Intercultural Studies

"Learning to Communicate Across Cultures"

Before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. —Revelation 7:9

Do you feel a stirring in your heart to travel outside of North America to reach people for Christ? Do you yearn to head overseas to share the Gospel with a specific people group?

Are you restless and desiring to experience the world beyond your own? Then our Intercultural Studies program might just be for you.

The Intercultural Studies program will teach you how to effectively share God’s Word to God’s world. You will learn ways to communicate the Gospel to a culture outside your own, in a way that will best speak to that context.

The world is constantly changing, and the Church needs to learn how to meet those changes. We here at Kingswood recognize this and that is why we seek to train you to be as relevant to your context as possible, without compromising who you are in Christ. APPLY NOW!

Creatively Blending...

Kingswood University strives for academic excellence by offering a core set of courses unique to each accredited program, along with the Bible and theology courses required for the B.A. in Ministry degree.

Biblical Foundations of Missions

Why do we do missions? What does it look like to go make disciples of all nations? This course will provide you with the biblical basis for why the Church must be involved in missions. You will be given a comprehensive introduction to the Old and New Testament foundations of missional activity.

Introduction to Missions 

Want to know how God has worked and is working around the world? This course will introduce you to the world of contemporary missions. It will examine biblical, historical, and cultural perspectives of missions.

Cross Cultural Ministry 

Short-term mission trips can be a perfect starting point to “get your feet wet” in missions. This hands-on course will give you an amazing opportunity to serve in a cross-cultural setting. It is a requirement for Intercultural Studies minors but is open to students from other programs. You will serve under an experienced cross-cultural worker, as well as the Intercultural Studies program director who will travel with you.

Intercultural Competencies

An increasingly diverse world requires that you know how to communicate well across cultures. This course will help you to engage effectively in conversations with people of a different ethnicity and language other your own. You will also learn how to manage and resolve conflict cross-culturally.

Practical Issues for Cross-Cultural Preparation

So you want to minister overseas. What does it take to do this? You will learn how to build a ministry partnership team (including prayer support and financial partnership). You will talk about your personal health, language learning, and a variety of other practical issues related to effective cross-cultural service.


The effective use of language is powerful. This course will teach you the nature and grammar of language.  This will help you when you minister to a people group who speak a language different than your own. The course will also help to provide a foundation for TESL studies.

Spiritual Conflict Resolution

Ephesians 6:10-11 reads, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” This course will examine one's spiritual encounter with the powers of darkness and how to address it. You will be encouraged to maintain complete freedom in Christ, while considering the implications spiritual warfare has for the modern-day cross-cultural worker.

World Religions

Do you wish to engage with people of other religions? Then you need to understand what they believe. This course will examine the basic theological concepts of the world’s religions, including but not limited to Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam. You will also study major North American new religious movements. You will learn to compare and contrast their teachings to Christianity, in order to become a more effective Christian witness to those of other faiths.


Every person has a set of beliefs that they follow – a worldview. Through this course, you will analyze what a worldview is. You will also study and assess other worldviews. You will learn to appreciate how valuable it is to contextualize your Christian worldview. In essence, you will learn how to adjust from a North American worldview to a biblically-based, culturally-relevant worldview.

Note: If you wish to view further details regarding the Intercultural Studies program, you may check out our catalogue.

Along with academic excellence, Kingswood University seeks to incorporate practical ministry experience into all our programs.

  • You will participate in a Practicum assignment three times throughout your studies. This will entail doing practical ministry for three hours each week for the semester, under the direction of an approved student ministry supervisor.
  • As an Intercultural Studies major, you will embark on a Supervised Ministry Experience, the major practical component of your program. This internship will be completed in your fourth year and will last for approximately four months. You will work with experienced Intercultural Studies workers in a specific cross-cultural context, as you immerse fully into the culture of a certain people group.
  • You may have the opportunity to be elected as the Student Global Impact representative for student council. You will help your fellow students to be aware of missions, lead a prayer team, organize fundraising events, and help out with Incite.

An education at Kingswood University would not be complete without making an intentional effort to form students holistically—heart, mind, hands, and habits.

  • You will participate in Incite. This set of special services is held during the spring semester of each year and is dedicated to all things missions. A missionary will be invited to speak about God's work happening around the world. You will also get to join your fellow students at an international dinner.
  • You will be able to meet a number of missionaries from different agencies, including Global Partners. You will make connections with those who may be your future partners in ministry. Various missionaries will meet for lunch with you and give talks in your classes.
  • You will be able to engage in weekly prayer sessions with other Intercultural Studies students, along with students from the Kingswood body.
  • You will participate in once-a-semester Global Coffee Houses, to raise funds for mission trips.
  • You will also take part in Pulse and Chapel, two essential and integral components of what makes Kingswood so unique.

Matthew Friedman, Ph.D.
Program Director of
Intercultural Studies

"In the twenty-first century, learning to communicate across cultures is no longer an 'optional extra,' but absolutely necessary for effective mission and ministry, both overseas and in North America. More than at any other time in recent history, we need to be part of advancing God's mission to all nations. We must participate in the great work of reaching the unreached with the good news of the Gospel, in the power of the Holy Spirit."