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Cultural Diversity. Theory and Practice, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
What can cross-cultural psychology tell you about your own cultural assumptions? Are you able to understand the unique challenges and benefits of living in a multicultural society? Are your professional or academic goals aimed at working successfully in international businesses, or in multicultural teams?


  • In this unique 2-week program you and a group of internationally-oriented students will examine cultural diversity from a psychological perspective, which includes theoretical insights as well as hands-on experiences (games and presentations).  The course culminates with your conducting an interview with someone of another culture, and writing a scientific report based on your findings. 
During this immersive two-week course you will:
  • Acquire an overview of the current leading perspectives on cross-cultural similarities and differences, acculturation, and intercultural communication;
  • Assess and apply strategies useful for intercultural interaction in business and negotiations, and for effective intercultural communication;
  • Conduct a small-scale qualitative, culturally informed, psychological study on a topic of your choice;
  • Understand how methodological pitfalls and cognitive biases are relevant for cross-cultural interactions and intercultural communication in the multicultural workplace and other settings.
The course on ‘Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice’ features a unique constellation of theoretical, interactive teaching modules, as well as fully practical modules (business cases, practice exercises, and roleplaying games), and requires participants to prepare and work on their presentational skills as well as their report writing. In addition, we will feature a number of guest speakers to further broaden the scope of the course.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The course is about globalization, migration, and internationalization. You will learn what psychology has to say about societies that become more multicultural, international students, diverse teams in organizations and at the workplace, and how psychology contributes to make organizations and societies more inclusive.
The course is divided into three parts:
  • The first part introduces theoretical insights;
  • The second part offers practical modules, enabling you to practice what you have learned and develop your own basic training tools for intercultural communication trainings;
  • The third and concluding part includes an empirical interview assignment and a final assessment.


Students (national and international) interested in and dealing with diversity in their work context. Participants can come from any Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program.


Course leader:D r. Michael Bender (+ guest lecturers)

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

For this course, please include the following documents with your application:
  • CV;
  • Motivation letter describing why you would like to participate in the course.
Admission to this course will be based on both your CV and motivation letter.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 10% early bird discount
  • 10% discount for current Tilburg University students
  • 10% discount for students from partner universities

Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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