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 2022-23. It is subject to change due to the dynamic Covid-19 situation. Please consult the course catalog for alternative provisions in case of campus restrictions.
Target groups of the course
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 course is 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.
The course is also open to graduate Incoming exchange students, thus providing a diverse setting to discuss different perspectives, practical issues, and experiences.
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 2.5 days sessions in class and a separate 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 (only open to degree-seeking WU students, not 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 (e.g. work schedules).
Because of the interactive nature of the Intercultural or Cross-Cultural Competence courses you need to attend all modules. In exceptional cases and only after consulting with the course lecturer, absence of a maximum of 20% of live sessions will be tolerated and is to be compensated for with an academic paper or equivalent task.
The assessment of the course includes the following criteria:
Class participation (20%)
Group assignment and presentation (40%)
Written individual assignment/exam (40%)
If stated in the course syllabus, students must obtain the CLASS READER prior to the start of the course, which is available at the Management Book Service bookshop on campus (located in building D2). 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: