Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development and Family Science

First Advisor

Rob Weisskirch


Many international students in the United States may be in intercultural relationships. Cultural differences may create barriers in their communication such as misunderstandings that are not malicious, but rather nuanced differences that may have negative effects on intercultural relationships. When international students become aware of skills in navigating intercultural relationships, they will be able to build better relationships through intercultural understanding and simultaneously provide beneficial resources for their friends and family members in the same situation to build relationships in English-speaking countries. Based upon Albert Bandura’s social learning theory, where people can learn through observation, a presentation about intercultural relationships and how to build them was created and given to international students at California State University, Monterey Bay, along with a quiz to demonstrate the knowledge they acquired. A worksheet was also provided after the presentation for participants to think of ways to build better intercultural relationships. After those processes, the results showed that all the three learning outcomes that were set up were fully met. Participants were able to identify two cultural differences between their own culture and the culture of others, describe two ways to build better intercultural relationships, and demonstrate one relationship-building skill.