Designed to introduce you to the intercultural communication field within a short time frame, the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication emphasizes practical skills that go beyond dos and don'ts in collaborating with people across cultures.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication is an innovative part-time career development program that enables you to work effectively in international and/or multicultural settings.
- Delivered part time
- Can be completed 100% online
- Provides a balance of theory and practice to support practical intercultural skills development
- Requires completion of one required and two elective courses, totalling 120 hours
- Program cost ranges from CAD$3,085 to CAD$3,820, including a non-refundable application fee
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- This program provides you with theoretical concepts and models you can apply to your own experiences working across cultures
Open all | Close all
Designed to introduce you to the intercultural communication field within a short time frame, the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication emphasizes practical skills that go beyond dos and don'ts in collaborating with people across cultures. The program offers:
- a flexible learning schedule that allows you to take the program part time or more intensively
- a balance of theory and practice to support practical intercultural skills development
- assignments that build on your experience and expertise
- an interactive format that maximizes opportunities for in-depth dialogue, mutual learning, feedback and networking.
This program introduces theoretical concepts and models that you can apply directly to your own experiences to increase your cross-cultural communication skills and ability to work across cultural differences. Collaborate with other students as well as online facilitators as you undergo cutting-edge diversity, inclusion and intercultural training to better understand the dynamics at play when interacting with people from backgrounds different than your own.
The practical and interactive curriculum helps you gain general awareness in the intercultural field locally or internationally, whether you work in an organizational or community setting.
Who It's For
This UBC Award of Achievement appeals to those interested in building an understanding of the effect of culture on human interaction.
Professionals come from a wide range of fields and may include:
- executives, managers, leaders and employees doing business internationally
- human resource practitioners
- organizational development specialists
- health care and community service professionals
- educators, administrators and international student service personnel
- community development workers.
Which Program to Choose?
|UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication||UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion||UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies|
|Who should take this program?||A. If you are interested in core concepts and strategies for developing intercultural communication skills.||B. If you are interested in learning how to move workplaces and teams from being diverse to being strong and inclusive organizations and communities.||The certificate is a more comprehensive program for you, if you are interested in covering both A and B.|
|Number of courses||3||3||5|
|Format||100% online or blended||100% online or blended||100% online or blended|
You have the option to transfer all completed courses from the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication toward the more comprehensive program, the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies.
This part-time program consists of one required and two elective courses, totalling 120 hours. Courses are either 100% online, in-class or a mixture of both (in-class workshops with online seminars). The length of each course varies from four to seven weeks, except Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers, which is two weeks online and three days in-class.
You are evaluated in each course on the basis of standards and competencies established by facilitators, program administrators and an advisory board. At the end of each course, you will be notified of successful or unsuccessful completion.
UBC Extended Learning recommends that students have the following technology requirements to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online.
Our curriculum blends your experience with our concepts, theories and methods to increase your ability to work cross-culturally. It highlights current theoretical models that explore diverse perspectives, values, approaches and skills that enable you to work with confidence and increased understanding in international and multicultural settings.
Examine specific cases, analyze your own experiences and collaborate with fellow participants as well as online facilitators to reach a higher level of competency in dealing with people from diverse backgrounds. Assignments are designed for you to apply what you learn to specific cases and situations from your own professional or personal life. You should be prepared to spend five to seven hours per week completing learning activities, including readings, assignments, asynchronous group discussions and other projects. For courses with an online component, you are required to log in to the course website at least every other day.
If you decide to work toward the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies, you have the option to transfer completed courses from the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication toward the certificate.
The following required course is the prerequisite for all elective courses except Internationalizing Post-Secondary Institutions:
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication (MC501)||Online||
Jan 14-Feb 26, 2021
Two of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication.
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Engaging Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (MC609)||Online||
Oct 15-Dec 4, 2020
|Identity and Intergroup Relations (MC601)||Online||
Feb 11-Mar 26, 2021
|Internationalizing Post-Secondary Organizations (MC605)||Online||
Oct 22-Dec 4, 2020
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (MC608)||Online||
Oct 29-Dec 11, 2020
|Thriving in Diverse Teams (MC604)||Online||
Jun 17-Aug 6, 2021
|Transforming Intercultural Conflict (MC603)||Online||
Jan 21-Mar 5, 2021
|Planning for Success in International Assignments (MC602)||Online||
|Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers (MC607)||Blended||
May 27-Jun 12, 2021
Courses in the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication are taught by experienced educators, coaches and industry experts.
- Natasha Aruliah
- Indy Batth
- Mackie Chase
- Sheelagh Davis
- Darla K. Deardorff
- Mary Farmer
- Maly Friedel
- Heidi Hansen
- Helena Hensley
- Rosanna Hille
- David Hoffman
- Bronwyn Jenkins
- Hyoshin Kim
- Michelle LeBaron
- Mark Limacher
- Moussa Magassa
- Beatrice Mancini
- Rhonda Margolis
- Farzana Nayani
- Joenita Paulrajan
- Terry Rogocki
Total program costs are paid on a course-by-course basis as follows:
- CAD$175 non-refundable application fee (paid at time of application)
- CAD$1,020 per prerequisite and elective course
- CAD$1,080 Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
- CAD$1,545 Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers (includes two hours of follow-up coaching or support).
Save CAD$50 per course if you register prior to the earlybird deadline.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Course fees include all course materials.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
- up to 10 business days prior to course start date 100% refund less CAD$50 administration fee OR full fee transfer to another CIS/CID course.
No refunds and no transfers:
- within 10 business days of course start date.
UBC Extended Learning may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund is processed and sent to you automatically. UBC Extended Learning does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
- at least six months of international or intercultural work, volunteer or life experience
- post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
- fluency in the English language, including good written and verbal communication skills
- the academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
- at least five to seven hours a week to spend on a course
- minimum technology requirements as outlined.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants should apply at least three weeks in advance of beginning the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication. It is recommended, however, that applicants apply much earlier as the prerequisite courses tend to fill up quickly.
Participants must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses. To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Pay the CAD$175 non-refundable application fee. Please note the invoice number found on the fee receipt as you will need it for the application form.
- Complete the online application form. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.