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Grand Valley State University    
  Mar 22, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Intercultural Competence and Experience Certificate

The certificate in Intercultural Competence and Experience is an experiential academic option, and students who complete the certificate will gain a skill set that will foster their interactions and increase their comfort with different cultural groups in both their personal and professional lives. The certificate is 12-15 credits.

ICE Certificate Program

The official university transcript will reflect completion of the courses and contain the phrase, “completed certificate program in Intercultural Competence and Experience.” In addition, the student will receive a frame-able certificate from the university. 

Certificate Requirements

To complete the ICE certificate, students must complete the three required courses and two electives, from the list of approved ICE electives. Students must achieve a grade of C (not C-) or better in all required courses to receive the ICE certificate designation. In addition, students must declare their intent to obtain the certificate prior to enrollment in ICE 490, by completing an application for secondary admission. The application is available on the ICE website at

Required Courses


Students take two courses from a list of approved electives - primarily from the existing curriculum in various disciplines and majors. The electives allow students to “customize” their certificates by taking courses that are related to their majors or interests. The list of potential electives is available on the ICE website ( Electives may be taken prior to or concurrent with ICE 100 or ICE 490, and before ICE 495.