Intercultural Communication
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB152-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
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B. Lushaj, MA
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N. Mena Montes
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B.C. Planken
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B.C. Planken
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. B.C. Planken
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
PER 1-PER 4  (31/08/2020 to 31/08/2021)
Starting block
PER 1/  PER 3
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts, 25 students from other faculties and to 30 exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course, students will:
  • Be able to identify and describe fundamental theoretical concepts and principles that are relevant to understanding communication between people from different cultural and social backgrounds;
  • Have insight into the concept of culture, cultural differences and how culture can influence verbal and non-verbal behaviour;  
  • Have insight into contributors to - and issues in - intercultural communication today, and be able to reflect critically on these;
  • Have insight into acculturation/cultural adaptation, culture shock, and the development of intercultural (communication) competence, and be able to identify and critically reflect on factors that play a role in these processes.
This course offers students an introduction to intercultural communication and the factors that shape and influence it. Due to globalization, migration and international work mobility, intercultural contact between people from different cultures -and different language backgrounds- has become more common in recent decades. Societies have become increasingly multicultural. Intercultural communication is a part of life for most people, in both everyday and work contexts. For business professionals who work in an international setting, or for students studying abroad, it is important to have insight into the ways in which culture can play a role in intercultural contact situations, in terms of behaviour in general and interpersonal communication in particular. This course considers the concept of culture, and how culture influences our thinking, acting and being. It examines the influence of culture on verbal and non-verbal communication, the relationship between culture, identity and communication, and how cultural value orientations influence our worldview and the way we behave towards others. The course also considers topics such as acculturation in immigrants and expats, culture shock, and the development of intercultural (communication) competence.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Assumed previous knowledge
Accessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts. Accessible to students from other faculties (Max. 25 students) and to exchange students (Max. 30 students).

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Title:Introducing intercultural communication: Global cultures and contexts
Author:Liu, S., Volcic, Z., & Gallois, C.
Publisher:London: Sage Publications Ltd. (2019)
Title:A list of required articles will be made available at the start of the course.

Instructional modes
At-home PER3 gel1
Attendance MandatoryYes

At-home PER4 gel2
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Written exam (at home)
Test weight100
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade

Note to exchange students: it is not possible to take the written exam at a different time or place.