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Intercultural Studies

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About this course

In our globalized world, the ability to relate across cultures is crucial. The Intercultural Studies (ICS) program is designed to equip you with the spiritual wisdom, academic knowledge and practical experience to share Christ effectively as you serve in a variety of cultural contexts.

Intercultural Studies integrates meaningful classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential learning. Courses in Community Development, World Religions, Anthropology and Global Migration challenge you to think deeply about current issues. An internship during the third year of the degree program allows you to study across cultures, gain practical service experience and apply the principles you have learned in class.

We equip you to humbly and passionately live the Gospel as you work cross-culturally, form relationships, and explore your calling.

Diploma in Intercultural Studies

The two-year diploma in Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare you to engage effectively in cross-cultural relationships. Intentional discipleship, solid biblical knowledge, and cultural learning will provide the initial training to propel you further into your field. Equipped to serve, ICS diploma graduates engage in God’s mission in a wide variety of contexts. Many students continue studies in health-related or educational vocations including nursing, TESL or community development through non-profit organizations.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology, Major in Intercultural Studies

A degree in Intercultural Studies at Columbia combines solid academic study with service-based experience under a mentor. Jesus modeled this practice-orientated approach to learning when he trained his disciples (see Luke 10:1-23). The ICS internship is a critical component of the program where students experience life in another context to better understand intercultural dynamics for the purpose of Christian witness and service. This degree is holistic and integrative and will equip you to better understand and interpret the Bible, appreciate and serve in new cultures, understand the complexities of Christian ministry and community development, and explore your gifts and calling. Students graduating with an Intercultural Studies degree have gone on to serve cross-culturally in a variety of contexts including inner-city organizations, non-profit agencies, churches, peace and justice advocacy, and urban and refugee ministry. Students can also pursue a graduate degree in their focused area of interest.

Intercultural Studies Minors

Each degree student at Columbia has the option to select a minor in a variety of fields. Your minor can complement your major field of study by rounding out your skills, making you more employable in various fields. Learn more about available minors.

Minors
  • Bible Teaching
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Counselling & Human Services 
  • Church Ministry 
  • Leadership 
  • Practical Ministry 
  • Worship Arts 
  • Youth Work

What is Practical Theology?

You’ll spend the third year of your program on a four or eight-month intercultural internship. Immerse yourself in a brand new culture and put your classroom learning into action! If you’re like most of our interns, you’ll come home with a new love for God & people, and a nuanced understanding of complex global issues related to poverty and justice.

 

You’ll serve, build relationships, learn language skills, and be mentored by a local Christian. Written assignments will help you reflect on your extraordinary experiences, and our ICS faculty will coach you along the way.

 

You probably have many questions about the ICS internship.  We’ve prepared a handy set of FAQs for you.  If you can’t find the answer to your question, feel free to get in touch with the ICS Program Director.

 

“Internship offers more than a classroom ever could. You learn a new cultural language. You discover new skills and abilities. You realize there are billions of people who have diverse and exciting ways of experiencing life.”

Where can I go on internship?

ICS interns have served everywhere from Portugal to Peru, Ireland to India. Outside of travel advisories and other safety concerns, you get to choose any destination you want. Dream big!

When do I go on internship?

ICS internships occur after you’ve completed 2 years (60 credit hours) of study. Contact the Registrar to see whether you are approved to go or if you still need more prerequisites.

How long is the internship?

You can choose between a 4 month or 8 month internship. Some students fall in love with the community where they are living and have stayed up to 2 years! Your program director will work with you to secure a placement.

Is the internship required?

Yes, you must complete your internship to receive your BA degree. Some students choose to work within cross-cultural contexts closer to home (e.g. work with refugee groups, First Nations communities, etc.)

What if I’m married?

Many of the organizations we work with are happy to have you join them as a spouse team! Check with the organization for their specific requirements.

How do I find an internship placement?

Your ICS Program Director will help you every step of the way! 

  • Begin by thinking about your own personal gifts, career dreams and calling.
  • Attend the various info meeting that are offered on campus in your second year of study. 
  • Consult with your home church, pastor or denomination. 
  • Have a conversation with Kara Bergstrom, Program Director.
  • Pray and seek wise counsel from respected people who love you. 
  • Fill out CBC’s Learning Covenant and submit. 
How much does an internship cost?

The 16 credit (4 months) option costs $2,760. The 24 credit (8 months) option costs $4,140. In addition, you will be responsible to cover the costs that your organization suggests for flights, in-country costs, travel visas, immunizations, etc. Many of our students are able to fundraise to cover these costs. Check to make sure that you can raise funds through your organization and that your doners can be given charitable receipts. You are also eligible for student loans, financial aid, and scholarships. 

What is a mentor and what do they do?

A mentor is your coach on the ground – someone who will meet with you regularly to give you support, training and advice. Mentor Expectations & Responsibilities.

How many credits will I receive for my internship?

For the 8 month option, you’ll receive 24 credit hours: 

  • Experiential Learning (12 hours)
  • World Religions Seminar (3 hours) 
  • Mission Contextualization (3 hours)
  • Intercultural Adaptation (3 hours) 
  • Ethnography (3 hours) 

For the 4 month option, you’ll receive 16 credits: 

  • Experiential Learning (7 hours) 
  • World Religions Seminar (3 hours) 
  • Intercultural Adaptation (3 hours) 
  • Ethnography (3 hours) 
How do I complete assignments on my internship?

You’ll have a clear set of guidelines to follow. You’ll submit your work via Teams to the ICS Director, who will grade your assignments to give you helpful feedback.

What happens after I return from internship?
  • Returning to your home culture, family and College campus can be challenging after such an amazing and unique experience. We are here to walk with you!
  • In the Fall of your fourth year, you will take our Missions Seminar Class. This gives you an opportunity to work through what you learned alongside other ICS interns who were living in other cultural contexts. You will have opportunities to debrief with the Program Director. CBC also has a reputable Counselling Program that offers super-affordable help when you need it. There are also multiple opportunities to give back to CBC by getting involved in formal and informal community/leadership opportunities. 

Student Stories

Tricia C.

“Throughout my 4 years in CBC, the most consistent relationship and support I have had with a professor would be with my program director, Kara Bergstrom. My first year in CBC has been a very challenging one and she had been proactive in reaching out and remaining in contact even when I took a semester off and went back home to Singapore. Kara’s curiosity and appreciation for cultures and students and have inspired me to also pursue an active role in CBC’s community. I loved how she made me feel heard and known when I shared about my own cultural background, which gave me the confidence in what I had to offer to the community and to those around me. Till this day, I am appreciative of how I am able to call Kara my director, professor, mentor, and a friend.

 

In every season I am in and wherever God has placed me in, I desire to remain faithful to Him. I hope to continue celebrating cultures and stories of those around me, and to do my best to honour our big and diverse God in whatever I do and wherever I go. Through my actions, words, and relationships, I hope to continue in participating in God’s restorative and redemptive work. I would love exploring the world a little more, and potentially work with children and families who are marginalized and/or of unreached people groups.”

Syllabus

The Columbia One Core. All Columbia One students complete the same series of core courses. This 22-credit package of courses has been carefully put together with you in mind. What do you need to learn so you can live a life that is Christ-centered, kingdom-focused, and world-impacting?

Heart & Soul 0/2

2 readings
Reading: Spiritual Formation
minutes
Reading: The Church in Mission
minutes

Mind & Worldview 0/3

3 readings
Reading: Old Testament Survey
minutes
Reading: New Testament Survey
minutes
Reading: Intro to Christian Theology
minutes

Strength & Skills 0/2

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself." -Jesus

2 readings
Reading: Effective Relationships or Marriage & Family
minutes
Reading: Service Practicum I & II
minutes