Help your students make the most of their intercultural learning experiences!

Enroll in Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching, and learn how to effectively facilitate intercultural learning so both you and your students can have truly transformational experiences!
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Intercultural experiences are great opportunities to develop intercultural competence and grow as human beings. But research has demonstrated that exposure to and immersion in other cultures is not sufficient. Educators need to actively help students reflect on and make sense of these experiences in order for them to be the kind of high-impact, transformational experiences we'd like them to be.

But how do we do that?!

Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching is an online course for educators that will empower you to help your students (and yourself) make the most of the increasing intercultural learning opportunities available to us all at home and abroad.

Is This You?

Are you an educator who identifies with any of the following?

You sometimes feel frustrated or disappointed that students don’t seem to get as much out of their intercultural experiences as you’d hope. Or you struggle to communicate the importance of intercultural learning to your students and/or colleagues. 

You recognize the importance of incorporating intercultural learning into your work as an educator, but aren’t sure how to best go about doing so. Or you have limited time with students, and you want to make sure you’re using that time to the best of your ability to empower students with the tools they need to make the most of the experience.

You would like to provide intercultural training and support to faculty and staff on your campus, but don’t have the time or expertise to do so on your own. You want to increase your institution’s knowledge and understanding around intercultural learning, and develop a shared language around this topic. (If this is the case, register your whole group and complement the learning with in-person meetings!)

IMAGINE IF...

... you could empower your students with tools that would help them take more of their learning into their own hands.

... you could help your students better understand their host culture, and at the same time develop transferable skills they could use in other intercultural contexts—both at home and abroad.

Learning how to facilitate intercultural learning doesn’t have to be one-more-thing on your to-do list and doesn’t require you earn a graduate degree on the topic. Because you’re way too busy for that!

I’m Tara Harvey, Ph.D., founder of True North Intercultural, and I help educators foster transformative intercultural learning experiences. I’ve spent almost 20 years figuring out how to effectively and appropriately facilitate intercultural learning and growth, and I want to help you do the same (without spending 20 years learning how).

One resident director I once worked with told me that learning to more effectively facilitate intercultural learning had resulted in his students “complaining less.” What he meant is that as a result of his intentional intercultural facilitation, students had the tools to reflect on, make sense of, and learn from their experiences in ways they hadn’t previously been able to do.

So by increasing your own understanding of intercultural learning and how to facilitate it, you not only help your students learn and develop on a deeper level and interact more effectively with their surroundings, you also make your job easier and more enjoyable!

Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching

An online train-the-trainer course that will help you help your students make the most of their intercultural experiences!

Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching is an online train-the-trainer program that will increase your understanding of what intercultural learning entails and provide you with knowledge, tools, and frameworks to confidently begin incorporating more intercultural learning into your work so you can have the transformational impact that will ensure your students remember you and how you helped them learn and grow years from now.

Whether you’re a faculty member, administrator, or resident staff, Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching will help you help your students make the most of their intercultural learning experiences.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this course, you will:

Understand what intercultural learning is and why it is important.

Learn a four-phase developmental framework that will help you better think about, design, and facilitate intercultural learning experiences.

Become familiar with intercultural communication frameworks, concepts, and theories to better understand similarities and differences across cultures.

Deepen your own self-awareness and understanding of your unique way of making meaning in the world.

Understand and begin to actively apply key pedagogical practices in intercultural and experiential learning to facilitate deeper, more transformational learning.

Curriculum Overview

Module 1:  Fundamentals of Intercultural Learning

  • What is Intercultural Learning?
  • The Role of Intercultural Learning in Higher Education

Module 2:  Self-Awareness & Meaning-Making

  • Perception & Meaning-Making
  • A Four-Phase Developmental Framework for Intercultural Learning
  • Cultural Self-Awareness

Module 3:  Intercultural Learning & Teaching Frameworks

  • Core Intercultural Learning Pedagogies
  • The Intercultural Development Continuum

Module 4:  Key Intercultural Concepts & Practices

  • Suspending Judgment
  • Cultural Differences that Make a Difference

Module 5:  Applying Your Learning

  • Designing & Debriefing Intercultural Learning
  • What's Next?

What’s Included?

When you sign up, you get:

Video Tutorials

Over five hours of action-oriented video tutorials that you can watch (and re-watch) at your convenience.

Worksheets & Handouts

Actionable worksheets and handouts to help develop your own intercultural competence and capacity to facilitate students’ intercultural learning. 

Live Q&A Sessions

Get your questions answered during three live Question & Answer sessions. Can’t attend? All Q&A sessions will be recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

Course Start Date

The course starts on August 29, with a new module being released each week. You are free to review the materials at your own pace and whenever convenient for you.

Sounds great! How do I join?

Click below to start your journey to become a more effective and transformative intercultural educator!

Frequently Asked Questions

The course officially begins on August 29, with a new module released each week (there are five modules). It’s asynchronous, meaning you are free to review the materials at your own pace, whenever and wherever convenient for you (so you don't need to worry if, say, you'll be out of the office the week of August 29th).

When you sign up for Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching, you get:

Video Tutorials: Over five hours of action-oriented video tutorials that you can watch (and re-watch) at your convenience.

Worksheets & Handouts: Each module includes a PDF called "Field Notes." These are actionable worksheets and handouts that help to develop your own intercultural competence and capacity to facilitate students’ intercultural learning. All of the activities included can be used with your students as well.

Live Q&A Sessions: Get your questions answered during three live Question & Answer sessions, held every other week during the five weeks following the course start date. Can’t attend? Don’t worry—all Q&A sessions will be recorded so you can watch at your convenience (and you can submit questions ahead of time so you get answers even if you can’t attend live).

The time and energy you choose to dedicate to it is totally up to you, although it will impact what you get out of the course. It’s suggested you dedicate approximately one to two hours to each module, but when you do so is completely up to you.

One module will be released each week, over the course of five weeks, beginning August 29. You will have ongoing access to all of the materials, however, so you can go at your own pace, take a week off whenever you’d like, return to the materials when needed in the future, or do whatever works best for you.

Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching  is brand new, developed in response to numerous requests for an introductory, lower-priced version of the popular Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching program.

This course is currently being offered as a pilot, with the intention of getting feedback from participants to make the it even better in the future. Because this is a pilot program, it’s being offered at a significantly lower price point than future iterations of the course, and with the additional bonus of three Live Q&A Sessions.

The price for the pilot course is just $129!

This is the only time the course will be offered at this price. The cost of the course will be significantly higher in the future.

About Your Facilitator

Tara Harvey, Ph.D., possesses a unique combination of breadth of experience in international education and depth of understanding of the process of developing intercultural competence. Tara began her career teaching English in Spain, then advising international students at Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level intercultural courses at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), Tara developed the signature course, ‘Intercultural Communication and Leadership’ (now offered at study centers around the world), integrated intercultural learning frameworks into CIEE’s wide array of study abroad programs, and trained and supported resident staff around the world involved in facilitating students’ intercultural learning.


As founder of True North Intercultural, Tara helps educators and institutions of higher education foster intercultural learning. She presents widely on topics related to intercultural learning in higher education, and is also Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). Tara holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Masters in International Relations from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain; and a Bachelors in Communication Studies and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Special Pilot Program Offer!


The Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching course is brand new, developed in response to numerous requests for an introductory, lower-priced version of the popular Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching program.

This course is currently being offered as a pilot, with the intention of getting feedback from participants to make the course even better in the future. Because this is a pilot program, it’s being offered at a significantly lower price point than future iterations of the course, and with the additional bonus of three Live Q&A Sessions.

The price for the pilot course is just $129!

This is the only time the course will be offered at this price. The cost of the course will be significantly higher in the future.

Last day to register is August 27th.

Early Bird Bonus: Your Own Intercultural Toolkit!

Register by August 16 to get the True North Intercultural Educator Toolkit as well!


Everyone who registers by August 16th will also receive the True North Intercultural Educator Toolkit, a downloadable PDF that includes the following:

  • Numerous intercultural activities you can use with your learners
  • Easy to print and copy handouts for each of the activities
  • Detailed facilitation guides to help you facilitate the activities, including set-up instructions, debriefing questions, key points to highlight, and which of the competencies in the Four-Phase Intercultural Development Framework the activity helps develop

You must register by Friday, August 16th at 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time to receive the early bird bonus, which will be delivered to you at the end of the Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching course.

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