Cultural misunderstandings are justifiably blamed for the failure of many international joint ventures, resulting in considerable personal stress and financial loss. Post-secondary institutions are working to internationalize their campuses as a way to prepare students for the global workforce. Canadian communities are global communities with membership from around the world accessing and providing services.
These realities led to the development of the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies (CIS), an innovative career development program that seeks to enable people from corporate, education and community sectors to develop cultural intelligence. These skills will allow them to work with confidence and increased understanding to more effectively establish respectful and mutually productive relationships in international, cross cultural and intercultural settings.
This part-time program can be completed 100% online depending on the elective courses selected.
For those looking for a more introductory program, please see the UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication.
Open sections below to view program information or contact program staff at 604.827.4203, email.
The UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies emphasizes practical skills to go beyond "dos and don'ts" in understanding and collaborating with people whose worldviews vary from their own.
The program features the following advantages:
Who should attend?
This certificate will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the effect of culture on human interaction. A profile of our graduates includes:
Details and Fees
The award-winning UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies is an innovative part-time career development program that enables you to work effectively in international and/or multicultural settings.
Our curriculum blends your experience with our concepts, theories and methods to increase your ability to work cross-culturally. You 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.
This part-time program consists of one required and four elective courses totaling 200 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 eight weeks, the exception being the Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers course, which is five days in-class.
Fees are in Canadian dollars as follows:
You will save $50 per course if you register prior to the early bird deadline. You will save $100 per course if you register for all five courses at the same time. These savings are not applicable to courses offered at Queen’s University. To register for all five courses at the same time, please call 604.827.4203.
All fees are subject to change.
Course Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
Many of our expenses are incurred within the two-week period before the course begins. Our cancellation policy reflects the fact that few of these expenses can be recovered in the event of late cancellations.
UBC Continuing Studies may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund is processed and sent to you automatically. UBC Continuing Studies does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.
Assessment and Graduation Requirements
Students 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, participants are notified of successful or unsuccessful completion. When the required number of courses is successfully completed, participants receive a UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies.
Broadband or wireless Internet connection is required to take this program, including the ability to play audio as some courseware includes voice lectures.
Computer operating systems must meet the following minimum specifications:
PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
Mac: Mac OS x 10.4.
The curriculum 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. 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, which includes readings, assignments, asynchronous group discussions, and other projects. For courses with an online component, you will be required to login to the course website at least every other day.
Before you begin registering for courses, you must first apply and be successfully accepted into the program (see How to Apply section). We strongly recommend taking only one course at a time if you are working or studying full-time.
The following required course is a pre-requisite for all elective courses except Internationalizing Post-Secondary Institutions.
|Course Title||Upcoming Offerings|
|Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication||Sep 5-Oct 18, 2013
Jan 16-Feb 28, 2014
Elective Courses (choose four)
Four of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies.
|Course Title||Upcoming Offerings|
|Moving Teams Beyond Diversity to Inclusion (formerly Building Multicultural Teams)||Oct 24-Dec 13, 2013
Apr 3-May 16, 2014
Sep 11-Oct 24, 2014
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts||Jan 9-Feb 21, 2014
Oct 30-Dec 12, 2014
|Identity and Intergroup Relations||Feb 27-Apr 4, 2014 (In-class/Online)||More|
|Internationalizing Post-Secondary Institutions||Oct 2-Nov 14, 2014||More|
|Negotiating Across Cultures||Next session 2014 (TBA)||More|
|Planning for Success in International Assignments (formerly Supporting International Assignments)||Oct 17-Nov 29, 2013
Jun 5-Jul 18, 2014
|Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers||Jun 16-20, 2014||More|
Before applying to this program you must read and understand the terms and conditions in the program handbook. Please download and read the handbook carefully as it contains important information about the program and its policies.
You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view the pdf document. Download the free reader. If you would prefer to receive the handbook in the mail, contact us by email with your complete name and full mailing address.
Courses are led by a team of expert communicators, trainers, and facilitators. Our people are practising professionals with experience in the areas of global business and project management, intercultural negotiations and problem-solving, intercultural team-building, as well as cross-cultural advising, coaching and counselling.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities. Applicants should thoroughly read the program handbook (see Handbook section) before applying.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants should apply at least three weeks in advance of beginning the certificate program. It is recommended, however, that applicants apply much earlier as required courses tend to fill up quickly.
Applicants should read and thoroughly understand the CIS program handbook (see Handbook section) before applying to the program. 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:
Planning for Success in International Assignments
Oct 17-Nov 29, 100% Online
Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
Jan 9-Feb 21, 2014, 100% Online
Lynn Wilson, Graduate, UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies
Read about her experience.