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Module 3 Cultural Awareness

Whether you are still in the orientation phase and comparing destinations to find the right fit to study abroad, or if you have already selected your destination to study abroad and seek a way to prepare yourself before moving to this new and exciting new home, it is important to think about how you will adjust to your new environment. How can you develop awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between your home- and host-country and learn as much as possible about your global experience location? This course will help you explore the process of cultural adjustment and develop your intercultural intelligence - meaning your ability to detect cultural rules and create new rules to function in intercultural situations. By doing this, you will feel more confident about being able to deal with cultural differences, you will increase your knowledge of cultural dimensions, you will reduce stereotyping, and you will acquire knowledge that will help you to choose or prepare for a specific study abroad destination.

  • Step 1: Develop your Cultural Intelligence

  • Step 2: Increase your Knowledge about a specific culture

  • Step 3: Test your Drive to engage with the culture

  • Step 4: Strategize and plan your cultural journey

  • Step 5: Take action and practice adapting your behaviour


  • Intercultural intelligence: Ability to detect cultural rules and create new rules to function in intercultural situations

  • Cultural Iceberg Model: Iceberg analogy of culture proposed by Edward Hall

  • Cultural Dimensions: Empirical model of "dimensions" of national culture proposed by Geert Hofstede. It provides provides a generalisation of a particular national culture

  • Culture Map: Map elaborated by Erin Meyer describing specific differences in how people from different cultures communicate and consider ideas.


Module 3 - Cultural Awareness

  • SECTION 1 - Develop Your Cultural Intelligence
  • When moving from your own culture to a different culture, cultural intelligence (CQ) is a powerful skill that will help you to succeed in this transition. CQ is your ability to detect cultural rules and create new rules to function in intercultural situations and work or study effectively across cultures

  • SECTION 2 - Increase Your Knowledge About A Specific Culture
  • What do you already know, and do you have any stereotypical concepts of other cultures? Do you have any preconceptions or misconceptions? This section will offer a variety of exercises to explain and explore different cultural dimensions.
  • SECTION 3 - Test Your Drive To Engage With The Culture
  • To develop your cultural intelligence and be successful in intercultural situations, you not only need knowledge about cultural differences, you also need the drive to engage in the intercultural situations and work through any discomfort.
  • SECTION 4 - Strategize And Plan Your Cultural Journey
  • Feeling positively driven to engage into a cultural situation and knowing what possible cultural differences you can expect to encounter is only the beginning of becoming culturally intelligent.
  • SECTION 5 - Take Action And Practice Adapting Your Behaviour
  • This change involves having a flexible repertoire of behavioural responses that suit a variety of cultural situations. The next and last step to develop your cultural intelligence is called Action
  • SECTION 6 - Student Testimonials
  • In this section you will find various videos of students who will share their experiences in becoming culturally aware and adapting to their new environment, explaining what actions they did to prepare for their study abroad.
  • SECTION 7 - Resources

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