Course hours

For face-to-face academies, mandatory class hours are 9am – 6pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am – 3pm on Fridays. We are planing enough time for a lunch break every day.

Please note that there may be optional activities such as social program and optional workshops after the official class hours.

Course times of the online edition: The Online Intercultural Trainer Academy is covering the same content as the face-to-face Intercultural Trainer Academy and encompasses four consecutive modules of virtual presence spread over a period of four weeks.

The training hours of the online trainer academy are 9am-6pm (CET)*. These scheduled times include lunch breaks (~12am – 2pm), shorter breaks and asynchronous self-study time. *Expect for Friday June 07 (Module 1) and Friday June 28 (Module 4), here the training hours are 9am-3 pm (CET).

Please note: There will be self-study tasks in between modules. These tasks encompass intercultural theory (readings or videos), reflection tasks, learning diaries, group work with fellow participants and preparing for your own Certificate Training Sessions. The tasks will be announced in week 1 and can be complete on your own time schedule.

Program Overview (Face-to-face editions)

This is an exemplary overview of how a face-to-face Intercultural Trainer Academy in Bremen or Hamburg may be structured.

Program Overview (Modular online edition)

This is an exemplary overview of how a modular Intercultural Trainer Academy in an online setting may be structured.

Topics and Contents

Theory covered

  • Cultural dimensions
  • Analytic versus holistic ways of thoughts
  • Learning beliefs /morality
  • Culture and emotion
  • Communication
  • Organizational behaviour across cultures
  • Improving intercultural competence
  • Future directions of the field

Practical topics

  • Principles of trainings design and evaluation
  • Advanced training design
  • Adapting to various target groups
  • Teaching and learning styles across cultures
  • Dealing with difficult participants
  • Experiential learning methods
  • Simulations
  • Visualization techniques

During the final days of the program, you design and facilitate your own training session (in pairs) and receive extensive feedback from the group and the instructors.

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 Constructor 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).

Concerning the Online Edition: In the virtual edition you will benefit from the same inputs in theory and trainings design as in the face-to-face ITA.
Nontheless, a special focus of the online academy will be on virtual implementation of methods and exercises. Also, the online format opens possibilities to experiment with online collaborative tools, such as Miro, Mural or Padlet.

Please note that it is not possible to simultaneously work during the academy (neither online, nor face-to-face) since it is an intense full-time training program.

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