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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Intercultural Competence

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'Developing intercultural competence is a core capability in the 21st century and involves cultural self-awareness, understanding the experiences of people from diverse communities, and the capability to adapt one’s mindset and behavior to bridge across differences.’ – Mitch Hammer, 2011.

Businesses know that productivity depends on a work force that is socially and emotionally competent. If you want to become successful in a diverse world, a large part of that success will depend on your ability to communicate and negotiate among diverse cultures.

Intercultural competence is considered one of the top 10 work skills needed for the workforce of 2020. It entails recognizing cultural differences, understanding how these differences influence interaction and maximizing that knowledge in order to minimize misunderstanding.

This summer school is a structured training based on a developmental approach to building intercultural competence, regardless of your current level of cultural understanding. The offered program will be taught by a senior practitioner in the field with more than 10 years’ experience in intercultural training development and delivery and will cover everything from cultural stereotypes to cognitive and communication styles.

What is it in for you?

  • Gain a deeper insight into your own culture
  • Learn more about different behavioral and communication patterns
  • Share critical intercultural incidents and best practices
  • Develop your own intercultural competence by doing exercises, games and simulations
  • Learn how to deploy intercultural competence development in your academic and/or professional field(s)
Practical information

Dates & location 22 - 26 June 2020, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level BA/MA/PhD students
Fee 150
Academic coordinator Drs. Michaela Carriere

Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. For a list of possibilities, kindly contact the organizers.

NB We also offer a Winter School on Intercultural Competence Development for Professionals. Experts are kindly asked to apply for this winter school and not for the summer school.


This summer school is intended for BA, MA and PhD students. Prior knowledge of the field of intercultural communication is preferred, yet, not necessary.

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 .

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Better understand the differences between cultural stereotypes and cultural generalizations.
  • Recognize and deploy different styles of communication.
  • Gain a theoretical understanding of intercultural competence development.
  • Gain a deeper insight into your own culture.

The summer school programme will start on Monday 22 June 2020 and end on Friday 26 June 2020. Sessions will begin at 09:00 and finish at 17:00 with the exception of Wednesday (the third session will last until 12:00). Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 36 hurs (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.

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Application procedure

To apply, please fill out the online application form. Please include the following documents in your application:

  • A letter of motivation (max 1 A4) in which you describe your interest in intercultural competence. Make the case for why we should choose you to attend the summer school on Intercultural Competence.
  • A copy of your CV

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that the registration will close when we have reached our maximum number of participants. For those who need a visa, the deadline for application is 1 May 2020.

So if you are interested in culture and intercultural communication, apply now and further your ability to communicate effectively with people from other cultures!

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*For those who participated in the winter school: this summer school is a direct interpretation and implementation of the principles of training design addressed during the winter school.

Last modified:23 January 2020 10.19 a.m.