International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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The Cross-Cultural College Certificate

The Cross-Cultural College Certificate program consists of at least 18.0 units of courses taken from the following thematic areas:

  • Multicultural Studies
  • International Relations 
  • Canadian and Asian Studies

A major advantage of the Cross-Cultural College program is that most of the required courses are the same as those which, depending on their plan, students would normally take to fulfill their degree requirements at Queen's. 

All students participating in the KGU Cross-Cultural College must take at least one of the three joint courses:the Joint Seminar, the Global Internship, or the Global Career Seminar. Please note that academic credit will be awarded for all courses taken as part of the KGU Cross-Cultural College, including the joint courses.

To qualify for the certificate, students must complete courses from all of the 4 groups listed below. There is no stipulation as to what disciplinary perspective is taken, but ideally Canada, Japan, Asia and Pacific regions would be focussed on in part or in full.

Group A: Multicultural Issues and Theory (3.0 units)
This group of courses concentrates on multicultural issues and theory and/or examines particular regions or global phenomena dealing with multicultural dynamics.
Group B: International Relations Issues and Theory (3.0 units)
This group of courses concentrates on International Relations issues and theory, and/or looks at particular national or global situations.
Group C: Cross-Cultural College Core Courses (3.0 units)
One (or more) of the courses from the CCC Summer programs (the Joint Seminar, the Global Internship in Japan (as part of the 3.0 unit "Global Internship in Japan" or 6.0 unit "Global Internship in Canada and Japan" programs), or the Global Career Seminar) or the Global Career Seminar option during the Fall and Winter terms.
Group D: Cross-Cultural Skills and Knowledge (9.0 units)
This group of courses should have cross-cultural focussed skills and knowledge content. For Japanese students, English language ability is emphasized along with Canadian Studies courses. In the case of Canadian students, some Japan/Asia content courses and Japanese language courses are encouraged.

Other Eligible Courses
Please note that these are not exhaustive lists, and that courses not listed may still be eligible for the Certificate:
  • For Group A, courses that look at ethnocultures, ethnicity, diaspora, human rights, and transnational communities.
  • For Group B, courses that examine globalization, international law, economics relations, and diplomacy.
  • For Group C, no substitutes are allowed.
  • For Group D, Japanese language courses, Japanese/Asian studies courses. 

If a course is not listed in the curriculum chart posted above, however you feel fits into one of these categories, and/or you are unsure if it is eligible for the Certificate, please contact us at

Curriculum Chart 

Eligible courses as of December 2017 (PDF, 104KB)

Excel iconAudit Form (.XLS, 18KB)

 Eligibility & Application

Queen's University students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who are in their 2nd or 3rd-year of an Honours Bachelors degree program are eligible to apply. In particular, arts and social sciences students who have a strong interest in multicultural and comparative studies as applied to Asia and Japan will be particularly keen about this program.

The only KGU CCC program currently open to applications is the Global Career Seminar. Please see the Global Career Seminar webpage for details. Information about the KGU CCC 2018 Summer Programs will be posted when they are released. Please continue to check back.

To apply for the KGU CCC program students must complete the following documents and bring them into the International Programs Office by the declared deadline (TBA).

  • Present a copy of your academic record from SOLUS
  • Print and complete the Queen's application to participate in KGU CCC
  • Complete then print the KGU CCC application form
  • Read the KGU CCC Code of Conduct
  • Read and sign the Statement of Understanding
  • Photocopy of your passport (required by the KGU CCC office)