Intercultural Management (elective)

The impact of culture is so natural and automatic, that its influence on behaviour is taken for granted. Only when we meet or work with people with different cultural values or customs, we become aware of how culture has moulded our behaviour.

During this course, you will become aware of the various aspects of your own culture and how they influence your perceptions and behaviour. You will also find out how people of other cultures perceive yours. You'll learn about the most important research and theories on intercultural management, and apply these into practical situations.

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Start date February, September
Number of ECTS 5 Dutch Education System
Programme level Beginner
Programme code INTCMA-SEM1
Language of instruction English
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Our Intercultural Management programme teaches you about your culture as well as others, how they influence behaviour and how to apply this knowledge when connecting to people from different cultures. You will learn about intercultural management research and theories, and apply them to practical situations. Your active participation during lectures and group work is essential.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Margo Bongers or Job Krijgsman.

Please note: In case of high demand, students of the HU Institute of International Business Studies take precedence.

Course unit title ECTS
Intercultural Management 5

Total hours: 140 (5 ECTS x 28 hours)

Weekly contact hours
24.5 hours
7 x 150 mins lecture + 60 minutes consultation
Weekly reading/homework
21 hours 7 x 3 hours
40 hours
Exam preparation
54.5 hours

In our course guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document.

There are no entry requirements for this programme.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: If your English language ability proves to be insufficient to participate actively in (parts of) the courses you have chosen, we cannot be bound to the Learning Agreement, neither can we guarantee to offer you the required amount of study load (EC’s). Teachers might request you to take a diagnostic test at the start of the course to check if your English language ability is sufficient to successfully participate in that specific course. In all cases it is up to the programme manager to decide if your English language ability is sufficient to be eligible for the programme/course.

After the course you are:

  • Aware of your own culture and understand that your perceptions are based on cultural interpretation
  • Able to talk about culture in a way that is descriptive, not evaluative.
  • Able to name major intercultural management studies and theories, and apply them to practical situations.
  • Competent to act in an international context according to the principal written and unwritten codes of conduct.
  • Able to negotiate in an international context, taking cultural differences into account.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Strenghten your international business profile

    Our Intercultural Management programme gives you the edge on the international labour market. You can show you approach cultural differences with an open mind and have the theoretical and practical knowhow to make the most of them.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Students in front of the HU building at Padualaan 99

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