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Intercultural Communication

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Self-Paced Online Course
Free of Charge
Number of Modules
1 Module
Programme Area
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution.
1 week
Start Dates
Starts Upon Registration
Learning Time
3 hours per week
Application Deadline
Certificate Awarded
Course closing date: 
31 December 2025

Today, IRD specialists, fellows and people must understand not only their own cultural complexity but also the need to function effectively in culturally diverse contexts ranging from their personal and private lives to their workplaces and other societies, contexts and geographical regions. Furthermore, face-to-face interactions throughout our world, including all the various forms of digital communications, require in many situations a profound intercultural awareness and excellent communication skills.


- Discover modern concepts and theory of intercultural communication and analyse cultural differences while engaged in effective dialogue.

- Understand the role of intercultural communication in dialogue and peacebuilding processes.

- Explore intercultural dynamics that influence interreligious dialogue encounters.

Content and Structure


Through this DKH moderated course, participants will explore theories and practical examples related to intercultural communication divided into the following chapters:
• Introduction to Culture, Cultural Identity and Intercultural
• The Cultural Dimensions and Intercultural Communication
• Cultural Analyses and Intercultural Competency
• The Role of Intercultural Communication in Interreligious
Dialogue and Peacebuilding.


Evaluation Quizzes/True and False Questions. Comprehension of course content will be assessed through brief, mandatory quizzes at the end of the module. The quizzes contain a variety of question styles including multiple choice, true or false, matching, etc. Participants can attempt each evaluation quiz an unlimited number of times, without incurring penalties toward the final score.
Case Studies. These exercises provide participants with space to express opinions, share experiences and put acquired knowledge into practice. Some activities will redirect students to the forum, so they can exchange views and lessons learned with other course participants.

Forum activities. Participants may interact with other participants, exchange views and reflections, share experiences and conduct their own research for intercultural communication.
Certification. A Certificate of Completion signed by the Secretary General of KAICIID will be issued to participants who achieve a minimum total score of 70% for the entire course and who have diligently attended and successfully completed the online course.


Administered through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, this short course takes approximately one week to complete and can be taken anywhere, anytime, at your own pace, from your phone or computer.

Target Audience

• KAICIID Fellows and IRD experts
• Religious leaders; religious organizations’ staff and local faith community leaders
• Officials and programme managers from faith-based organizations (FBOs), UN agencies, international organizations (INGOs); and civil society organizations (CSOs)
• Officials from national and local government structures
• Academics and research students

Additional Information

Recommended hardware and software requirements for taking our e-learning courses: Platform: Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7 SP1 or later (32-bit or 64-bit), Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Hardware: 2.0 GHz processor (minimum), 2 GB of memory (minimum), 1 GB of available disk space (minimum), 1280 x 800 screen resolution (minimum). Software: HTML5 and Flash compatible. Browser: Desktop: Internet Explorer. 8-10 (Flash only), Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version), Safari (latest version). Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later. Internet connection: 256kbps and higher. Note: In some instances pop-ups must be enabled.

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