Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication

The Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication will give Rice undergraduates a method to demonstrate significant second-language abilities to potential employers and others, highlighting their interactional and intercultural competence. The certificate will appear on the official Rice transcript.

To fulfill the requirements, students must complete at least four courses (12 credit hours), an experiential learning opportunity*, and an outcomes assessment. A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) may come from transfer credit.

For more information, please fill out this google form and contact Heather Lazare at htl1@rice.edu.

*CLIC Certificate Candidates have several options for fulfilling the experiential learning requirement. All of these experiences must be at minimum 6-weeks in length. The apprenticeships, internships, volunteer work or jobs must be at minimum a 10 hr per week commitment. These 60 hours can be achieved by combining any of the experiences listed below.

  • Study Abroad programs that are offered through the Study Abroad Office and/or Rice faculty-led programs.
  • Apprenticeships or Internships abroad in a country where the target language of the certificate is spoken.
  • International volunteer work (in-person or virtual) that requires the use of the target language of the certificate.
  • International or domestic jobs with a multinational company (in-person or virtual) that require the use of the target language of the certificate.
  • Domestic apprenticeships or internships (in-person or virtual) that require the use of the target language of the certificate.
  • Domestic volunteer work (in-person or virtual) that requires the use of the target language of the certificate.
  • Domestic home-stay with families that speak the target language.

Examples of other experiences are available at Rice and help students accumulate the necessary 60 hours.

  • Courses at Rice University that include an internship, apprenticeship, or practicum component that requires the use of the target language of the certificate. For example, SPAN 323.
  • Courses at Rice University that include a traveling component. For example, SPPO 375.
  • Alternative Spring with a focus on working with communities that speak the target language of the certificate.

PROCEDURE

It is highly recommended that students meet with the Certificate Advisor to review the experiences they would like to use for the experiential learning requirement. Once reviewed and approved, the Certificate Advisor will ask for the appropriate documentation to certify the completion of the requirement.