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Intercultural Leadership Seminar

The Intercultural Leadership Seminar (ILS) is designed for international and U.S. students who want to learn how to be more effective in a global environment. ILS includes brief lectures, discussion, experiential activities, and small group work. While at ILS you will:

  • Increase your awareness of your own and others’ cultures and communication styles
  • Gain skills necessary for effective intercultural communication
  • Discover your own leadership potential and enhance your intercultural competence
  • Develop friendships and help each other have a successful U-M experience.

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Date, Time and Location

ILS will be held during Fall Study Break in Anderson ABCD, Michigan Union (1st floor). The program curriculum has been designed with the expectation that participants will attend the entire program (Monday, October 13th, 9am-5pm AND Tuesday, October 14th, 9am-12pm). This is not an overnight program and attendance is free.

Application Process and Deadline

To be eligible, you must be a student currently attending U-M. International scholars and alumni who have already graduated are not eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and acceptance priority will be given to students who have not attended ILS previously. Submit your application by Friday, October 3rd at 5pm.

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ILS Participants' Reflections

ILS Participant Charlotte Buckly

“ILS is a unique platform that brings together University of Michigan students from across the world to connect and share their knowledge of intercultural communication. Participating in this seminar provided me with a number of tools to facilitate successful communication and made me aware of the values required to excel on a global level. Through group based activities we were able to establish and apply a number of skills that will surely be useful for anyone looking to incorporate global awareness into their future, whether that be through a career path or for personal travel purposes. I highly recommend this program to anybody looking to build a strong foundation in intercultural awareness, networking opportunities and effective communication.” – Charlotte Buckley, College of Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy). 2014 fall participant.

ILS Participant Beiming Liu

“ILS provided me an excellent chance to increase my awareness of different cultures, to gain practical skills for effective intercultural communications and improve my personal leadership in international dialogues. By interesting and thorough discussions with the organizers and fellow participants, we were trained to break the barriers for intercultural communication and find common grounds of interests. ILS not only provides a practical set of tools for effective communication but also helps us to understand and appreciate the differences among us. Nowhere is better than ILS for you to meet friends from different schools of UM and different parts of the world, to start genuine and truly open dialogues. “ – Beiming Liu, Law School (The Master of Laws). 2014 fall participant.


Last reviewed: 10/14