Intercultural Center

    Welcome to the Intercultural Center (IKZ) at the HTWG Konstanz. Are you an international student? Are you a domestic student from Germany who wants to study or work abroad? We have a number of courses, workshops and services specifically for you.

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    Intercultural Skills

    Intercultural knowledge and skills are essential for navigating the world today. The main focus of the Intercultural Center (IKZ) is therefore on helping HTWG Konstanz students and staff gain exactly these skills. Take a look at our intercultural courses, workshops and events:

    Basics of Intercultural Communication
    Take our workshop-style block course for ECTS credits

    How to Feel at Home in a Foreign Country
    Share your experiences of living in another culture with other students

    Studium International Certificate
    Get intercultural credentials for your career and CV

    International Day Event

    Basics of Intercultural Communication Course

    What does culture actually mean? How are cultures different? How do people in different cultures act and communicate? What are the challenges of intercultural communication, particularly when working in international teams? How can we deal with these challenges? These questions are at the heart of this block course we offer each semester.

    The class can either be taken to fulfill MODULE 2 of the “Studium International” Certificate or as a course in the Extracurricular Studies (Studium generale) Program (for 2 ECTS points, 3 SWS).

    More information on the course

    How to Feel at Home in a Foreign Country

    Are you looking for a place to share your experiences of living in another country or in Germany? Would you like to share some cultural experiences you’ve had that were a bit strange or uncomfortable or just funny? Then come join our group "Surviving in a Foreign Country! This group for both international and domestic/German students (also those now living abroad!) meets once a month online.

    Goal of the group is to discuss:

    • Any challenging (or interesting) situations – “critical incidents” – that you have experienced in another country that may have to do with culture (with roommates, classmates, professors, in offices, shops or restaurants)
    • Ideas about how to explain these situations in cultural terms
    • Brainstorms how you can handle these situations differently in the future

    Check our Events page for the next meeting!

    Studium International Certificate

    Show future employers or graduate schools that you have intercultural skills – get the IKZ “Studium International” Certificate while doing your studies. The certificate includes three modules with different requirements that you complete over several semesters.

    The certificate that prepares you for working internationally in intercultural teams. What are the advantages of the certificate?

    • You gain invaluable intercultural skills to prepare you for working internationally in intercultural teams.
    • Makes your CV stand out – shows employers that you actually have the intercultural skills they’re looking for.
    • Last but not least, international exchange is simply fun: gain new experiences and make new friends.

    Click here for more information on the certificate

    International Day Event

    One of the highlights of the year is the International Day, a one-day event  for all HTWG Konstanz students, faculty and staff and visitors that celebrates our international diversity. The event takes place once a year, usually during the summer semester. The next event is scheduled for May 15, 2024!

    Recent event have included the following:

    • Opportunities to meet international students and internationally-minded domestic students
    • Information about partner universities
    • Fun intercultural games / activities
    • Practical information about studying abroad, international HTWG programs
    • Culinary treats from around the world

    See the 2021 International Day flyer

    The next International Day will take place on May 15, 2024. You can get all the details on our Events page – or just drop us a line!