What is the Intercultural Lab?
Every approved cross cultural experience or course must include enrollment in an Intercultural Lab. The first four modules of the must be completed prior to the 'contact time' with individuals of another culture or travel experience.
The Intercultural Lab takes 3-4 hours of “seat time” and is designed to help students experience another culture more deeply and meaningfully. It does so by providing a conceptual model for thinking about culture and by providing tools for gathering cultural information. It also provides guidelines for reflecting on and writing about their cross cultural experiences.
Students traveling abroad for approved Level 3 or 4 experiences need to take the Intercultural Lab in a Face-to-Face setting as part of their preparation for travel. These Saturday Labs will be announced through Message Board and are included on the Academic Calendar in the Portal.
The Intercultural Labs will:
- Explain the rationale and goals for requiring cross cultural experiences.
- Provide a self-survey tool for identifying some of the student’s basic cultural characteristics/values (home culture).
- Explain how to use the survey criteria for analyzing another culture (host culture).
- Identify methods for acquiring cross cultural information.
- Guide the student in making observations about the target culture and reflecting on their observations in light of the Lingenfelter model of basic values.
- Explain how to use the data collected to write a meaningful essay.
- Provide the student with opportunity to evaluate both the Intercultural Lab and the cross cultural experience.