Studio for Teaching and Learning

Intercultural Success

"Saint Mary’s University is committed to preparing “aspiring citizens of the world” and students with skills that enable them to be effective in an intercultural and global context. We value inclusiveness, cultural and intellectual diversity and a global perspective." -- Saint Mary’s University Academic Plan, 2012, p.2

The Studio plays a key role in supporting teaching and learning for faculty, staff and students coming from 90 countries around the world. The Studio works collaboratively with, and supports the efforts of, academic and administrative units to expand programmes and services which support student success through international engagement.

How Can The Studio Support Your Work?

We offer individual and departmental consultations, classroom observations, customized professional development workshops and resource materials for faculty, staff, and students. For faculty working with international students, we also provide guidance and support for language competency challenges, socio-cultural adaptation, and engagement of students on their academic journey.

Student Engagement

A number of new services and programmes have been made available by Saint Mary’s University to promote student success through international engagement:

  • ESL Support
  • Cultural and social adaptation
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Financial Aid
  • Research on issues facing international students

Helpful Resources

Cultural Dimensions of Learning: Addressing the Challenges of Multicultural Instruction
A paper published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (May 2010).

Integrating International Students
“Student mobility alone won’t cut it.” A reflection on the Association of International Education Administrators conference – February 2014.

Intercultural Communication Handout A simple 5-step guide to student intercultural communication skills.

Key Ideas Worksheets for Students (Year 1, Year 2, Years 3-4) Worksheets to pass out to your students to help guide them in working through key ideas of what they have read.

Develop Specific Skills for Teaching in an Intercultural Setting Article from the Journal of Studies in International Education (March 2003) describing “an ideal profile of the lecturer in the international classroom in the hope that it will give insight into the demanding role.”

Understanding the Cultural Dimensions of Students A presentation given by Kira Litvin, Qatar University specifically on her experience teaching Gulf Arab students.

Resources & Links




Additional resources on topics such as Intercultural Competence, Group Work and Academic Writing in the Discipline.