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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsIntercultural Competence

Course information

Target group and requirements

This winter school is intended for professionals in the field(s) of intercultural competence/internationalization. Participants of this winter school are selected on the basis of interest in Intercultural Competence as expressed in a brief motivational letter.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to not only follow passively, but to participate actively in the discussions.


The Winter School will cover the following components:

  • Intercultural training competencies
  • Cultural stereotypes and cultural generalizations
  • A Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
  • Characteristics of cultural marginality
  • Training content challenges
  • Thinking styles
  • Low-context communication
  • High-context communication
  • Intercultural training methods and resources

We advise you to arrive on Sunday 14 January. The winter school will take place from Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 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).

Janet Bennett

Dr. J. Bennett

Dr. J. Bennett is one of the founding figures of the field of intercultural communication, the executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and the editor of the Sage Encyclopaedia of Intercultural Competence.

Preliminary schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Intercultural Training Competencies

Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) 1

Cultural Marginality

Training Content Challenges
Thinking Styles
Cognitive Style Differences
Training Methods and Resources




Communication Styles
Low-context and high-context communication
Alexandra Schneiber

"The winter school was a great opportunity to add knowledge, change perspective and to exchange within a vibrant group of international experts from various fields of education, all guided by an inspiring and experienced lecturer. It combined high end learning experiences with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere."

Alexandra Schreiber, University of Goettingen - Head of Center Intercultural Competency , participant of the 2016 winter school

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