SISU Online Course on Intercultural Communication

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is offering free online course on Intercultural Communication. This five weeks course is suitable for pre-university, undergraduate and post-experience students to help them adjust to the new cultural practices that come into their life.

In this free online course, applicants shall learn to appreciate, adjust to, and work or study in different cultures, with this free online intercultural communication course.  The course will start on 

Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 4 hours pw
Subject: Intercultural Communication
Institution: Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on

Providers’ Details

Upholding the motto of “Integrity, Vision and Academic Excellence”, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is an internationally recognized, prestigious academic institution distinctive for its multidisciplinary and multicultural nature, committed to preparing innovative professionals and future global leaders for a wide range of international expertise to address the critical challenges of their times.

About This Course

Whether applicants are engaging in business across borders or cultural regions, meeting other people through international travel, working in a diverse, global organisation or studying abroad, they can benefit from a better understanding of intercultural communication.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

The understanding and appreciation of cultural differences that student gain will help them adjust to the new cultural practices that come into their life – whether via the media or through interpersonal interactions.

Applicant will learn with a cross-cultural team from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), since its inception in 1949 which has become a leader in language and culture teaching.

Learning Outcomes

This free online course will focus on the basic but important concepts. It will:

  • Help student better understand cross-cultural complexity;
  • Cultivate awareness of their own and others’ cultural identities;
  • Highlight some notable variations in communication styles and cultural values;
  • And signpost paths towards building their intercultural competence.

University will start with a journey of self-discovery, telling each other our cultural stories and exploring different cultures. Student will be amazed to see how cultures have influenced our perceptions, thinking, communication styles, values and beliefs.


Steve Kulich

Professor and Director of the SISU Intercultural Institute, Academic Coordinator and Instructor of SISU MBA, MA and PhD Intercultural Communication Programs, Shanghai International Studies University

Hongling Zhang

Professor and Deputy Director of the Intercultural Institute of Shanghai International Studies University. Director of Office for International Cooperation and Exchange, SISU.

Ruobing Chi

Teacher and researcher at the Intercultural Institute of Shanghai International Studies University.


This course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for pre-university, undergraduate and post-experience students. You will need high school-level English or above, an interest in international issues, and curiosity about, exposure to or experience with other cultures

How To Join This Course

Go to the course website link
-Sign Up At FutureLearn
-Select a course and Join
-Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
-After the start date, student will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
-Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
-On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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