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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsIntercultural Competence

Course information

Target group

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


The summer school programme will start on Monday 25 June 2018 and will end on Friday 29 June 2018.
We advise you to arrive on Sunday 24 June 2018.

Sessions will begin at 09:00 and finish at 17:00 with the exception of Wednesday (the third session will last until 12:00).

Download the preliminary schedule


Michaela Carriè€re is project leader and trainer intercultural competence and communication at the University of Groningen. She has been involved in the field of intercultural communication since 1998, and has more than 20 years’ international experience (including extensive experience in India, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, the United States and the Netherlands) and is currently working on her dissertation research on ‘intercultural ethical dilemmas’. Together with her team, she is responsible for the range of training programmes on intercultural competence available via the Language Centre of the RUG.


Beth Yoder is a Senior Trainer at the Intercultural Communication Section of the Language Centre (University of Groningen). She has joined the IC section from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she was (and continues to be) a Managing Partner with Global Teams. She has been facilitating intercultural learning and development for individuals and organizations for over 20 years and has lived in six countries, and worked in many more, providing training and designing learning for adults – from college students to C-level executives.

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.
Workload + certificate

The training consists of 36 hours of professional development. After successful completion of the summer school, a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

Language requirements

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 .

Last modified:26 April 2018 09.24 a.m.