The Intercultural Trainer Academy does not only allow you to deepen your understanding of theoretical frameworks regarding intercultural learning, but also to further develop your practical competencies and knowledge, enabling you to work as an intercultural trainer in various settings.
We strongly value combining theory and practice – thus, our Intercultural Trainer Academy is run by a team of academics and trainers, all of which are experts in their field with extensive experience in international environments.
Topics covered (for more information, see course overview)
- Intercultural theory and research (from cross-cultural psychology perspective)
- Training design and facilitation (for different target groups)
- Learning and teaching styles in different cultural contexts
- Tools and (experiential learning) methods for intercultural training
- Visualization techniques
How does the intercultural trainer academy work?
The Intercultural Trainer Academy uses a strong blend of theory and practice, complementing practical sessions with input on intercultural theory and research.
In the summer edition of the Intercultural Trainer Academy, organized by InterCultur, all topics are covered using a blend of theoretical and practical parts throughout the entire 10-day program. Theoretical parts are taught by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen from Jacobs University Bremen and practical sessions are facilitated by experienced trainers from InterCultur gGmbH, such as Prof. Annette Gisevius, Dr. Nadine Binder and Nele Beck. In contrast to the winter edition, the group is not split up during the first four days (because the total group size in summer is smaller). To obtain the certificate “Intercultural Trainer”, issued by InterCultur gGmbH, the full 10-day program has to be completed.
In the winter edition of the Intercultural Trainer Academy, organized by InterCultur and Jacobs University Bremen, the group is split up during the first four days. Group A (those with prior training experience) get a chance to learn more about theory and research in the intercultural field with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen from Jacobs University. Group B* (those with a strong academic background in intercultural theory) get an opportunity to learn more about training basics with experienced trainers from InterCultur gGmbH, such as Prof. Annette Gisevius, Dr. Nadine Binder and Lea Schaumann. On days 5-7, the groups come together to deepen their knowledge and skills in a blend of theoretical and practical parts on topics such as training design, training methods, and learning and teaching styles in different cultural contexts. On day 8, you will design your own 60-minute intercultural training session with a partner and receive guidance and support from the trainer team. In the last block (days 9-10), you and your partner will co-facilitate your session and receive intensive feedback from the group and instructors. You will also participate in other participants’ sessions and provide feedback to them. On the last day (day 11), we have half a day to reflect on the program and your learnings, to celebrate your success, and for some more surprises. The last day will end around lunchtime. Upon successful completion of the full course, participants are awarded the certificate “Intercultural Trainer” issued by Jacobs University and InterCultur gGmbH.
* Please note that some spots in Group B are reserved for Master students at Jacobs University. We reserve the right to close registration for Group B once the maximum number of participants has been reached.
Please note: In the winter edition, enrolled university students can obtain 5 European Credit Points (ECTS) upon completion course. To receive ECTS, students also need to submit a paper (details will be provided by the instructor).