M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication (ICC)

Part of the Educational Linguistics Division

The M.S.Ed. specialization in Intercultural Communication (ICC) provides a solid foundation in linguistic and discursive approaches to the exploration of issues that arise in communication between cultural groups (including linguistic, social, racial, ethnic, national, gender, and other groupings).

Fast Facts


  • Entry terms: Summer and Fall
  • Transfer Courses Accepted: 2
  • Number of courses: 12 (6 required courses, 6 elective courses)
  • Typical course load: 
    • Fall: 3 courses; 
    • Spring: 3 courses; 
    • Summer: Internship (and/or up to 2 courses) 
    • Fall: 3 courses; 
    • Spring: 2-3 courses
  • Culminating Experience: Internship experience, followed by EDUC 567: Internship: ICC course. 


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The M.S.Ed. specialization in Intercultural Communication (ICC), housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, provides a solid foundation in linguistic and discursive approaches to the study of communication between members of different cultural groups (including linguistic, social, racial, ethnic, national, gender, and other groupings). The core courses examine linguistic and social practices that occur in face-to-face interaction, the cultural expectations and ideologies that inform communicative practices, the cultural dynamics of power and identity, and the practical application of these principles in a variety of work environments.


A degree in intercultural communication can help prepare students for a broad range of careers, such as international student advising, educational/cultural exchange, refugee/resettlement program development and administration, and other social service fields. The program encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities that the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia offer as they work with their advisors to design a course of study that best meets their academic and professional needs. Within GSE, electives in higher education, anthropology and education, TESOL, educational policy and management, counseling, and international education are available. Other schools at Penn offer courses in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Social Work, Linguistics, Policy, and Law, among others.

Program of Study

Core Courses


EDUC 676 Discursive Approaches in Intercultural Communication
EDUC 537 Educational Linguistics
EDUC 546 Sociolinguistics in Education
Choice of one Discourse Analysis Course
EDUC 567 Internship: ICC
EDUC 593 Experiential Learning Design for Intercultural Communication


Elective Courses

6 Elective Courses: One Distribution course (outside of the Educational Linguistics & Reading/Writing/Literacy Divisions but within GSE); one course must be in the Educational Linguistics or Reading/Writing/Literacy Divisions; four additional courses (in or outside of the Graduate School of Education)


Students arrange, under the guidance of the Fieldwork & Service-Learning Coordinator, to participate in an internship in one of a variety of settings that could include foreign-student advising offices, elementary and secondary schools, community outreach organizations, social-service agencies, educational or cultural exchange programs, or consulting firms.


Program Faculty

Nancy H. Hornberger, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yuko Butler, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Betsy Rymes, Ph.D.

University of California

Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Anne Pomerantz, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Robert Moore, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Santoi Wagner, Ed.D.

Columbia University

Junko Hondo, Ph.D.

Lancaster University (UK)

Diana Paninos, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Diane Larsen-Freeman, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Affiliated Faculty

Asif Agha, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Christina Frei, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

Rebecca Freeman Field, Ph.D.

Georgetown University

Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania



Educational Linguistics Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Kristina Lewis
Program Manager
(215) 898-5212

Jackie Lopez
Fieldwork & Service-Learning Coordinator
(215) 746-8237

Mary Schlesinger
Administrative Assistant
(215) 898-7912

Suzanne Oh
Administrative Assistant
(215) 898-6998