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Intercultural Communication in an International Context

We live in a time of increasing globalization, migration and urbanization, which leads to a society characterized by growing diversity in a social and professional context. These developments may offer opportunities and dynamic development, they may also lead to anxiety, misunderstandings and xenophobia. How to handle these aspects of modern living and employ them to identify opportunities without being blind for threats?


In this minor the student learns to take a proactive and self-reflective role and develop professional relationships in a foreign and/or multicultural context, in their professional career at home and abroad.


The programme involves studying practice and theory of cultural awareness, intercultural communication and interaction.

By successfully finishing this minor the student will acquire insights and competence to

  • be aware of one’s own cultural preferences and bias;
  • analyze cultural differences and similarities in international and/or multicultural target groups;
  • perform successfully and effectively on a national and international level in both study and profession.This includes developing a motivated behaviour repertoire and acquiring commitment with relevant stakeholders. The programme is based on current insights and developments and links fundamental knowledge of models and theories to effective behaviour in practice.

Aanvullende informatie

An online intercultural competence scan will be filled in before the first meeting.

The study load takes about twenty hours a week. This has a value of fifteen European Credits (15 ECs).


  • A European B2 level in English is mandatory.
  • The minor is open to all students at a Dutch university (universiteit) and university of applied sciences (hbo, including teacher training) with a first-year diploma.
  • External students will need confirmation from their own university or employer before being enrolled.



Four mandatory parts:

1. theory test

2. essay

3. advice report based on the students’ research at the (traineeship) workplace

4. presentation, integrating 2 and 3.


Coursebook Fred E, Jandt, An introduction to Intercultural Communication 8th edition, supplemented by additional materials.


The programme starts on Wednesday 31 January 2018 and consists of full day study meetings on six Wednesdays from 10.30 to 17.45 hrs with lectures, workshops, guest lectures and coaching, followed by twelve weeks during which the student carries out practical research at the (traineeship) workplace. After that the assessment will take place. During this period the students will be enrolled in Blackboard and will be in touch with their coach online.