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Workshop: Intercultural Competence for international doctoral students

Strengthen your intercultural competence in 8 hours!

Workshop Intercultural Competence

The International Office is working to offer workshops that are tailored to international doctoral students.

"Intercultural Competence"
When: 16 November 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and offered again on 7 December 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: International Meeting Center (IBZ, Emil-Figge-Straße 59, 44227 Dortmund), Room 2/3

Registration: via e-mail at

Language: English


Cultural competence is understood as the ability to act suitable and effectively in intercultural situations. This requires much more than just knowledge of intercultural theories, but involves actions, attitudes and skills. Intercultural competence demands a person to go beyond simply learning and memorizing facts, it demands the motivation to incorporate a reflexive, self-critical and open-minded attitude which consequently leads to certain actions.

In order to fulfill those aspects, the structure of this workshop provides a balance between theoretical input and intercultural experiences.

Topics covered within this workshop will be:

- Concept of culture and interculturality | Stereotypes, Prejudice, Strangeness

- Cultural standards/dimensions | Identification and self-reflection

- Communication theories | Working with critical incidents (academic focus)