Intercultural Learning Program
Intercultural learning happens wherever different cultures meet. It’s partly about gaining practical knowledge of the differences and similarities between cultures, but it also goes deeper. It involves discovering how your own cultural identities shape the way you understand and operate in the world, and recognizing culture at work in your everyday experience. Simply immersing yourself in a different culture does not automatically produce intercultural awareness. In reality, it usually depends on a blend of personal motivation and guided learning. The Intercultural Learning Program (ILP) is a way to build your intercultural skills at home or abroad.
All U of T students are eligible. While it is expected that the program will be primarily undergraduates, graduate students are also welcome.
Ideally the program will be a mix of domestic, international and both inbound and outbound exchange students.
How it works
The Intercultural Learning Program has three main components:
- An introductory workshop to get you thinking about the issues and to familiarize you with some intercultural theory
- An experiential component:
- The experiential outings are guided-learning activities to get you thinking about the variety of ways you experience culture in your everyday life. After each outing there is a peer-led discussion, which is conducted online.
- Students going out on exchange while participating in the ILP will be given instructions to conduct corresponding self-led experiential activities in their host locations and then participate in the online discussion.
- A debrief and next steps workshop to process your ILP experience in a group setting and consider further topics for lifelong intercultural learning.
Please note, an introductory workshop must be completed before you may participate in an experiential outing.
The ILP offers two levels of CCR validation: introductory- and full-membership:
- To receive full membership you must complete an introductory workshop, four outings (including corresponding discussion groups), and a closing workshop.
- To receive introductory membership you must complete an introductory workshop, plus two outings (including corresponding discussion groups), and a closing workshop.
Workshops and outings will be offered each term, in order to facilitate completion of the program.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14, 4-7 p.m.
Experiential Outing # 1, Urban Geography:
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4-7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Experiential Outing # 2, Museum Cultures:
Tuesday, Nov. 29, Morning Session (10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and Afternoon Session (2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
End of Term Social:
Friday, Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m.
Introductory workshops: Introductory workshop: Friday, Jan. 20, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Experiential Outing #4, with the Sustainability Office: April 4
Closing Workshop: late April
Introductory workshops: late April/early May
Experiential Outing with First Nations House: May/ June 2017