Intercultural Communication

For TUM international students

Intercultural Communication Skills - Basics "Fit for Studying in Germany"

How do traditions of teaching and learning in an academic environment differ from one culture to another? Which conventions exist regarding the communication between professors, lecturers and students during, before and after lectures? These and many other questions surrounding studying at a German university will be covered in this half day seminar from an intercultural perspective. Please register through TUMonline.​

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For students planning an exchange with Erasmus or TUMexchange

Intercultural Communication Skills - Basics "Fit for the Exchange"

What happens when you leave your normal surroundings behind and venture out into a new and different world? How do you consciously engage with the new environment? What role does your own culture play in this? Good intercultural communication skills are a prerequisite for professional success in our globalized world today. In order to gain the most benefit from your international exchange program and with an aim to enhance this important skill set, the TUM Language Center offers you this half day intercultural training course in cooperation with the International Center. Please register through TUMonline.

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Fit for Staff Mobility

Intercultural Communication Skills – Basics “Fit for Staff Mobility”

Intercultural competence is an essential skill for successfully working in an international environment. Actively reflecting one’s own cultural identity plays an important part in developing cultural awareness. In order to gain most from your exchange program and to be able to integrate your intercultural experiences profitably into your daily work, TUM Language Center offers this half-day intercultural training course in cooperation with the International Center.  

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Post Exchange Intercultural Reflection Workshop

You are back from your exchange semester or year and have immersed yourself once again into regular TUM life. Your time abroad has been a profound experience and is the point of departure for a deeper look into intercultural communication and its stumbling blocks.

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Living between cultures

How does Communication work? Do Germans communicate differently than French or Japanese? Is body language understood everywhere or does its meaning vary throughout cultures? Is “Time” defined equally throughout different cultures? How can a cultural shock be avoided? These are only a few questions which are going to be answered in the seminar course Intercultural Communication – social perception, cultural standards, prejudices and stereotypes, dimensions of culture, body language, cultural shock, ethnocentrism. In the course cultural, anthropological and sociocultural approaches and their main interpretations are presented and analyzed. The course is addressed to German and international students of all faculties who are interested in developing intercultural skills. Hopefully, the groups of up to 20 students are heterogeneous, so you learn not only together but also from each other. The course takes place once per semester. Please check for details beforehand in our bulletin.

Intercultural Communication

This course, taught in English, should familiarize you with the main dimensions of cultural variation. While learning to understand and appreciate cultural difference, you will improve your ability to communicate effectively in a global context. We will watch film clips, do simulations and hold discussions. Course enrolment is limited to 20 participants. This course counts toward the »Kulturelle Kompetenz Modul von der Carl von Linde-Akademie«.