The “Crossing Borders” Program: Increasing Intercultural Competency Via Structured Social Interactions


Increasing diversity in American college classrooms and recent trends toward globalization require professors to teach more creatively in order to encourage students’ face-to-face intercultural interactions and resulting competencies. At a commuter campus with a heterogeneous student population, a series of large-group activities and small-group dialogues between American and international students resulted in satisfaction and growth for a majority of American participants. Areas of self-reported growth primarily involved intercultural competencies, including knowledge of, attitudes toward, and skills when interacting with others from different cultures

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