Intercultural Trainings in Winter Semester 2019/2020

Intercultural competence is of great importance for the interaction with people from different cultures. It helps react appropriately in unfamiliar situations and act competently in international contexts. The Coordination Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunities offers since Summer Semester 2017 in cooperation with internal as well as external institutions, such as migra MV e. V., IQ Netzwerk Mecklenburg-Vorpommern intercultural trainings for different status groups at the University of Rostock. In the trainings the participants get to know methods, exercises and theories aiming to ease their intercultural communication and raise awareness for the cultural conflict situations. The trainings are offered both for German as well as international students, PhD students and academic staff who are interested in deepening their understanding of other cultures and improving their dealings with cultural differences. The trainings are conducted depending on a focus group either in German or English.

Please find here detailed information on the current trainings. 

Living and studying in Germany - Intercultural training for international students

Living and working in Germany - Intercultural training for international PhD students and researchers

To successfully tackle the challenges of multicultural academic and professional life, PhD students and researchers have to be able to manage intercultural situations and emerging conflicts effectively. Developing the capacity to mediate differing cultural perspectives is a key determinant of intercultural competence.

Designed as an interactive workshop, the training will provide international PhD students and researchers of the University of Rostock with essential cross-cultural skills for building relationships and working effectively in a multicultural environment. Using hands-on exercises and simulation role-plays, participants will gain an understanding of values and attitudes in German academic life, identify and analyse their personal approaches to different intercultural challenges and increase their intercultural awareness and competence. The participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own culture, discuss personal experiences, ask questions and exchange their views with the other participants.


  • Culture and cultural differences with a focus on academic life

  • Developing intercultural awareness and intercultural competence

  • Adapting to a new culture

  • Stereotypes and prejudice

  • Values and attitudes in German academic life

  • Communication styles and language issues

  • Cross-cultural management skills

  • Good practice for cross-cultural situations at university

Date: Friday, January 31st 2020, 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Where:  Parkstraße 6, 18057 Rostock, Global Café (Room 220)                                                                                

Intercultural trainers: Katja Striegler, IQ Netzwerk Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Language:  English
Participation fee: free of charge
Sign In for the training until January 20th 2020 via Dr. Uta Buttkewitz uta.buttkewitzuni-rostockde,

The workshop is organized by the Coordination Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunities and the Welcome Center of the University of Rostock.