Virtual Courses: Intercultural and Key Competencies

Interested in intercultural communication, cooperation and earning credits from the University of Göttingen?

Virtual Exchange courses bring together students from different countries and institutions to virtually work together on a common topic. Courses such as Basic Introduction to Intercultural Competence or Working in Intercultural Teams offer great opportunities for students to expand their horizons, developing valuable, career relevant intercultural communication skills as well as new insights into their academic studies. Nominated students from our exchange partner universities may participate in our courses remotely from their home country.

These courses are offered online and in English, connecting students from the University of Göttingen and nominated exchange students from our partner universities of any discipline and grant ECTS!

Notice: Please keep in mind the time difference between your place and Göttingen. All times indicated are Central European Time (CET). Check your time zone here.

Intercultural Competencies

Are you curious to learn about the influences of culture on perception and behavior? Do you want to broaden your intercultural competencies? This course gives you an overview of theoretical and practical foundations of intercultural communication, which you will apply through interactive methods. You will reflect your learning experiences with a guided portfolio, with this you are eligible to obtain credits for transversal skills.

Lecturer: Alexandra Schreiber

1) Course number: 458184 (german)

Dates/Time: Oct 5/7/12, 2022, 10:00 -13:30 hrs

2) Course number: 452392 (english)

Dates/Time: Oct 10/14/17, 2022, 14:00 -17:30 hrs

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Weekly lecture hours: 1

GÖTTINGEN INTERCULTURAL CONNECTIONS is an online workshop that gives you the opportunity to network and learn from and with other (international) students from Göttingen University and from partner institutions around the world. In a virtual exchange format, you will come together in five interactive sessions to learn and discuss about culture, stereotypes, campus life and other related topics.

The workshop helps students prepare for a later (academic) stay abroad, and in the long term enhance their employability. Students´ achievement will be presented in a digital reflective portfolio. Students will be awarded with a certificate of participation and can obtain 3 ECTS. Students enrolled at Göttingen University can earn 3 ECTS for key competencies (module SK.IKG-IKK.09) by submitting a reflection portfolio.

Lecturer: Johanna El Ouardy, Jan Hartling-Knaak

Göttingen Intercultural Connections
Workshop: April 27, May 11/25, June 8/22, 2022, 14:00-16:00 hrs

Registration: Please register here until April 15, 2022

Contact: Valia Carvalho

Weekly lecture hours: 2

Download flyer here.

Life Science

Requirements: All interested students must be enrolled at least as life sciences students in the fields of agricultural sciences, biology, or forestry (or related).

Thinking about global challenges such as climate change, sustainable land use, and biodiversity crisis demands an interdisciplinary approach. During the course, the latest insights and different perspectives about global challenges and possible applications of local solutions based on ongoing research projects from around the world will be discussed with the students.

Students will learn about different perspectives and discuss local solutions for global challenges across disciplines.

Type and Format of Course: Seminar (online)

Lecturer: Various

Course Number: 700572

Language: English

Credits: 3

Term: Winter & summer semester

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm during the lecture time (weekly)

Get more information here.

Contents: Project work in different institutions, e.g. research institutions, industry, administration, associations, consulting, politics.
Note: It is not possible to complete the project work on farms.
Objectives:

  • Insight into working methods, tasks, everyday working life;
  • Acquisition of practical, application-related knowledge

Type and Format of Course: Internship (worldwide), Project Report & Presentation (online)

Lecturer: Dr. Bergmann

Course Number: M.Agr.0142 (740659)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Winter & summer semester

Dates: 27.10.2022 - 09.02.2023 (weekly: Thursdays, 2:00 - 6:00 pm)

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Contents: In agreement with the supervisor, a topic for a project work is determined with the aim of scientifically deepening a topic. This can also be experimental work.

Type and Format of Course: Project work (in consultation with lecturer), Joint Classroom & Excursion

Lecturer: Prof. von Cramon-Taubadel

Course Number: M.SIA.I11M (740502)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Winter & summer semester

Dates: Individual (in consultation with lecturer)

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The lecture covers current issues in international nature conservation. The students learn about basic concepts of biodiversity. Threats to biodiversity and why species become extinct are analyzed. Monitoring concepts are explained and how to design strategies to protect biodiversity.

Type and Format of Course: Lecture (online)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Johannes Kamp

Course Number: M.Biodiv.412-1 (631398)

Language: English

Credits: 3

Term: Winter semester

Dates: Start end of October (weekly)

Find more information in this video.

The research field of phylogenomics comprises the utilization of genome and transcriptome data for the inference of phylogenetic trees. In this module, students will be introduced to the theoretical and practical knowledge of how to assemble genomes and transcriptomes and their annotation. Moreover, techniques to search for genes in such data will be presented (e.g., BLAST, Hidden Markov models).

Type and Format of Course: Lecture, Seminar, and Tutorial (online)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian Bleidorn

Course Number: M.Biodiv.479 (632323)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Winter semester

Dates: 16.01.-27.01.2023 (2 weeks)

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Contents:

  • Significance of prices from an individual and macroeconomic point of view;
  • Agricultural price structure;
  • Significance of technical progress;
  • Vertical and spatial pricing;
  • Pricing on the land market;
  • Pricing on quoted markets;
  • Commodity Futures Markets

Type and Format of Course: Lecture (online)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Brümmer

Course Number: M.SIA.E02 (740032)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Winter semester

Dates: 28.12.2022 - 09.02.2023 (weekly: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm & Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:00 pm)

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Introduction to R

Type and Format of Course: Lecture & Exercises (online)

Lecturer: Dr. Katrin Meyer

Course Number: 700575

Language: English

Credits: 0

Term: Winter semester

Dates: 10.10.-14.10.2022 (1 week, 9:15 am to 5 pm)

Learning outcome, core skills:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of agent-based modelling for beginners;
  • Ability to select, conceptualize, apply, implement, and document agent-based modelling techniques in NetLogo with respect to a given question (with a focus on ecological questions);
  • Development of an own agent-based modelling project;
  • Development of interdisciplinary analytical thinking;
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of the potentials and limitations of agent-based models based on the scientific literature;
  • Refined presentation skills

Type and Format of Course: IT Course (online)

Lecturer: Luttermann, Max; Dr. Meyer; Dr. Fieler; Reineke, Sebastian Elisa

Course Number: M.FES.720 (700268)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Summer semester

Dates: tba

Find more information here.

Registration from the end of April; activation date for registration will be published here. ATTENTION: Very popular course, quick registration needed!

Prof. von Cramon will give you an introduction to economic policy and economic theory. At the end of the course, students will have acquired fundamental knowledge of EU institutions and the EU's common agricultural Policy (CAP) as well as knowledge of different theories and methods to analyze agricultural policies.

Type and Format of Course: Lecture (online)

Lecturer: Prof. von Cramon-Taubadel

Course Number: M.SIA.E37 (740695)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Summer semester

Dates: tba (weekly)

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In this course, the students gain insight into the functioning of the price mechanism on agricultural markets and into the determinants of market integration. They learn to apply econometric methods to analyse horizontal and vertical prices transmission processes (dynamic models, cointegration, including non-linear and regime-dependent error correction models).

Type and Format of Course: Lecture (online)

Lecturer: Prof. von Cramon-Taubadel

Course Number: M.SIA.E19 (740409)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Summer semester

Dates: tba (weekly)

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The module deals with the situation in world agricultural markets and the interventions of agricultural and trade interventions of agricultural and trade policy in these markets, based on an introduction to the theory of international trade. The students will learn about the most important models for explaining the international trade of agricultural products. By the end of the course, they are able to expose populist arguments against free trade. They can assess whether there are reasons to deviate from the postulate of free trade in agricultural products, e.g. to reward the positive externalities of agriculture, secure food supplies, prevent ecological and social dumping, or correct distorted world markets for agricultural products.

Type and Format of Course: Lecture/Recordings (online)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Brümmer

Course Number: M.SIA.E01 (740406)

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Summer semester

Dates: tba (weekly)

Find more information here.

Contents: Blended learning module; presentation of the most important pests and diseases of the most important tropical crop plants: symptoms, life cycles and plant health management (eg. in rice, maize, cacao, coffee, bananas). Additional crops may be included according to students´ preferences and practical experience. Introduction to relevant international data banks and networks. Use of scientific videos on selected topics of crop protection in the tropics and basic training to create own videos.
Objectives: Students are able to recognize pests and diseases of tropical crops as treated in this course. They critically evaluate scientific and non-scientific publications on crop protection in the tropics. Students are able to create a scientific presentation according to the standards of international conferences and use interactive teaching material; students know the scope and limits of their knowledge in the treated field, they know where to find relevant, reliable information. Appreciation of cultural diversity.

Type and Format of Course: Lecture (hybrid)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Rostás, Dr. Wiegand and Dr. Sirrenberg

Course Number: M.Agr.0074

Language: English

Credits: 6

Term: Summer semester

Dates: tba (weekly)

Soft Skills

Feeling lonely when writing? No motivation? Lost the thread? Find your flow in writing (again): Come to the Digital Days of Postponed Writing Projects! The International Writing Lab will support you with joint writing times including guided breaks and with consultations on your individual writing concerns. Short workshops and inputs will provide you with helpful information and techniques, e.g. on time and motivation management, writing strategies and digital tools for writing. From 19 to 21 September 2022, always from 10 am to 3 pm. Completely virtual, open to students of all subjects, in German and/or English as required.
For students from partner universities: Further information will be available at the end of August. Registration will be open August 29th to September 11th.
For students of the University of Göttingen: Please register in StudIP under the title: Find your flow in writing! Digitale Tage der aufgeschobenen Schreibprojekte. Here you will soon find the detailed programme and access to the online event.

Lecturer: tba
Course number: tba
Dates/Time: Sep 19-21, 2022, 10:00-15:00 hrs
Registration: schreiblabor@uni-goettingen.de

The workshop targets students with academic writing experience, preparing a bachelor or master thesis and working/planning to work in a multilingual way. In this workshop the process of writing a thesis will be taught and trained with a focus on the use of one's own multilingualism as a resource for academic writing. Parts of this process include time management, working with scientific literature, structuring and drafting text as well as revising text.

Lecturer: tba
Course number: tba
Dates/Time: Mar 7, 2023, 14:00-15:30 hrs, Mar 9, 2023, 14.00-18.00 hrs, Mar 10, 2023, 14.00-18.00 hrs

Language courses

We offer approximately 60 different German classes at all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • Online courses for German as a foreign language
  • A1.1 course: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 18:15-19:45 hrs

    A2.1 course: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 16:15-17:45 hrs

    A2.2 course: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 18:15-19:45 hrs

    B2.1 course: Mondays and Wednesdays, 18:15-19:45 hrs

    Registration deadline: Oct 05, 2022

    Course start: Week from Nov 01, 2022

    Requirements: Language assessment for newcomers. Please assess your current language level using this online test.

    Students who have no knowledge of German at all do not need to take a placement test. Please register for an A1.1 course.

  • 4h/week-course: 6 ECTS

The course plan of the German classes can be downloaded here (summer semester 2022).

Exchange students at the University of Göttingen: Please register directly via Stud.IP as indicated in the document.

Students from our partner universities:

In order to participate in our virtual co-curricular courses you have to be nominated by your home institution. Further information about studying at the University of Göttingen with Erasmus+ or an Exchange Programme you will find here

Once you have been nominated, we will send you a registration form via email.

All courses can be combined with regular discipline-specific courses. Please ask your faculty advisor for available online courses.

Please note that spaces in each course are limited and are given out on a first come, first served basis. Thus, we advise you to register early to get a spot in your preferred courses!

Fees:

We don’t charge tuition but there is an state administrative fee. We are able to offer adjusted rates for students who only wish to take 1 or 2 courses

  • Enrolment in up to 4 weekly lecture hours: 75 €/semester
  • Enrolment in up to 10 weekly lecture hours (not more than 12 ECTS): 150 € /semester
  • Enrolment in a full course load of co-curricular and/or regular courses (i.e. more than 12 ECTS): 325,11 €/semester

Students from the University of Göttingen:

Please register via Stud.IP. There is no additional fee for the course as it is already included in your semester fee.

Credits/ECTS

Students who complete a course are eligible to receive a transcript from the University of Göttingen.

Contact:

Dr. Katharina Jannasch
Coordinator

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Email: katharina.jannasch@zvw.uni-goettingen.de
Phone: +49 551 39 21350

Christiane Seack
Advice and Support of Exchange students

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Email: christiane.seack@zvw.uni-goettingen.de
Phone: +49 551 39 21348