Learn About the IES Intercultural Assessment
The IES assessment survey evaluates competencies critical for effective interaction with people who are different from one another. These differences can originate from country culture or from ethnic, generational, religious, and other sources.
The IES provides educators and study abroad managers with measures to help them create a baseline of self-awareness about the current levels of intercultural competencies of those they teach and/or prepare for study abroad experiences. This baseline serves as a platform from which students can explore – with their teachers and classmates – concrete, pragmatic “next steps” they can take to enhance their competencies and help make their educational and/or study abroad experience more fulfilling and productive.
The IES measures three major competencies:
The assessment can be purchased as a stand-alone tool or as a combination pre- and post-assessment whereby you can administer the assessment before the coursework and/or study abroad program and again afterwards to measure changes, track progress and plot a roadmap towards further improvement.
Research shows that the IES and its intercultural assessment tools are reliable and have predictive validity, which means people with higher results tend to perform at a higher level in terms of intercultural engagement skills.
Why Professors and Study Abroad Program Managers Choose the IES
The IES helps to educate students on how to increase their level of intercultural competencies and positively affects their learning experience in intercultural coursework and while studying abroad. The 60-question assessment provides students with feedback on their current levels of intercultural skills and shows them how they can develop these skills during a course or study abroad experience.
After completing the assessment, students receive an easy-to-understand, comprehensive self-development workbook that includes the tools to create a personal development plan. The personal development process introduces students to a highly effective self-improvement method they can use not only during the course, but also while studying abroad and throughout their entire career.
Benefits of Using the IES Intercultural Assessment
Prepares Students for a Global Workplace
Many campuses have an institutional learning objective focused on preparing students for a global world that has to be assessed for accreditation purposes.The IES provides your students with feedback on their current levels of intercultural skills and shows them how they can develop these skills during your course. Once your students take the IES, you can incorporate activities into your syllabus to reinforce its lessons, expand their global understanding, build their intercultural skills and meet the accreditation requirement.
Measures Effectiveness of Intercultural Courses and Study Abroad Programs
The IES is a valid and reliable pre-post instrument, especially combined with qualitative data, when you want to measure whether or not your intercultural competence programs or study abroad programs are effective. With the ability to provide pre-and post-assessments, professors and study abroad program managers can incorporate cross-cultural activities and coursework into their syllabus or study abroad program to reinforce its lessons, expand global-related understanding, and build intercultural skills.
Enhances Study Abroad Experiences
Cultural immersion in another country offers numerous benefits for open-minded students, so long as the students are prepared for experiencing a culture different than their own. The IES intercultural assessment tools aid in the process of acclimating the student prior to their study abroad experience and measuring their growth in intercultural competencies after the experience.
An Intercultural Assessment with Real Impact
The IES is a proven, individualized personal development structure that enables people to become more successful, inclusive, interculturally and globally proficient. The Kozai Group uses the highest standards available in the social sciences to build and maintain the most accurate and relevant assessments.
Research Studies Using the IES
Purchase the IES
*The assessment can be purchased as a stand-alone tool or as a combination pre- and post-assessment whereby you can administer the assessment twice to measure changes, track progress and plot a roadmap towards further improvement.
How to Administer the IES
Set up your online account in the Kozai Group Assessment Center
Upload the list of participants
Send out the
invitation to take
the online assessment
View results in the assessment center
Share results with participants
When should I use the IES?
Do I provide the intercultural assessment to a group or to individuals?
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How much does IES cost?
Corporate accounts can expect pricing in the range of $24 to $30 for a single assessment, and between $40 and $50 for a pre/post assessment.
Non-profit and educational organizations, on the other hand, will find pricing ranging from $10.50 to $14 for a single assessment, and from $16 to $20 for a pre/post assessment.
Please note that volume discounts are available for all types of accounts.
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