Intercultural communication

Starting a new job in a different country can be a bewildering experience, and it may take a while before you feel at home. It is not just the language, it is also the culture. It is also about the Dutch being so Dutch, and how that happened. And yes: even Belgians will benefit from taking this course. As Geert Hofstede already noticed in 2002: hardly anywhere in the world can two neighbouring countries be found that differ more than Belgium and The Netherlands...

This short introductory training of half a day aims at helping internationals to adapt to The Netherlands, and the new work environment at EUR. And if you and your new (Dutch) manager both decide to participate, this training will help your manager as well to understand much better what is (not) being said.

So sign up immediately if:

  •  you are working in an international environment at Erasmus University
  •  you feel not yet completely at home in this new country with great habits
  •  you want to explore how people with different backgrounds can really understand each other
  •  you are willing to share some of your own experiences
  •  you are just curious how this works.

Practical information


At the moment there are no dates available. Contact us if you are interested.

Time:13.00 - 17.00
Duration:0,5 day
Location:EUR Woudestein
Costs:This training is free for EUR staff

* As there is only place for 16 people, those who sign up first will be placed directly. Others will be placed on a waiting list for the next training.

This very interactive training will be a first acquaintance with intercultural  communication and its pitfalls. The training will increase awareness of the way both "you" and "the other" communicate with each other, and how that can easily be (mis)understood.

  • All new internatonal staff (first date of employment by EUR after 1 July 2018)
  • Preferably together with their new managers

Ms. Judith Hofstra, Diversity Wise

Ms. Hofstra (1968) has 15 years of experience in internationalisation as a trainer, mentor and policy maker. Aside from her work for Diversity Wise, she also is the International Relations Project Manager at Delft University of Technology.

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