Intercultural Communication - DUW Certificate Program

Utilizing Diversity as an Enrichment of the Enterprise

Berufsbegleitendes Fernstudium in Interkulturelle Kommunikation

As an expert on intercultural communication, you understand the different ways of thinking, feeling and acting of people socialized in other cultures, and of members of other specialist cultures. You have an abundant network on intercultural relations. Your function is to deal with differences and establish equal opportunity. You recognize diversity as a potential that can be utilized efficiently with the right communication.

In the Certificate Program in Intercultural Communication, you will learn using case studies from professional practice. You will relate your own experience with the findings of intercultural research. You will apply the methods of intercultural training and intercultural collegial case consultation. You will reflect on cultural differences in your organization and acquire methods to apply diversity management and gender mainstreaming in your work.

Combine Intercultural Communication with Corporate Communications and with Competence Development and New Media in the program package "Managing Communication" or create your own individual Program Combination!

Intercultural Communication

Final certificate

  • University certificate (5 ECTS units)

Type of course

  • Distance education with in-class units


  • 2 months (standard course duration)

Beginning of course

  • Semiannual enrollment

Distance Education at DUW

  • Practical, relevant curriculum
  • Flexible academic model
  • Up-to-date learning on the Online Campus
  • Individual supervision
    Course Content
    • Principles and applications of intercultural skills
    • Intercultural personnel management
    • Diversity, equal opportunity and gender mainstreaming: Utilizing diversity productively
    • Intercultural and gender sensitivity training
    Course Goals

    Using authentic case studies from actual practice, you will learn to relate your own intercultural experience with the findings of intercultural research and expand your active repertoire. You will reflect on and analyze your experience of diversity using selected categories, and learn methods of intercultural training and collegial intercultural case consultation. Furthermore, on the basis of your individual professional practice, you will examine dimensions of diversity as they relate to the organization. You will develop concepts to represent diversity management and gender mainstreaming, and suitable methods to transfer them to your own work.

    Conditions of Admission

    To enroll in the Certificate Program in Intercultural Communication, you must have:

    • An undergraduate degree, or
    • An equivalent qualification in the form of a qualification for admission to higher education and several years’ work experience, or completed vocational training and several years’ work experience.

    In general, we recommend both work experience and current employment because this allows you to transfer acquired skills directly to your professional practice.

    As this program is taught primarily in German, non-native German speakers must prove (no later than date of registration) B2 level German proficiency by means of a corresponding language test (e.g. TestDaF or DSH) or equivalent proof, such as of one semester of university studies with German as the sole language of instruction or work experience in an exclusively German-speaking work environment.

    Tuition Fees

    You’ll find further information on the Certificate Program in Intercultural Communication in our Information and Download Center. You can request free, direct online access to detailed information including:

    • Tuition fees and application forms
    • The syllabus
    • Study and examination regulations
    • The timetable of in-class units

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