Cross-cultural awareness and communicationCourses for beginning PhD candidates

Workshop information

Number of sessions: 1
Hours per session: 2
Entry-level: Introduction
Course fee:

  • This workshop is exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School. PhD candidates who are a peer in the peer-to-peer programme (more information) will have priority in enrolment.
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information.


    Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607

    You can only enrol for one date option of this workshop.

    Enrolment has closed for this option.
    August 21 (Monday) 2017
    14:00 - 16:00
    Mandeville building (directions) room T16-01

    Enrolment has closed for this option.
    September 13 (Wednesday) 2017
    18:00 - 20:00
    Mandeville building (directions) T3-07 

    Enrolment has closed for this option.
    October 16 (Monday) 2017
    15:00 - 17:00
    V building (directions) VB-19


    Any cross-cultural interaction can stumble upon issues due to differences. The focus often lies on these differences, which leads to negative perspectives about the other, which could result in a complete communication failure.

    Cross-cultural communication involves an understanding of how people from different cultures speak, communicate, and perceive the world around them. This interactive workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and the tools to interact in cross-cultural situations.

    Aims and working method

    The aim of the workshop is to essentially create a cross-cultural awareness. The focus of the workshop will be on the notions of culture, cultural sensitivity, diversity and communication. Moreover, it aims to show how these notions interact with each other and how they influence our social and intercultural interaction. The workshop will also include practical information on how to be a PhD peer and what is expected from the peers. More information on the PhD peer-to-peer programme is available here.

    The workshop will be highly interactive through discussion of different theories in intercultural communication, multiple exercises connected to these theories and a discussion of the participants’ own experiences.

    Learning objectives

    After completion of this workshop, you will:

    • Gain insight and an in-depth understanding of how culture and communication are intertwined and consequently heavily influence each other.
    • Increase your cultural competence and create awareness in how you communicate.
    • Improve your to successfully communicate in cross-cultural situations.

    Session description

    Part 1
    Focus on culture

    • Defining culture

      • Different views: Cultural iceberg, Hofstede’s dimensions

    • Discussion how culture works, manifests, influences

      • Theory and exercises

    Part 2
    Focus on communication

    • Defining communication

      • verbal vs. nonverbal
      • sender-receiver process

    • Pitfalls in communication
    • Examples/exercises
    • The danger of a single story

    Part 3
    Focus on influence communication/culture

    • Recognising your own communicative skills and competences

    Part 4
    Focus on competences

    • Peer-to-peer competences (beyond misunderstanding)
    • Participants’ own experiences and perspectives.

    About the instructor

    Nya Blok, is a young professional in intercultural communication. She obtained a BA degree in English Language and Culture at Leiden University and a MA degree in Intercultural Communication at Utrecht University. Ever since her internship at Operation Crossroads Africa in New York, spreading cross cultural awareness has been her main goal and passion.