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Intercultural Competence Training

Effective communication in an international context is not always easy. It can be useful to discover what the underlying reasons are that a German, Chinese or Bulgarian responds the way they do. It can also be interesting to discover why in certain situations you respond the way you do. You can develop the necessary competence to communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural contexts with the Intercultural Competence courses of the University of Groningen Language Centre.

Group Courses for Specific Target Groups - Open Registration

There are standard courses for Students, Teachers, Staff and Professionals. Open Registration courses are those that are planned (generally once a semester) and for which you can register directly online.


Open Registration

Discovering the Dutch

For those who find themselves in or coming to the Netherlands.

  • Maximizing Intercultural Competence while in the Netherlands
  • Preparing To Come to the Netherlands (online)


Crossing Borders (CB)

For those going abroad in the near future.

  • CB1: Preparing To Go Abroad
  • CB2: Maximizing Intercultural Competence while Abroad (online)
  • CB3: Re-entry
  • SPECIAL: Crossing Borders 1C: Preparing to go to Yantai, China


Public Speaking in Various Intercultural Contexts
Students who will need to be able to engage in public speaking in various cultural contexts.

The Portable Profession
Career Strategies for the Perpetually Mobile.

Winter School Intercultural Competence
Intercultural Competence Learning Lab (ICLL)
Increasing Cultural Awareness in International Associations
Board members and active committee members in study and student associations at the University of Groningen.

On Demand/Tailor-made Training for Specific Cultural Skills

We can fully develop a new course to your specifications, or we can adapt an existing course to your situation. On demand or tailor-made courses in Intercultural Competence can be given as one-to-one courses, for small groups or for entire organizations. They can be given in the form of presentations, short workshops, longer trainings or competence development trajectories. All this will be discussed during an intake interview, free of engagement. After the preliminary intake interview, we will provide you with a clear offer.


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Introduction to Intercultural Communication
For those who want to understand the role that culture plays in communication.

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Intercultural Competence Development Series

  • Intercultural Awareness
    For those first encountering intercultural differences.
  • Intercultural Competence Development
    For those experienced with intercultural situations wanting to focus more systematically on developing intercultural competence.
  • Intercultural Competence Learning Lab (ICLL)
    For advanced practitioners.

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Effective Multicultural Teams
For those who are working together closely in multicultural ‘teams’. This weekend long retreat is focused on enabling the participants to effectively collaborate with their multinational team members. Participants ideally are e.g. member of the same cohort.

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Intercultural Effectiveness Training (IET)
For those first encountering intercultural differences. The IET is an on-line instrument developed by two RUG professors. It provides a basic introduction to intercultural awareness in a short period of time.

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Applying Abroad

For those who need to adapt the CV and Cover Letter or who need to practice for a job interview in another language and culture.

  • CV Workshops
  • Job Interview Workshops


Global Nomads
For Global Nomads/(Adult) TCK’s.
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Incorporating Culture into the Language Classroom
For language teachers.
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Strategic Internationalization
For those managing internationalization in their company.
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Specific Cultural Workshops
For those desiring country specific information (please see the list below).

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  • Arab Gulf
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oceania
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Vietnam
  • West Africa

Intercultural Competence Testing

Intercultural Competence Testing can be used to gain a deeper understanding of your current level of intercultural competences and to develop a sense of your opportunities for further development.

Intercultural Development Inventory
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), based on the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity, measures how one experiences cultural difference, it is an instrument that ascertains worldview orientations. This questionnaire has scales for denial, defense, reversal, minimization, acceptance, and adaptation, which together form a developmental continuum from a monocultural to a multicultural mindset. A developmental score, is used to determine an individual’s ‘position’ along the developmental continuum.

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Multicultural Personality Questionnaire
The Multicultural Personality Questionnaire (MPQ), a trait-based instrument, measures cultural empathy, open-mindedness, social initiative, emotional stability and flexibility.

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