Developing Cultural Competence

Student Certificate and Virtual Exchange

“Having these conversations helped me dispel misconceptions about other cultures and share perspective on my own culture. I will make more of an active attempt to participate in more such initiatives. It was designed as a respectful, judgement-free environment and opened up my mind to the cultures of the world.”

The DCC co-curricular virtual exchange program has replaced in-person lecture with self-paced individual learning modules so that the four 90-minute facilitated meetings can focus on cultural exchange among participants and application. The course is designed to provide a theoretical framework for understanding culture, cultural dimensions, and cultural competency. The program also introduces cultural skills that are immediately applicable to experiences on and off campus. The program appeals to students in diverse 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.

Contact Becky Cibulskis,, for more information.

Spring 2021 Offerings

GTI is excited to offer a number of options for completing the DCC virtually during Spring 2021 Semester. Please select your affiliation for the correct offerings:

I am a First Year student in the NC State College of Engineering I am an NC State student in a different degree program I am a student at one NC State University’s global partner institutions

For a list of past participants who have completed the program to earn the certificate, please click here.