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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsIntercultural Competence

Intercultural Competence

Dates & location 1 - 5 July 2019, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level BA/MA/PhD
Fees BA students: € 130
MA/PhD students: € 155
Practitioners: 1255
Academic coordinator Drs. Michaela Carriere
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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)

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 2019. 

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

*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.

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