Diploma in Intercultural Studies

Learn to work effectively with people of other cultures by developing skills to study, understand and communicate the message of Christ.

Student Spotlight

Kerstin Delueew

“The best part of the GlobeTREK program was meeting new people, engaging in new cultures, and seeing God work in numerous ways. …”

at a Glance






8 Months
of Travel

What Makes This Program Different

This program combines one of our one year certificate programs with a GlobeTREK year.

A highlight of this program is an 8-month internship that will lead you to at least 12 nations. 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.

Our Students Say

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to:

• Careers in a cross-cultural setting
• Overseas missions and ministries
• Missions education and English instruction
• Refugee work
• Communications, public policy, education and recreation fields

Program Details

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

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

This program is also available through online education, as well as a 4-year bachelor.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (21 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books (Discover takes by DE)
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 332 Theology of Mission

Arts and Sciences Core (18 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 221 Field Language I
HF 321 Field Language II
IS 140 World Religions (Discover) OR
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology (non-Discover)
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 336 Field Ethnography

Intercultural Studies (18 credits)

CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (non-Discover) (12 credits) OR
CM 160 Cross-cultural Practicum (Discover) (3 credits) PLUS
CM 365-366 Cross-cultural Internship (9 credits)

IS 257 Intercultural Competence and Lab (Discover) OR
IS 259, 261 Internship Preparation Seminar — Parts 1, 2 (1.5 credits each)(non-Discover)
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication

Electives (3 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Program Tuition and Fees

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

Program Specific Costs:

The second year of Intercultural Studies diploma is GlobeTREK. This year includes additional costs above your tuition and fees. The cost is dependant on internship choice, travel, health insurance, vaccinations, food & accommodations. See the GlobeTREK page for more information.


Dr. Michael Schmidt

Program Director

Mike Schmidt has his Ph.D. in Missiology from Biola University, a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and World Mission from Grace University.