First Steps to Intercultural Competence

Mastering an essential key to developing your ability to interact with different cultures

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Through this course, you will have the opportunity to develop a key skill which will increase your ability to understand and interact positively with people from different cultural backgrounds.

The course includes a several short videos as well as two fun exercises, which will provide you with the immediate opportunity to practice the concepts introduced in the lecture. It also includes one final exercise which you can begin to use right away in everyday life.

The entire class can be completed in about one hour.

Your Instructor

Debbie Bayes
Debbie Bayes

Debbie Bayes has spent many years living and working in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian contexts in the Middle East as well as in secular contexts on the university campus in the US.

Her doctoral thesis focused on developing intercultural competence among leaders of a reconciliation organization in Israel-Palestine. Her research received the William A. Fretwell Memorial Thesis Award for exemplifying quality research, practical application and transformational impact on society.

Debbie has provided assessments and resources on the development of intercultural competence for international workers in India, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East as well as for leaders working in cross-cultural contexts in the US.

To learn more go to

  • DMin. Bethel University, 2018
  • M.A. Regent College, 2000
  • B.A. Western Washington University, 1994

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is closed for enrollment.