Certificate in Intercultural Studies

This one-year program will awaken your perspective to what God is doing around the world.

Juli Peters

Student Spotlight

“The best parts of the Discover program was learning about the different religions and cultures, and being able to work alongside missionaries.”

at a Glance





Four Countries

Six Weeks
of Travel

What Makes This Program Different

As a student in this one-year program, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experiences that will lay a foundation for future missions and international career opportunities.

We offer this program in partnership with organizations that are committed to addressing global needs around the world. Throughout the year, students will have 6 weeks of first-hand intercultural experience, which includes travels to 3 countries plus one month in rural Mozambique.

During the campus-based portion of the program, students will benefit from visiting cross-cultural ministries and exploring various people groups that are in Calgary and the surrounding region.

This unique first-year program will combine Bible training, discipleship, international travel and cross-cultural immersion to enlarge your worldview and show you first-hand what is happening in global missions today.

Our Students Say

Career Opportunities

The Discover program is really only the beginning. While it can be a year of transferable education, you can also continue onto the 2 year diploma, it is also the beginning of ANY of Prairie’s four year degrees.

• Our Intercultural Studies graduates go on to:
• Careers in a cross-cultural setting
• Overseas missions and ministries
• Missions education and English instruction
• Work with refugee population
• Communications, public policy, education and recreation fields
• Graduate Studies

Program Details

You receive 30 credits for your Discover year that transfers into all our 3 and 4-year programs.

This program is also offered as a 2 year Diploma or a 4 year Bachelor degree.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (15 Credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts & Sciences (6 Credits)

HF 111 Thinking & Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World

Intercultural Studies (9 Credits)

CM 160 Intercultural Practicum
IS 140 World Religions
IS 257 Intercultural Competence and Lab

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Bible and Ministry Training Objectives

  • Gain understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, knowledge of major Christian doctrines and application of Theology. Understand the biblical basis for mission efforts and your role in the global church.

Discipleship Objectives

  • Discover how to grow in faith by learning from one another including fellow students, communities of believers and church leaders.
  • Recognize how God is working in the midst of difficult situations and how the North American church can follow and support national efforts

Cross Cultural Objectives

  • Gain experience in intercultural work and ministry while working alongside educators, missionaries, leaders and pastors.
  • Understand how major issues such as poverty, community development, evangelism and health care are being addressed in difficult situations.
  • Increase cultural competence and sensitivity as you study the anthropology, communication, tradition, and social systems of other cultures and face the challenges of ethnocentrism, culture shock and cultural stress.
  • Explore God’s diverse creation through touring cultural sites, national parks and other points of interest.

Program Partners

Partners have included PALM Ministry Association (Edmonton), and SAM Ministries.

Program Tuition and Fees

For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid

Program Specific Costs:
Discover students are charged a $4,200 program fee ($3,000 charged in the fall & $1,200 charged in winter).


Dr. Emma Karin Emgard

Program Coordinator

Emma Karin grew up in Sweden in a family who loved God, mission and travel. From the age of 5 she knew she wanted to be a missionary, and towards that goal she did her undergrad in business. She served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 14 years. After a few years at Fuller Theological Seminary, she came to Canada in 2000 to teach at Prairie Graduate School. To date, she has lived in six nations and travelled to about 70 additional countries. Her desire is for students to not just see the world, but to discover and experience what God is doing today around the globe. Read More.