Intercultural focus R.U.D.I.

Intercultural skills and intercultural competence


R.U.D.I. stands for ‘respectful, united, diverse, intercultural’ because we share the conviction of the European University Association that openness and tolerance are fundamental academic values in the university sector. A wide range of opinions and the freedom to share these opinions form the basis for liberal-mindedness.

R.U.D.I. offers a variety of courses, workshops and projects that focus on intercultural communication and competence and are committed to facilitating the exchange of ideas, languages and cultures and to expanding your horizons. The R.U.D.I. courses of 2 ECTS also count towards our Intercultural Skills Certificate (ISC), an additional important qualification for your international career.

The prerequisites for participation in the R.U.D.I courses are:

  • an enthusiasm and curiosity about other cultures
  • intercultural awareness
  • empathy and good communication skills
  • openness and a good time management and
  • a readiness to learn from others

Current courses and events, summer term 2022

Workshop series "Dealing with diversity"

in English, Campus Graz

We live in a hyper-connected world. An estimated 272 million people currently live outside their home country. Ten years ago, you may have worked mainly with female colleagues from Germany. Today, you are more likely to work with colleagues from China, Singapore and India. The more global organisations become, the more important intercultural understanding becomes. Moreover, technology is connecting people and cultures like never before. In order to be successful in professional life today, it is essential to expand one's intercultural competencies.*


The workshop series "Dealing with Diversity" teaches basic intercultural competences. Participants are sensitised to the importance of different ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds as well as to the effects of individual and societal discrimination and learn not only to deal with intercultural challenges but also to react confidently to racist attacks and discrimination.

Target audience: The workshop series is aimed at FH JOANNEUM students and staff and is free of charge.


  • Fr, 25.3.2022 (2-6 p.m.) Dealing with diversity
  • Fr, 29.4.2022 (2-6 p.m.) Intercultural communication
  • Mo, 13.6.2022 (2-6 p.m.) How to be an ally
  • Fr, 27.5.2022 (2-6 p.m.) Argumentation training

Registration possible at any time Click here to register.

Course "Cultural Diversity at FH JOANNEUM" (2 ECTS)

in English, offered at all three Campuses

Description: International regular students and exchange students of FH JOANNEUM present their home countries. The lecturers set their own focal points, so you can look forward to an exciting series of lectures that will highlight the cultural diversity at FH JOANNEUM and promise an interesting evening through activities.

Target audience: The event is aimed at FH JOANNEUM students and staff and is open to guest auditors.

Registration: Registration for the course will take place during the first appointment. Guests are welcome at any time - no registration required.

Programme: For more information on the curriculum and course requirements for the summer term 2022, please download the course programme below.

Workshop series "Climate sins - A research project with KUNSTLABOR Graz" (1 ECTS)

in German (min. level B1); Campus Graz

Description: In einer fotografischen Recherche, die von einer Umfrage begleitet wird, nimmt diese Workshopreihe „Klimasünden" ins Visier. Die Teilnehmer:innen entwickeln daraus eine Plakatserie (Risoprint), die in der FH JOANNEUM am Ende des Semesters präsentiert und ausgestellt wird. In einem Podcast wird über Klimasünden diskutiert, und über mögliche Perspektiven gesprochen.

Target audience: The event is aimed at FH JOANNEUM students and staff.


  • Friday, 18. 3. 2022, 16:00 – 18:30

  • Wednesday, 23. 3. 2022, 18:00 – 19:30

  • Wednesday, 6. 4. 2022, 16:00 – 18:30

  • Wednesday, 20. 4. 2022, 18:00 – 19:30

  • Friday, 6. 5. 2022, 16:00 – 18:30


Registration for the course is by e-mail by 16.03.2022 at the latest.


Participation in this workshop series can also be credited to FH JOANNEUM students for the Tandem+ programme, and to staff members for the ISC4Staff!

Go Abroad Program (2 ECTS)

in German, Campus Graz

The "Go Abroad Program" is designed to support students who are going abroad (both for internships and for studies) during their experience abroad. The course will help students better adapt to the cultural customs of their host country, make the so-called culture shock more manageable and strengthen their intercultural communication skills.

Not only will you arrive at your destination better prepared, but you will also approach each new experience with confidence and engage in an even deeper and more meaningful semester abroad.

Target group: Students of FH JOANNEUM of all fields of study who are nominated for a semester abroad in the coming semester.

Program: The programme consists of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Before the semester abroad One-day preparation course focusing on culture and identity as well as intercultural communication. Interactive workshop with theatre pedagogical elements.

  • Part 2: During the semester abroad During the Cultural Learning you will receive 3 online assignments that will help you deal with cultural differences and raise your awareness of issues such as culture, identity and Europe. Of course, you can also set your own thematic focus.

  • Part 3: After the semester abroad Half-day reflection workshop with focus on exchange in the group. Share your most valuable learnings and reflect on your time abroad together with other globetrotters and bring your semester abroad to a good conclusion. The next reflection workshop will take place on 5.3.2022.

Information on registration will follow at the beginning of the semester by the International Office as well as your international coordinator.


More information about the Go Abroad Program will follow at the mandatory admin session for outgoing students.