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Intercultural Competencies (INCO)

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.


Coronavirus Information

In spite of the current situation surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, we are proceeding with the preparations of the Osnabrück Summer School 2020 program as planned. We are monitoring the situation closely and, since the start of the Summer Schools is still months away, we currently do not see the need to cancel or postpone them. If you were thinking about applying to one of our Schools, but were unsure due to the outbreak of the virus, please do not hesitate and apply – the application itself will not commit you to participating in the program, and if the situation worsens, you will still be able to opt out without detriment. We will make the decision leading up to the start of the program and with enough of a buffer to allow you to make alternative arrangements for July/August in the event of cancellation.
That being said, it is of course advisable to take some precautions in preparation of the Summer School:

•    make sure to book a refundable/flexible flight ticket in case of postponement/cancellation,
•    check in with your international office and/or your country’s public health authority closer to the start of the program to ensure that you will be able to travel to Germany in July,
•    make sure to be mindful in your choice of travel health insurance; check our health insurance site for details,
•    take note of the safety hygiene precautions published by the Robert Koch Institute.

Course Details

  • Name: Intercultural Competencies
  • Date: July 19 - August 8, 2020
  • 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 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.


Download the application form here and submit your application between January 15th and March 31st, 2020!

INCO at a Glance

Find essential course information in a single document here.

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.

Apply now!

Download the application form now! Once completed (either digitally or manually), please send the signed copy/scan and all other necessary documents to sustutors@uos.de between January 15th and March 31st, 2010.