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Semester EventsINTERCULTURAL SKILLS - NAVIGATING THE VARIOUS CUSTOMS OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

Course content

International students and their Buddies or tutors are often faced with unique challenges: The students have to learn to live in a foreign country and deal with unfamiliar study environments. The Buddies and tutors support people with other mindsets and behaviours as well as a different native language. In order to competently deal with all these differences, the involved parties need to have good intercultural skills.

In this interactive digital workshop, you will learn to understand your own culture as well as cultural differences and be taught how to constructively deal with these difference in everyday life and at university. Students and tutors will be able to learn from each other. In addition to an introduction to the theoretical foundations, you will have sufficient opportunities to share experiences.

Overview of the various workshop topics:

  • Germany: Expectations vs reality
  • Accompanying students: Expectations vs reality
  • Cultural standards - what are we / the Germans like?
  • Recognising and overcoming cultural misunderstandings
  • Intercultural (online) skills at university and in Buddy/tutor programmes
  • Experiences of other students and other Buddies

Please note

This course will be offered in English. Prerequisites are therefore good English language skills.

A corresponding workshop in German will take place in the winter semester.

Overview

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Led by:

Katja Dienemann

Date and Time:

4 June 2022, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location:

Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie (IDF), Plöck 55, 69117 Heidelberg

Audience:

International students at the beginning of their programme (up to the 3rd academic semester)
as well as Buddies and tutors of international students

Registration

The course is free, however, there are a limited number of places available. Therefore, early registration by e-mail is necessary! Register now at betreuunginternational@zuv.uni-heidelberg.de