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Dealing With Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
In the Dealing With Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice course at Tilburg University  you and a group of internationally-oriented students will examine the theory and practice of cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. The course closes with you conducting an interview with someone of a different cultural background, and writing a report based on the interview. 


Societally and internationally relevant topics are central in the course 'Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice' offered by Tilburg University. Topics include but are not limited to intercultural communication, stereotypes, immigration, multiculturalism, and corporate social responsibility.

You will gain:
  • Theoretical insights from psychological studies;
  • An understanding of what these insights can offer when we discuss the progress of multiculturalism in society, university and the workplace;
  • Knowledge of how psychological methods and findings contribute to making organizations and societies more inclusive.  
The course is divided into three parts:
  • The first part introduces theoretical insights. This includes an overview of theories about cross-cultural differences, similarities, intercultural communication and acculturation.
  • The second part offers practical modules, enabling you to practice what you have learned and develop your wn basic training tools for intercultural communication trainings;
  • The third and concluding part includes an empirical interview assignment and a final assessment. The student will conduct a qualitative interview with a participant from another culture on a topic of his or her choice; and relating the interview partner's answers to ongoing studies in the field of cultural psychology.
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 exactly how cognitive biases are relevant to the cross-cultural interactions and intercultural communication necessitated by the multicultural workplace (and other settings).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course materials
  • The basic text book required (has to be purchased in advance) for the course is:Shiraev, E., & Levy, D., Cross-cultural psychology. Critical thinking and contemporary applications (5th ed), Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2013, ISBN 0-205-24935-3. Note that this is the international edition.
  • Additional materials (e.g., articles, handouts) are provided by the University electronically (or as a hard copy) for use in the course.
Course specifics
  • Exam: Grade of the empirical interview assignment of a minimum of 5.5 points out of 10.
  • To pass the course, an 80% attendance rate is required.
  • Graded certificates are available upon request.
  • The course is in English; all communication will be in English.
  • Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter describing why you would like to participate in the course. The acceptance will be based on both CV and motivation letter.


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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

For this course, students of all levels (BA/MA/PhD) and fields are welcome. No prior knowledge of (cross-cultural) psychology is required (but it of course helps). Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter describing why an applicant would like to participate in the course. These documents should be uploaded during the registration process. Once you have completed your registration, the course coordinator will evaluate your application. Acceptance will be based on both CV and motivation letter.

Tuition Fee

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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