Intercultural Communications

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Intercultural communications engages in an "intercultural dialogue, a jointly travelled path towards learning and understanding, respect and responsibility. Different opinions become a source for new solutions, and culture turns into a valuable resource." (Liisa Salo-Lee)

In our multicultural and interdependent world intercultural dialogue is our chance to make a difference. Make yourself an active part of the global experience. A Certificate in Intercultural Communications will improve your skills to communicate and connect whether you work in a multicultural team, support a community project, or participate in a global network. 

Communicate, Connect, and Create 

British Council 2013With the Intercultural Course modules you gain these skills

  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Creative multicultural problem-solving
  • Cultural humility and intercultural competence 

Practice diverse forms of communication

Intercultural communication is practiced in face-to-face and digital environments

  • Gain communicative competence in a language course of your choice
  • Explore and enhance your digital communication skills by creating a variety of digital presentations
  • Experience different means of communication both face-to-face and digitally
  • Reflect on your learning process, set your own goals, and choose your learning experiences
  • Present the intercultural competencies you've gained in a digital platform, the ePortfolio


Complete a Minor or Certificate in Intercultural Communication

Step 1: Choose a language & culture (Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) and gain communicative competence. 

Step 2: Engage with the theory and practice of intercultural communications with the courses available for this academic year.

  • Required courses:
  • ICC 2200F/G Not "Lost In Translation": The Practice And Theory Of Intercultural Communication
  • How does culture mold habits of thought? What is "lost in translation" between one culture and another? Explore cultural values, practices, symbols, rituals, heroes, and non-verbal and verbal communication. Examples and projects will be based on language and storytelling in literature, film, music, popular culture, food, fashion, and more.
  • ICC 2500F/G Bridging Classroom And Community: Languages And Cultures In Action
  • Develop intercultural competence by examining individual experiences of learning and maintaining language and of integrating cultural heritage. Connect in-class learning about language, identity, memory, storytelling, and related issues with service-learning projects in London or the surrounding region.
  • Build your own online elective course:

  • Community engaged learning: Students in fall 2018 worked with the Middlesex Economic Development office to develop stories of newcomers from different backgrounds who have chosen to live and work in Middlesex county. The portraits are found at Middlesex: The Place We Call Home 

  • Study abroad: Students in winter 2020 will be reflecting on intercultural experiences while in Singapore and Barcelona.

    Internships in the community: During summer 2019, a student worked with the Health Equity Core team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit. 

Step 3: Demonstrate growth of competencies in an ePortfolio

  • ICC 3300F/G: Making a Difference: Portfolio in Intercultural Communication
  • What do you need to be interculturally effective? Using local expereinces, gain global competencies by developing a comparative perspective on expectations, myths, roles, norms, rituals, and language. Figure out how to make a difference by applying your skills.


For more details on Intercultural Communications, view which ICC courses are offered this academic year. Or, view the ICC modules on the Academic Calendar:

Certificate in Intercultural Communications for Arabic

Certificate in Intercultural Communications for German

Certificate in Intercultural Communications for Italian

Certificate in Intercultural Communications for Japanese

Certificate in Intercultural Communications for Spanish

Minor in Intercultural Communications for Arabic

Minor in Intercultural Communications for Japanese