Netherlands, Nijmegen

Acquiring Intercultural Competencies through Non-formal Education

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 495

This course “Acquiring intercultural competencies through non-formal education” will give you opportunities to formulate strategies to successfully communicate and collaborate with people from different cultural background. When you study or work abroad, you encounter those intercultural situation constantly in your daily life. This might lead to frustration, homesick, or a sense of not belongings to others. This course will not focus to learn an ABC of another country or culture, but it is about equipping yourself with general knowledge and skills to approach any other culture(s).

Through this course, you will be invited to actively participate in group assignments, discussion of case studies, experience sharing, role-plays and other interactive and creative working methods. For this matter, the essence of non-formal education will be introduced as well. Leading theories on culture, intercultural communication, stereotypes and cultural differences will be explored and connected to your background situation. This will allow you to formulate strategies to deal with differences and possible difficulties best for yourself for future use. The interactive working methods will also be introduced to enable you to inform yourself and educate others. The trainers will therefore reflect on the aims and objectives of each working method for you to understand its applicability.

Program outline

Day 1: getting to know each other, setting objectives and personal expectations, introducing non-formal education.

Day 2: what are culture and culture shock. A variety of interactive games and working methods will be used to fully experience and understand the subjects covered.

Day 3: what are intercultural competencies. A variety of interactive games and working methods will be used to fully experience and understand the subjects covered.

Day 4: what are intercultural competencies (proceeded) and stereotypes. A variety of interactive games and working methods will be used to fully experience and understand the subjects covered.

Day 5: connecting the lessons learnt to your own reality and setting up a personal plan for the future.

Course leader

Rob van Leeuwen, MA
Mobility Coordinator
Radboud University

Pujiarti, BA
Goethe University Frankfurt

Target group

Bachelor, Advanced Bachelor, Master. Students that are planning to stay abroad for studies, internship or (future) work.
Students that are working in an international environment. No specific background is required.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Better understand non-formal education, culture and intercultural learning
2. Develop skills related to the above mentioned subjects for successful intercultural communication and collaboration
3. Apply the working methods used during the course within the context of the participant
4. Learn by doing: the course will invite participants from all around the world, so this already provides a lot of options to share and learn from each other

Fee info

EUR 495: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

Scholarships

We offer several reduced fees:
€ 446 early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%)
€ 421 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 371 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)