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Intercultural Competences

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ZfbK-Supplementary Certificate "Intercultural Competence”

  • Coordination of content and advice on recognition: Kerstin Dresing
  • Registration by email:
  • General questions about courses and advice on credit transfer: Yeliz.Demir
  • Scope: at least 6 credit points (of which 1 credit point was earned through courses offered by the ZfbK, ideally module 1, obligatory module 4
  • Flyer for a short overview


Content and Goals

Participants are sensitised to cultural differences in order to engage constructively in intercultural encounters. They acquire knowledge about cross-cultural and culture-specific topics; reflect on their attitudes as well as their personal interaction, communication and conflict behavior. Furthermore, they know methods for studying and working in intercultural and multi-professional settings.


Four thematic compulsory modules:

A) The fundamentals of intercultural competence: Reflective and action-oriented examination of the concepts of culture and identity as well as social processes and interpersonal intercultural communication.

B) Cross-cultural topics: In-depth examination of theories, approaches and methods from the fields of diversity, inclusion, equality, (anti-)discrimination, intersectionality, migration research, human rights and postcolonial studies, among others.

C) Culture-specific topics: Knowledge of history, society and culture of different target regions as well as acquisition of basics for successful intercultural communication and constructive handling of conflict situations in dialogue with members of these regions.

D) Reflection portfolio: Reflection on one's own cultural imprint and basic understanding of attributes that contribute to successful intercultural coexistence by means of an accompanying portfolio to be prepared as well as a 15-minute colloquium.


Three additional options:

Option 1: Language skills that you have demonstrated with a UNIcert® examination as part of your JLU studies can be listed on this supplementary certificate as a supplement.

Option 2: Stays abroad of at least four weeks, which you completed as part of your JLU studies, can be listed as a supplement. Please submit your transcript of records (for internships: internship certificate) and an experience report upon your return.

Option 3: Intercultural commitment of at least 30 hours in the field of interculturality and internationalisation, which you completed during your JLU studies, can be listed as a supplement. Please submit a reflection and confirmation form for this. The 30 hours can be added up from different activities. In this case, the reflection can be summarised, but a confirmation sheet must be submitted for each activity, that contains possible creditable activities on the second page.


Compulsory modules

Creditable AfK-courses of the ZfbK

Credit transfer from other studies and programs of JLU Giessen (previously transferred courses)

A) The fundamentals of intercultural competence

(min. 1 CP)

  • Interkulturelle Kompetenz, AfK-Nr. 275, 1 CP (every term)
  • Lab for Intercultural Readiness, AfK-Nr. 710, 1 CP (irregularly)
  • Global Competence, AfK-Nr. 693, 1 CP (irregularly)
  • English B2.3: Intercultural Communication, AfK-Nr. 146, 2 CP (irregularly)
Other JLU courses are creditable upon request, such as language courses focusing on intercultural communication, e.g.:
  • Working Across Cultures, Managerial English FB 02, 6 CP
Regarding module 1, only courses with a high practical exercise and reflection content will be credited.
B) Kultur-übergreifende Themen
(min. 2 CP)
  • Gender- & Diversitykompetenz, AfK-422, 2 CP (usually in SoSe)
  • Der Kolonialismus und sein andauerndes Erbe, AfK-Nr. 699, 1 CP (usually in WiSe)
  • Interreligiöse Kompetenz, AfK-Nr. 358, 2 CP (irregularly)
Other JLU courses are creditable upon request, such as courses on human rights, migration, discrimination, intersectionality, etc., e.g.:
  • Grundwissen Menschenrechte, AfK-Nr. 600, 3 CP (WiSe)
  • What is racism?, Proseminar Politikwissenschaft, 3 CP
  • Die interkulturelle Dimension in der Didaktik des islamischen Religionsunterrichtes, Übung Islamische Theologie, 2 CP
C) Kulturspezifische Themen
(min. 2 CP)
  • Landeskunde China, AfK-Nr. 332, 2 CP (SoSe)
  • Regionalkompetenz, AfK-Nr.357, 1 CP (changing regions, every semester)
  • "Europa macht Schule"- Interkulturelles Bildungsprojekt, AfK-Nr. 604, 2 CP (WiSe)
Other JLU courses are creditable upon request, such as regional studies seminars of linguistics courses, e.g.:
  • Landeskunde: Geschichte der südslavischen Länder, AfK-Nr. 691, 3 CP (Slavistik, WiSe)
  • Sommerschule an Partnerhochschule im Ausland (3 CP)
  Courses offered by the ZfbK will end with a reflection paper as the final assessment.

Each credit is awarded upon individual review. Please clarify this early on and submit the relevant evidence (e.g. module/course description, seminar plan, ToR, etc.).

For courses that can be credited, a reflection paper must be submitted according to ZfbK specifications, which you should ideally prepare directly after attending the event.

D) Reflective portfolio
(1 CP)

  • Final portfolio, consisting of a reflection on each of the courses attended AND an
  • overall reflection after completion of all courses and before applying for a certificate
  • Final colloquium (15 min)

not compensable by other JLU courses.

Additional options Attestation
Option 1 Language skills, acquired through JLU-courses UNIcert®-Prüfung
Option 2
Stays abroad during your studies at JLU Giessen Transcript of Records (or internship certificate) and experience report
Option 3 Intercultural commitment during your time at JLU Giessen Reflection paper and
confirmation sheet


For general information on supplemental certificates (time frame, application, etc..), please visit our main page.