Intercultural Development Program

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Did you know that employers often seek candidates who have cross-cultural communication skills?

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 (IDP) will help you build your cross-cultural skills and intercultural fluency to better understand the intersections of culture with power, politics, identity, media, art, and other social structures.

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IDP helps students build cross-cultural skills that are required for academic and professional careers. We have various workshops that are facilitated by experienced staff and student coordinators on cross-cultural topics that are relevant in today’s society. Workshops such as Intercultural 101 provide students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between culture, language, and communication.

The workshops also help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in culturally diverse communities in Canada and abroad. Once students complete the program, they receive a letter of completion and a reference to include on their resume.

Program outcomes

Through participating in the Intercultural Development Program, participants will:

  • identify and explore their own identities and academic/workplace expectations in relation to the expectations and perceptions of others through discussion, reflection, and engagement with guest speakers;
  • develop cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills as a means to create more meaningful interactions in the school and workplace (for example networking, traveling abroad, communicating via email, meetings, and professional and social settings);
  • develop a realistic assessment of their biases and the impact of their own culture on value, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, and behavior;
  • connect and network with professors, community organizations, and subject-matter experts;
  • participate in practical workshops such as resume building and mock job interviews;
  • receive a letter of completion and an opportunity to improve their resume with new intercultural skills and references.


The Intercultural Development Program is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at UBC’s Okanagan campus who are enrolled in the Winter session, including Canadian students, International students, and students going on exchange.


There are three components to the program:

  • Attend and participate in three workshops
  • Practical experience component
  • Participation in the IDP community

IDP Meet and Greet – an introduction to the Intercultural Development Program

International Programs and Services is holding Intercultural Development program Meet and Greet! Join us at 4:30 p.m. in UNC 334 to learn more about the Intercultural Development Program. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: January 18, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: UNC 227


Cultural Heritage Show and Tell

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a SHOW and TELL workshop!  This unique workshop will discuss the preservation of tangible heritage, knowledge and creativity! Refreshments will be provided!

Tangible heritage is considered to be worth preserving for the future, as it tells a story and/or validates memories. Considering this definition would you feel comfortable bringing in an object you believe is worth preserving from a culture of your own or something you admire, and explaining this? This could be a piece of clothing, music, food, or object. If so, what will you bring?


Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: UNC 227


How to disrupt a single story: an intercultural case study

Join the Intercultural Development Program in a workshop on January 29, 2019 in UNC 227 on “How to disrupt a single story: an intercultural case study. We borrow from the teachings of Chimamanda Adichie on the dangers of a single story. Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voices and warns that if we hear only a singly story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding (TED TALK 2014).

Date: January 29, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: UNC 227


Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Join us at UNC 227 for a workshop on Intercultural Conflict Resolution. In this workshop, we will be covering topics on how to overcome cultural barriers, including negotiating and interpersonal skills. In this workshop, students will be able to understand the impact of cultural differences on communications and conflict resolution. We will discuss ways students can create an environment where conflict and reconciliation can spark creativity, productivity, and strengthen relationships.

Date(s): TBD

Time: TBD

Room: UNC 227


Glocalization (not globalization) – an Intercultural Perspective

Join us on February 1 at UNC 227 for a workshop on Glocalization. In this workshop we will discuss what happens when globalization and culture connect. The cross-cultural context of glocalization allows us to examine issues of cultural difference and the translation strategies of ideas.

Date: February 1, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: UNC227


Fostering Better Communication, Community-Building, and Mental Well-being

As mental illnesses are often stigmatized and difficult to talk about to varying degrees across multiple cultures, this workshop aims to facilitate and invite conversation surrounding diverse themes of anxiety, trauma, and self-healing.

Student and IDP participant, Shaniya Anand, will be presenting her research on constructed language and potential ways of mitigating these themes. Shaniya has presented this specific research at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

Date: February 5,2019

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Room: UNC 227


Intercultural 101

On February 11 in UNC 227, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. The workshop will help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.

Date: February 11, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Room: FIPKE 139


Intercultural 101

On February 25th in Fipke 239, we will be facilitating a workshop that will explore the inherent relationship between culture, language and communication. The key concepts of study are identity, culture, assumptions and stereotypes, beliefs, value systems, and globalization. The workshop will help students develop meaningful strategies to communicate in today’s culturally diverse communities.

Date: February 25, 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Room: FIPKE 239


Resume Skills – Cross-cultural Communication

Does your resume reflect intercultural communication skills? Do you know why these skills are vital for your success? Did you know that employers seek candidates who have intercultural/cross-cultural communication skills?

Join us on March 18 in UNC 227 to discuss your resume and cross-cultural communication skills.

Date: March 18, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Room: UNC 334


Unable to attend the workshops?

If you would like to participate in IDP but are unable to attend the required number of workshops because of classes or other reasons, email us at to discuss options.

Presenting or requesting a workshop

Students and staff are welcome to present a relevant topic of interest with the help of an International Advisor. Additionally, if there is a topic that interest you that you would like us to facilitate, send us an email.

Participants will complete a practical experience of your choosing, which provides an opportunity to practice and reflect upon your learning. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending a resume and job-interview IDP or Intercultural Career Development Program (ICDP) workshop
  • Create your own IDP workshop or discussion
  • Volunteer for a cultural event on campus
  • Participate in a community-based cultural project or event
  • Volunteer for a community-based (inter)cultural program for an organization such as Kelowna Community Resources or the Westbank First Nation
  • Go Global exchange

Get to know the other students in the program over regular dinners, sharing articles and ideas on our Facebook group, 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.


If you have questions about IDP, contact us at or by visiting UNC 227.

The Global Spectrum: Intercultural Development Program Blog

Blog contributions for The Global Spectrum blog are by students and supported by IPS staff. The Global Spectrum serves as a link between UBC’s Okanagan campus and the world by addressing issues important to students. The Global Spectrum relies on foundations of inclusivity and seeks to increase involvement, equity, diversity, and community within the International Programs and Services Department by featuring cultural events, sharing cultural expression, and organizing/promoting social events on campus and in the community.  Our team works to ensure that the stories, perspectives and experiences of diverse students who are committed to social justice issues are shared, including their work to reduce marginalization related to class, colonization, ability, age, gender, race, body type, and sexuality are recognized.

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