Maastricht, Netherlands

Intercultural Communication

when 3 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1000

Intercultural communication skills are crucial in today’s ever changing world. As we encounter the challenges of globalized business and rapid cross cultural communication in our daily lives, these skills will enable us to maximize exchanges in a global setting and address diversity from an intercultural perspective. In order to ensure personal and professional successes, it is essential that we endeavor to study models in intercultural communication theory. Furthermore, to develop the skills to translate this knowledge into practical application relevant to education, business, training and research will give us the competitive edge in the global marketplace.

The course, ICC2001 Intercultural Communication, provides a fundamental introduction to Intercultural Communication. We will examine the following key concepts: culture, race, gender, ethnicity, stereotypes, values, expectations and assumptions. By focusing on applied outcomes of intercultural communication theory, the course leads students to acquire intercultural competences for their professional and personal life. Students will learn interpretative strategies in intercultural communication concepts that allow them to become culturally intelligent. They will acquire tools that will enable them to avoid attribution errors when communicating across cultures. Students will participate in interactive exercises to practice their intercultural competences.

A field trip in the local area will also be a part of the course.

Course leader

K.J.M. Willems
S.P.F.J. Limbos
M.J. Feeney

Target group


A minimum number of 7 students is required for the course to take place.

Course aim

Students will:
- Identify and examine the rationale for intercultural communication
- Examine and analyse intercultural communication models
- Expand range of communication nonverbally and verbally
- Develop effective communication strategies to become culturally intelligent
- Develop and sustain a high level of Intercultural awareness and intercultural competence

Credits info

6 EC
Maastricht Summer School awards academic credit (ECTS) for courses successfully completed during the programme. To include these credits in the curriculum of your degree, you need to obtain official approval from the responsible department at your home institution.

Upon completion of a course, the Maastricht Summer School issues a transcript. The transcript states the student’s name, student ID-number, the grade or Pass/Fail and the number of ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 1000: This 3-week course costs €1000,-