Intercultural communication: Meet people instead of cultures & practice communication styles

18 November 2022 - 25 November 2022
(2 x 7h)
campus Diepenbeek


Lots of PhD students come from another country, and several Belgian PhD students work in an intercultural environment and will themselves go abroad later.
In this 2 day interactive course, by Ann De Ron of FishGrowFeet, we explore how you can get to know our foreign colleagues a bit better and learn from each other. We take out time to get to know each other in this workshop too. The key is that you always meet a person, not a culture.

On the program:
- cultural dimensions
- discussing your own cases with 3 models for intercultural communication
- testing your ability to adapt to different communication styles.

You get the opportunity to look up your own personal profile according to the 8 cultural dimensions of Erin Meyer (INSEAD Business School).
We also introduce a different model, one that in contrast to most, does not focus on culture, but on communication and this on meeting people, not cultures.

Learning outcomes

After having attended this workshop, you will be aware of/know about...

  • your own reactions in an intercultural situation, and those others could have.
  • different cultural dimensions.
  • the pitfall of stereotyping.
  • the advantages and disadvantages of 3 models for intercultural communication.
  • some tools to discuss intercultural cases.
  • the possible differences in communication styles and have practiced on how to adapt your own style.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • responsiveness to change
  • interpersonal competences:
    • (Interdisciplinary) collaboration


For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs
  • There are 15 places available.

When and where?

  • November 15 & 22, 2022 - 9:30-16:30
  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4


  • You can register here from August 18, 2022 on.
  • Please register only if you can attend both days.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development', OR category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on communication skills
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - course about personal development, OR category 'scientific & generic communication' - course about generic communication

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