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A warm welcome to the Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity. Find out more about this unique intercultural opportunity. We hope to welcome you to our Academy from September 4 to 15, 2017 in Xi’an, China!


In this two week long Academy students will be introduced to the theory and methodology of assessing intercultural dynamics and challenges in society and creative solutions to the latter. Through lectures and trainings the participants will develop an awareness for cultural based dynamics. Additionally, participants  go out in the field and apply their newly acquired knowledge and methods. The students will be actively observing and researching in their project work that involves getting to know the city of Xi‘An and its people shaping the cultural space and face of the city (e.g. the Muslim community of Xi‘An).

Furthermore participants will be trained in and introduced to Design Thinking by S.LAB, a Shanghai based Think Tank which incorporates the acquired methods of week one and methods of designing creative solutions for global challenges on a microlevel. Here, the students will have to work on a project for which they will receive input and ongoing coaching from the lecturers, trainers and designers. In addition, lectures on intercultural Management and applied research methods for intercultural assessment will be held to create further academic understanding of the methods introduced to the students.

General Information

This Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity is an intercultural learning opportunity for young adults which takes place in Xi’an, China, from September 4 to 15, 2017. It will be organized by InterCultur gGmbH (subsidiary of AFS Germany), EURASIA University of Xi’an, China and Karlshochschule International University, Germany. Participants can earn academic credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Further information will follow soon.

Registration is open! You can apply until May 31, 2017!
The Summer Academy brings together scientists, practitioners, and students to work together on the following questions.

  • how can we design creative and human centred solutions to everyday challenges?
  • what role do cultural artefacts  and cultural heritage play in intercultural encounters and global challenges and what effect do they have on our everyday life?
  • how can we effectivly work together in intercultural project teams?

The main target group is students without or with some intercultural experience, who want to study in an intercultural team, share their experiences in a creative way, and stay at an international place with an interesting cultural heritage and of international attractiveness. The Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity is open to anyone aged 18–35 with a demonstrable interest in the field of intercultural communication and creative ways of solving intercultural encounters. Primary target groups are undergraduate students with at least one year of academic record (by start of the academy) and young professionals with a background or interest in intercultural experiences. Participants also need communicative English skills as all courses are taught in English.

Please find more information about the fees here.

About us

InterCultur gemeinnützige GmbH Logo_InterCultur InterCultur offers workshops, trainings, and events for organizations, companies, educational institutions, and individuals in need of and interested in enhancing their understanding of other cultures, and who wish to improve their handling of cultural differences. Our work is based on the concept of experiential learning. As a subsidiary of AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V., InterCultur is part of one of the oldest and worldwide largest organisations for intercultural exchange. Our competence derives from over 60 years of experience in realizing exchange programs, resulting in high end services for pedagogical supervision of intercultural encounters and situations, and in qualifying our customers for intercultural competence. Read more

Karlshochschule International University logo_karlshochschule1Karlshochschule International University, located in Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany, is an internationally-oriented private university offering accredited degree programmes in business administration and management that are taught in English. Its main focus lies in the field of international management and in emerging service industries. Karlshochschule uses an interdisciplinary approach toward economic topics that includes perspectives from communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and economic geography. An intensive link between teaching and practice, a strong international and intercultural focus, instructors with extensive practical experience, small study groups as well as the personal and relaxed contact between professors, staff and students provide students with a unique study environment. Read more

Eurasia University in Xi’an Established in 1995, Eurasia University is an applied-oriented institution featured in management, economies, arts, education, engineering disciplines with an international vision and accredited by the Ministry of Education. The campus covers an area of around 67 hectares. Eurasia University hosts 11 schools, offering 40 bachelor degrees, 18 associate degrees with approximately 22,000 on-campus full-time students. Eurasia University is the only private university in China entitled “National Educational Informationization Pilot” and the only university in Shaanxi province entitled “National Education Mechanisms Reform Pilot”. Due to the comprehensive competencies, Eurasia serves as base for faculty training and education informationization training for Shaanxi higher education institutions. Read more here.

Eurasia Art and Design School Eurasia Art and Design School, a foresighted and unique school in the university, provides an art and design education that is experimental in nature placing equal emphasis on creativity and technical skills. It is closely linked to innovative educational concepts and practices as well as social & industrial development, which keeps the same pace with the university development. In recent years, by enriching multiple approaches, Eurasia Art and Design School incorporated a series of exhibitions, forums and academic activities into its curriculum with the intent of investigating and furthering the frontiers of art and design. Eurasia Art and Design School integrates international resources to create a global environment for students and staff. Students are not only studying at classroom, but also in workshops, along the field trips or online. At the same time, students and staff are corresponding with the cutting edge course content from global recognized universities. The free, diverse, and intercultural learning atmospheres have managed to broaden Eurasia Art and Design School members’ horizon. Read more here.

Photos: campus Eurasia University in Xi’an



S.LAB is a Shanghai based think tank. You can find more interesting information here.

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters. Read more here.


The Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity takes place in the amazing city of Xi’an, an ancient capital of China and the former starting point of the Silkroad. Xi’an (Chinese: 西安市) is the capital of the Chinese province Shaanxi and famous for its very rich cultural heritage, for example the nearly completely preserved city wall (picture), that invites you to an unforgettable cycling tour on it; its 1250 years old great mosque in the heart of the lively muslim quarter, the drum- and bell-tower and of course the world famous terracotta army and many more.



All participants will be housed in the campus hotel of Eurasia University in twin bedrooms. Participants also receive guest cards for the campus cafeterias and shops with a daily amount of money on it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



The Summer Academy will comprise academic lectures, experiential training methods and workshops.

The first week mainly consists of introductory lectures and trainings that use experiential learning environments. Two lecturers per unit will cooperate in co-teaching seminars. Two trainers will additionally work with the group by offering experiential trainings. The main target is to establish a common working ground, a consolidated understanding of the values of cultural work, and the potentials of a problem solving approach that uses Design Thinking as a creative tool.

During the second week, the participants will work on their own creative Design Thinking projects, Students will work in groups on the completion of their tasks. Lecturers, trainers and designers will assess these groups to give inputs on, for example, Design Thinking, project management, creative tools, innovation, presentation techniques, etc. The program finalizes with a presentation of the results of the work.


All lectures are taught by university lecturers and professors from Karlshochschule International University in Germany and Eurasia University of Xi’an, China. Qualified trainers from InterCultur gGmbH with extensive experience in the international and intercultural field will underline the theoretical input through intercultural trainings and simulations. The Workshops on Design Thinking will be delivered by lecturers and designers of S.LAB a Shanghai based think tank, which focuses on developing creative design solutions to everyday challenges by using methods of Design Thinking. This combination of academic resources, creative and innovative design methods and the long-term know-how of InterCultur represents an innovative, synergetic and applied concept.

Additionally to the academic course program, participants are offered extracurricular activities to fortify their experiences and to learn more about Chinese culture.

Lecturers and Trainers

More lecturers and trainers will be announced soon.


Prof. Dr. Andreas P. Müller


Cao Yikai

Trainers / Designers

Cheng Dang

Zhongqiu Su


Thanakon Tiwawong




Nadine Binder


Week 1



Welcome Ceremony and Campus Tour


What is Culture and Intercultural Communication?


Introduction to Intercultural Conflicts


Cultural Heritage, Artefacts and the Collective Memory

Training: Group-dynamics


Cultural heritage in Xi’an

Guided Tour of the great Mosque


Team building with Trainers

Intercultural Training

Intercultural Training

Methods of Cultural Analysis: Participant Observation

Project work

Week 2



Introduction to creative Design Thinking


S.LAB workshop

Lecture: Developing a research question


S.LAB Workshop

Lecture: Empirical Analysis


Project work incl. Coaching

Lecture: Formulating Findings in Cultural research


Presentation of the final projects


Exploring the cultural space and developing creative solutions for global challenges

S.LAB Workshop

S.LAB Workshop

Project work incl. coaching

Farewell ceremony and certificates

Social Program

During the week there will be an offer of different sportive activities.

For the weekend we offer different excursions (not included in the tuition fee!):

Option 1: Discover Xi-An

Steele-Forest – City Wall- Shaanxi Museum-Terracotta Army

Option 2: Longmen Grottoes

Trip to Longmen with the speedtrain and boattrip to Longmen

Option 3: Qingling Mountains

Transportation to Qinling Mountains and hiking.



Registration for the Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity 2017 and applications for scholarships are closed! 

Tuition Fees

Participants have to pay a tuition fee of 1.500€. This includes:

  • Course participation
  • All course materials
  • Additional evening lectures and public events
  • Accommodation in twin bedrooms
  • Participants will receive a guest card for all campus canteens and shops with money on it.

Not included: Costs for further subsistence, travel, and visa

We have limited funds for both, full and partial scholarships. As an EU-European or a Chinese candidate you can apply for a full scholarship. All other candidates can apply for partial ones (750 Euro). You can hold back your payment until you have notice on your scholarship application. If you are selected for a scholarship you will receive further information about payment procedures. If you are not selected for a scholarship, we still hope for your participation but you are free to withdraw from your registration. Please notice: You have to register first before applying for a scholarship. Once you have registered, you find the scholarship application form here.

Please note that due to reasons of legal duties of supervision and responsibilities you need to be at least 18 years old to participate in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity.

Terms & Conditions 2017

Please find the terms and conditions for the participation in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Creativity 2017 here.


InterCultur gGmbH
Friedensallee 48
22765 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 806 02 – 0
Fax: +49 40 806 02 76 – 29

Karlshochschule International University
Karlstrasse 36–38
76133 Karlsruhe

EURASIA University, Xi’an, China

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