International Programs and Services

Intercultural Development Program

Regardless of what you study or where you are located, you will inevitably live and work with diverse people.

Through hands-on workshops and practical involvement, UBCO's Intercultural Development Program will help you build your intercultural fluency to better understand the intersections of culture with power, politics, identity, media, art, and other social structures.





























Did you know that employers seek candidates who have intercultural knowledge and cross-cultural communication skills?


Once you complete the program, you will receive a letter of completion to include in your resume and as a reference!






New in 2018/19, the IDP will be offering workshops, discussions, and events.Have an idea? Email

Don't forget to visit our blog - The Global Spectrum! Read blogs, explore poetry, and learn about other IDP workshop contributions!

Find out here:

Am I eligible?

The Intercultural Development Program is for all (graduate and undergraduate) students at UBC's Okanagan campus who are enrolled in the Winter 2018 session, including:

  • Canadian and international students
  • Students going on exchange (in either Winter 2018-2019 Term 1 or Term 2) or returning from an exchange (Winter 2017 or Summer 2018)

How does it work?

There are three components to the program:

1. Selection of at least  three (3) workshops from the following:*

Workshops Date Time  Location 

There's no Costume in Culture 

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a discussion about cultural identity and cultural appropriation



October, 29th, 2018 4:00 - 5:00 PM FIP 140

Navigating Culture Shock

In this workshop we will use an intercultural lens to understand cultural shock and how students navigate feelings of displacement



Thursday, November 15, 2018 


UNC 334

Expressions of Intercultural fluency in Kelowna

In this workshop we will discuss what intercultural fluency and competency looks like in your community and environment (whether it be in art, music, conversation, etc). 

November 13, 2018  11:00 -12:00 pm

UNC 334

Mental Health from an Intercultural Lens

Join us as we examine mental health from an intercultural perspective

November, 22 2018




Junior Collegia

Reflexivity using an intercultural lens

Join us as we discuss reflexivity in language and intercultural education

 November, 23 2018

2:30 -3:30 pm


UNC 334

Cultural Heritage

Join us in a discussion of preserving transgenerational understanding, knowledge and creativity


November 27,2018

11:00AM- 12:00pm 

FIP 140



Cultural identity and the Cosmetic Industry

This workshop will use an intercultural lens to discuss how beauty standards across the world, and the science of beauty more broadly are linked to racism



November 29, 2018


2:00 -3:00PM


Completion of a practical experience of your choosing, which allows you to practice and reflect upon your learning. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating your own IDP workshop or discussion 

  • Volunteer for a cultural event on campus

  • Writing a relevant article for The Global Spectrum blog

  • Participating in a community-based cultural project or event

  • Volunteering for a community-based (inter)cultural program for an organization such as Kelowna Community Resources or the Westbank First Nation

  • Go Global exchange


3. Participate in the IDP Community.

Get to know the other students in the program over regular dinners, sharing articles and ideas on Facebook, going on field trips together, or attending special events. The IDP is a great way to connect with other students who are advocating for social change and working towards an intercultural campus community.


How do I register?

Register now by emailing

Questions? Contact Saher Ahmed, International Student Advisor, at or by visiting UNC 227.