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Developing Across Differences: Educating Global Ready Graduates

Fostering and assessing Intercultural & Global Competence on campus
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Higher education institutions often state the goal of matriculating globally competent students, yet many still address this simply through the requirement of an international course or education abroad experience. This workshop helps leaders realistically initiate or improve the complex yet mission-critical process of developing global competence on campus.

Why should you attend?

Confronted with rapidly changing economic, political, technological, and cultural realities, higher education institutions are charged with the goal of graduating globally competent students.

To undertake — or iteratively enhance — the work of developing globally-ready learners in today’s higher education landscape requires a thorough understanding of what comprises global and intercultural competence as well as the paths to developing and assessing these on a college campus in concert with other educational goals.

This workshop will offer a substantial exploration of these topics. It uses Interactive Learning to draw on participants’ own experiences and knowledge as well as evidence-based best practices so that they can begin to design and develop specific plans for integrating Intercultural competence and campus programs and curricula.

Practical information
Dates & location

11 - 12 July 2024

Academy Building (Broerstraat 5) or Harmonie Building (Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 26)



May be appropriate for some MA students; contact the organisers for consultation about eligibility


€ 995
(includes course and materials, optional evening programming)

Academic coordinators

Dr. Darla Deardorff

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Level requirements

The DAD is for multipliers who help individuals, organizations and societies better recognize, appreciate and use differences as a way of better communicating, working and thriving together.

These are (in-house and external) trainers, educators, consultants, coaches, researchers, scholars, facilitators, HR staff, advanced-level (MA+) students, and professional development specialists with 5+ years of experience/study in the greater Differences field. Contact the organisers at ic or info for consultation about appropriateness and eligibility.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Participant profile

This course is for you if you are a higher education leader including:

●        Post-secondary administrators,

●        Faculty members,

●        Senior leaders including deans and provosts,

●        Student affairs staff,

●        HR and professional development specialists and trainers,

●        PhD students researching this area, and

●        Consultants and others involved in higher education.

It is relevant whether you have a broad strategic responsibility for ensuring global readiness within your institution or you work more directly with international students, study abroad, internationalization-at-home, and/or global learning initiatives.

Learning outcomes

In this course, you will learn how to help yourself and those you work with so that you/they can better:

● Review key theories and concepts related to global and intercultural competence, including models that can be used to frame campus, curricular, and programmatic efforts.

● Explore and analyze practices in higher education designed to develop and assess students’ (and other stakeholders’) global readiness.

● Identify and develop practical strategies for infusing global and intercultural competence into campus learning opportunities across multiple levels of your institution.


12 hours of in-class learning and active participation using experiential methods.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 12 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Sunday, 7 July
15.00-18.00 Optional networking event

Thursday, 11 July - Friday, 12 July

Learning approach

This workshop uses Interactive Learning to draw on participants’ own experiences and knowledge as well as evidence-based best practices so that they can begin to design and develop specific plans for integrating Intercultural competence and campus programs and curricula.

Introduction to lecturer

Darla Deardorff, EdD
Dr. Darla Deardorff specializes in cross-cultural scholarship and training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development, curriculum internationalization, global leadership, and intercultural coaching. She regularly facilitates learning on intercultural competence, international education assessment, and global leadership, including with UNESCO and OECD. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are widely used.

Darla is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), founder of the World Council in Global and Intercultural Competence, a trainer for the European Association for International Educators (EAIE) and is a research scholar at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute.

In addition to holding faculty positions at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa), Meiji University (Japan), and Shanghai International Studies University (China), and Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank (US), among others, she is author/editor of eleven books and over 60 book chapters and articles.

Application procedure
Deadline for application

Registration closes on 1 July 2024.

Date of selection

Within 72 hours following registration, you will be contacted directly by the organisers about your application.

Participants submit payment and details about their interest at the link below (click the "Apply now!" button). They will be contacted directly by the organisers about their experience and the suitability of the course.

Please note that as all courses are subject to meeting minimum enrolments, the DAD team will confirm on or before 17 May 2024 that your course is taking place. We strongly advise you not to book non-refundable travel until you have received this confirmation. In all cases, refunds for courses are not available except in the case of course cancellation by the DAD organisers. In the case that your preferred course is cancelled, you are welcomed to enroll in an alternative course or request a refund. You will be notified on or before 17 May 2024 if the DAD course is cancelled. This policy is different from that of other University of Groningen Summer School and Language Centre courses. Full details are available on the Developing Across Differences (DAD) Learning Lab & Community Week Terms and Conditions page.

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