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Intercultural Competencies (INCO)

Postponement due to COVID-19

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Intercultural Competencies 2021 program will be postponed to Summer 2022. This decision was made after closely monitoring the global risk assessment by the World Health Organization, which left us no other option than to postpone the Summer School once more to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our guests, staff, and lecturers.

On the same note, current travel restrictions that are being extended on a daily basis are impacting and will continue to impact our guest students' ability to adequately plan their visit of Osnabrück University. Rather than burden both guests and organizers with this level of uncertainty, we think it is in everyone's best interest to postpone the program to 2022 in order to ensure a well-organized and safe Summer School that is able to meet the high standards participants have come to expect from our programs.

We apologize for any inconvenience the postponement has caused and are looking forward to receiving your application for INCO 2022 (application period starting January 15th, 2022).

Osnabrück University's International Summer School "Intercultural Competencies" offers an in-depth view into the field of cross-cultural psychology. The objectives of this program are threefold. First, students gain profound insights into current scientific debates and important topics in the context of intercultural competencies. They exchange ideas with leading scholars of the field and their program fellows and sharpen their critical thinking. Second, in the training session, students develop intercultural empathy while getting to know different techniques and methods used in the intercultural training sector. This interactive format conveys a basic understanding of how culture influences the perception of time, space, and groups. Third, by developing a training session for a specific target group themselves, students strengthen their didactical knowledge and gain practical insights into the difficulties and opportunities an intercultural setting bears.


Course Details

  • Name: Intercultural Competencies
  • Date: Summer 2022
  • Credits awarded: 5 ECTS (+1 ECTS for German language class)
  • Primary language of instruction: English
  • Necessary language level: B2
  • Course fee: EUR 1500; EUR 1250 for participants from partner universities
  • Application: January 15th to March 31st


In case your home university requires a syllabus in order to acknowledge the credits granted for successful participation, you will be able to download it here shortly before the start of the program.

INCO at a Glance

Find essential course information in a single document here (PDF, 1.68 MB).

Course Description

The school will comprise three consecutive units. In the first unit, students will have the opportunity to participate in keynotes and interactive seminars organized by leading German and international scholars in cross-cultural psychology, for instance, by Prof. Kate Hattrup (San Diego State University, USA) or Prof. Stefania Paolini (University of Newcastle, Australia). Topics such as "Culture and Competencies for Diversity" or "challenges of achieving and maintaining intercultural harmony“ as well as many more will be discussed.

In the second unit, the focus will be on the transfer of intercultural competencies into practice. This course is designed as an intercultural training workshop. Major topics of this training course will be cultural awareness, cultural values and attitudes, different communication styles and teamwork across cultures.

In the third unit, participants will get the opportunity to design their own intercultural awareness training. Based on different materials and the theoretical as well as the practical knowledge acquired in the first weeks, they will draft an intercultural training course for different application areas. In small groups, participants will prepare a training on a specific content and select adequate methods for a selected target group. Examples are trainings for educational staff working with migrants, preparation courses for expatriates or intercultural workshops for multicultural teams. Each group will present its workshop concept at the end of the week in a final symposium.