IU for Education

Intercultural awareness and competencies for succesful initiatives across cultures

In order to help your school or university’s initiatives for greater successful interactions across cultures, Intercultural Understanding provides your staff and your students with services aimed at increasing their intercultural awareness and competencies. Our customized programs will result in a better understanding of their own cultures as well as that of the host or receiving countries, and thus:

  • Through intercultural training, school and university staff and administrators will be better prepared to understand the demands and resources available due to increased diversity in the student body, and thus a deeper understanding about cultural differences and commonalities will aid in achieving inclusion goals.
  • Local study abroad staff will be better prepared to understand issues arising from cultural differences and commonalities, and therefore function better in helping students navigate the demands of living in another country, both for programs that receive as well as send students abroad.
  • Study abroad students will be prepared to function better in their housing with other nationals, in the classroom with teachers from another culture, with colleagues at their internships, etc. and hence gain greater satisfaction on the programs.

These services include assessment of intercultural competencies by means of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) for students and staff over 16 years of age. Intercultural competencies skills building will be accomplished with a training program that can include workshops or coaching for all ages. Contact us so that we may conduct a needs analysis of your organization and to offer you an individualized program.

The IDI® is the leading cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence in order to achieve international and local diversity and inclusion outcomes.