The Intercultural Learning Program (ILP) is a way to build your intercultural skills at home or abroad. The ILP involves discovering how your own cultural identities shape the way you understand and operate in the world and recognize culture at work in your everyday experiences. Simply immersing yourself in a different culture does not automatically lead to deeper intercultural awareness. Growing your intercultural understanding depends on a blend of personal motivation and guided learning.
Students who participate in our program have reflected on the benefits of this learning, including more confidence in their intercultural communication skills and becoming better mentors and leaders in their communities.
There are many benefits to enhancing your intercultural sensitivity, but here are just a few:
- Reflect on how your cultural identities shape the way you understand and operate in the world;
- Recognize the multiple ways that a person’s culture can influence their behaviour and expectations;
- Develop intercultural awareness, knowledge, and skills transferable to the social, academic, and professional contexts;
This summer, you will get to participate in the Intercultural Connection Groups, where you will meet new people, explore new cultures, and apply the intercultural frameworks through self-organized intercultural outings. Most importantly, have fun with your new peers! The ILP also offers other experiential outings for you to join this summer.
How the Program Works?
Join the ILP Connections Kick Off happening on Tuesday, May 17, 3PM – 5PM. Register for the event on CLNx and meet new peers.
Before joining the kickoff, please complete the Intercultural Learning Program – Summer Edition Registration Form to indicate your interest in participating in the ILP.
All U of T graduate and undergraduate students. Ideally, the program will be a mix of domestic students, international students, and both inbound and outbound exchange students.
Summer 2022 Schedule
Register for the following in-person sessions on CLNx:
- Intercultural Learning Program (ILP) Connections Kickoff: Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 3 PM – 5 PM ET
- Foundations of Intercultural Communication: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 3 PM to 5 PM ET
- ILP Peer Discussion Group: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 3 PM – 5 PM ET
- Experiential Outings: To be updated on CLNx – Centre for International Experience Calendar.
Indigenous Learning in Local & Global Contexts
Explore issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world and examine their interconnectedness.
The Indigenous Learning in Local & Global Contexts Program provides you with the opportunities to deepen your awareness and understanding of issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. The program is in collaboration with the Cultural Competency Training Officer from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Through the program, you will learn about the history and cultures of Indigenous peoples, explore historic and contemporary social justice issues faced by the Indigenous communities and their resilience, and examine their interconnectedness in local and global contexts.
All U of T graduate and undergraduate students.
How the Program Works
These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to learn the hidden history of Canada and examine its impact on the Indigenous peoples up to the present. Then, we will dive into social justice issues facing Indigenous peoples communities in Canada and globally. We will wrap up the program by exploring the meaning of allyship to Indigenous peoples.
These sessions will be led by the Cultural Competency Training Officer from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
This program is a CCR eligible program. To receive CCR recognition, participants must attend and engage in all five sessions. Participants will reflect on their learning at the end of each session through a sharing circle.
You may enrol in the program on the CLNx and register for individual workshops.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact You Jia Lee at email@example.com.
Winter 2022 schedule
Session 1: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 1
Session 2: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 2
Session 3: Land, Climate Change, and Indigenous Peoples
Session 4: Water and Indigenous Peoples
Session 5: Reconciliation: Walking the Path of Indigenous Allyship
Academic and Career Growth
You will find all our events to help you pave your own path to academic and professional success.
Academic Success Series
University Prep: Academic Q&A for International Students
Are you a first-year – or returning – international student who attended the University Prep workshops and still have some questions about the upcoming academic year?
This space is for you! Come join this session co-facilitated by friendly advisors from Academic Success and the Centre for International Experience. They can answer your questions, offer updates, and provide support to you about learning remotely this year or finding community as an international student.
All academic questions are welcome in this space, and you can join for however long you would like.
This program is organized in collaboration with Academic Success Centre Career and International Prospects.
Date and Time: TBD
Check our event calendar under Centre for International Experience.
Career and International Prospects
Navigating the Job Search for International Students
Are you an international student considering a job or career in Canada? Curious about strategies to improve your application documents and approach to job searching?
In this interactive themed discussion, co-hosted by a Career Exploration & Education and the Centre for International Experience, you and a small group of your peers will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss job search strategies and approaches in Canada.
This program is organized in collaboration with Career Exploration and Education.
Date and Time: TBD
Check our event calendar under Center for International Experience.
Global opportunities and employment are abundant, especially for University of Toronto students and graduates.
Taking Your Degree Abroad: Global Employment Opportunities
You can find information about working abroad on various international job boards:
GoinGlobal – Country career guides written by local employment experts.
CareerJet – Jobs and careers in the USA
Indeed Worldwide – International job site
Expat Network – Jobs, news, insurance resources for expats
Go Abroad – International job board
Eurojobs – Online portal for jobs in Europe
Volunteering can help students build important skills, while encouraging them to make a difference.
International Volunteer HQ – Student volunteer abroad programs
Go Overseas – Volunteering abroad for free
GVI Canada – Student volunteering within Canada and abroad
Projects Abroad CA – Internships and volunteering for college students
Canada World Youth – Offers international educational programs to youth ages 17-24
Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) – Volunteer or work in Canada or abroad to combat poverty and exclusion.
Graduate Studies Abroad
There are plenty of opportunities for U of T graduates to attend global institutions.
Masters Portal – Discover graduate degrees worldwide
Study EU – Database for European graduate programs
GradSchools – American graduate school directory
Post Grad Australia – Database for Australian postgraduate programs and scholarships