Globalization is here. But are we ready for it?
Globalization is here: business, investment, communication, culture and education are no longer confined by borders. And in this environment, cultural fluency – the ability to understand, integrate, and communicate with people of different cultures – is key. In fact, research has repeatedly linked cultural fluency to financial and educational success. But just how culturally fluent are we?
The business world is full of stories of companies struggling to expand overseas due to mistrust and miscommunication between the newcomers and locals. Research shows people tend to cooperate and share information with those who look like them, and that speakers’ accents can affect negotiations more than numbers.
The same challenges exist in education. An increasing number of students are pursuing degrees abroad, but often the students, and the institutions that host them, are not prepared for each other. Many international students report stress, a lack of friendships, and confusion over faculty expectations. Faculty complain that they do not know how to connect with international students. Universities start programs to help the domestic and international students integrate, but often with little success.
Clearly, we all have a lot to learn about life in a globalized world. In this course, you will develop your cultural fluency. Through case studies and close analysis, you will apply your creativity and develop strategies for overcoming cultural differences and achieving integration. And as you do so, you will also refine the skills you need to succeed in higher education.
Program Dates: July 19 to August 1
Program Fees: USD 3990*
*Apply before March 15 to get early bird discount.
Program features, services, and amenities:
Classroom activities, learning materials, and fieldwork that immerse you in the latest research on innovation and offer you practice in academic skills such as critical thinking, sustained analysis, and the opportunity to explore and create original, engaging, and cohesive content
Classes taught by experienced U.C. Berkeley professors
Intensive 80-hour program (equivalent to a half-semester of coursework)
Individualized feedback and resources to refine your language skills
Mentorship and tutoring from U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student advisors
Workshops on college admissions, classroom communication, and more
Official U.C. Berkeley Certificate upon program completion
Guided tours of the San Francisco Bay Area, with transportation included: Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Legion of Honor Museum, de Young Museum, premier shopping centers, and more
Housing located steps from the Berkeley campus, with chaperones, evening meals, linen service, high-speed Internet access, and common areas to relax and chat with friends
Transportation between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and your residence in Berkeley
Week One Schedule
|Morning 9:30am – 12:00pm||Afternoon 2:00pm – 4:30pm|
|M||Berkeley orientation and campus tour||Workshop: “Speaking in the Berkeley Classroom”: Oral skills for Higher Education|
|T||Introduction to course:
|Case study I: Failure to communicate|
|W||Relational dynamics||Workshop: Online Resources for academic success|
|Th||Strategies for conflict resolution||Case studies: Conflict resolution|
|F||Strategic planning, decision making, and communication||Fieldwork Trip|
Week Two Schedule
|M||Cross-cultural communication in higher education||Workshop: Writing the Personal Statement / US College Applications|
|T||More on cross-cultural communication: Strategies and pitfalls||Case studies: Cross-cultural communication in higher education|
|W||Field trip||Workshop: Choosing a major|
|Th||Core values and multiplicity||Case studies: Maintaining core values in a multinational context|
|F||Showcase + Lunch + Graduation|