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Available Courses within the 'Studium Integrale'

These courses of the Cologne Global Study Program are available to Bachelor and Erasmus students of the University of Cologne within their 'Studium Integrale' during the winter semester 2020/2021. Each Course is for two hours a week and you will recieve 3ECTS. The teaching lesson will be english. All courses will be held in a digital format.

Registration: Request via email ( or during the Klips registration phases. 



Economy and Society

Politics and Law

Culture and History

Intercultural Issues in Academia

Lecturer: Judith Berns

Course Nr: 15304.0107

Time: Tue, 3 Nov 2020, 14:00-15:30h

Location:  virtual

Credit Points: 3

Intercultural Competence meets Study Competence

Today´s world, in both, private as well as professional aspects, is characterized by fast changes, quick means of travel and instant communication. Physical distance has become less and less of an obstacle for interaction between people. COVID-19 was a push for digitalization and intensified digital communication across any kind of distance. Intercultural encounters, whether physical or digital, are very common, but the challenges that come along with that are often underestimated.

Universities are aiming to become more international and intercultural competence is considered a key skill to be expected by university graduates.

This course will not only provide knowledge, but more importantly help students to incorporate means to face intercultural challenges adequately in everyday life. A special focus will be put on academic challegenes.

Topics dealt with are (selection):

  • What is culture and what is intercultural competence?
  • Intercultural theories and models
  • Working on real-life cases (critical intercultural incidents)
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Performing in classes
    • Support on how to deliver requested performances (e.g. how to do a presenation)
    • Proper teacher-student-/student-student-interaction
    • Comparing participants´ home Universities