Intercultural Trainings

Successful study in an international context at the HU


  • You can find all information about each workshop and the registration link below
  • All sessions will take place via Zoom
  • One day before the workshop you will receive the Zoom link for participation


We are looking forward to seeing you!


Dealing with culture shock
01.10.2021 4 - 6 pm Registration

New to Berlin? New to the HU? Arriving and living in a new cultural environment can sometimes feel like a shock. What is culture shock anyway? What strategies are there to deal with it? You will get a short theoretical input and many helpful tips and can exchange ideas with other students.

University as a cultural space
07.10.2021 5 - 7 pm Registration

How do consultation hours with teachers work, how do you contact them by email and how do you formulate your questions and topics in emails? When is a course "good", what expectations do you have and how can you actively participate?

And: What does all this have to do with culture? With these questions, we begin to understand the "rules" and expectations of studying at HU. We will discuss many concrete situations from everyday life at university that could happen to you and there will be a lot of exchange of experiences. After this workshop, you will understand patterns of everyday university life and at the same time get many ideas and tips for effective, successful studying.


ME and Others at HU- a cultural self-introspection
12.10.2021 2 - 4 pm Registration

How do I see myself, how do I see the others and how do the others see me? Studying in an international context also means confronting stereotypes, prejudices and individual assumptions. It is important to be aware of this. We will talk about your expectations, your perceptions, your habits and what you take for granted when dealing with (culturally) OTHERS. After the workshop you will be individually and culturally more sensitive in dealing with OTHERS and feel more confident in studying in an international context.


Rituals and social practices in university life at the HU
14.10.2021 5 - 7 pm Registration

Are there "typical" patterns of communication and interaction with OTHERS in everyday university life? Do hierarchies and social status play a role? If so, how do I deal with them? Do I feel respected and recognised by other students and teachers? How can I influence these processes myself and how can I use my knowledge for a stay abroad?

As a special example, we will deal with the concept of FACE, a multidimensional orientation and action model for shaping social interaction, which is of outstanding importance for building, maintaining and using interpersonal relationships in numerous cultural areas.


Intercultural communication in university setting at HU
22.10.2021 3 - 6:30 pm Registration

Communication in English actually works quite well for me - and yet I keep experiencing misunderstandings in communication with the administration, with the teachers and with fellow students? How much honesty and how much politeness in communication do I expect, and are expected of me? How do I get the information I need and how do I communicate in different situations? What is the importance of small talk, humour and taboo topics in communication?

In this workshop, we will ask ourselves to what extent communication is influenced by "culture". We will look at theoretical approaches to intercultural communication and examine and experience different communication styles. We will deal with theoretical approaches to intercultural communication as well as with very concrete examples from everyday university life.

Networking and making friends in an international university setting
05.11.2021 9.30 am - 1 pm Registration

The importance of efficient networks is becoming more and more important worldwide. With regard to the professional environment, experts even assume that managers will devote 30% of their working time to this topic in the future. The interactive workshop will offer strategic and practical ideas on networking (including social media) taking into account existing cultural differences. In addition to input, there will also be opportunities to share experiences on questions such as:

  • How do I find interesting and helpful networks in Germany?
  • What are useful strategic measures for networking?
  • How can I present myself successfully? (e.g. Elevator Pitch)


Study online successfully: Intercultural virtual cooperation
16.11.2021 3 pm - 6:30 pm Registration

Virtual formats have become the new normal in the pandemic and will continue to strongly impact everyday university and professional life. This is especially true in international settings. In this regard, cultural differences can play a role. The interactive workshop offers students valuable and practical insights and tips on how to deal with the related challenges. Among other items, the following questions will be discussed:

  • What special features apply to virtual formats?
  • How do I successfully present myself and my topics?
  • Which techniques and tools can I use to improve my visibility?


Intercultural Conflict Management
17.11.2021   1 - 6 pm Registration

Intercultural know-how is a crucial success factor if you want to interact adequately in all the divers cultures of our planet. We invite you to join in this interactive (Zoom) seminar in which you will learn practical approaches, methods and tools to identify and solve 
conflicts in international settings. Be ready to work practically, to contribute actively  and to have fun!




Dr. Merlinda Dalipi


Tel. + 49 30 2093-46 736

Abteilung Internationales
Unter den Linden 6
Room 2260
10099 Berlin