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Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Resources

Global Engagement has compiled several resources that may be helpful as students, faculty, and staff prepare for international experiences.  They can also act as catalysts for deeper research into a particular topic or competency.  Many of these are offered free of charge or are available through a UNF department, such as the Thomas J. Carpenter Library or Center for Community Based Learning.  If you come across a resource you believe should be added to this list, send it to us for review.  We would love to include the expertise of our full campus community.


Hidden Brain

Freakonomics Radio
  • How to Change your Mind.  Having an open mind is essential to gaining the most from an international experience.  Here's how to do it.



Culture Matters 

This interactive workbook originally designed for Peace Corps Volunteers helps prepare students and young adults for more intense immersive experiences abroad.

Group Simulations

BaFa' BaFa'*
Students are split into two groups, Alphas and Betas, each with a different culture.  Students then "visit" the culture opposite their own.  This simulation takes one and a half to three hours and significant preparation for first-time facilitators.  It can be run with 12 to 40 participants.


Rafa' Rafa'*

This is a simplified, lighter version of BaFa' BaFa'.  It is intended for middle school students but can be adapted as a fun simulation for university students.

*Simulation available via UNF's Center for Community Based Learning 

Matrices and Definitions

Monash University, Australia

The Monash Intercultural Lab explores the meaning of intercultural competence and its importance.


Association of American Colleges & Universities

The AAC&U value rubrics may be helpful in international program assessment, particularly (1) civic engagement - local and global, (2) intercultural knowledge and competence, and (3) global learning.


Cultural Intelligence Scale

Soon Ang et al., refines cultural intelligence theory and outcomes in this widely cited paper.

Additional UNF Resources

UNF's own library offers myriad intercultural resources for students, faculty, and staff, including the following:

  • Mango Languages. This language learning software for over 70 of the world's languages is available to UNF students, faculty, and staff for free through the UNF library.