The course is designed to help teaching staff acquire knowledge and develop skills that will help both them and their domestic and international students become more interculturally competent. The course focuses on intercultural issues in the classroom, including differences in teaching and learning styles, cultural stress, risk factors, teaching and interacting in a professional and intercultural sensitive way, and managing emotions effectively and appropriately
The course will be offered by Michael Vande Berg, Ph.D., Principal of MVB Associates (USA) and Drs. Marijke van Oppen, Intercultural Trainer and Educational Consultant at Wageningen University and Research centre.
Cost of attendance will be € 500,- per person . The fee includes meals, snacks and drinks during the course. Travel and hotel costs are not included. Please note that you may be able to receive a grant to attend this course through the Erasmus programme. Please contact your local Erasmus+ contact person for more details: If you plan to attend this staff training week and want to apply for ERASMUS+ staff mobility support, please check the website and contact DI Lisa Kargl for further information on ERASMUS+ Staff training funding.

 Applications should be sent by September 11th, 2017 to: lisa.kargl(at) with the following details of the participants:
First names  
Family name  
Short description of main tasks  
Email address  

The course is designed for 20 participants, and we hope that lecturers from each University will be able to enrol. The minimum enrolment will be 15 participants. We value the diversity of participants and for that reason we check the diversity in backgrounds and nationalities after the registration deadline. After this check we will inform all participants about their application and whether they can participate.

If there is sufficient interest from BOKU scientists, it might well be possible that BOKU organises a similar course here in Vienna in the summer semester (co-organised by ZIB and ZfL).

The training course is scheduled on Thursday and Friday and can be combined with a visit to Amsterdam.
More information about Amsterdam and what is on: