Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) Student Certificate Program
Global Virtual Teamwork & Exchange
Prepare for your international career. The Developing Cultural Competence student certificate program is offered online for NC State students and those from our global partner institutions.
Fall Workshop Registration Now Open!
Promoting Cultural Competence
The DCC program aims to improve students’ cultural competence and cross-cultural awareness by facilitating virtual exchanges among participants. The virtual training program consists of self-paced individual learning modules. There are also four 90-minute facilitated meetings where participants can discuss and apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the modules.
Applying Cultural Skills
The course is designed to provide a theoretical framework for understanding culture, learning about cultural dimensions, and improving cultural competence. The program also introduces cultural skills that are immediately applicable to activities on and off-campus. The certificate program appeals to students in all academic disciplines and prepares students to:
- Identify their own cultural preferences and have the tools to understand the preferences of others
- Promote cultural awareness in personal and professional settings
- Implement strategies for working effectively across cultural difference
The virtual exchange experience includes four 90-minute live Zoom facilitated discussions, independent learning, personal reflection, and a group presentation component. Global participants are enrolled in a shared learning management system for shared content and collaboration.
Exploring the World, From Home
Interest in the Developing Cultural Competence student certificate program has grown exponentially since its inception in 2018. In-person educational exchange programs are still limited because of travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, but students can still connect with others from around the world. Our live, facilitated online discussions promote cultural awareness and provide strategies for working across cultures. More than 1100 students have successfully completed the program already.
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GTI will continue to offer virtual open enrollment offerings through the 2021-2022 Academic Year for NC State students and global partners. Please note that all dates and times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time and Eastern Standard Time, reflective of their alignment with the NC State University academic calendar and time zone. All courses are facilitated in English.
October Wednesdays 9:00 AM (EDT): October 6, 13, 20 and 27
October Thursdays 8:00 PM (EDT): October 7, 14, 21 and 28
October Fridays 9:00 AM (EDT): October 8, 15, 22 and 29
Priority Deadline: September 24
Price: $100 (see sponsorship options below)
The October sessions are open to all NC State students and those at our global partner universities. Fall 2021 global partners currently include:
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
- Kyoto Institute of Technology
- University of the Philippines
- University of Sharjah
- SKEMA Business School
The following universities, colleges and programs are offering sponsorship for their students:
GTI will open our Spring 2022 application when our October 2021 sessions are underway. The priority application deadline for Spring 2022 DCC sessions is Friday, January 14, 2022.
We anticipate offering workshops at the following dates/times:
February Tuesdays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 1, 8, 15, and 22
February Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (EST): Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23
February Thursdays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24
February Fridays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 4, 11, 18 and 25
Raleigh, North Carolina will begin Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 14. The following DCC sessions are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00)
March-April Mondays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 21 and 28, April 4 and 11
March-April Tuesdays at 8:00 PM (EDT): March 22 and 29, April 5 and 12
March-April Wednesdays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13
March-April Thursdays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 24 and 31, April 7 and 14
Student Cultural Competence Program Expands Global Reach
The Global Training Initiative awarded 850 certificates to students who completed the Developing Cultural Competency program during this past academic year. The DCC student certificate has blossomed in the virtual environment, increasing both in overall enrollment numbers and global reach.
Cultural competence is the perpetual process for individual growth in successfully navigating culturally diverse situations and working with people of other cultures. The virtual course includes 4 sessions, each with a self-paced learning module, 90-minute facilitated discussion and reflective exercises.
Orientation and Introductions
– Introduce the learning community
– Connect favorite traditions to cultural identities
Developing Cultural Knowledge
– Group presentation of a cultural knowledge report
– Identify cultural gaps
– Describe one’s personal cultural identities
– Form cultural knowledge research groups
Skills and Application
– Consider how cultural skills bridge gaps
– Apply learning to past experiences and common scenarios
The Developing Cultural Competence Student Certificate program is open to all currently enrolled students at North Carolina State University, regardless of degree program or graduate/undergraduate status. The program is also open to students currently studying at NC State’s various global partner institutions.
SPONSORSHIP: Please check with your academic advisor or program director to see if a sponsorship exists for you. If so, simply choose “Sponsor Pay” on the application form and fill in the Sponsorship code or contact information related to your program.
Verified global partner students may also pay the fee directly via Flywire wire payment using the instructions provided upon acceptance to the program.
NC State students may pay the fee directly via the University Controller’s Office Non-Student Credit Card Payments webpage using the instructions provided upon acceptance to the program.
In line with the NC State University Academic Calendar, the Global Training Initiative seeks to offer multiple sessions of the DCC course each Fall, Spring and Summer semester.
All DCC course sessions are led by professional and student staff at NC State University. All listed are times are in the Raleigh, NC time zone (Eastern, USA).
DCC sessions are designed to meet four weeks in a row, often all in the same calendar month.
The Developing Cultural Competence program requires, on average, 10 hours of time:
- Four 90-minute live facilitated discussions offered via Zoom Web Conferencing (6 hours)
- Weekly self-paced lessons and individual assignments to be completed online (4+ hours)
As a four-week program, students should plan to spend up to 3 hours per week developing their cultural competence.
Some competence in English is required to succeed in this program. All course materials, lessons, instruction and discussions are led in English.
DCC applicants need not provide proof of English language ability, however, we recommend the following minimum English competence: (TOEFL – iBT: 85 total points; Previous Paper Version (PBT): 563; CET 6: 480; IELTS: 6.5; TOEIC: 800; Duolingo: 100).
Highlights and Benefits
Congratulations to the following past participants who completed the program and earned the DCC certificate.