Micro Master's Degree in Managing Effective Intercultural Communication and Perspectives

Level 7 is equivalent to Master's level

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the importance of managing intercultural communication and perspectives that help to  determine educational policy applicable to national and international contexts. 

Level 7 is equivalent to Master’s level and could transfer 20 credits and full tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the issues and theoretical constructs surrounding  intercultural communication and perspectives.

1.1 Explore how an increasingly globalised and  connected world necessitates dynamic  communication skills.

1.2 Assess how intercultural communication has become established as an important aspect  of applied linguistics.

1.3 Critically evaluate the implications this growth has for educators.

2. Understand how dimensions of  culture can be barriers to effective  communication.

2.1 Analyse the influences of culture on  communication and perspectives.

2.2 Explain how barriers of stereotyping and  ethnocentrism impede effective intercultural  communication and perspectives.

2.3 Compare and contrast communication  barriers between two national contexts.

2.4 Evaluate the cultural and social impact of barriers to communication in one national  context.

3. Understand how to lead interaction in  diverse cultural settings within academic contexts.

3.1 Define intercultural competence.

3.2 Self-assess own levels of ethnocentrism.

3.3 Examine our own cultural assumptions and  biases.

3.4 Summarise practical strategies to enhance one’s own and others’ intercultural competence.

3.5 Explore how to utilise positive aspects of one’s own cultural assumptions and biases to lead  positive intercultural communication.

4. Understand the management of  intercultural communication in education

4.1 Explore the notion of ‘culture shock’ in  relation to managing intercultural communication in education.  

4.2 Examine what is acceptable behaviour and  appropriate discourse within educational  settings. 

4.3 Analyse how to manage the challenges associated with adopting unfamiliar communication focussed pedagogies in relation to learning. 

4.4 Evaluate strategies for managing the  disorientation and stress that can arise from  unfamiliarity.

  • Issues and theoretical constructs: meta/theoretical perspective e.g. critical,  interpretive, social science; research context e.g. face to face, mediated; focus, e.g. intracultural, cross cultural, intercultural; target cultural group. 
  • Approaches: methods/procedures to overcome  particular communication challenges e.g. those  with learning difficulties, hearing impaired,  visually impaired, English as a second language; use of feedback skills to facilitate communication and workplace. 
  • Relationships; persuasion and negotiation skills appropriate to different situations and people.
  • Barriers to effective communication: Hall’s  (1976) conception of high and low context  cultures; Hofstede’s (2001) five dimensions of  cultural values; avoidance and Confucian  dynamism; relate to own cultural identities and  backgrounds.
  • Influences: cultural and religious beliefs;  education; class structure; and social priorities  in education.
  • Interaction: stereotyping from a cognitive  perspective; how stereotypes hamper face-to face contact with others; own levels of ethnocentrism using Neuliep and McCroskey’s (1997) GENE scale.
  • Implications: ‘culture shock’ seen as a period of  adaptation in relation to different styles and  approaches used in education and training, relevance of the communication cycle for  effective communication; selecting an appropriate tone, language, and level of formality; sequenced delivery linked to assessment; skills development; integrated  approach; e-learning; distance or blended  approach; staffing; adapting language; recognising and addressing barriers; engaging  learners in own communication.

Indicative Reading list 

  • Bhatia, V.K. (1993). Analysing genre: Language use in professional settings. London: Longman 
  • Bennett, M. J. (2013). Basic concepts of intercultural communication. Paradigms, principles and practices (2nd ed.). Boston: Intercultural Press Connor, U. (1996). Contrastive rhetoric. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
  • Connor, U., Nagelhout, E., & Rozycki, W. (Eds.). (2008). Contrastive rhetoric: Reaching to intercultural rhetoric. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Hyland, K. (2004). Genre and second language writing. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press 
  • Jandt, F. E. (2009). An introduction to intercultural communication: Identities in a global community (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Neuliep, J. W. (2014). Intercultural communication: A contextual approach (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks. CA: Sage 
  • Samovar, L. A., & Porter, R. E. (Eds.). (2003). Intercultural communication: A reader (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth Swales, J. (2008). Research genres: Explorations and applications. Cambridge: CUP

Website Links 

  • www.Dylanwiliam.net (Dylan Wiliam, professional development materials) 
  • www.crll.org.uk (Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning) 
  • www.excellencegateway.org.uk (Excellence Gateway)  
  • www.infed.org (Informal education) 
  • www.geoffpetty.com (Geoff Petty, on-line teaching resources) 
  • www.ofsted.gov.uk (Office for Standards in Education) 
  • https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/ (Society for Education and Training)

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Master program, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a degree from non-global accredited universities; The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U). 
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure that they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Micro Master programs, students receive all certified documents from Université Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris. 
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Accreditation & Recognition certified from Paris-U

Because the program is accredited and recognized, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, in case if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Master Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Master Degree is the certified at the master level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 7 certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of UK
  • Level 10 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 7 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 9 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 9 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Master program when participating in the Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy (MAEMIP) of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the MAEMIP program, students who have graduated the Micro Master program will receive a discount equivalent with short courses tuition fee each certified. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge past experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labor market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will lead to only MAEMIP degree of Paris-U, not dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U its partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will not accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are not accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program of Paris-U so that you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program of Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates need to ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is a mandatory requirement when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will contact you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and subject to change without notice. In some case, Paris-U offer variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 7 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Pari-U Degree

Université Libéral de Paris

Université Libéral de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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