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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    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. Participants learn to recognize cultural differences in a more nuanced manner, critically assess different explanatory models, and reflect upon their own value systems. Our course is taught in a workshop-style and is very interactive: we use simulations, role plays, discussions and case studies to cover the material. In the second part of the workshop, participants have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

    Summer Semeter 2024: Our Basics course starts on Friday, April 12th. Come join us!

    Learning goals: Raise awareness for your own cultural perspective and how you deal with foreign cultures, reflect on what you consider normal as well as your own criteria for evaluating others, expand your intercultural knowledge and communication tools.

    Focus: The course covers various concepts of culture, cultural value orientations, perception and mental evaluations, our image of self / others, intercultural communication, working in international teams, dealing with stereotypes and everyday racism.

    This course can either be taken in the Extracurricular Studies (Studium generale) Program (2 ECTS, 3 SWS) or as MODULE 2 for the “Studium International” Certificate. By taking the course, you can also receive partial credit for the “Ethikum” (ethics certificate) – please contact our office for more information.

    Students in the Asian Studies degree programs who have already completed their year abroad can offer and carry out a workshop unit by themselves that can be counted towards the “Studium International” Certificate. You would then be partially exempt you from participating in the class. But please discuss this with us first.


    The Basics of Intercultural Communication Course is offered only in summer semester and is taught as  a block course over 6 or 7 half days. The maximum number of participants is 15. So please sign up soon.

    It is also possible to earn two ECTS points by writing an additionally report / short paper by then end of the semester (topic to be discussed with the workshop leaders).

    Course Dates for Summer Semester 2024:

    The Basics of Intercultural Communication course will take place on different dates - Wednesdays and Fridays in the summer semester 2024. The course will be taught in English.

    Course Dates:

    • Friday, April 12: 9.45 - 17.00, Room F022      
    • Wednesday, April 17: 11.30-13.00, Room F022
    • Wednesday, April 24: 11.30-13.00, Room F022
    • Wednesday, May 8: 11.30-13.00, Room F022
    • Wednesday, May 15: 11.30-13.00, Room F022
    • Friday, June, 07: 9.45 - 13.00, Room F210   
    • Friday, June, 21 9.45 - 13.00, Room F022 

    Plus: an additional group (or individual) work project

    To register for the course: simply send us an email at by Monday, April 8, 2024. The course limit is 15 participants.

    We look forward to seeing you there!