Introducing the CI Model: A theory-to-practice framework for intercultural engagement

Christopher H. Beard1 

1Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand

This paper introduces the CI Model as a framework of practice for intercultural engagement.

An updated version of the 3C Model, the CI Model posits a three-pronged approach to intercultural engagement that is highly relevant to educational contexts: (i) Cross-disciplinary Intelligence; (ii) Comprehensible Input; and (iii) Collaborative Intervention. Cross-disciplinary Intelligence is the application of a generalist cross-disciplinary understanding of the student sojourner/new settler transition experience.  Comprehensible Input presents principles which aid effective communication and information uptake in the initial stages of intergroup contact. Collaborative Intervention introduces the logic of structured outreach and intermediary involvement in the post-contact phase.

This presentation will provide practical examples of how the CI Model can be implemented in a range of educational settings to enhance effective intercultural communication and sustained engagement with new international students.

Key words

International student engagement; theory-to-practice model; effective communication


Chris Beard is a senior teacher on Victoria University of Wellington’s Foundation Studies programme and a member of the ISANA New Zealand Executive. He developed the International Student 3C Model; an interdisciplinary framework for engaging international students. Currently he teaches New Zealand Literature to Foundation students, works part time for a university chaplaincy and co-teaches International Education, New Zealand’s first postgraduate course (online) which is offered by Victoria University’s School of Education.