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Bachelor of Intercultural Studies

Undergraduate Course

About this Course

For over 40 years, Tabor’s ministry training has been built upon a foundation of contextually relevant and culturally sensitive engagement.

Since the 1990s, Tabor’s Intercultural Studies programs (Diploma/Bachelor) has prepared students for intercultural life and work from within the Christian tradition.  Today, our graduates are employed in a diverse range of vocational and professional contexts, both in Australia and across the world.

The Tabor program is designed to achieve two key outcomes.  It aims to develop graduates with the ability to engage interculturally with cultural intelligence and to critically analyse and reflect on past and present engagement in intercultural contexts.  The theoretical and practical components build upon the Christian tradition and Biblical values of dignity, humility, respect and servanthood.  The course subjects address personal, theological, historical, linguistic, cultural, ministry, experiential and religious dimensions associated with intercultural engagement in contexts such as humanitarian crises, church development and literacy in remote communities.

Tabor’s programs are developed in the belief that every person is created by God, an individual of infinite worth and potential.  The beauty of Intercultural Studies at Tabor is that it takes that radical belief and enacts it in contexts where culturally-minded ministry is most needed.  If you share this vision, and if you have a desire to serve, then Intercultural Studies may be the right path for you.

Read about Rachel’s experience in the Bachelor of Intercultural Studies.

Professional Outcomes

Graduates may find both short-term and long-term employment in Australia and beyond with various overseas mission, ministry, denominational or Not-For-Profit organisations. Within Australia, graduates can also join and provide leadership to mission support groups or work with people of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds in appropriate ways in church, para-church, government or community settings.

Their work may also involve working alongside those on the margins. There really is no limit to your options in this field.  As an Intercultural Studies graduate, you will be equipped with informed and researched anthropology, providing an excellent and comprehensive foundation to allow you to serve reflectively, effectively and practically in intercultural contexts.

Course Structure

24 Subjects total
12 Core
8 Major subjects
4 Electives


Introduction to Christian Ministry
Theological Reflection
Working with People and Groups
Christianity and Culture
Intercultural Life and Work
Global Trends and Developments
Language Culture and Society
Diversity and Ministry
Cultural Anthropology
Poverty and Community Development
Supervised Intercultural Field Education
World Religions


Select 8 subjects within the following fields:

Christian Studies


Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4

What do I need for entry?

Qualify for mature age entry

How long does it take?

3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

Where can I study?

This course is available fully online, fully on campus in Adelaide, and a blend of online and on campus in Perth.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Exit Points

Diploma in Intercultural Studies after 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Course Codes

Tabor: TM714I
SATAC: 5A0409

Course Level

Make an Enquiry

Faculty of Ministry, Theology and Culture
Phone: 1300 482 267
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