Intercultural Education & Training

Intercultural education - knowledge to support cultural diversity, inclusion and social change.

The Intercultural Education and Training (IET) Diploma Program will help you navigate the complexities of social responsibility, and develop a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in our increasingly multicultural society.

Through the IET program you'll acquire:

  • a clearer understanding of the challenges connected with intercultural relations, social justice and cross-cultural communication, and the various approaches to their resolution
  • an awareness of the complex issues concerning cultural conflicts, racism, power, and equity
  • skills that will facilitate intercultural relations and cross-cultural communication in the workplace, in the local community, and in international settings
  • skills that will assist in reducing conflict and inequality based on racism and ethnocentrism

Who takes the Intercultural Education and Training program?

Current participants include:

  • undergraduate students seeking to combine the diploma program with their undergraduate degree
  • community and social workers, counselors, police officers, health care providers, employee equity and diversity officers
  • teachers, instructors and administrators in public and private educational institutions
  • people working with diverse employee or client groups and not-for-profit sectors
  • people interested in working abroad

Program format

The diploma program consists of four core courses (6 units), four elective courses (6 units) and a final practicum and/or project (3 units). The program is designed to build your interdisciplinary foundation while enabling you to tailor your program to your individual educational and/or professional needs.

Core Courses

  • Facilitating Intercultural Relationships
  • Race and Ethnicity in Canada to 1900 or Race and Ethnicity in Canada since 1900
  • Ethnicity in Global Perspective or Racialization and Ethnicity or What's Race Got To Do With It?
  • Issues in Cross-Cultural Communication or Sociolinguistics

Admission and completion requirements

You must be admissible to the University of Victoria to study for credit. If space is available, degree students may register in IET core and elective courses without having to be registered in the program. In some courses, non-credit participation may be available.

You are required to complete 6 units of core courses and 6 units (equivalent to four 1.5-unit courses) of elective courses chosen from the wide selection of cross-cultural related courses available in the University of Victoria calendar.

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