“The trainers and group really created a ‘safe environment’ to try things out.”

Course hours: The Intercultural Trainer Academy takes place Monday-Friday (with the weekend off) from 09:00-18.00. On Friday, we end around 15:00. 


During days 1-4, you have the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills in complementary theory and practice sessions (*). Learn more about intercultural theory and research, including basics of cross-cultural psychology, intercultural communication, and ways in which cultures differ (e.g. values, concept of the self, meaning of choice, …). These more theory-oriented sessions are complemented by hands-on activities that enable you to learn more about training methods, facilitation, and visualization.

During days 5-7, we dive deeper into topics such as learning and teaching styles across cultures, trainer types, principles of training design, and how to handle different types of participants. In each edition of the Intercultural Trainer Academy, we also offer additional sessions tailored to the needs and interests of the group.

Days 8-10 are required if you wish to obtain the certificate “Intercultural Trainer” issued by Jacobs University and InterCultur gGmbH. During these days, you design and facilitate your own training session and receive extensive feedback from the group and the instructors.


We strongly recommend the full 10-day program. Only upon completion of the full 10 days, you are eligible for the intercultural trainer certificate. The 7-days option is offered for students who wish to receive credit points and do not seek to obtain the certificate.


To learn more about the overall program structure, please refer to the program page.


(*) Please note: The Intercultural Trainer Academy has a summer and a winter edition (you can check the upcoming dates here). In the summer edition, we blend theory and practice sessions for the whole group. In the winter edition, our Intercultural Trainer Academy is part of the Winter School at Jacobs University Bremen and therefore attracts more students. In the winter edition, we offer a choice between two groups for the first four days, one focusing more on theory (for those with prior training experience) and one focusing more on training basics (for students with a strong academic background in the intercultural field).