Certificate in International and Intercultural Communication

Certificate in Intercultural Communication

Awarded by the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona

The certificate serves as recognition of having received a concentration of coursework in the area of intercultural communication in an international context. The certificate signals that the recipient understands the challenges of intercultural communication, has practiced and honed the skills required to engage in such communication, and knows a range of theory and research in the area of intercultural communication. The certificate also documents that the recipient has spent time practicing these skills in an international setting while studying the concepts. The Communication Department at the University of Arizona certifies that an individual with this certificate has distinct knowledge and skills in terms of working productively in an international and intercultural setting.

Curriculum Requirements

a) COMM 117: Introduction to Intercultural Communication (or transfer equivalent). This course should be taken at UA in Tucson, AZ, ideally prior to study abroad. If this course was taken at another institution, request a transfer evaluation.

b) At least 6 units of Communication coursework taken in the Communication department’s direct credit program in Orvieto (Italy) or Barcelona, Spain. All COMM classes in Orvieto, Italy and Barcelona, Spain have an intercultural focus.  

c) At least 3 additional units of coursework taken during study abroad. This can be an additional Communication course or one of the other course offerings in Orvieto or Barcelona in another discipline (e.g., Sociology, Psychology, Classics, etc.).

NOTE: Students studying abroad in programs other than the COMM direct credit programs in Orvieto, Italy or Barcelona, Spain must have their coursework pre-approved by a Communication advisor if they believe they qualify for the certificate requirement.


To obtain the certificate after completing the curriculum requirements, students must submit an application to obtain their certificate. The application may be found here: CIIC Application Form (word).  CIIC Application Form (PDF).

For more information on the Orvieto, Italy program: http://www.arizonainitaly.org/

For more information on the Barcelona, Spain program: https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-barcelona


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