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Intercultural Competences: Guiding practical insights through Citizen Science (ICCS)

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The Intercultural Competences micro-module is a collaboration between seven universities within the ECIU network working together to give you the best education in a flexible learning structure and student-driven setup. Within 13 weeks and with a 2 ECTS (or 3 ECTS including 1 week mobility to Barcelona) study load, you will learn to self-reflect and communicate your own intercultural competences level; receive insightful lectures from top experts within Europe; be coached on your team dynamics and find a practical application of your skills within an international project about Citizen Science.

Whether in your studies, your ECIU challenge or your future careers, the need to develop your intercultural competences is becoming more and more important. Being connected with other countries and other cultures can provide you with wonderful opportunities for collaboration and new and refreshing insights. To accommodate such creative collaboration, it is important to make sure you have the right tools for effective teamwork in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary groups. In the ECIU Micro-module on Intercultural Competences, you will learn how you can better understand and work within diverse groups; how to improve on your communicative skills and create an effective team, and how you can apply and present your solutions in a broad variety of contexts. With this course, you will gain practical insights into intercultural competences by coming up with your own Citizen Science project!

In addition to the online components, students can apply within the ICCS course to join our mobility week taking place in person. This year, we are very excited to host our mobility week at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), taking place between 06 and 10 February 2023! This on-site week consists of engaging workshops and fun events in Barcelona that allow students to dive into the Spanish culture together and to meet students from the entire programme, as well as free time to explore the city and spend time with your peers from the ICCS course. The mobility week is not an obligatory aspect of the course; students participating in this mobility week will receive an additional ECTS for their time investment (i.e. a total of 3 ECTS from the programme). Please note: the travel and accommodation for students will be covered or partially compensated by the local university. It is up to the local university to decide how many students may receive this compensation and to select students from the programme to participate. 

This module is organized and facilitated together with the following partners:

  • INSA Groupe, France
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Trento, Italy
  • University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands


On completion of this course, the student will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

- LG1 Evaluating your initial intercultural competence level and your progress during the micro module;
- LG2 Evaluate a Citizen Science project in your own cultural context and that of your peers;
- LG3 Evaluate the main difference in cultural backgrounds, communication styles and behaviour in multi-cultural and diverse teamwork;
- LG4 Apply cross-cultural diversity in your project to achieve greater group performances;
- LG5 Apply the main elements of Citizen Science in a small group project using a structured (creative) problem-solving approach.

Module level: Introduction

Degree level: Bachelor and Master

Language: English

Study mode: Online

SDG11 Theme: Suitable for all themes


Semester: Continuous

Starting date: 14 November 2022

Finishing date: 10 February 2023

Additional information on the course / limitations: The number of ECIU students participating on this course is limited

Participation form: Please make sure to apply here: Admission-contact person:


University of Twente

Participation info

The admission is currently possible for learners from ECIU partner universities. For queries, contact admission-contact person: