About ICIC

For more than 20 years, ICIC staff and resident scholars have produced cutting-edge empirical research in applied linguistics at the practical intersection of intercultural communication. This research has led to collaborative efforts with a diverse group of international scholars, teachers, clinicians, local community partners, and other institutions dedicated to improving written and oral communication between people of different cultural backgrounds and societies.


ICIC's Mission Statement

The International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) within the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts studies English language and intercultural communication through the use of linguistic science, implements practical and customizable education and training in English language and culture for specific purposes, and applies its research to benefit the local and global community.


ICIC's Approach

ICIC is unique in its international reputation and dual focus on research and practice in intercultural communication across many disciplines. One of its current focuses is healthcare communication and health literacy. ICIC’s approach to its research and practice is Translational, Transnational, and Collaborative.


ICIC's History

  • The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) was established by the IU Board of Trustees in 1998 as a research and service unit housed in the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
  • The center has been self-sufficient since its founding, generating more than $5 million in revenues from external and internal grants and contracts.
  • With a generous gift from the Zimmer family, an Endowed Chair position was established in 2003 to support the ICIC Center Director.
  • In 2010, the center was awarded a prestigious Signature Center Initiative Grant from IUPUI.
  • In order to better reflect ICIC's internationally-focused mission, in 2014 ICIC changed the first word of its name from "Indiana" to "International."
  • In 2015, ICIC moved from an off-campus building to a newly renovated office location in Cavanaugh Hall, the central location of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.