Summer School - Intercultural Competencies, 17-28 August 2015, Croatia

Publish Date: Jul 09, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 17, 2015 12:00 to Aug 28, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School 

People are not the same around the world. We are actually different in many ways, for example, Europeans clothe brides in white dresses, while in Asian culture white dresses are used for funerals.

Tutor: Berit E. Simonsen

Tutor´s bio: Berit Simonsem is Assistant Profesor at University College of Northern Denmark, where she teaches courses in leadership, the concept of culture and the hospitality industry and intercultural competencies.

“Enhance your cultural intelligence and bridge the cultural gaps”. People are not the same around the world. We are actually different in a many ways, for example, Europeans clothe brides in white dresses, while in Asian culture white dresses are used for funerals.There are also a lot of differences in business behavior around the world, and these behavioral details are sometimes crucial in getting a deal. In this course, you will embark on a fascinating excursion around the globe and learn more about how different are cultures in the world.

Capacity: Max 20 Students

Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 13:00

Credits: ECTS = 1. You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university. If you enroll in UCN, you will have the credits accepted, based on fulfilling all class assignments set by the lecturer.

Price: All course materials and organization of afternoon and evening activities are included in the Course fee. You will also receive a Welcome and a Goodbye drink. There is a 50EUR application fee for all students registering after 15.5.2015 from countries outside Czech and Slovak republic. Trips and special activities such as boat parties, trips to NP Krka, or water sports equipment rentals are at an extra cost. For transport options to Croatia, accommodation and meal options please check the Accommodation and Transport tabs in the ABOUT section.


After completion of the course you should have acquired knowledge about the concept of culture, cultural elements and cultural analysis as well as an understanding of cultural significance for all forms of communication. Furthermore you will have acquired the skills to apply cultural knowledge in relation to a given company and be able to offer practice-oriented solutions to cultural conflicts that might occur in a multicultural company. You will gains the skills allowing you to take part in business development, showing consideration for cultural aspects and differences as well as you will be able to identity cultural differences and ways of living in order to operate in various cultural settings within a given industry.


English level B1-B2.
A laptop or tablet are useful in order to be able to pass class assignments.


Dennis Nørmark (2013), Cultural Intelligence for Stone-Age Brains: How to work together with Danes and others not like you, Gyldendal Business (DN)
Elisabeth Plum (2008), Cultural intelligens, Libri Publiching, London (EP)
Gaynor Bagnall, Greg Smith, Elaine Baldwin (2008) Introducing Cultural Studies, Pearson education (BSB) The literature along with links for articles and other material are listed for each individual lecture and will be provided for you in the form of a compendium


Day 1 – Principles of Problem and
Project Based Learning – Introducing the “Aalborg PBL Model”
Project & Group work:
“Experiencing the “Aalborg way” of learning”

Day 2 – The concept of “Culture”
The dilemma between the theoretical poles of a; Descriptive and Complex understanding of culture
Cultural encounters – them and us
Introducing the concept of Cultural Intelligence
Project & Group work:
“Different days- Different Ways”

Day 3 – Intercultural engagement – why bother?
Cultural identity
Project & Group work:
“ The cultural journey of discovery”

Day 4 – Cultural understanding and awareness
Cultural road-maps: how and when can we use them? – Introducing Hall & Hall, Hofstede, and Trompenaars
Project & Group work:
“Opposing parties”

Day 5 – Intercultural Communication- The importance of verbal and non-verbal dialogue
Language in translation
Project & Group work:
“A Different place- The intercultural classroom”

Fee - 170 €

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