Academic Workshops

Intercultural Competence

Intercultural competence is a "combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors which allow a speaker in varying degrees, to recognize, understand, interpret and accept other ways of living and thinking beyond his or her home culture. This competence is the basis of understanding among people, and is not limited to language ability.”
(Cavalli, Coste, Crişan & van de Ven, 2009)

As a result of academic mobility and international collaboration between universities, daily life for students, professors, administrators and counsellors has become increasingly culturally diverse. In such an environment, where diversity has become the norm, successful intercultural interaction is a key competence and also forms the basis for creating long term collaborative relationships. 
Our experienced trainers conduct all workshops in English or German. Get to know our Communication Trainers and our Academic Coaches

Contact Us
Tel. 040 46 88 22 47

Content of Workshop 

  • Understanding cultural dimensions 
  • How our own cultural background affects our thinking, acting and feelings
  • Dynamics of intercultural relations in university life
  • Successful intercultural competence strategies
  • Dealing with intercultural conflicts and behavioral insecurities

Required English Language Skills

CEF level B1 / B2 or above
We offer a short online test to ascertain the respective language level of the participants. This is helpful but not a must.

Target Group: Undergraduates, Ph.D. students, professors, administrators who wish to enhance their intercultural awareness and sensitivity, have quality exchanges with international peers, and engage with more self-confidence at international conferences or in international teams.


Number of Participants: Up to 10 participants

Duration: 2 consecutive days or 2 days arranged flexibly.


In this workshop you will gain a deeper understanding of your own and others' cultural norms, values and assumptions and how these influence your interaction with others. You will develop intercultural awareness and sensitivity and enhance your ability to communicate more effectively in culturally diverse academic settings leading to quality exchanges with international peers in academic collaborations and increased self-confidence at international conferences.