Cross Cultural Experience

University´┐Żs Requirement for Cross-Cultural Experience

Each student must meet the University's requirement for cross-cultural experience in one of the following ways:

One Tier I experience; or,
Two Tier II experiences; or,
One Tier II experience and two Tier III experiences; or,
Four Tier III experiences

These experiences include:

Study Abroad and Off-Campus Programs
NNU On A Mission: Spring Break and Summer Travel
Courses that satisfy the Cross Cultural Experience

Stand Alone Experiences

ALL STUDENTS are required to enroll in an Intercultural Lab that corresponds with the Tier Level of the experience prior to participating in a cross-cultural experience. The Lab will have a course number which mirrors the official catalog number of the course in which the student is enrolled. For example, if taking SOGY2030 Cultural Anthopology, the student will also enroll in SOGY2030CL Intercultural Lab Tier 2.  What is the Intercultural Lab?

For more information about the Intercultural Labs call:
Shelly Henson at 467-8619 or email her at: shenson(at)
David Blowers at 467-8033: email at

What Makes for a Quality Cross Cultural Experience?

1.    Recognition of cultural differences and similarities between home and target culture.
2.    The ability to compare and contrast values held by the home and target cultures.
3.    Personal recognition/experience of areas of tension between the values of home and target culture.
4.    Personal experience of resolution of tension or accommodation to the values of the target culture.