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Scientific Integration of International Students
Course Programme

Intercultural Competence in Academic Contexts

In the framework of the ESF-sponsored project "Academic Integration of International Students", a course programme for students and PhD candidates has been developed. Academic supervision of the courses and the issuing of certificates of participation are carried out by the junior professor of intercultural competence.

The course programme focuses on specific traits of German academic cultures and their practical implications. In our workshops and trainings, we address problems of communication between students and academic staff, learn about conventions of oral and written performance in class and tackle time management and other study-related issues ensuing from cultural differences in academia. However, the possible benefits of these courses are not only restricted to the period of study. Intercultural competence is regarded as one of the central soft skills in the 21st century and its value on the job market is nowadays very high. By choosing to participate in the course programme, you will acquire additional competencies that will help you pursue your course of study and may increase your professional chances as you enter the workforce.

All courses are free of charge.


  • Increasing sensitivity to intercultural issues and situations
  • Recognising and avoiding typical communication difficulties
  • Overcoming language barriers
  • Enhancement of  communicative and social competence
  • Theoretical basics of intercultural competence
  • Development of transferable and applicable intercultural skills