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
  • Study abroad
  • Internships in the community 


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.


Click here to view all the Intercultural Communications modules.