EuroTeQ Intercultural Workshop – Intercultural competencies for working in multicultural teams

Languages and Culture

About this course

The workshops take place on 3-4 days in the specified period. One Workshop on Fridays / Saturdays and one on Mondays / Thursdays. In addition to their specialist knowledge, future engineers must coordinate cross-disciplinary work and communicate with other disciplines. Accordingly, in a European job market, intercultural competencies and communication skills are required to create successful collaboration. Intercultural agility, which is essential for studying and working in a multicultural environment, consists of a combination of knowledge about intercultural contexts and an ability to critically analyze one's own thoughts and values from an intercultural perspective After the course, students can apply intercultural models and strategies based on these models for the practical management of complex, interculturally challenging situations in university and professional settings.

Learning outcomes

Students can recognize how intercultural factors can play a role when working in multicultural teams and how our ways of thinking, values, attitudes and our personal background influence the way we interact with others. They have acquired tools for analyzing and interpreting interculturally complex situations in a goal-oriented manner and have discourse strategies to implement these in discussions in order to facilitate mutual understanding. Students can expand their own knowledge of divergent cultural values and standards by asking purposeful and appropriate questions and they can present their own perspective.


1 written test 90 min. (100%)

Performance, testing the learning outcomes specified in the module description, is examined by a written test. Aids are permitted. Candidates work on tasks that focus on intercultural theories, intercultural models and other content covered in class. As part of the exam, students must prove their intercultural reflection skills by

Time: Nov 25+28 - Dec 02+04 2024; Mon/Thu/Wed 16-18:30 h Format: online Exam: Online e-test on the last course day. Further information will be announced at the beginning of the course and can be found in Moodle.

Course requirements

The course is especially intended for students in engineering programs, but is generally open to all TUM students. In particular, students who will be studying at a EuroTeQ partner university in the coming academic year or those, who are from partner universities and are currently studying at TUM and/or are participating in the EuroTeQ program should feel addressed. Students should envision themselves working in a European engineering context.



The module consists of a course in which the learning content is studied in a communicative and action-oriented manner using self-experience exercises, video material, critical incidents and theoretical input in individual, partner and group work. Additional self-study material is provided (for preparation and follow-up work and for deepening one's own background knowledge) for consolidation and supplementation of the classroom sessions.

Additional information

  • Credits
    ECTS 1
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Birgit Nierhoff-King, Barbara Moore, Rita Elekes
  • Mode of instruction
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  • Start date

    25 November 2024

    • Ends
      4 December 2024
    • Term *
      Winter 2024/2025
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      24 May - 29 Jul 2024
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