Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication

Upon completing the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication, students will be able to:  

  1. Communicate and interact with speakers of a second language (in both oral and written modes of communication) at an intermediate-advanced level.  
  2. Analyze critically both the target language and their native language as systems of communication. 
  3. Identify structural, conceptual, social, and cultural aspects associated with language use (including their own native language). 
  4. Understand the implications of cross-cultural understanding and intercultural communication. 
  5. Function as productive members of a society in which multilingualism and multiculturalism are the norm rather than the exception.  

Requirements for the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication

Students pursuing the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication must complete:

  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • An Experiential Learning opportunity (at least 6 credit hours) through an approved study abroad program.
  • An Outcomes Assessment to evaluate language proficiency.

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.


Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication12

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses in Target Language
Select 2 courses at the 200-level or above 16
Select 2 courses at the 300-level or above 1,26
Experiential Learning
Complete at least 6 of the required 12 credit hours though an approved study abroad program 3
Outcomes Assessment
Complete an oral exam and a 500-word essay written in the target language 4
Total Credit Hours12

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication

Language Placement Testing   

Students are required to take a Language Placement Test to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate course in their target language. Placement tests are administered online prior to and during both fall and spring registration.

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first declared a major.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • The Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication (CLIC) will determine equivalency for foreign language classes taken at other colleges or universities and approve them for transfer credit. Students who study abroad should have their transfer credits pre-approved, when possible, before they commit to a study-abroad program.
  • When requesting Rice equivalent credit for foreign language acquisition courses, students should submit no less than the following to CLIC for approval:
    • the appropriate transfer credit request form from the Office of the Registrar.
    • a program description for courses taken abroad or catalog description for courses taken in the United States.
    • a course syllabus for the course they wish to take or have taken, or a web address of the program if one is available.
  • Students should be aware that the approval process takes about one week and should plan accordingly.

For additional information, please see the Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication website: http://clic.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.


The Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication invests in students participating in CLIC-sponsored study abroad programs by occasionally offering scholarships to offset the cost of tuition, fees, and in some cases, airfare. When funding is available, the scholarships are offered in the spring semester for study abroad programs taking place the following summer.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this program.