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Intercultural Competencies (INCO)

COVID-19: Important Information

While SARS-CoV-2 continues to impact international academic exchange across the globe, including Osnabrück University’s Summer School program, we have implemented safety measures that will allow us to host the 2022 Summer Schools in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of both our international guests and our staff. Of course, we understand that in these extraordinary times, international travel requires a great deal of careful deliberation. In order to help you in this process, we have compiled the most important information in a single document (PDF, 479 kB) that we hope you will find helpful. Please read the document carefully and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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: July 10th to 30th, 2022
  • Credits awarded: 5 ECTS (+1 ECTS for German language class)
  • Primary language of instruction: English
  • Necessary language level: B2
  • Course fee: EUR 1600; EUR 1350 for participants from partner universities
  • Application: February 1st to April 15th, 2022


Your home university may require a syllabus in order to grant credits for successful participation. You will be able to download it in the months leading up to the summer school program.


Download the application form here (PDF, 523 kB) and submit your application between February 1 and April 15, 2022!

INCO at a Glance

Find essential course information in a single document here (PDF, 1.28 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. Stefania Paolini (University of Newcastle, Australia) or Olivia Spiegler (University of Oxford, England). 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.

Apply now!

Download the application form (PDF, 523 kB) now! Once completed (either digitally or manually), please send the signed copy/scan and all other necessary documents to between February 1 and April 15, 2022.


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