Whom can I contact if I have questions?

If you cannot find an answer in our FAQ section or on the website, please use the contact page or write an email to Kerrin Appel (kerrin.appel@intercultur.de).

What are the technical requirements for the online ITA?

For the online ITA, we strongly recommend to make sure to have:
  • a reliable, fast Internet connection (if available, use a LAN cable rather than WiFi)
  • a computer, laptop or Mac (rather than a tablet which might limit your functions during the live sessions)
  • a headset (for improved audio quality)
  • a camera
  • updated your browser (please note: Safari might have limited functions, we therefore recommend to use Firefox or Chrome)

What is covered by the tuition fee?

The tuition fee covers the participation in the full 10-days course, the certificate “Intercultural Trainer”, the course material, and optional sessions.

Not included are: participants’ accommodation and board, travel costs and visa (for face-to-face Academies in Bremen or Hamburg).

Is there any financial support?

Staff members at European universities might benefit from a staff training grant under Erasmus+ (more information can be found here).

Participants from Germany might benefit from Bildungsprämie (Training Credit) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research . Please find more information here.

Furthermore, German participants might be able to apply for “Bildungsurlaub” – you can find more information on that and the federal states in which we are recognized for “Bildungsurlaub” here.

What are ECTS points?

By participating in the winter edition, students can earn ECTS credit points after submitting an extra paper.

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. 1 ECTS point is equivalent to 30 hours of work. Home universities may decide on the equivalent credits they may award to their students based on that description.

Please note that it is not possible to earn ECTS credit point during the summer edition of the program.

What about lunch breaks?

All of our academies have a long lunch break to give you sufficient time to eat, relax, and stretch. The online Academies have a 2-hour lunch break, the face-to-face Academies typically have a 90-minute lunch break. On Fridays, the lunch break is shortened to approx. 1 hour in both versions because class already ends at 15:00.

For the online event, we recommend to use your lunch break to be away from the screen, get some food and movement and fresh air, or do whatever helps you to re-energize and feel good.

For face-to-face events in Hamburg, the training facility is located in a lively area with multiple lunch options in close proximity, e.g. Vapiano (Italian cuisine), Din Hau (Vietnamese cuisine) and various turkish fast food shops, bakeries and cafés with a variety of offerings. Supermarkets where you can buy snacks and drinks are also close by.

For the face-to-face events in Bremen, Jacobs University campus has different options for lunch which we will inform you about upon arrival. Please note that the university is located in a residential area, 20km outside the city centre of Bremen – therefore there are rather few other dining options around.

What can I do on the weekend?

For our face-to-face academies, we are offering a social program for participants of the Intercultural Trainer Academy, including activities on the weekend. Once you have successfully registered for the Intercultural Trainer Academy, we will keep you informed about the social program. You can join in the offered leisure activities or organize your own trips. For the online academies, the weekend is free, except for approx. 2 hours of self-study time which you might want to invest for reflective writing or reading literature in preparation for week 2.

Can I organize my own free time?

Outside the official class hours (9:00-18:00 from Monday to Thursday, 09:00-15:00 on Friday), you can spend your time any way you like. However, please note that we also offer optional evening sessions as well as opportunities for social gatherings, both in our face-to-face and our virtual programs. Overall, the program is intense and we strongly recommend to not schedule any other commitments during the duration of the Academy, to give yourself space and time to process, reflect, enjoy, and connect with other participants and the instructors.

For our online events, we offer optional sessions with guest speakers as well as “open nights” where you can hang out with the instructors (in Zoom) to have an informal chat and ask them anything you want to know. For face-to-face events, participants often also organize additional social gatherings in the evening or on the weekend (e.g. exploring Hamburg, Bremen and other cities nearby). For both, the face-to-face and online version of our Academy, we gather for a welcome evening and a farewell party – so you might notice that the program is really rich and provides plenty of additional offers beyond the core curriculum.