Global Education at Gustavus

Center for International and Cultural Education

Because the ability to live and work in the intercultural context of a global society is an essential skill to hone in the twenty-first century, Gustavus Adolphus College is committed to providing every student with substantive opportunities for intercultural learning and culturally aware self-reflection, both in on- and off-campus educational and student programming.

People adding flowers to a festival altar in Asia

We understand "intercultural" to encompass much more than just the differences one finds on either side of international borders:

  • In order to be interculturally competent, one must learn how to value diversity and cooperation and to acknowledge that there are many different ways of knowing.
  • Intercuturally sophisticated professionals understand the richness of cultural identities (even within each nation-state); the complexities of religious and spiritual experience, economics, gender and sexual identities, ability and disability, and race and ethnicity; the nuances of political, social, and cultural power; and the interdependent and still specific histories of many peoples, which have given rise to vastly differing worldviews.
  • Our goal is to create an environment in which we can foster a core set of intercultural competencies and a global outlook that our graduates will be able to use in a world in which borders increasingly do not apply to ideas, capital, or even identities.

To achieve these goals, the Center for International and Cultural Education (CICE) staff works with the members of the Global Engagement Committee (GEC), as well as with other community members, in pursuing a vigorous program of global learning that includes attention to our intercultural contexts in on-campus courses, an integrated student life program, a robust and diverse community that welcomes and is inclusive of international and multilingual students and scholars, and deeply intercultural learning experiences provided away from the College campus.

CICE Mission