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What is it?

The ICEBERG intercultural learning series is a 3-part program for undergraduate students at GT.  This program addresses various topics, including improving communication abilities, developing intercultural skills, and navigating cultural differences.  Students build community by engaging with other students at GT, developing skills to recognize cultural differences and the tools to advance their own understanding, gaining self-awareness, empathy, and adaptability, so they may navigate new challenges at GT, abroad, and in their future careers.

Who can Participate?

ICEBERG is open to any GT undergraduate student, though first-year students are the focus of the program.  Faculty and staff interested in learning more about intercultural learning opportunities through the Office of International Education should contact International Special Programs Advisor, Kelci Reyes-Brannon.
 

What is the Commitment?

ICEBERG requires students to meet synchronously for the 3-part program (1.5 hour sessions) in a virtual environment. Students will also be placed in teams and we ask them to meet monthly online or in-person for small group activities.

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Session 1: Culture and Self-Awareness

February 8, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

•    Identify different aspects of culture

•    Express self-awareness of personal and cultural assumptions

•    Recognize the role of perception in intercultural interactions and misunderstandings

Before ICEBERG I had rarely taken the time to really look at other people's actions through a different cultural lens than my own, and [in this session] I learned how important it is to not cloud my judgement of other's actions with my own cultural experiences.

- ICEBERG Participant, Fall 2020 

Session 2: Perception and Values

March 8, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

•    Understand the perspective of someone who is different from them

•    Express self-awareness of cultural values 

•    Navigate cultural differences, biases, prejudices, and stereotypes

It is hard to remove your own cultural bias when evaluating people from other cultures and that was definitely the case for me when looking at some of these pictures without context. It helped reframe my perspective by reminding me that not everything is always as it looks and we as outsiders can't judge people unless we have the full story. Often, what these people are doing seems very different to us, but when we hear the explanation, we often go 'Oh, that makes sense' and so this activity helped me to be less judgmental of things in other cultures I don't understand.

- ICEBERG Participant, Fall 2020 

Session 3: The Culture Map

April 5, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

•    Recognize the meaning of the Culture Map scales, a cultural orientation framework 

•    Examine personal cultural orientation

•    Compare cultural orientations between different countries using the Culture Map scales

•    Apply the Culture Map to a case study scenario

•    Develop communication and teamwork skills

This session brought to light how we perceive things as a society and how our intentions may be looked as another thing in certain countries. The activity we did within this session helped my understanding of how we can have differences but have the same intentions. Although this particular assignment did stump our group, we had a great discussion about we can connect different cultures while respecting each other's differences.

- ICEBERG Participant, Fall 2020 

How to Register

GT undergraduates interested in participating in the ICEBERG intercultural learning series should complete this application form. Now taking applications for spring 2021! Spring 2021 sessions are as follows: February 8 | March 8| April 5.

Go Further

Continue internationalizing your education at Georgia Tech!  Over half of Georgia Tech undergraduates will have a significant international experience before graduation by studying or interning abroad.  Many students go abroad more than once as part of the International Plan.  In addition to the Office of International Education’s overseas offerings, Georgia Tech has many ways for you pursue your international interests on campus through our globally-focused academic minors, certificate programs, and research initiatives. 

Stay Connected

Questions? Contact intercultural@oie.gatech.edu

Overall this series has been very insightful in reframing my perspective on culture and how it shapes and defines interactions at every level...

- ICEBERG Participant, Fall 2020