Trainings and Workshops

Our trainings and workshops are designed to help students gain intercultural, creative, social and language skills that are helpful for study and successful intercultural interaction.

Intercultural Trainings

Join our Intercultural Trainings and Workshops! Learn more about the importance of understanding other cultures, and how to develop better intercultural awareness.

You can have our Intercultural Trainings recognised for the Intercultural Competence Certificate.

“Live & Study in Germany" - Online workshop for all new international TUHH students

This online intercultural training in English aims to support you in getting a head start for living and studying in Germany.

In our interactive training, you will have the opportunity to learn more about cultural values which might influence and impact your student experience, to exchange and share ideas with your peers, as well as to develop strategies for making the most of your studies at TU Hamburg and your time in Germany.

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Topics covered in this online training include:

 » What is culture and how does it influence us?

 » Teaching and learning culture in Germany (cultural values and preferences concerning communication style, hierarchy, time, rules, and more)

 » Strategies for successful studies and dealing with cultural confusion

Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 9.30 am. - 1.30 pm.
Seats are limited. Please register here.

“Communication across Cultures - Intercultural Training”: An offer for all TUHH students

This workshop is made for both international and German students who are interested in reflecting their own culture and discovering how the concept of “culture” influences their everyday life. 

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The main objective of the training is to raise awareness for different culturally based and shaped communication. We will also have a closer look at the specific strategies to deal with (intercultural) conflicts and refer to practical examples.

The workshop will be held in English.

When & Where
Saturday, 1 July 2023, 10.00 am. - 5 pm., Room t.b.a.

Seats are limited. Please register here.

Improving Language Skills

Intercultural Language Learning

Are you studying in German, but German is not your mother tongue? Have you ever experienced linguistic "faux pas"? Have you ever asked yourself the question when you actually should call someone „Du“ or „Sie“? Do you sometimes have the feeling that you don't understand what the person talking to you really wants to say to you? In several workshops we will try to find answers to these and other questions. 

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With elements from foreign language teaching and intercultural training, we will explore why expressions and behaviour are perceived as "normal" by some and as strange, unsettling and impolite by others. We also work out strategies to recognise and avoid linguistic misunderstandings.

Just come along, regularly, sometimes or just once - whatever suits you best!
Please note that no credit points are available and very good German language skills are required (B2/C1)

Registration on StudIP.


Wed,                May 3,
1.15 - 2.15 pm.
Room A 1.20

Siezen und Duzen:

Du oder Sie, welche Anrede ist wann richtig? Welche Rolle spielt dabei Hierarchie und Alter und was sollte beim Formulieren von Emails beachtet werden?

Wed, May 10,
1.15 - 2.15 pm.
Room A 1.20

Warum ist es so schwierig, Verträge, Vorschriften und Formulare zu verstehen? Was sind eigentlich Bandwurm- und Schachtelsätze und wie gelingt es uns, sie leichter zu entschlüsseln?

Wed, May 24,
1.15 - 2.15 pm.
Room A 1.20

Welche Symbolik haben Zahlen? Wie zählen wir und was sagt das über uns aus? Und was sind die sprachlichen Herausforderungen beim Mathelernen?

Wed, May 31,
1.15 - 2.15 pm.
Room A 1.20

Wie verändert sich Sprache und Schrift? Was sind verbrannte Wörter und wie formt Sprache unser Denken?

Wed, June 7,
1.15 - 2.15 pm.
Room A 1.20

Wie verbringen wir Pausen und was ist eine Auszeit? Was sind typische Pausengespräche und warum können Gesprächspausen manchmal unangenehm sein?

Workshops especially for the exam period

Beating Procrastination

Do you procrastinate? Of course you do. We all do. When deadlines are looming, we will feel a magical pull to pointless distractions, or even experience a sudden and previously unknown urge to clean up our room – anything really – to put off working on the given task.

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For university students, in particular, there are two situations that have a lot of procrastination potential:

1. Studying for exams
2. Writing your thesis

What the two have in common is the largely self-directed nature of work over an expanded time span. What they also have in common is that they often leave students feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed, making it even harder to focus.

And yes, being a university student in times of the Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t make it any easier and can further in-crease unhealthy procrastination habits.

Join us for this 2-hour session on how to tackle procrastination.

Expected again in summer semester 2023.

German language skills for written exams

Are you studying in German but German is not your native language? Then you have to deal with several challenges in exam situations. Before you can call on your specialist knowledge, you first have to understand exam texts and questions correctly in German. And that is often difficult because they are not always formulated simply and clearly.

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Double negatives, complicated grammatical structures and nested sentences have to be deciphered. This costs time and nerves and might lead to the feeling "What is actually the question now?". In the worst case, you give the wrong answer, even though you actually know the right answer.

In this workshop we will talk about typical linguistic difficulties that can be hidden in exam questions and work out strategies to help you get through the exams better. 

WHEN? expected again in summer semester 2023.

Please note that no ECTS points can be credited for our trainings and workshops.