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Cross-Cultural Competence for Master Students

This website provides information for degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in one of WU's Master degree programs and is valid for the Winter Semester 2023-24.

Target groups of the CCC courses

  • All degree-seeking WU graduate students who have been nominated for an exchange semester by the WU International Office are highly recommended to attend an Intercultural or Cross-Cultural Competence course ("Interkulturelle Kompetenz“) prior to their stay abroad. The courses are intended to provide an introduction to the field of intercultural communication and management, to raise participants' cultural awareness, and to provide theoretical knowledge and practical tools to apply in intercultural everyday and business situations.

  • Some courses are also open to Incoming exchange students.


Please register for the course via the LPIS system. Places are limited, so please make sure to look up the registration deadlines in advance and sign up as soon as possible.

If a course is already booked out, please immediately sign up for the waiting list and contact the course instructor, stating the university you have been nominated for. The email-address is included in the course catalog.

Structure of the course

The Intercultural or Cross-Cultural Competence course is a blocked seminar consisting of blocked sessions in class and an online exam. Detailed information will be provided by the lecturer in the first session of the course.

As a degree-seeking WU graduate student you may choose to attend the course "Cross-Cultural Competence for the International Workplace" (only offered in the winter semester), which is open exclusively to graduate students, or to attend one of the "Interkulturelle Kompetenz/Cross-Cultural Competence" courses (open to degree-seeking WU students, some are also open to Incoming exchange students) in German or English, offered for specific host regions. For a complete list of courses, please consult the WU Course Catalog (VVZ).

Prior to registration you should be aware that continuing attendance is obligatory and that you should not sign up for the course if the class schedule is in conflict with your other classes and/or other obligations. 

Because of the interactive nature of the Intercultural or Cross-Cultural Competence courses you need to attend all modules. Only after consulting with the course lecturer, absence of a maximum of 20% of in-class sessions is possible and is to be compensated for with an academic paper or equivalent task.

Course assessment

The assessment of the course includes the following criteria:

  • Class participation (20%)

  • Group assignment and presentation (40%)

  • Written individual assignment/exam (40%)

The written individual assignment/exam will be based on class readings (see the read!t reading list) and topics presented and discussed in class. Further information will be provided by the lecturer during the course.


For information regarding a specific course, please contact the course instructor. E-mail-addresses are provided in the course catalog. For general questions, please contact:

Mag. Magdalena Berecki-Pernkopf, MA

Mag. Magdalena Berecki-Pernkopf MA

Programmkoordinatorin Interkulturelle Kompetenz