Co-Curricular and Communication

Participation in co-curricular activities with an international or intercultural focus may be used towards the CIL.

Moderate fluency in a second language may be used towards the CIL.

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.

Students must complete two of the three following options: Co-curricular activities, second-language competency, or intercultural communication training.

Co-curricular Activities

Second Language Competency

  • 1) Studies at UAlberta

    6 credits earned in the study of a language other than your native language (students must earn all 6 credits in one language;  two 3 credit courses studying two different languages will not count)

    The completion of university-level course work in a language other than your native language

  • 2) Language Studies beyond UAlberta

    Language study beyond UAlberta may fulfill the language competency requirement, including:

    Attending high school or another university in a language other than English

    Receiving University credit for language study undertaken in high school

    Completing a language immersion program

  • Provide Documentation and Get CIL Credit

    UAlberta Language Courses

    If you took language courses at the University of Alberta or received credit from the University of Alberta for high school language study, please submit your current transcript to cil@ualberta.ca.

    International Students from Non-English Speaking Countries

    If you are an international student at UAlberta from a non-English speaking country, please submit a claim in the CIL database (no documentation is required). A CIL advisor will be able to verify your country of origin, and will approve or deny the claim.

    Other Language Learning Experience

    If you acquired a second language through other means (i.e. an informal language learning program), please contact a CIL advisor at cil@ualberta.ca to discuss your specific circumstances and the kind of documentation required.

Intercultural Communication Training

  • 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)

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

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

    Please contact a CIL advisor at cil@ualberta.ca 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

    Submit a claim in the CIL database. 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 a claim along in the CIL database and attach your transcript.

    Intercultural communication training outside UAlberta

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

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