Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

We believe that intercultural communication and understanding are essential for professionals pursuing careers around the globe.

Intercultural competence (ICC) is the active possession of qualities that contribute to effective intercultural communication (communication between individuals or groups of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds). ICC involves a meta-level ability to recognize and analyze patterns and relationships. Cultures are considered those structured manifestations of human behavior in social life within specific national and local contexts (e.g., political, linguistic, economic, institutional, professional). Culture is comprised of ideologies/worldviews, practices/actions, participation, and communication.

Students who want to take their intercultural studies a step further can choose to add the Intercultural Competence (ICC) Specialization to any degree. The 16-unit curriculum is designed for those interested in leadership careers in diverse international contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Through self-reflection, exploration of ICC theories and models, experiential activities that capitalize on students’ diverse backgrounds, MIIS ICC courses facilitate students’ increased learning in the following areas:


  1. Theories and models in intercultural studies
  2. Developments, challenges and issues in intercultural studies
  3. Theories and models in identity development
  4. Theories and models related to issues of power and intergroup interactions in macro and micro contexts


  1. Demonstrate communication skills in intercultural contexts
  2. Observe and interpret cases, situations, and developments taking place in intercultural settings
  3. Engage in critical reflection
  4. Create intercultural environments conducive to facilitating other’s contributions and participation
  5. Switch cultural frames of reference
  6. Display ethnographic skills


  1. Self (e.g., openness, curiosity, appreciation of diverse cultures and ideas)
  2. World Views (e.g., understanding multiple realities, objectivity)
  3. Ethics (e.g., respect for others’ views)

Sample ICC Courses

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Development of Intercultural Training in Organizations
  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution
  • Trust Across Cultures
  • Multicultural & Multilingual Communication

Questions? Please contact Professor Netta Avineri, Chair of the Intercultural Competence Committee.

ICC Faculty

460 Pierce St, McCone 216

Global Talent & Leadership Development, Coaching Executives and Managers for Global Performance, Team Effectiveness & Performance Across Cultures, Multicultural Team-Building, Building Effective Global Teams

Adjunct Faculty
McCone Building

Cross-cultural training, study abroad and international education management, expatriate training and preparation, organizational leadership, international partnerships, and the teaching of cultural competencies within higher education.

Adjunct Faculty

Subject matter expert in intercultural communication and intercultural trust. She works with multicultural and global groups and teams in Fortune companies in medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automobile, entertainment, oil and gas, retail, finance, and manufacturing industries.

Adjunct Faculty

Intercultural communication, cross-cultural training, international admissions, journalism, international leadership, ethnographic studies