Interkulturelles interdisziplinäres Lernen über Grenzen hinweg

University of Cork, Irland meets TH Köln, Campus Gummersbach

This module, for the first time in WS 2015/16, is running as an traditional and online, collaborative and intercultural learning exchange between students at the German Department at UCC and students at the Institute for Business Economics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Campus Gummersbach (within the class Intercultural Teamcompetence).

Working in teams of four, two Irish, two German, are asked to produce a creative artefact using online digital tools. As a team choose communication, collaborative, creative and curation tools for the project

The theme of the project is “Living in Cork, Living in Cologne/Gummersbach”. Each team is be asked to choose one aspect of living in Cork or Cologne e.g as social life, college life etc.and to create a site which will give students who might come to live in Cork/Cologne a useful guide to living in each city.

Each group has received an introduction to the course,  its objectives and to the study of intercultural communication in their respective universities. Students will be learning to document an aspect or aspects of their lives in Cork and Cologne, to share these experiences selected with their partner or group, and to reflect about their assumptions and views with their partners. Students are encouraged to share short videos or films about Living as a Student in Cork or Cologne or to contact each by email, skype or twitter.

Context of the course

  1. To develop modules “Living as a Student in Cork” and “Living as a Student in Köln/Gummersbach”, which can be used and developed by future students from both universities;
  2. Enhance intercultural communication skills and knowledge with a deep focus on Cork /Köln cultures;
  3. Serve as a valuable part of student induction with a view to ensuring that students have developed friends before they travel (thereby reducing anxiety for some students about going abroad);
  4. Enhance online collaborative skills.
  5. Enhance English working skills


Students will be learning from students in a type of peer-learning way, and we will be using both traditional forms of learning (Lecturer/Professor input in the form of lecture/talk) and non-traditional, newer forms of learning through digital channels and social media.

The 18 Irish students are a mix of both Business and Arts disciplines and all have studied German for between 1- 6 years and are between 19-21 years of age. The 15 German students are studying Business Engineering or Informatics and are between 21-28 years old.


Wir sind gespannt, Ende Januar von den tollen Ergebnissen berichten zu können!


Prof. Dr. Siegfried Stumpf, Dipl. – Psych Stefanie Gruttauer, Campus Gummersbach

Dr. Claire O`Reilly, Gertrude Cotter, University of Cork, Irland