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Discover - Certificate in Intercultural Studies

A One-Year Program (30 credits)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Emma Karin Emgård


Go beyond short-term missions with Prairie’s Discover program.  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. As a requirement of this program, students will have 5-6 weeks of first-hand intercultural experience in South Africa and Mozambique. During the campus-based portion of the program, students will also benefit from visiting cross-cultural ministries and exploring various people-groups that are in Calgary and 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.

The Discover Program emphasizes the following:

Biblical literacy
Addressing poverty today
Cross-cultural preparation
Compassion Ministry
Church Planting

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (15 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
OT 112 Reading the Torah   
NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters
ST 100 The Christian Life  
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
Arts & Sciences Core (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

Program Partners

In order to offer a program that is current with what is happening around the world, we have partnered with organizations that are leading the way in missions today. Partnerships for 2014-2015 are PALM Ministry Association (Edmonton), SAM Ministries and Poverty Revolution (Food for the Hungry).

Expanded Opportunities

The Discover program is really only the beginning. While it can be year of transferrable education, it is also the beginning of ANY of Prairie’s four year degrees. In particular it provides a seamless transition to the 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (BAIS). Students who are looking for additional adventure and travel will want to check out the 9-month GlobeTREK internship which is offered in the third year of this program.

Other students use the Discover program as a launch point into Youth Ministry, Theology, Pastoral Studies, Practical Nursing or even Mission Aviation (depending on the program, not all credits will transfer). In our world that is increasingly globalized, the Discover program will prove invaluable no matter what the future holds.

Program Objectives

Bible and Ministry Training Objectives

  • Gain understanding of both the Old and New Testaments, knowledge of major Christian doctrines and application of Theology.
  • Experience the relevance of Scripture through peer-to-peer mentoring small group accountability, and team focused ministry. Learn how the Bible is relevant in every area of our lives.
  • 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 the 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.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must exhibit godly character, academic ability, and servant leadership. They must desire to live within an intense learning environment and be challenged spiritually, academically, and relationally. The nature of the program will require students to meet additional cross-cultural standards in the areas of conduct, attitude, maturity, and dress.

When accepted, students will need to secure their place in the program with a $500 CDN deposit.

Transfer Credits

Students may have another course substituted for HF 111 Thinking & Writing if they have earned a C- or higher in a similar, transferable course from another post-secondary institution. Any other substitutions for transferable courses will be considered individually by the Director and Registrar.


For yearly costs and breakdown of fees click here.

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

For Financial Aid click here


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


Program fee:
Includes international travel fee
Off-campus fee


College Services Fees include:

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


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:


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Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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