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 a non-US 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 or intercultural setting.
a) Comm 117: Introduction to Intercultural Communication (or transfer equivalent): this course is taken in Tucson.
b) At least 6 hours of coursework in intercultural communication taken in the Communication department’s direct credit program in Orvieto (Italy).* All Orvieto COMM classes have an intercultural focus.
c) At least 3 additional hours of coursework taken during study abroad. This can be an additional communication class or one of the other offerings in Orvieto (typically classes in Psychology, Sociology, Italian, and Classics are offered).
Students should take Comm 117 at the University of Arizona, or request a transfer equivalency through standard procedures. An additional 6 credit hours of elective coursework in the area of international/intercultural communication is required; these courses must be taken in the Communication study abroad program in Orvieto.*
To obtain the certificate, once all coursework is complete, students must apply here to obtain their certificate.
CIIC Application Form (word). CIIC Application Form (PDF).
For more information on Orvieto, see the Study Abroad Page or the Arizona in Italy webpage at http://www.arizonainitaly.org/.
* Students studying abroad in other programs must have their coursework pre-approved by a Communication advisor if they believe they can qualify for the certificate requirement.