A warm welcome to the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience. Find out more about this unique intercultural opportunity. We hope to welcome you to our next Academy!

Your Benefits

Two weeks of intercultural experience and international exchange!


A large number of partial and full scholarships will be available for most qualified applicants!


Outstanding addition to your standard curriculum!

Evening Lectures

Evening lectures by highly recognized experts enhance the intercultural experience and enrich the theoretical learning part with practical examples!

General Information

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is organized by the Karlshochschule International University and InterCultur gemeinnützige GmbH in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator and approaches relevant topics in the field of intercultural management, communication and training and is intended to foster the intercultural perspective within the field of management studies as well as to develop applied solutions for the problems in business and society.

The next Summer Academy will take place from July 20 to 31, 2015. Registration will be possible soon!

The Summer Academy brings together scientists, practitioners, and students to work together on the following questions.

  • What are the major themes in intercultural communication, what has been done regarding the globalisation process, how has communication changed? How are cultures constructed, what are their origins and how do people perceive the world, how can we solve the problems that arise when different cultural values meet?
  • How do management and the world of business react to the intercultural challenges in a world of growing complexity?
  • What are important learning and teaching styles in different cultures? What is important in intercultural groups when it comes to teaching on intercultural competence and to curriculum design?

The Summer Academy comprises lectures on intercultural communication, intercultural conflict management, intercultural project management, acquisition of intercultural competence as well as on intercultural trainings. All courses have complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content offered by lecturers and trainers which are experts with large experience in international environments.

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is open to anyone aged 18-35 with a demonstrable interest in the field of intercultural communication and management. Primary target groups are undergraduate students with at least one year of academic record (by start of the academy) and young professionals with a background or interest in intercultural experiences. Participants also need communicative English skills as all courses are taught in English.

Students in the Summer Academy have the option to choose between two tracks (consisting of two courses each) focusing on intercultural aspects of the respective topic.

Participants who successfully complete two courses within two weeks will not only be awarded a certificate but also have the possibility to earn six ECTS points by submitting a paper. Participants can also enroll for the first week only and receive a certificate for their attendance.

Please find more information about the fees here.

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About us

Karlshochschule International University

logo_karlshochschule1Karlshochschule International University, located in Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany, is an internationally-oriented private university offering accredited degree programmes in business administration and management that are taught in English. Its main focus lies in the field of international management and in emerging service industries. Karlshochschule uses an interdisciplinary approach toward economic topics that includes perspectives from communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and economic geography. An intensive link between teaching and practice, a strong international and intercultural focus, instructors with extensive practical experience, small study groups as well as the personal and relaxed contact between professors, staff and students provide students with a unique study environment.

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InterCultur gemeinnützige GmbH

Logo_InterCulturInterCultur offers trainings, workshops and consultancy for educational institutions, organisations, enterprises and individuals in need of enhancing their understanding of other cultures and improving their approach to cultural differences.

InterCultur is a subsidiary of AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. and therewith part of the oldest and worldwide largest organisation for intercultural exchanges. Over 60 years of experience in pedagogical supervision of intercultural encounters and situations stand for our know-how.

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Stiftung Mercator


Stiftung Mercator is a private foundation which fosters science and the humanities, education and international understanding. It specifically initiates, develops and funds projects and partner organizations in the thematic fields to which it is committed: it wants to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.

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The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience takes place at Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany.

Karlshochschule International University

Karlstraße 36

76133 Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe is easy to reach by train as it is the junction of the ICE-line Hamburg – Frankfurt – Basel and the east-west connection Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich. You can find more information about the exact arrival and departure times from the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Take tram no. 3 (in the direction of Heide) or tram no. 4 (Waldstadt) from the tram stop in front of the main train station to the stop Karlstor; from there it is a two minute walk to the North.

From the northwest (Cologne) on the A61 (west of the Rhine) to Ludwigshafen change to the A6 at the Hockenheim interchange (Dreieck) in the direction of Nürnberg. At the Walldorfer interchange (Kreuz) change to the A5 in the direction of Karlsruhe.

From the north (Frankfurt) in the direction of Karlsruhe and Basel on the A5.

From the east (Stuttgart) take the A8 to the Karlsruhe interchange (Dreieck), then onto the A5 in the direction of Frankfurt.

From the south Basel) take the A5 in the direction of Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.

From the west (Saarbrücken) take the A6 to the Frankenthal interchange (Kreuz), the A61 in the direction of Ludwigshafen, at the Hockenheim interchange change to the A6 in the direction of Nürnberg and at the Walldorf interchange (Kreuz) to the A5 to Karlsruhe.


We have arranged for several room contingents for participants in Karlsruhe. It will be possible to be accommodated in double-bed rooms or single bed-rooms (entailing additional costs). Accommodation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast is included. Accommodation is booked for arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday.

Participants can be accommodated at:

Hotel Astoria

Mathystr. 22

76133 Karlsruhe


Previous Editions

I will always remember the spirit of the people – the group was truly international and enhanced the openness to share knowledge and experience within the group.

Mischa, Germany

In August 2010 and in August 2011, the first and the second Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience took place in Karlsruhe, Germany. Both were cooperatively organized by Karlshochschule – International University and AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. InterCultur GgmbH got on board for the third Summer Academy which took place in July/August 2012 and was also the co-organizer, together with Karlshochschule – International University, of the 2013 and 2014 edition. Throughout each Academy, participants approached relevant topics in the fields of intercultural management and intercultural communication.

All courses included workshop sessions with complementary theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff and AFS-trainers. Within 2 to 3 weeks, the following one-week classes were featured:

  • Intercultural management
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural teams and leadership
  • Cultures and Conflicts
  • Intercultural training and coaching
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural conflict management
  • Intercultural project management
  • Multicultural teamwork
  • Cultures and Conflicts
  • Multicultural Society
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Conflict Management
  • Multicultural Teamwork
  • Intercultural Project Management
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence
  • Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation
  • Intercultural Conflict Management
  • Intercultural Project Management
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence
  • Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

I really enjoyed the great combination of theoretical and practical parts which enabled me to have the opportunity to exercise what I learned. And, of course, I really appreciate the positive attitude of participants and staff.

Jason, Malaysia

In addition, several evening lectures (some examples: Dr. Horst Harnischfeger [former secretary general of the Goethe Institute] on the topic of Intercultural experience in the framework of an institution to promote cultural exchange; Dr. Christoph Vatter [Saarland University] on Intercultural aspects in English, German and Canadian SitComs; Werner Kranwetvogel [photographer] on North Korean Massgames) enabled participants to get further insights to intercultural issues and understanding the German and European culture. A rich social program and several excursions enabled participants to spend more time together, thus strengthening the intercultural experience. Furthermore, culture simulations like BaFa BaFa enhanced their comprehension of intercultural issues.

The evening lectures were excellent and added high points to the Summer Academy.

Natalia, Argentina

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience aims in diversity in all terms, also in terms of interculturality.

In the past four editions (from 2010 to 2013) we welcomed a total of 165 participants from 45 countries and 5 continents, 31 trainers and 13 faculty members.

The learning and living atmosphere that was created, encouraged students to practise what was preached in classes. During breaks and evening activities many discussions about intercultural topics continued. Self reflection played an important role both during and after class.

I am very grateful for having been at this amazing Summer Academy – it had not been possible for me without the scholarship.

Ieva, Lithuania

Apart from the very intercultural spirit and the networking among like-minded people from all around the world, participants could also make use of the two weeks for their academic career and earn credit points for their studies.

In 2010 as well as in 2011, we were really happy to provide almost all participants of the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience with scholarships. In 2012 and 2013 we were able to keep up these numbers.

I used the earned 6 ECTS to complete my elective courses at university. Thus, the Summer Academy offered me an exciting and worthwhile addition to the standard curriculum of my university and gave me a head start to my master studies.

Uta, Germany

All Summer Academies were of great success and we are already looking forward to the next edition in 2015! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact contact (at)


Students of the Summer Academy 2014 had the option to choose between four courses focusing on intercultural aspects of the respective topic.

All courses have complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff and trainers with a large experience in international environments. To ensure a close contact between trainer and students, participants are divided into small groups.

Each course listed in the course catalog lasts for one week – it is only possible to choose one course per week from the same track. Next to the theoretical and practical input, each course has a pre-reading assignment, which has to be accomplished before the course starts.


The classes are organized in two tracks. Each course listed in the course catalog and the complementary workshop sessions last for one week – it is only possible to choose one course per week and only courses of the same track. Participants who only take part in the first week can choose one of the courses held during the first week.

Track 1: Intercultural Management

Week 1: Intercultural Conflict Management

Week 2: Intercultural Project Management

Track 2: Intercultural Competence

Week 1: Acquisition of Intercultural Competence

Week 2: Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

Please be aware of the entry requirements:

  • Track 1: Certificate of access to higher education
  • Track 2: Student with at least one year of study experience or young professional (some intercultural expertise would be an advantage)

In any case of doubt, please contact the person in charge of admissions: contact (at)

  • Intercultural Conflict Management (Dr. Andrea Cnyrim) In intercultural encounters, people are always prone to intercultural misunderstandings. Sometimes, it’s just their level of foreign language proficiency that makes them fail in comprehending the message of their interlocutors. But very often, it’s the difference in the cultural encoding and decoding of the activities which makes them stumble and fall into the trap of misinterpreting an activity in its worst possible reading. The consequence is an emotional escalation and the risk of a conversational breakdown. The present course introduces basic techniques of identifying the barriers in our self-determination. The first step is to understand our personal attitude in a conflict situation and to be aware of our patterns to behave. This approach helps us to develop tolerance in face of ambiguity and it shows some principle tools of mediation and how it is organized systematically.
  • (Trainer: Heidi Binder, Lucas G. Hackrath)


  • Intercultural Project Management (Philip Cullen) Project management is one of the most efficient ways for developing innovative pathways in organizations. Now, although the tools for result-directed project management are easy to find, the globalized world poses new challenges which create the need for good communicative skills combined with a high degree of intercultural sensitivity of the people involved. As there is an enormous variety of understandings concerning terms like hierarchy, deliverables, commitment, motivation, and so on, the preparation and the carrying out of projects should carefully be planned and monitored. This course introduces basic tools of project management both in terms of process building and in the management of intercultural relationships.
  • (Trainer: Jasmine Low, Sophie Scheidel)
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence (Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Montiel) Intercultural Competence belongs to the most important key competencies and skills of our times. In the worldwide environment of border-crossing communication and easy-to-handle network facilities and social media, it has even become a momentum of everyday life, which accompanies big part of our daily activities. The characteristics of intercultural competence are not totally cleared, though. Whether it is described as a sum of the social, emotional, or cognitive qualities of a person, or whether it is defined as something inherent to action, it is still something very personal that is acquired throughout a life’s biographical paths. The present course introduces into the term and its complexity, the practical parts will lead you through experiential scenarios, where you will discover your own competencies and experience intercultural encounters of different kinds.
  • (Trainer: Dunja Zivanovic, Tina Roebel)
  • Intercultural Trainings (design and facilitation) (Yolanda López García) The development of intercultural trainings has had an extremely strong input from both academic scholars and industrial practitioners in the last two decades. The range of trainings, be it general or culture-specific, be it focused on psychological aspects of the individual or on working together in teams, is overwhelming. It is still difficult, however, to decide which standards have to be accomplished to ensure an excellent training quality, even more, as there are already new challenges: Virtual team building in international working environments is, for example, a non-trivial issue in organizations. The present course offers insights in the range of trainings that are at hand and, especially, the criteria that have to be considered when choosing an appropriate training design. Its practical parts will show the participants some of the most effective facilitating instruments and tools, in order to make you getting familiar to different training methods and experiences.
  • (Trainer: Annette Gisevius, Nadine Binder)


Week 1


  • 9 am – 12:30 pm


  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 5:30 pm
  • 8 pm – open end


  • Check-in 10 am & Welcome Session 11 am
  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Opening Party


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Chill-out at Schloßgarten


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Evening Lecture


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Farewell evening week 1


  • Course


  • Evaluation & Closing ceremony (until 2:30 pm)
Week 2


  • 9 am – 12:30 pm


  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 5:30 pm
  •  8 pm – open end


  • General Information (8:30 am) & Course
  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • German beer garden


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Evening lecture


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Self study
  • Chill-out at Schloßgarten


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Farewell dinner 7 pm


  • Course


  • Evaluation & Closing ceremony (until 3 pm)

Lecturers and Trainers

All the courses are taught by an international faculty, featuring recognized academic experts in the fields of intercultural communication, intercultural project management, cultures and conflicts, multicultural society as well as on intercultural conflict management.

The complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content are offered by trainers which are experts with large experience in international environments.


Foto Dr. Andrea Cnyrim

Foto Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Montiel

Philip Cullen Philip Cullen

Yolanda Yolanda López García

Evening Lecturers

Foto Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Vatter

Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat 1 Dr. Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat


Annette GiseviusAnnette Gisevius

Dunja Zivanovic Dunja Zivanovic

Binder-Heidi-photoHeidi Binder

Jasmine Low Jasmine Low

Lucas G. Hackradt 150x150 neuLucas G. Hackradt

Tina_RöbelTina Roebel

Sophie Scheidel beschnitten

Sophie Scheidel

FotoNadine Binder

Certificate and ECTS


Participants are awarded a certificate after successfully completing their courses at the Summer Academy.


Moreover, participants have the possibility to earn between 3 and 6 ECTS.

In order to acquire 3 ECTS points, participants have to participate for the first week and submit an essay.

In order to acquire 6 ECTS points, participants have to participate during both weeks and submit a written assignment of 15-20 pages.

The papers have to be submitted as first drafts before the academy starts and will then be revised by the professors. Afterwards, students have the time to make corrections based on the professors’ feedback and receive their final grade on this last version.

Each participant can choose ONE topic for his/her paper. The participant can only choose a topic among those proposed for his/her track choice.

Please find further information about the acquisition of ECTS credit points in the document How to earn Credit Points.


Please find the readings and possible topics for papers, compiled by the Summer Academy’s lecturers, here.

Social Program

During the academy we offered several optional excursions and diverse leisure activities.

Please find a list of activities below.

First week (August 4 to 10, 2014)

Monday, August 4

Get-To-Know-Party in KarlsCafé

Wednesday, August 6

Evening lecture by Ramon Rodriguez

Thursday, August 7

Farewell BBQ at Karlshochschule

Saturday, August 9

City trip to Straßburg

City trip to Heidelberg

Sunday, August 10


Second week (August 11 to 15, 2014)

Monday, August 11

German Biergarten – Kühler Krug

Tuesday, August 12

Evening Lecture by
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Vatter

Thursday, August 14

Farewell Dinner at Alter Brauhof


Registrations for the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2014 are closed now.

Please stay updated about further activities on our Summer Academies Website or on our Facebook page.

Are you interested in participating in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2015 and want to receive updates?

Please note that due to reasons of legal duties of supervision and responsibilities you need to be at least 18 years old to participate in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience.

Tuition Fees
1 Week

600 Euro

2 Weeks

900 Euro

The tuition fee (for a one-week or two-weeks participation) cover all courses, the course material, and the public events.

Not included are: accommodation, travel, and subsistence ex­penses.


Accommodation can be booked additionally. It will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please find the accommodation prices below.

1 Week

150 Euro

2 Weeks

325 Euro

Accommodation in double-rooms will be booked at Hotel Astoria for arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday. Breakfast is included.

Tuition Scholarships

The actual deadline for scholarships has passed.


The following criteria are considered in the awarding process:

  • Intercultural experience (e.g. internships abroad, semester abroad, school exchange)
  • English language proficiency (level C1 highly recommended)
  • Academic record of the past 2 years (Grade average of at least 2,3 [German grading system] respectively B)
  • Proven record of active participation within the civil society (e.g. community service programs, volunteer work, school/class representative)
  • Individual indigence of the applicant


If you are awarded a scholarship, please note that you have to hand in a written report about the Summer Academy (1 page) after your participation.


Next to the project partner’s funds, scholarships are being provided by the generous support of

Auswärtiges Amt

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is part of the German-North African Transformation Partnership

Terms & Conditions

Please find the terms and conditions for the participation in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2014 here.


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Phone: +49 40 806 02 – 0
Fax: +49 40 806 02 76 – 29

Karlshochschule International University
Karlstrasse 36–38
76133 Karlsruhe

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Whom can I ask?

For any questions you cannot find an answer to in the FAQ section or on the website of the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience regarding course contents, scholarship information, registration deadlines, accommodation, tuition fees, the social program, etc. please write an email to contact [at]

What is covered by the tuition fee?

The tuition fee covers all courses, the course material, and public events.
Not included are: accommodation, travel costs, and subsistence expenses, evening and weekend activities.

Which course shall I choose?

The Summer Academy is divided in two different tracks.

Track 1 is the beginners track. It covers the topic of intercultural conflict management with direct application in intercultural project management.

Track 2 requires at least one year of study experience at university level. It covers theories and practices of intercultural competence and is especially directed to trainers of intercultural trainings and to those, who would like to become one.

What are ECTS points?

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. 1 ECTS point is equivalent to 30 hours of work. The workload and course descriptions are summarized in the module description of the Summer Academy. Home universities may decide on the equivalent credits they may award to their students based on that description. If you wish to get more information on the module description, please contact contact [@]

Can I earn points although I do not study at a European University?

Yes, you can. However, you should contact the academic office of your home university to make sure a transfer of credits can be guaranteed.

Can I participate in courses of two different tracks?

No. You must select the courses of only one track.

Can I participate in the second week only?

No. You may participate for the first week only or for both weeks.

Can I stay longer than the duration of the Summer Academy?

Yes, you may stay longer than the duration of the Summer Academy. However, you need to keep in mind any restrictions concerning the length of your stay in Germany. Please do also take care of your accommodation on your own (please contact us if you need help with that).

Can I arrange for my own accommodation?

Yes, you may arrange for your own accommodation. Please indicate “no accommodation needed” in your registration if you plan do to so.

I need a visa to enter Germany, can I receive an invitation letter?

If you need a visa to enter Germany, we can provide you with an invitation letter. This letter will only be send to you upon special request and receipt of your payment.

When shall I arrive?

Ideally, you plan your arrival on Sunday afternoon. Then, you will have enough time to settle at the hotel and to already get to know some of the other participants and a little bit of Karlsruhe. You have to be in Karlsruhe latest by Monday, 10 a.m. as classes start at 11 a.m. at Karlshochschule.

At what time can I enter the hotel?

For those of you staying in Hotel Astoria, you can check-in on Sunday, August 3. Between 7am and noon, you can do a regular check-in with the reception staff. In the afternoon, evening, and night, please use the check-in box which you find next to the entrance door. There is a phone next to the box, dial number “10” (also indicated there) and you will receive your code. Enter this code into the box and it will provide you with your key card to your room.

How to arrive from Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (main train station)?

The train system in Germany is the easiest way of transport for greater distances. It is safe and reasonably priced. Please look up the website of Deutsche Bahn (German railway company) for concrete connections

How to arrive from Baden-Baden Airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (main train station)?

The train system in Germany is the easiest way of transport for greater distances. It is safe and reasonably priced. Please look up the website of Deutsche Bahn (German railway company) for concrete connections

Will there be a pick-up service?

You can easily take the S-Bahn (tram) from the train station to the hotel or the venue. Yet, if you feel disoriented, you can also ask if some of the local students might pick you up and show you the way. We will inform you about details shortly before your arrival to Karlsruhe.

Can I print at the venue?

Yes, you may print at the venue. Yet, you will get copies of all necessary course materials for free.

Can I use internet and where?

There is wireless LAN at the venue. You will be given the login data upon your arrival. You also have access to internet in your hotel, yet, there might be a charge to it.

Should I bring my laptop?

You don’t necessarily have to bring a laptop. You won’t need it for the Summer Academy.

What else should I pack?

  • Passport / ID
  • Writing materials
  • Rain protection
  • Sun protection
  • Sports clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Something typical from your home country
  • Pictures from intercultural experiences you have already made

How much money should I calculate for personal expenses and weekend activities?

1 week: 100€ for food + 75€ for additional self-organized activities ≈ 175-225€

2 weeks: 250€ for food + 125€ for additional self-organized activities ≈ 350-400€

Where can I eat?

-       Breakfast: basically at all bakeries and cafés you may find on the main roads on your way to Karlshochschule (marked in light blue on the map)

–       Lunch: Stövchen, Lehner’s, Vapiano, Aposto, bakeries, … and lots more (the closest ones are marked orange on the map)

–       Dinner: in most places where you also can have lunch (marked purple on the map)

What can I do on the weekends?

We are preparing a diverse social program for the weekend for you and the other participants of the Summer Academy. You will find it under the “Social Program” section on the website. Yet, you are free to organize your own trips or activities.

Can we organize our own free time?

If you want to organize a social activity on your own or visit friends or family that live nearby, you are free to do so. Please keep in mind the course hours of your classes as they live from your attendance.

Is there an emergency contact?

We will give you an emergency number shortly before your arrival to Karlsruhe for questions concerning the Summer Academy. For real danger situations, emergency numbers in Germany are the following:   │Police: 110 │Fire department: 112 │ Ambulance: 19222 │