Intercultural Communication Training

Intercultural training


COVID 19 is affecting the way we deliver intercultural communication training. We hope to resume in-person training when it is safe to do so, but in the interim, we are offering online modules, followed by synchronous Zoom sessions. Please visit the COVID 19 Interim Measures page for more details. 

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 the training exclusively to CIL students in the fall and winter terms. Intercultural Relations: A Foundation for Personal and Community Development.

    This weekend-long training invites participants to explore cultural self-awareness, intercultural communication, and multicultural community building. Bringing awareness to our own perspectives, honoring diverse worldviews through interaction, and sharing, the workshop engages multiple learning styles and uses creative approaches as windows into multiple cultural realities. Participants 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.

    See CIL events calendar 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 Communications


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.