Intercultural competence is [the ability] “to see relationships between different cultures – both internal and external to a society – and to mediate, that is interpret each in terms of the other, either for themselves or for other people.” It also encompasses the ability to critically or analytically understand that one’s “own and other cultures’” perspective is culturally determined rather than natural. – Byram, M.


Seventh International Conference on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

Internationalizing the Curriculum:
The Role of Intercultural Competence

January 23-26, 2020
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, and Online

Keynote Presentation
Adriana Diaz (University of Queensland – Australia)

Plenary Presentations
Marianne Larsen (Western University – Canada)
Sharon Stein (University of British Columbia – Canada)

Download the conference flyer here [PDF]

The conference schedule includes a searchable list of presentations with their summaries.

Featuring experts in Intercultural Competence from across the U.S. and internationally, the Intercultural Competence Conference is for K-16 educators and students in fields related to Foreign Languages, Social Sciences/Studies and the Humanities, and for others involved in government, NGOs, and the private sector who are interested in seeing and interpreting relationships between cultures. This biennial event brings together researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices, and to foster meaningful professional dialog on issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural Competence, especially in a foreign or second language.

Hosted by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the 2020 ICC conference took stock of current models for internationalizing curricula as well as the genealogies of these discussions. Presentations include accounts of best practices as well as critical examinations of current trends and conceptual think pieces around what it might mean to internationalize higher education.

See the complete list of presentation titles [PDF].

Recorded, livestreamed presentations (including the keynote and plenaries) are available in a playlist here.

Virtual presentations submitted for this event are are in a playlist here.

The archive of previous Intercultural Competence conferences can be found at the past conferences link in the menu bar above, including links to presentations.


The 2022 conference was organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), co-organized by the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Program, and co-sponsored by the College of HumanitiesCollege of Social and Behavioral SciencesOffice of Global Initiatives, and the Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Arizona; and by the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University; the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota; the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon; the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin; the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and the Center for Urban for Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) at Georgia State University.