Intercultural Communication Training

Intercultural training


What is 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 us at

Where do I find it?

On campus:

  1. The Global Education Program offers this training exclusively to CIL students in the Fall and Winter terms, "Intercultural Relations: A Foundation for Personal and Community Development". 
    It is highly recommended that you take this training as early as possible once you are enrolled in the CIL. You can take it one year before you expect to convocate, but it is too late to take it in the last semester before you convocate.

    See CIL Events for dates.

  2. UAlberta periodically offers credit courses in intercultural communication. When offered, those courses will be listed here.

ANTHR 397 Anthropological Field Training (when taken as part of the UAlberta Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility)

EXT 300 Global Perspectives (online course)

PSYCO 344 Intercultural Communication


You may count intercultural communication training offered by another organization if it is 15 hours or more in length. Consult with a CIL advisor before undertaking your training to ensure that it will count.

If I take an intercultural communication course at the University, can I count it twice (i.e. toward my 12 credits in CIL-approved courses and the intercultural communication training)?

No. The course can only count toward the 12 credits in CIL-approved courses or 15 hours of intercultural communication training - but not both.

How do I ensure my intercultural communication training is recognized by the CIL?

Once you complete your training, you will need to make an intercultural communication training claim on the CIL Online Portal. Learn how to make a claim on the Resources page.