two year ministry programs:
Intercultural Studies

Course Overview

Diploma in Intercultural Studies

Two Year Program (60 Credits)
This program combines one of our one year certificate programs with a GlobeTREK year. 

Designed for students to:

  • Test their intercultural ministry calling
  • Gain experiential learning abroad
  • Build a biblical foundation and learn about intercultural ministry issues

The highlight of this 2 year program is the 9 month internship across 10 countries. Learn more in our In Depth section. This program is also offered as a 4 year Bachelor degree.

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Intercultural Studies: In Depth


A highlight of this program is a 9-month internship that will lead you to 10 countries and 4 continents.

You will observe and, at times participate in, ministry with orphans, street kids, prisoners, AIDS victims, and former prostitutes. Church planting in a creative access nation, Bible translation, and anti-human trafficking initiatives will also be on the agenda. After weeks of travel, you will immerse yourself in a ministry of your own choosing. You will work under the leadership of local mentors as well as study the local language.

This six-month Indian experience culminates with a trek through the Himalayas with your fellow GlobeTREK students. Then you will travel to the African continent and observe what God is doing there. Throughout the entire nine months, you will work towards completing thirty credits of coursework. The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected.

**American students should note that the two-year Diploma is comparable to a U.S. Associate of Arts degree.


Please note that the GlobeTREK fees are approx. $15,000.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to this program requires completion of a professional post-secondary diploma at least two years in length OR three years of fulltime ministry experience.

During the first year there is an extensive application and interview process for acceptance to the GlobeTREK year.

Four-Year Degree Opportunity: Individuals considering full-time cross-cultural work or graduate studies should enrol in the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (four-year program).

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (18 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books (Discover students take a General Elective instead)
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 332 Theology of Missions

Arts & Sciences (15 credits)

  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 336 Field Ethnography
  • HF 221 Field Language I
  • HF 321 Field Language II

Intercultural Studies (21 credits)

  • CM 365-366 GlobeTREK Cross-cultural Internship (12/9 credits)
  • CM 160 Intercultural Practicum (Discover only)
  • IS 140 World Religions (Discover)/SS 273 Cultural Anthropology (on-campus)
  • IS 259 GlobeTREK Preparation Seminar
  • IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
  • IS 377 Cross-cultural Principles and Praxis

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.


Dr. Emma Karin Emgård   Program Coordinator

I simply love to travel! There is such joy in getting to experience the different people and cultures of the world. Besides the intrinsic joy of seeing the world it is also highly pragmatic. The world is shrinking and if your future goals include missions, education, business, communications, recreation, politics, or church ministry, then the BAIS will better prepare you to contribute effectively within Christ's global Church.

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Career Opportunities


  • Careers in a cross-cultural setting
  • Overseas missions and ministries
  • Missions education and English instruction
  • Refugee work
  • Communications, public policy, education and recreation fields
Riding a Camel
Riding a Camel
Classroom in Mozambique
Classroom in Mozambique
In Tibet
In Tibet
Kids running
Kids running
Over the wall
Over the wall
Helping Out
Helping Out
At the Pyramids
At the Pyramids
Carrying water
Carrying water
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