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Diploma in Intercultural Studies

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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) have 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 Diploma program is designed to provide students with an integrated, foundational understanding of the key concepts of intercultural life and work. The course aims to develop graduates who are culturally intelligent and who are cognisant of contemporary international trends and developments. The theoretical and practical components build upon the Christian tradition and Biblical values of dignity, humility, respect and servanthood. The core subjects centre on intercultural communication, the intercultural life and work cycle, culture and global trends.

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 do have a desire to serve, then Intercultural Studies may be the right path for you.

Students may complete Tabor’s Diploma in Intercultural Studies while they are undertaking Interserve’s On Track Together program. For further details about On Track Together, see here.

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Professional Outcomes

Graduates may find both short-term and long-term employment with various overseas mission, ministry 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.

Course Outcomes

Graduates will be:

  • Lifelong learners whose critical thinking is enriched by the living Christian tradition.
  • Holistic individuals whose vocational competence is enriched by active Christian values.
  • Leading members of various communities whose strategic vision embraces the global context and whose contribution is expressed in multifaceted care and concern for others.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an integrated and theoretical understanding of global trends and developments, the relationship between Christianity and culture, and the nature and demands of intercultural life and work. 
  • Analyse global trends and developments and their implications for their own vocation and the Christian church.
  • Engage in basic cultural analysis, identifying cultural similarities and differences at personal and societal levels and the implications of these for contextualising the Christian message and forms.
  • Examine intercultural life, theological and strategic issues in the light of their knowledge of intercultural theory and the Christian tradition.
  • Communicate and engage with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds in an effective and respectful fashion.
  • Identify their vocational direction
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Related Courses

Bachelor of Intercultural Studies

Undergraduate Course

The Tabor program 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.
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Course Structure


Subject Totals






  • Christianity and Culture
  • Intercultural Life and Work
  • Global Trends and Developments
  • Language Culture and Society
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4

Options vary and are subject to availability.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.
Adelaide – Millswood SA
Perth – Forrestfield WA
Offered fully online

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do i need for entry?

Completion of Certificate IV or above
Qualify for mature age entry

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Tabor: TM514I
SATAC: Not applicable

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