Further information about the stay abroad / Auslandsaufenthalt.
All students, at all levels, are welcome to take part in this project.
To join the project, first check with the current language course programme on LSF for tutors and times. Try to come along to one of the sessions in the first week of term. Please note that there is no compulsory weekly attendance for this course. The weekly sessions are meant to provide support for planning your stay if you need it.
If your course of studies requires you to do ‘The Intercultural Project’ (6 ECTS points), then your options are
- do the classic intercultural project (a stay abroad of 8 weeks with workshops before and after and a written reflective report). For more information see below.
- do a stay abroad of six months or more which you need to come and have recognized by one of the ICP team.
- have a previous stay in an English-speaking country recognized by the team (recognition is only for stays of six months or more, after the Abitur, which are officially documented e.g. studies, work as an assistant teacher, au-pair etc.)
- do a ‘homestay’ (special conditions for students who have dependent children or an illness which does not allow them to go abroad). This needs to be officially granted by the ICP team.
Your stay abroad should be planned in good time (i.e. at least a year before you want to register for the points to be entered on your LSF account). See information for modularised students.
In any case, it is highly recommended for all students to spend a longer period abroad during their studies. It's also fun :-)))
Students who wish to take part in the classic Intercultural Project are required to integrate into the culture of an English-speaking country for a minimum of 8 weeks and to reflect on the experience in the form of a piece of project work.
There are basically three parts:
Before you go
- Try to come along to one of the sessions in the first week of term (ICP office hours). Please note that there is no compulsory weekly attendance for this course. The weekly sessions are meant to provide support for planning your stay if you need it. Check with the current language course programme on LSF or the ICP board outside room 162 for tutors and times.
- Pre-departure workshop: Intercultural communication awareness training (Saturday 10-14; date to be arranged during the semester). Sign up on board outside Room 162 RG. Please note: attendance is compulsory BEFORE you go away.
Please check before you go that you have sufficient relevant insurance.
The stay abroad
Project requirements are:
- minimum of 8 weeks in an English-speaking country
- a meaningful context for the purposes of developing intercultural competence (i.e. not merely travelling and not going with fellow countrymen).
While in-country, students should be reflecting on their experiences in the way suggested in the pre-departure workshop.
After you return
- Debriefing workshop: Time to share experiences with your peers, reflect on intercultural learning points and find out more about how to write the reflective report. Check the board outside Room 162 RG for the dates of these workshops and tick off your name to show that you can come.
- Reflective Report: The final version of your report should be written AFTER the debriefing workshop and should be based on the field notes made during your stay abroad and on your insights from the debriefing workshop. The deadline for handing in the report for each semester is 21st December for the winter semester and 21st June for the summer semester.
All the documents relating to the stages described above can be found in Moodle at this link, password = ICP.
We look forward to seeing you in one of our ICP office hours.
Christopher Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
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Heather Weik-Price firstname.lastname@example.org