First steps in intercultural learning

Thursday, 2019/11/28, 13:30

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Intercultural communication and learning are at the heart of every study abroad experience. Join local and international students for a workshop that will raise your intercultural awareness and prepare you for your stay abroad. This workshop focuses on the needs of B.A., M.A. and doctoral students who are planning their stay abroad, and for international exchange students who are currently studying at the University of Bern. Note: Participants of the MILSA program will meet at 13.00h already!

Event organizer: Welcome Center and Mentoring progam MILSA
Speaker: Dr. Annie Cottier, Jasmin Fallahi
Date: 2019/11/28
Time: 13:30 - 18:00
Locality: Room 031/033
Main Building of the University
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern
Registration: Register here
Characteristics: not open to the public
free of charge

Who is invited? 

  • All MILSA particpants for their pre-departure session
  • all local students and doctoral students
  • all international students and doctoral students

The workshop is aimed at supporting you in the development of your intercultural learning skills, and encourages you to be critical about your views on the culture and society of your host and your home country.

By taking an active part in discussions, games and group work, you will reflect on your expectations for your study abroad, discuss contested terms such as culture and interculturality, and learn strategies for coping with the new environment.

Additionally, you will receive the opportunity to meet other students who are also planning to go abroad, and international students who are currently on a stay abroad in Bern. Therefore, participating in this workshop is helpful for being part of an international students’ network at the University of Bern.


If you are a University of Bern student going abroad in the autumn term 2019/20, you have the opportunity of joining the mentoring program MILSA. 

MILSA is a mentoring program that will support you in your intercultural learning process before, during and after your study.

MILSA will

  • Help you to facilitate your intercultural learning
  • Help you to voice expectations about your study abroad
  • Encourage you to reflect on your personal role and experiences and to develop cultural self-awareness in conversation with the mentor, with your peers and by writing blog contributions
  • Support you in your social and cultural negotiation with the host country
  • Help you to practice talking about the study abroad experience in view of your future professional life

After completing the program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the University of Bern, and a letter that states in detail the efforts you have undertaken for successfully completing MILSA.