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Intercultural Communication

Encounters between people with different cultural backgrounds are part of everyday life at an internationally oriented university. In our interactive workshops, you will strengthen your intercultural competence and expand your communicative scope of action.

Offers for all students

Workshops in the winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Fr, 17.11.2023, 16:00-19:15, in English, in Munich
  • Fr, 24.11.2023, 16:00-19:15, in German, in Munich
  • Fr, 19.01.2024, 16:00-19:15, in German, in Munich

Target Group: for all nominated Erasmus and TUMexchange exchange students

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Content:

What happens, when you leave your normal surroundings behind and ventures out into a new and different world? How do you learn to adjust? Good intercultural communication skills are a prerequisite for professional success in our global world today. In order for you to make the most out of your international exchange, TUM offers you this intercultural training course, with the goal of enhancing this important skill set. Throughout interactive self-awareness exercises, role plays and phases for reflection, you will experience yourself as a culture bound individual. You will anticipate what „Culture Blues“ might feel like and learn techniques to analyse interculturally challenging situations competently and effectively, while developing functional communicative strategies.

Workshops in the winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Fr, 20. und 27.10.2023, 16:00-19:15, in English, in Munich

Target group: international students

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Content:

How do the 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 from an intercultural perspective in this half day seminar (5hrs). The seminar serves to deepen your knowledge about Germany and the Germans and also reflect on ways in which you may encounter intercultural differences in university life. You will also enhance your understanding for interculturally challenging communicative situations with professors, fellow students and advisors and become acquainted with tools to deal with “culture blues” or “culture shock”.

Workshops in the winter semester 2023/2024:

  • 21.10.,10-13:15, 27.10., 15:30-18:45, 28.10., 10-13:15, in English, online
  • 27.11., 29.11., 16-18:30, 04.12., 06.12., 16-18:30, in English, online

Target group: students in all areas of engineering, especially students who are currently on exchange, or will be in the next semester at a EuroTeQ partner university

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Content:

Future engineers are required to coordinate interdisciplinary projects and collaborate with specialists from other domains. Aside from professional know how, successful engineering in a European context requires excellent intercultural communication skills and competences. But what exactly are the ingredients for successful cooperation in multicultural settings? The workshops of the EuroTeQ Engineering University focus on the intercultural agility that is crucial for studying and working in a multicultural environment.

Workshop in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Wed, 15.11.2023, 16:00-19:15, in German, in Munich

Target group: all students and employees

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Content:

In this seminar, we contemplate, among other things, the phenomenon of “reverse culture shock”. We apply intercultural theory and techniques to analyze and understand any experiences that may still be on your mind from your exchange experience. To prepare for your future as a “Global Citizen”, we develop strategies for successful intercultural cooperation in international projects and teams. Together, we will contemplate our cultural identity at the interface with the “other”. What are the next required steps on our way to intercultural competence? Where are we in our adaptation process and is there a risk of overadaptation?

Workshops in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Mon, 23.10.23.-05.02.2024, 13:15-14:45, in English, in Munich
  • Mon, 23.10.23.-05.02.2024, 17-18:30, in English, online
  • Mon, 23.10.23.-05.02.2024, 17-18:30, in English, online

Target group: all TUM students

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Content:

After completion of this course, students can communicate more effectively with partners from other cultures. Specifically, they can recognize cultural differences when they occur, understand some specific ways in which cultures can differ, and have developed self-awareness of their own cultural behaviors and values, which helps them be more effective in cross-cultural communication situations. After completion of this course, non-native speakers of English can better understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; they can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; they can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and they can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices; They are better prepared for studying or working abroad. Corresponds to C1 of the CER.

Special Offers

Intercultural Communication – Awareness Training

Workshop in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Sat, 09.12., 10-13:15, Fri, 15.12., 15:30-18:45 and Sat, 16.12., 10-13:15, in German, online

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Content:

The workshop concerns the strategic and practical handling of cultural diversity, as well as questions of intercultural organizational development. Students are sensitized to intercultural situations and acquire actionable competencies for international work enviroments.

Intercultural Communication - German Matters Program

 

Workshop in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Fri, 13.10., 16-19:15 and Fri, 20.10., 17-20:15, in English, in Munich

Target Group: Students in the "German Matters" Program

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Content:

How do traditions of teaching and learning in an academic environment differ between your culture and that of Germany? Which conventions exist regarding 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 from an intercultural perspective in this one day seminar (8hrs). You will deepen your knowledge about Germany and gain perspectives from locals and also reflect on ways in which you may encounter intercultural differences in university life. You will enhance your understanding for interculturally challenging communicative situations with professors, fellow students and advisors.You will also become acquainted with tools to deal with “culture blues” or “culture shock”.

German as a Foreign Language B2+C1 - Intercultural Communication Skills - "Working as an Engineer in Germany"

 

Course in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • 06., 08., 13. und 15.11.2023, 17-20:15, in German, in Munich

Zielgruppe: future engineers, especially participants in the certificate program "German for Engineers"

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Inhalt:

The knowledge in intercultural communication developed in this course enables students in engineering subjects to communicate interculturally in multinational project teams and in the German working context. Students develop the application of intercultural models to analyze complex, interculturally challenging situations in the professional environment. Furthermore, they acquire factual knowledge about the specifics of the German labor market, such as social partnership, company co-determination, content and structure of an employment contract, company structures, etc.. In addition, they will acquire the corresponding business German vocabulary.

Offers for Employees

Intercultural Communication - Basics „Fit for Staff Mobility“

 

Workshop does not take place in winter semester 2023/24.

Target group: for TUM staff with a confirmed application for an Erasmus Mobility exchange or for TUM staff who have already participated in an exchange and would like to reflect on their experiences in retrospect.

Content:

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.

Workshop in winter semester 2023/24:

  • dates to be announced

Target group: staff members working in intercultural teams interested in improving both their English and their intercultural communication

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Content:

In this course, we discuss in English intercultural content and opportunities for miscommunication.

Intercultural Communication  How are things done elsewhere? - Compare and Share

 

Workshop in winter semester 2023/2024:

  • Wed, 15.11.2023, 16-19:15, in German, in Munich: tba.

Target group: all students and staff

Registration till 09.11. by mail to lechle(at)zv.tum.de

Content:

In this seminar, we contemplate, among other things, the phenomenon of “reverse culture shock”. We apply intercultural theory and techniques to analyze and understand any experiences that may still be on your mind from your exchange experience. To prepare for your future as a “Global Citizen”, we develop strategies for successful intercultural cooperation in international projects and teams. Together, we will contemplate our cultural identity at the interface with the “other”. What are the next required steps on our way to intercultural competence? Where are we in our adaptation process and is there a risk of overadaptation?

Would you like to organize a workshop for your multicultural team at TUM? Contact us by mail.

Intercultural Encounters

Global Minds

In this series of events, we provide tips and advice on the application process for jobs and internships abroad. At each event, a specific target country is presented with its specific framework conditions and the associated application process.
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Learning in Tandem

Film Series DIVERSITY

In cooperation with the HFF München we organize international film evenings. Here we show international films in the original language which can be discussed afterwards. You will get a chance to talk to people from a range of countries and cultures.
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Photo credit

Photo credit: Eckert, Astrid / TUM, Photo Film series: TUM Language Center.


Katharina Lechle
German as a Foreign Language Lecturer

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