Université de Montréal


Pagoda Skills Courses


In line with our core value of inclusivity, we want to help improve the intercultural fluency, digital competency and employability of every student and recent graduate. We don’t want money to be a barrier, so our courses are available at whatever price you can afford.

We’ve designed these fun and engaging online courses for students who are looking to enhance their future prospects. Each course is flexible enough to plan around your busy lifestyle, take them at your own pace and in your own time!



This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:





By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
  • Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies

This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:


By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified their strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.



Click ‘register now’ and complete the short registration form, log in to your profile and click each course to buy access on a Pay What You Can basis.


Complete each course in your own time, saving any progress you make throughout the course.


Once you’ve completed a specific course from the range, you will automatically be sent a Pagoda certificate of completion for you to share on your LinkedIn profile and save for future use!


What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of student and recent graduate’ current skillset with the fundamental elements needed to improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.

The skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability and Digital Competency. We believe this framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace, preparing them with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team, tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ once they enter the workplace.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a LinkedIn-ready certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are these courses important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this would allow them to achieve both the first and second most important values when attaining employment. For non-placement learners, these courses may be integrated into course projects or their own self-development actions, allowing the learner to practice their new skills in real-time.

Internship and Homestay experience in Zhuhai, China

Name: Alizée Ville and Alice Roberts
Nationality: French and British
Destination: Zhuhai
Accommodation: Homestay
Programme details: Homestay and internship experience
University: Université de Montréal and Lund University
Year: 2016 and 2017Alizée and Alice both decided to take part in a homestay with local Chinese families.

“It was great! I think we both had a great experience with the families.”

Zhuhai is a city in the south of China, and is nearby to huge metropolis’ such as Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou.

“[In Zhuhai] there are a lot of mountains and there’s a beach. So it’s really nice to go out and relax.”

If you’re interested in living with a Chinese family, learning the language and becoming involved with the culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Lindzey’s InternChina Office Internship in Qingdao

Hello readers,
If you follow the IC blog, you probably already guessed that I am a new intern at InternChina-Qingdao office. My name is Lindzey and I come from Montréal, a wonderful and multicultural city in the province of Québec, Canada.

I attend the Université de Montréal, the second largest university in Canada and one of the top universities in the French-speaking world. I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies specializing in Political Science.

InternChina - Montreal, Canada
InternChina – Montreal, Canada

Why China…
My curiosity for China took root in the fact that it is predicted to become the world’s largest economy in the next few years, surpassing the longstanding United States. Learning about the Chinese culture first hand, as well as the Chinese way of doing business, is therefore very important to me because this new world order will definitely reshape the way people do politics. Coming to China to do an internship seemed like a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, gain working experience as well as soak up everything that Qingdao has to offer!

InternChina - Economic change
InternChina – Economic change

… And why an internship with IC?
While strolling the corridors of my faculty department, I was lucky to one-day stumble across an InternChina leaflet on a job board. After visiting their website and reading some of the other intern’s blogs, I decided that Qingdao best suited me. With its seemingly beautiful beaches, clean air, old town and spicy cuisine I decided to apply! A few months later, here I am writing my first blog surrounded by a great team, in a fantastic location and eager to begin my three-month internship in Marketing and Admin.

Upon arrival at the Qingdao airport, my flatmate Hyacinth, who is also an intern at IC, was waiting for me with a sign …like in the movies! Thanks to her, I was able to take a taxi and head straight to our flat and settle in. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of the apartment, as well as the overall décor. The following day, we took a bus to the downtown area and had a lovely walk near Marina City and the well-known May Fourth Square. It’s so beautiful! With many people just relaxing nearby in the sun, having fun flying a kite or visiting the Olympic sailing centre, Qingdao gives a great first impression!

InternChina - View from office
InternChina – View from office

With this being my first ever trip to Asia and the longest amount of time spent abroad, I am very fortunate to be surrounded by so many great people and able to discover more and more each day what this great coastal city has to offer. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences in future blogs.

If you would also like to discover China and gain some work experience, apply now to come and join us! Internship opportunities are available in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai.