Knowledge that you can apply in your community, workplace or around the world to support diversity, inclusion and social change.

The Diploma Program in Intercultural Education prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. This interdisciplinary program engages students in a wide range of current issues including:

  • cross-cultural relations
  • intercultural communication
  • cultural diversity
  • issues of power, oppression and privilege

Students will develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in their community, their workplace and around the world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.

The program welcomes students from varied backgrounds including those currently involved in professional and volunteer roles in multicultural and cross-cultural settings, or participants who would just like to increase their knowledge and understanding of current social and culturally-related issues.

Intercultural Education is a great choice for current UVic students who would like to complete a concurrent diploma with their undergraduate degree. Students completing an undergraduate degree in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Humanities, Human and Social Development, Business, Social Science or Education can explore the possibility of partnering Intercultural Education Diploma studies with your undergraduate course work and applying course credit towards both programs.

Program outcomes

The program is designed to provide students with:

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

Courses

The diploma program is made up of eight courses, plus a practicum and/or final project.

Four (4) required courses
Plus Four (4) electives
Plus practicum and/or project
IET 430: Facilitating Intercultural Relationships

IET420: Immigration and Refugee Studies: Settlement, Integration and Belonging in Canada)

and/or

300- or 400-level elective courses from a variety of departments and faculties which should focus on issues concerning cross- or intercultural communication, diversity, equity, fairness or comparative studies of culture, gender, ethnicity, political, social or economic conditions.

These electives must be approved by the Intercultural Diploma Program Coordinator. Students are encouraged to discuss elective options with the Program Coordinator when planning their upcoming course registrations. 100 or 200-level courses will not be approved for elective credit. Generally, language study or courses focusing on non-comparative studies of culture will also not be approved for elective credit.

IET 400: Practicum in Intercultural Education (3.0 Units)

or

IET 410: Final Project in Intercultural Education (3.0 Units)

or

IET 400: Practicum in Intercultural Education (1.5 Units) and IET 410: Final Project in Intercultural Education (1.5 Units)

One of

HIST 329A: Race, Racism, and Ethnicity in Canada to 1900

or

HIST 329B: Race, Racism, and Ethnicity in Canada since 1900

One of

LING 395: Sociolinguistics

or

LING 397: Issues in Cross Cultural Communication

One of

SOCI 335: Racialization and Identity 

or

GNDR332: What’s Race Got To Do With It?

 

Non-Credit Workshop

IEWS001: Building Cultural Competencies

This workshop is open to members of the public. Diploma students are encouraged to register, however it will not count towards program credit.

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

The program is designed to build an interdisciplinary foundation in intercultural education while enabling you to tailor your program to your individual educational and/or professional needs through choices of required and elective courses.

Program admission is non-competitive and applications are accepted year-round.

To apply to the program you should:

  • have a minimum of third-year standing or a university degree (or equivalent)
  • be admissible (or already admitted) to the University of Victoria
  • have related professional, volunteer or personal experience in the field of intercultural studies, intercultural education or intercultural communication

If you are a mature student, you may be admitted under a special category. Please contact our office for more information.

Completion requirements

The Intercultural Education program curriculum consists of: eight upper-level courses (12.0 units), comprised of four core courses (6.0 units) and four elective courses (6.0 units); plus a 3.0 unit practicum or final project (or 1.5 units of each). The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

For students looking to fast-track through the program, the Diploma can be completed in eight months with full-time study between September and April. Concurrent undergraduate students who enter the program with a number of acceptable core and elective courses already completed can complete the program in as little as one term!

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Community/social service/non-profit sector workers
  • International development workers
  • Immigration and settlement officers
  • Educators
  • Government administrators or managers
  • Employment equity and diversity officers
  • Cultural agency workers

Testimonials

Instructors

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $150.00
UVic application fee ($117 if transcripts are come from institutions outside Canada) $71.75
Four required courses ($536.76 per course) $2,147.04
Four elective courses ($536.76 per course) $2,147.04
Practicum and/or final project $1,073.52
Additional UVSS and other miscellaneous fees may apply. Prices of textbooks and other course materials are additional and are determined by the UVic Bookstore. More information on additional fees may be found in the UVic Calendar. $0.00
Estimated Total $5,589.35*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

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How to apply

Application is a two-step process:

  1. Complete an online application to the Intercultural Education program by clicking the APPLY NOW button
  2. Submit an application to UVic using the My UVic online application

Program applications are accepted year-round. New applicants to UVic should note that application process times can vary and, as such, we encourage you to apply to UVic three to four months before the start of the term in which you intend to begin studies.

Please note that the Intercultural Education program is not responsible for processing times of applications through UVic Admissions.