Winter Academy GER

Our living and working environment is affected by globalisation and internationalisation. Hence, the ability to effectively communicate and deal with others in intercultural settings has become a necessity. The widely shared understanding of Intercultural Competence divides the concept into three main categories: knowledge, skills, and attitudes, all of which will be examined in this course. After you have successfully completed this 10-day course you will not only have learned how culture affects human behaviour and have been acquainted with the concepts of intercultural learning. You will also be certified as Intercultural Trainer.

The Winter Academy addresses people who are interested in teaching intercultural competence themselves, such as:

– trainers, who have already gathered experience and would like to start work in an intercultural context;

– young professionals and/or multipliers, who are committed to intercultural learning, e.g. teachers or practitioners in the field of intercultural youth work;

– students with an intercultural area of studies or/and their own international experiences, who would like to pass their theoretical knowledge through practical trainings.

The minimum age is 18 and good English skills are required, as the course is taught in English. Participants must have successfully completed secondary school and be qualified to enter university.

The course is an introduction to the theories of intercultural communication and the main methods and techniques of intercultural trainings. The course consists of two pillars: a mainly theoretical part that will assess culture’s impact on the human mind and a more practically oriented part that will look at the foundations and applications of intercultural trainings. The participants will be given a detailed overview of the current themes and issues in the relevant disciplines. Furthermore, they will learn about the advantages and perspectives of different training techniques and how they can be combined for distinct target groups. Theoretical units about basic attempts in pedagogic and didactics will be completed by practical examples and tools for training and coaching work.