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Diploma in Intercultural Studies

A Two-Year Program (60 credits)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Emma Karin Emgård

This program is designed for students who want to test/try their call to intercultural ministry through study for a foundation of Bible and theology and a theoretical understanding of intercultural ministry issues combined with at least a nine-months experiential learning abroad. In the first year the student is enrolled in either Discover | Certificate in Intercultural Studies or Encounter | Certificate in Bible and the second year is the GlobeTREK year.


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.

American students should note that the two-year Diploma is comparable to a U.S. Associate of Arts degree.
*The countries may change from year to year. Flexibility is expected.
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). Click here for more details.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

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
TH 332 Theology of Missions 

ARTS & SCIENCES CORE (18 credits)
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
HF 237 History of Missions
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 336 Field Ethnography
HF 221 Field Language I
HF 321 Field Language I

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 257 Preparation for Intercultural Ministry & Lab
IS 377 Cross Cultural Principles and Praxis

ELECTIVES (3 credits)

*Students who aren't in Discover take NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters



For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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Box 4000
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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