The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) Subcommittee produced an updated version of the ICT Toolkit in June 2022.

A collection of intercultural activities, intended for administration by post-secondary level faculty and staff, this toolkit provides hands-on resources that can be easily duplicated and utilized by individuals and groups seeking to internationalize the campus.

While presently under revision, each activity will ultimately emphasize instructional goals and intended learning outcomes and provides recommendations for conducting learner evaluations and activity assessments. (For more information, be sure to reference the NAFSA e-publication on Assessment and Evaluation for International Educators.

Intercultural activity sizes range from person-to-person to campus-wide, and, while they are generally organized chronologically according to a learner’s typical experience, sponsors of these activities should engage participants in an order appropriate to specific individual, group or campus-wide needs.

The toolkit includes an ever-increasing menu of activities, including those expressly designed for use in new student orientations, as well as broader events geared toward assisting users in spreading internationalization far beyond the border of the international affairs office.

There are activity options that meet various budgets and emanate from large university settings, and small colleges. Public and private institutions administered the activities in both one-person office and complex departmental settings.

No matter in which area of international education you specialize or what the size of your institution is, this toolkit has activities to meet your unique learning outcomes.


Campus & Community Engagement

Cultural Transitions/Orientation 

Exploring Cultural Values

Navigating Identity

Re-entry/Culture Shock

Resolving Differences

Understanding Differences

NAFSA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and expertise to the development of this resource. The final product is due in large part to their to their thoughtful reflections and insight.

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