campus come through various institutions such as (Fulbright, Swedish-American Foundation) and exchange agreements (Uppsala, Kobe City University).  After satisfactory completion of the following requirements, these students will receive the ACE certificate verifying their successful completion of this curriculum.

Completion Requirements:

  • International students must successfully complete ENGL 120, a 3 credit course specifically designed for international students.
  • A minimum of 9 additional credits taken from the approved list of courses.*
  • Complete 3 terms (one year) of coursework in good standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.       
  • Application to receive the ACE Certificate must be completed no later than Finals Week of Winter Term. 

Applications are available in the Office of the Registrar, Founders Hall  

*Students may petition for substitutions to the requirements listed above.  The petition must be in writing and submitted prior to the student's registration time.

For a complete list of the college policies and guidelines about certificates, see the catalog section on Organization of the Curriculum