Puzzle BildThe Winter Academy on Intercultural Competence will not only impart theoretical frameworks regarding intercultural learning, but also practical competencies and knowledge, to enable participants to work as intercultural trainers themselves in the future.

Therefore, all courses will include workshop sessions with complementary theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff and trainers which are experts with extensive experience in international environments. This collaboration bridges the gap between theory and practice and ensures optimal training results.


Depending on their prior knowledge, participants will be divided into two groups for the first four days of the course.

Group A, constisting of participants with a training background, will learn the required theoretical basics on intercultural learning with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen from Jacobs University.

At the same time, Group B, mainly consisting of university students who already have a high level of theoretical knowledge on intercultural theories, will become acquainted with training basics taught by experienced trainers from InterCultur gGmbH, like Annette Gisevius and Frauke Schmid-Peter.

From day 5 on, both groups will be taught together. A blended offer of theoretical and practical parts gives all participants the chance to get a holistic picture of training design, learning and teaching styles in different intercultural contexts. During an optional extension of the course from day 8 to 10, participants will have the opportunity to design and facilitate parts of intercultural training units and receive intensive feedback about their performance by the instructors.

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After participating in entire duration of the Winter Academy (10 course days), participants will be awarded the certificate “Intercultural Trainer” issued by Jacobs University and InterCultur gGmbH.

Enrolled students have the opportunity to obtain 5 European Credit Points (ECTS) after the completion of the first seven course days and the submission of a written a paper.


  • Training design principles
  • Learning and teaching style in different cultural contexts
  • Tools and methods in intercultural trainings
  • Training design for various target groups
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Feedback
  • Assessment of trainings

Course Overview