Develop your Intercultural and Study Skills: Understanding and Managing Culture-Specific Communacation Differences

26.05.2017 von 16:15 bis 17:45

Joint offer of the Graduate Center and the International Center

Target Group:

All doctoral candidates and postdocs (up to two years after completing their doctorate) from abroad


Friday              26 May 2017                4.15 pm - 5.45 pm


Carol Sheehan, Intercultural Communication


Understanding and Managing Culture-Specific Communication Differences

  • Strategies for dealing with difficult people and situations
  • Culturally different ways of communicating
  • Small talking


Course Description:

Leaving home and your familiar comfort zone to travel to a new country can be a stressful experience especially when you are confronted with different manifestations of culture, e.g. national everyday culture, academic culture and conventions, as well as a different language and communication culture.

Because you and the other participants decide on what issues we discuss and work on, each of these tutorials is unique. Besides discussing issues that are important to you personally, we will also cover topics such as homesickness, culture shock, procrastination, German values and social interaction. Moreover, you can learn from the experience of others in the group who have also been going through similar experiences.


  • to develop your intercultural cultural understanding and self-awareness
  • to expand your behavioural strategies so that you can successfully handle challenging situations in everyday and academic life
  • to provide you, as a PhD candidate, with a clear understanding of how German universities function


Upcoming workshops:

Understanding and Getting over Culture Shocks

Getting to Grips with University Life and Academic Culture

Socialising and Making Friends

Different Cultures - different Values

Dates: every last Friday in the month, 16:15 – 17:45h, until 28 July 2017



Applications are welcome until 15 May 2017 via our registration portal.

Please note:

There are 16 places on this course. Persons that have a place on the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center after the deadline for registration has expired. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message from us concerning this course there are no free places and unfortunately you cannot participate in this course.

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