#BU-03-30 Improve Your Intercultural Competence

  • Categories Business
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update September 27, 2021

About Course

Purdue University


Develop your intercultural competence and meet global challenges

According to the Intelligence Unit at The Economist, 90% of executives in 68 countries say cross-cultural management is their biggest challenge.

Good intercultural communication and an understanding of cultural differences, is now critical for professionals, especially those part of global networks.

On this course not only will you develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to meet the global challenges today’s world presents, you will also learn to succeed in a diverse workplace and appreciate the value of cultural differences.

What topics will you cover?

  • Basics of intercultural competency
  • Importance of intercultural competency
  • Openness and cultural diversity
  • Curiosity and intercultural relationships
  • Self-awareness and behavior with cultural differences
  • Worldview frameworks and different cultural backgrounds
  • Cultural differences in non-verbal communication
  • Skill of non-verbal communication
  • Skill of verbal communication between diverse cultures
  • Intercultural empathy and outrospection
  • Skill of intercultural empathy

Who will you learn with?

Charles A. Calahan

I teach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and facilitate the intercultural development of faculty, staff and students. I am a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.



Who developed the course?

Purdue logo

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

What Will I Learn?

  • Interact with people who are culturally diverse (openness)
  • Ask questions of other cultures (curiosity)
  • Describe own cultural rules and biases (self-awareness)
  • Differentiate complex worldview frameworks (cultural worldview frameworks)
  • Discuss differences in forms of communication (verbal and non-verbal communication)
  • Recognize the feelings of diverse cultural groups (empathy)

Topics for this course

7 Lessons14h

Introduction to the course?

Welcome to this short online course from Purdue University. Click Step 1.1 to get started with a welcome message from your lead educator, Chuck Calahan.
Welcome video00:02:30
Getting to know each other

Basics of intercultural competency?

Let’s begin by looking at the basis of this course and our learning objectives.

Student Feedback


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Charles A. Calahan, the lecturer, was too professional. He said the cross-cultural interpretation was so penetrating that it was easy to understand. Good.

At the beginning, I was just curious about this course, but after finishing the course, I understood the basis of intercultural competence and the importance of intercultural competence, openness and cultural diversity. It gave me a new understanding of cross-cultural competence.

Through this course, I will learn the skills and knowledge needed to cope with the global challenges presented in today's world. I will also learn to succeed in a diverse work environment and appreciate the value of cultural differences. It's a great course.

Good cross-cultural communication and understanding of cultural differences are essential for professionals, especially those with global networks. So this course is worth learning.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone looking to improve their intercultural competence - you might be a student preparing for the world of work, or a HR worker or corporate trainer, or you could be a professional working marketing. You don’t need any prior experience.