Intercultural studies support effective communication with people from different cultural backgrounds as you develop your awareness of the role played by culture and cultural differences in society. This area of study will help you to maximise your performance in the workplace both in Ireland and in abroad as we are increasingly working in a multicultural environment. If you are learning a language, appreciating cultural differences is also central to making the process of language learning more effective.

Lost in Translation- language and culture link
New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish.


EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish "not for profit" organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year. Based on principles of experiential learning (learning by doing), EIL programmes are designed to provide tools to survive and thrive in another culture or in a different language, to foster personal development, to build communication and leadership skills, and to be active citizens in an interdependent world. The Mission of EIL Intercultural Learning Ireland is: To provide intercultural learning experiences which enrich lives, promote understanding of other cultures and challenge individuals to be more globally aware and responsible.

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