Intercultural Communication Training

Intercultural communication training explores the concept of culture, cultural-general patterns and the ways in which people from different cultures might encounter and experience one another. It differs from language acquisition and is broader than knowledge about a specific culture. If you have questions about what qualifies as intercultural communication training, please contact a CIL advisor at

The CIL Intercultural Communication Training componenet may be met in one of the following ways:

1) Global Education Program’s Intercultural Communication Training: “Intercultural Relations: A Foundation for Personal and Community Development” 

This weekend training invites participants to explore cultural self-awareness, intercultural communication, and multicultural community building. Bringing awareness to our own perspectives and honoring diverse worldviews through interaction and sharing, the workshop will engage multiple learning styles and use creative approaches as windows into multiple cultural realities. Participants will engage in team activities, games, hands-on practice, and personal reflection to gain a foundation in some of the core theoretical concepts of the intercultural relations field, and begin to integrate their theoretical learning into present contexts.

Weekend trainings are typically (but not always) offered to CIL students three times a year: one in October, one in November, and one in February.

Registration information is sent to students via email when available.

2) Credit courses in intercultural communication offered by the University of Alberta.

For example:

  • MLCS 472/572 Language Use and Cross-Cultural Relations (Winter 2015)
  • ANTHR 396 When taken as part of UAlberta's Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility (Summer 2015)
  • ANTHR 397 When taken as part of UAlberta's Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Serbia (Summer 2016)
  • PSYCO 344 Intercultural Communications (Fall 2016 and Winter 2017) 
  • EXT 300 Education Abroad Global Perspectives (Fall 2016)

3) Intercultural communication training offered by another institution* or organization provided it is 15 hours or more.

Please contact a CIL advisor at before enrolling in intercultural communication training that is offered off campus to ensure it will count toward the CIL.

*Note: Courses taken to satisfy 15 hours of intercultural training may not also be counted toward the 12 credits in global courses

Provide Documentation and Get CIL Credit

Completion of the “Intercultural Relations: Foundations for Personal and Community Development” training

No action is required on your part. Your attendance will be recorded by Global Education Program staff.

Intercultural communication credit course at the University of Alberta

The course will appear on your transcript. Submit an updated transcript to along with a note identifying the intercultural communication course.

Intercultural communication training outside UAlberta

If you took intercultural communication training offered by another institution or organization, please submit documentation that confirms:

  1. the length and content of the training (a syllabus is preferred)
  2. the organization who offered the training and the name of trainer
  3. your successful completion of the training