Intercultural Studies and Practice

Social change: the way you see the world.

Expand your horizons with courses and the program in Intercultural Studies and Practice. You'll develop skills to facilitate intercultural communication and relationships, and assist in reducing conflict and inequality. You'll engage in a wide range of current issues, including:

  • cross-cultural relations
  • intercultural communication
  • cultural diversity
  • social justice
  • issues of power and privilege

Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice

The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice aims to develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in communities, workplaces and around the world. The program goals are to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.

The diploma is a great choice for current UVic students who would like to take a concurrent diploma option with their undergraduate degree. View the program page for more information.

Customized and professional programs

The Division of Continuing Studies offers flexible learning opportunities to public and private sector professionals in the areas of cultural intelligence, cross-cultural communication, diversity and inclusion, in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. On-campus course offerings include ISP 430 Facilitating Intercultural Relationships, or you may choose from a variety of specialized topics to meet your personal, educational and professional goals.

We also develop customized learning opportunities geared to the professional needs of your unique workplace. Contact us to explore how we can work together.

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Courses open for registration

Business Administration – Fast Track

The CBA – Fast Track program gives you the business skills you need to get out into the field as soon as possible. Earn valuable business knowledge, management skills, real-world practical experience and a Certificate in Business Administration in just 12 weeks.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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Intercultural Studies and Practice

The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
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Social Justice Studies

The aim of the Social Justice Studies (SJS) diploma program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and students address and engage with issues surrounding social inequities and injustices in the contemporary world.
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Opening a dialogue on "Black Identity"

We hear so much about identity and culture. What is it? How is it defined? There are so many facets in defining Canadian culture and identity.  Dr. Moustapha Fall, of UVic’s Department of French, will be teaching a new course, Understanding “Black Identity” in the Context of Canadian Mainstream Culture in January 2021.

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Social change depends on Ubuntu

You may have guessed already from my name, I am a hyphenated-Canadian, meaning someone who has immigrated to Canada. Yes, I was born in the warm and colourful continent of Africa.

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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2019

On Monday, Sept. 30, staff at the Division of Continuing Studies took part in the annual Orange Shirt Day along with other UVic faculty, staff and students. The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters. 

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5 Days of Action – A UVic Event to Promote Inclusion

During the week of March 19, UVic participated in the first ever 5 Days of Action. The goal of the event was to create meaningful and respectful dialogue on campus around equity, diversity and human rights and to actively engage the campus community in concrete actions to end discrimination, harassment and sexualized violence.

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BC Museums Association elects new president Tania Muir

Congratulations to Continuing Studies staff member Tania Muir on her recent appointment of president within the BC Museums Association (BCMA). At the association’s AGM on Thursday, Oct. 19—after one year as a councilor and two years as vice president—Tania was nominated by the membership and voted in as president.

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Following your joy

When you love what you’re doing, balancing a career, family and school is easy. At least according to Kristin Wiens, who started her first class with Continuing Studies as a single mother of two pursuing a Diploma in Intercultural Education, while concurrently completing a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics at UVic.

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Experiential learning

Experiential learning, in the most basic terms, means learning by doing and applying knowledge in a real-world context. Many professional programs at Continuing Studies offer a practicum or final project option toward the end of a student’s program ...

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Joshua Lambert

As I prepare for graduation and think about my next challenge in graduate studies, I must acknowledge that I would most likely never have attended university had it not been for the Humanities Diploma program.

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