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Blended Delivery Model

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The MA in Intercultural and International Communication program is designed for students who want to pursue their careers in intercultural and international communication, and is delivered by faculty with expert real-world experience who provide a solid understanding of both the classic and new concepts related to intercultural communication and international issues. The blended model has been the preferred option for many students with significant professional experience and substantial career advancement.

The blended delivery model incorporates online learning with an on-campus residency, students will also have the opportunity to complete a research course or internship to integrate theory and practice and demonstrate that you are well-versed in intercultural and international communication, and possess a well-developed perspective as a global citizen. 

This program ends with a capstone professional project, where students demonstrate their understanding of the practical and problem solving credentials developed in the program.

Residency

The on-campus residency at the beginning of the program allows students to become acquainted with Royal Road University's culture, faculty, and fellow students.

Students will also;
• Begin the study of core elements of the program;
• Develop team and leadership skills essential for future distance-delivered semesters;
• Consolidate learning acquired during the program; and
• Benefit from small-group mentoring and personal consultation.

Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The typical classroom schedule is Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours. In addition to educational activities, there will be a number of planned recreational events.

Online Learning

Distance courses expand upon the conceptual introductions offered during the residency, allowing participants to practice skills and expand their knowledge base. The distance courses also deliver much of the theoretical and information based material in the program. This material is applied to case-study exercises undertaken by teams of students within each course.

The distance learning portions of the program take place over the Internet. Prior to commencing each course, students are provided with a package of materials and readings. At their convenience, they work through the requirements of the course (although there are ‘real time’ deadlines for assignments, exams, etc).

During the distance study periods, students typically take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately nine weeks each. Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 22 hours per week. This may vary at times throughout the course and from student to student. During the first distance courses, the amount of time required may be higher, as students familiarize themselves with our distance learning technologies.

We use a number of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, podcasts, digital videos, case studies, and interactive Internet learning using discussion groups (bulletin boards) for correspondence with classmates, some of whom may be on the other side of the country or the world. Having already met their classmates during the residency period, students will continue to work in teams during the distance courses, an approach that has proven to be extremely helpful to our students.