Intercultural Learning 2018 - Semester I

Registration opens on 28 May and closes 3 June. The first meetings will take place on 13 June 13 and 27 June (19:15 – 22:00). This course is offered in Dutch.

During this course you acquire insight in intercultural communication, learn to reflect on your experiences during your semester abroad, and to identify and formulate (intercultural) competences in career training upon your return.

Course details

This course is offered to students going abroad, both in the Fall and in the Spring semester. Before departure, you attend two meetings, in which you familiarize yourself with concepts such as culture, intercultural communication and acculturation. During your stay abroad, Blackboard serves as the communication platform. In various written assignments, you reflect on your (intercultural) experiences. Upon return, you attend two meetings, which assist you in identifying and verbalizing the intercultural competences you have acquired during your study abroad period. In a career training, you learn how you can make use of those skills and competences for your future career.

Course duration

Semester (i.e. two blocks)

Course load

2,5 EC

Meetings

Two meetings before departure and two after return.

  • Spring Semester:13 and 17 June, 19:15 – 22:00 (before departure)
    The dates for the two meetings upon return will be determined in mutual agreement.
  • Winter Semester:Dates will be announced soon.
    Enrollment starts end of October.
Assessment

The assessment for this course is based on the reflection assignments you write before, during, and after your stay abroad.

Number of groups

One group of 20-25 students

Participants & entry requirements

Students of Utrecht University who have been accepted for an exchange semester at a partner university abroad. In case the number of applications exceeds the maximum of 25, a selection committee will assign the available places.

Research on the outcomes of studying abroad

This course is part of a research project, aimed at analyzing the learning outcomes of a study abroad period. This means that you will also be asked to fill out a pre- and post-course questionnaire and you may be approached for reflection interviews while abroad (via Skype) and upon your return. These methodologies will also help you to better identify and formulate what you have learned while abroad and how this can increase your career opportunities.

Read the complete course description for Semester I and Semester II here.