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! 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.

“Get ready for Hamburg? - Online Intercultural Training”: An offer 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.

Please register for ONE workshop only! Registration link available in due time
WORKSHOP 1: Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 2.30 - 6.30 pm.
WORKSHOP 2: Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 9.30 am. - 1.30 pm.
Seats are limited and registration is required. Please register for one workshop only!

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 Harburg and your time in Germany.

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

The workshop will be conducted as a Zoom meeting. Participants should have access to a stable Internet connection, join the meeting with a PC or laptop with a camera (if possible), and use a headset for good audio quality. In addition, participants should have pen and paper at hand (needed for some activities). In addition to Zoom, trainers will use tools such as Mentimeter or Padlet for interactive elements. Participants should be able to access such tools in a second window or tab on their PC or laptop or through a tablet or smartphone.

Online Workshop: Multicultural teams and groups - How to cope with cultural-based challenges

Intercultural interaction has become an important part of university life: intercultural learning groups, tutorials and courses with participants from many different countries, a mix of different learning traditions, joint leisure activities for international and German students.

This makes it all the more important to ask the following questions:- How does working together in intercultural groups work?- How do I lead and moderate intercultural groups?- How do intercultural group dynamics work?- How do I deal with intercultural conflicts?The workshop is particularly recommended for (international) students who work as tutors with intercultural groups. However, all other interested parties are also welcome.Please note that the workshop will be held in German and you should have a language level of at least B2.

WHEN         November 17, 2.00 - 6.00 pm.
WHERE        Zoom-Meeting
Seats are limited. Please register here.

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The workshop takes place online via Zoom. You should have a stable internet connection and a device with a camera. Ideally, please use a laptop, PC or tablet and a headset with microphone. If available, it would be good if you also have a smartphone ready to access additional applications (e.g. surveys via Mentimeter etc.).


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.

Please register on StudIP

DateTopic
Wednesday, 03 November 2021,
1.00 - 2.00 pm.
Dialekte: Was sind die Besonderheiten von Dialekten, wer spricht sie und warum sind sie häufig mit Vorurteilen verbunden?
Wednesday, 10 November 2021,
1.00 - 2.00 pm.
Gendergerechte Sprache: Was bedeutet gendergerechte Sprache, warum gibt es so viele Diskussionen darüber und was eigentlich ist ein Gendersternchen?
Wednesday, 24 November 2021,
1.00 - 2.00 pm.
Telefonieren: Warum stresst uns Telefonieren in einer Fremdsprache, wie können wir uns vorbereiten und Missverständnisse vermeiden
Wednesday, 01 December 2021,
1.00 - 2.00 pm.
Emails schreiben: Wie formuliere ich eine Email, wann schreibe ich „ Liebe/r…“ oder „Sehr geehrte/r“ und was gibt es sonst zu beachten?
Wednesday, 08 December 2021,
1.00 - 2.00 pm.
Small Talk: Wie komme ich mit anderen Menschen ins Gespräch? Über was soll ich reden und wie überwinde ich meine Sprachbarrieren

Please note that no credit points are available and very good German language skills are required (B2/C1)



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.

WHEN?       Expected again in winter semester 2021/22. The exact date will be announced here in time.
WHERE?      t.b.a.


Managing stress in uncertain times

This workshop helps students to manage their stress and develop coping methods for struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The numerous uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic have left many people living in a state between “kind of stressed” and “panic attack.”

That’s natural. Our “fight or flight” system is designed to effectively deal with acute stressors. With the pandemic, however, time boundaries are less clear. Bracing ourselves for uncertainty over this extended period of time can take a toll on body, mind and heart.

Even more reason to practice good self-care - and to focus on things we can control (while letting go of things we can’t). This workshop will address some simple things you can do to take better care of yourself - right now.

So, join us for this Zoom session on managing stress in uncertain times. Looking very much forward to meeting you!

WHEN       Expected again in winter semester 2021/22. The exact date will be announced here in time.
WHERE    t.b.a.


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 winter semester 2021/22. The exact date will be announced here in time.
WHERE? t.b.a.


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