First Advisor

Kimberley Brown

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in World Languages & Literatures: Arabic and University Honors


World Languages and Literatures




Cultural competence, Intercultural communication, Foreign students -- Middle East, Foreign Students -- North Africa, United States. Department of State




This research examines the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program (MEPI SLP) looking for components of intercultural competence in the classes and activities the students participate in during the four-week immersive program. During these four weeks Student Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa study conflict resolution, community leadership, and democratic institutions, build a community engagement project to implement in their home countries when they return, and participate in program and cultural activated chosen to use what they learn in the classroom. After analyzing documents obtained from MEPI administrators I used the Intercultural Competence and Knowledge VALUE Rubric from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a guide to find the six components of the rubric in the MEPI documents. From there I concluded that intercultural competence is not an overt teaching goal of the program, nor is it specifically reflected in planning documents, but there are places in the program where intercultural competence training could be applied.


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