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

May 26, 2017 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Joint offer of Graduate Center and International Center

Target Group:

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


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

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



Registrations are welcome until ... via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of … participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 16 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. 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 you cannot participate in this course.

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