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!

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 is now open!
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 cooperation, international relations, intercultural conflict resolution, 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 and intercultural cooperation. 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 up to 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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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_Blau_RGBStiftung 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

Please find the prices for accommodation here.

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 experienced 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 five editions (from 2010 to 2014) we welcomed a total of 241 participants from 51 countries and 6 continents, 35 trainers and 14 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, 2013 and 2014 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)


Participants of the Summer Academy 2015 have 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 Cooperation
Week 1: International Relations

Week 2: Intercultural Conflict Resolution

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)

This course is focusing on some of the principal rules and ways of entering and administrating international cooperation networks. The topic includes institutional as well as social conditions and constraints on the relationship-building processes. In order to show a complete panorama of the related issues, this course will introduce in some basic terms of political sciences, will sound the frameworks in some societal domains (like media, education, industrial sectors) and will discuss some cases of regional and border-crossing integration processes (e.g. in the EU, but not exclusively). The seminar will as well ask if management and organization are phenomena which can be explained in any context by a ‘typical western perspective’ of rationality, efficiency and effectiveness or if other perspectives are more suitable to guide analysis and problem solving processes.

Today’s societies are differentiated up to a very high degree, due to the flux of migration and refugees, but often just because of historical developments that led to the current situation. Influencing factors can be post-colonial politics, economical dynamics, changing awareness of diversity in a specific context, and, of course, the overall globalization of information.Sometimes, intercultural issues derive from differences in the cultural encoding and decoding of our activities. Often, as well, diversity is interpreted as ideology and the encounter of conflicting value systems.This course introduces in the basic terminology of international conflict resolution and peace research, and studies some exemplary cases, e.g. the conflict in Palestine, Timor, North Morocco etc.


We will keep you updated on the lecturers and trainers profile.

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.

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.


We will keep you updated on the lecturers and trainers profile.

Lecturers and Trainers

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

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


Roman Lietz 150 SWRoman Lietz, M.A.

montiel_foto_pasaporte-150x150 SWProf. Dr. Francisco Javier
Montiel Alafont

Andreas-Mueller_SW-150x150Prof. Dr. Andreas P. Müller

Frank Witt SW 150Prof. Dr. Frank H. Witt


Viktória Bedo_SW-150Viktória Bedõ

Jana Holla_SW-150Jana Holla

Karolína Kousalová_SW-150Karolína Kousalová

Ömer Ongun
Ömer Ongun

Carmen Gloria Cuello_SW-150Carmen Gloria
Cuello Quintana

Michal Zak_SW-150Michal Zak

Dunja Zivanovic_SW-150Dunja Zivanovic

We will keep you updated on the trainers’ profiles.

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 note that students in the first track are only allowed to gather credit points if they are matriculated at an institute of higher education.

More info on how to earn ECTS credit points will follow soon!

Social Program

During the Summer Academy we offer several optional excursions and diverse leisure activities.

Some sample activities from last year:

  • Get-to-know Party
  • Evening Lectures
  • BBQ
  • City trips to Strasbourg and Heidelberg
  • Canoeing
  • German Biergarten

We will keep you updated on this year’s social program.


Registration for the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2015 is now open.

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, the public events, and insurance (health*, accident and liability) for the duration of the Academy.

Not included are: accommodation and board, travel, subsistence expenses, and costs for visa.
* for German participants: please note that we can not provide you health insurance!


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

1 Week
141 Euro
2 Weeks
305,50 Euro

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

Do you want to take part in the intercultural experience?

Tuition Scholarships

There are scholarships available for the most qualified candidates.

Apply now and be part of the Intercultural Experience!

Applications will be possible until March 31, 2015.


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


Full tuition scholarships* cover the whole amount of the tuition fee. However, it is necessary to pay a deposit of 200 € which will be returned after the successful participation in the program.

*Full scholarships are only available for German, Turkish, and Chinese citizens, who were or are involved in intercultural student exchange programs between these countries!

Partial tuition scholarships cover half of the tuition fee. Scholars have to make a contribution of 450 € for the participation in both weeks and 300 € for the participation in only the first week of the program.

The fee covers tuition, all course materials and public events.

Never included in the scholarships are: costs for accommodation, board and travel and subsistence expenses.

Scholarship application

Here you will find the scholarship application form. To be able to consider your scholarship application, we need you to also register for the Summer Academy in our online registration tool. Still, you can hold back your payment until you have notice on your scholarship applications. If no scholarship can be granted, applicants are free to withdraw their registration without any cancellation fee.
Please apply for a scholarship by sending the completed application form until March 31, 2015 to contact [at]


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 2015 here.


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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 topics of intercultural cooperation, international relations and intercultural conflict resolution.

Track 2 requires at least one year of study experience at university level, plus some intercultural expertise. 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, July 19. 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 (please note that, if you book accommodation through us, breakfast at the hotel will be included)

–       Lunch: Stövchen, Lehner’s, Vapiano, Aposto, bakeries, … and lots more

–       Dinner: in most places where you also can have lunch

Before your arrival in Karlsruhe you will receive an information booklet with more detailed information on where to have lunch and dinner

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 │Ambulance and Fire department: 112 │