Get to know international campus life, meet new people from all over the world, and qualify for a future career in cross-cultural work environments

Our living and working environment is affected by globalization and internationalization. Hence, the ability to effectively communicate and deal with others in intercultural settings became a necessity. The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is organized since 2010 by InterCultur GmbH(subsidiary of AFS Germany) and Karlshochschule International University. It brings together young people from all over the world to work together on the following questions: What are major themes in intercultural cooperation and communication? How have international networks changed? What kinds of conflicts arise and how can we deal with them? How do society and organizations react to intercultural challenges in a world of growing complexity and diversity? How can we integrate sustainable solutions in diverse societies? The Summer Academy is characterized by its innovative combination of university lectures and practical workshops. An experiential learning approach, leading to a very deep and lasting understanding of the topic, is addressed!

Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience

Karlsruhe (Germany), July 15‒26, 2019

Today’s societies are differentiated up to a very high degree, due to the flux of migration and refugees, but often just because of historical developments that led to the current situation. Influencing factors can be post-colonial politics, economical dynamics, changing awareness of diversity in a specific context, and, of course, the overall globalization of information.

Sometimes, intercultural issues derive from differences in the cultural encoding and decoding of our activities. Often, as well, diversity is interpreted as ideology and the encounter of conflicting value systems.

The Summer Academy aims at developing applied solutions for intercultural challenges in business and society, focusing on the topics of international relations and intercultural conflict resolution. Furthermore, it introduces the most important foundations of the study and research on cultural diversity and links it with solutions of sustainable socio-cultural integration in this context.

The Academy is being held in English and is open to anyone aged 18–35 with a demonstrable interest in intercultural encounters, especially undergraduate students and young professionals.

Reduced prices for students, volunteers, and employees of non-profit organizations are being offered.

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