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Intercultural Certificate

The Intercultural Certificate strives to support participants' development of intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes that stimulate a commitment to lifelong learning and strengthen their ability to support and understand a globally diverse world.

The Intercultural Certificate is a six-module program which focuses on the following topics:

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  1. Introduction to concepts of culture: An exploration of culture as a concept, how it affects all people and societies and influences their life, work, and study; and differing tools, including cultural dimensions that help to bridge, appreciate and leverage difference.
  2. Introduction to exploring one’s own culture: An introduction to exploring how one’s own background, identity and lived experience influences one’s values, attitudes and behaviours; and culture as distinct from personality, identity and human behaviour.
  3. Exploring difference: An exploration of power and privilege as concepts and how they impact interactions across cultural difference; exploration of micro-aggressions with a focus on impact vs. intent to support working effectively across difference, and an introduction of examples of resistance and rejection of culture
  4. Introduction to intercultural communication: An understanding of cultural communication styles – the impact of one’s filters and how their style impacts others.
  5. Introduction to cultural adaptation: An introduction to the process of cultural adaptation and cognitive dissonance, adjustment and adaptation strategies to support relationship building and good health.
  6. Lifelong intercultural learning: An opportunity to review learning and create strategies to further develop and practice intercultural recognizing that intercultural learning is a lifelong process.

The delivery of the program uses an active learning approach and is free of charge to registered Laurier students, including exchange students, and you can get Laurier Experience Record credit for it.

The Intercultural Certificate was introduced in 2015/16 by Laurier International in partnership with the Diversity and Equity Office and Teaching and Learning.


Sessions will be offered on both Waterloo and Brantford campuses in both fall and winter terms. Students must attend all six modules in order to receive the Intercultural Certificate.

For the fall term, we are offering two sections on the Waterloo campus. Section A is back-to-back modules offered over three consecutive weeks, and Section B is individual modules offered over six consecutive weeks.

Location and further details will be sent to registrants closer to the start date.

Section A: Fall term back-to-back modules

All back-to-back modules will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Friday, Sept. 21: Introduction to Concepts of Culture and Introduction to Exploring One's Own Culture - Career Centre, CC001 (basement)
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Exploring Difference and Introduction to Cultural Adaptation - SB305 (Ernst & Young boardroom)
  • Friday, Oct. 5: Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Lifelong Intercultural Learning - Career Centre, CC001 (basement)

The back-to-back modules is the preferred option for students taking GS 396/397.

Section B: Fall term individual modules

All individual modules will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24: Introduction to Concepts of Culture
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: Introduction to Exploring One's Own Culture
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: Exploring Difference
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21: Introduction to Cultural Adaptation
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28: Lifelong Intercultural Learning

Winter term dates will be announced soon.

Location and further details will be sent to registrants closer to the start date.

Fall term dates

All modules will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: Introduction to Concepts of Culture
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: Introduction to Exploring One's Own Culture
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: Exploring Difference
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6: Introduction to Cultural Adaptation
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20: Lifelong Intercultural Learning

Winter term dates will be announced soon.