Earn International Qualifications

Certificate of Intercultural Competence

The University of Bonn values and supports extracurricular engagement in international and intercultural fields, offering the Certificate of Intercultural Competence as a tangible sign of appreciation for those active in this area. This is a free service, available to all students enrolled at the University of Bonn.

The multicultural reality of modern schooling makes intercultural skills crucial to successful teaching and thus part of teacher training. The Certificate of Intercultural Competence for teaching degrees provides students at the University of Bonn on a teaching degree with the opportunity to shape their individual profile. 

The certificate at a glance

Honing your international awareness, improving your language skills and networking with other students are the best ways to ensure diversity in your day-to-day life as a student as well as giving you key skills for working in an international context.

The Certificate of Intercultural Competence comprises four components, and students will need to complete three of them – and can do so in as many semesters as they like, from their bachelor’s right through to their doctorate.

The Certificate of Intercultural Comptence for teaching degrees als comprises four components. Students must complete three of the four components offered. At least one of the selected components must be tailored to the needs of teaching degrees. Possible teaching degree-specific aspects are listed under the relevant components. 

Certificate components and content

All activities that students actually completed outside Germany, such as an internship or period of study abroad or a research visit.

Students who obtained their university entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad: study-related stay abroad (e.g. via the Erasmus Programme, the Global Exchange Program, a PROMOS scholarship or a stay abroad that they organized themselves).

Once you complete one of the three options listed below, you will have met all the requirements for Component A.

  • A1, Studying abroad
    Duration: at least three months
    Evidence: Confirmation of Stay/ Transcript of Records
  • A2, Internship abroad
    Duration: at least two months (although compulsory internships can be shorter)
    Evidence: internship certificate
  • A3, Research visit
    Duration: at least one month
    Evidence: confirmation from supervisor

Students who obtained their university entrance qualification outside Germany: study-related stay at the University of Bonn (e.g. via the Erasmus Programme or organized themselves).

  • A1, Studying at the University of Bonn
    Evidence: Transcript of Records/ certificate of enrollment
  • A2, Research visit to the University of Bonn
    Evidence: confirmation from supervisor
  • A3, Research visit
    Duration: at least one month
    Evidence: confirmation from supervisor

All activities geared toward acquiring specialist and linguistic skills such as language courses, international lecture series and summer schools.

You need to earn 25 points in total, meaning that you will have to complete B1, B2 or B3 successfully.

  • B1, Language courses
    Duration: at least 50 hours (four hours a week for one semester or two hours a week for two)
    Language courses can be taken in Germany or abroad
    Several language courses can be combined together
    Restriction: the language courses must be extracurricular and not connected to a student’s main studies, meaning that they cannot count towards their regular degree program.
    Courses taught at the University of Bonn (for international students): German language courses
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance/ printout from BASIS
  • B2, Lecture series with international relevance
    Restriction: the lecture series must be extracurricular and not connected to a student’s main studies, meaning that it cannot count towards their regular degree program.
    International lecture series at the University of Bonn:
    BIMUN Lecture Series (Bonn International Model United Nations)
    Lecture series IAAK: Current Issues in North American and Cultural Studies
    Lecture series on France: La bande-dessinée francophone contemporaine / Frankophone Comics der Gegenwart
    Lecture series ILZ: Die neuen Feminismen in Lateinamerika - Los nuevos feminismos en América Latina
    Japan Foundation: Interkulturelle Forschungsbeiträge aus Japan zu gemeinsamen aktuellen Herausforderungen
  • Students can also attend and count lecture series that form part of the standard timetable for the semester from BASIS8. You are welcome to contact us in advance if you have a question about what can be counted.
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance OR list of signatures9 OR brief synopsis of the content (max. one page)
  • B3, Summer schools
    Duration: at least two weeks
    Students who obtained their university entrance qualification in Germany: the summer school must be held abroad
    Students who obtained their university entrance qualification outside Germany: the summer school can be held in any country apart from the student’s home country
    Current summer schools10 open for applications.
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance

This component looks mainly at your extracurricular activities, such as supporting international students, acting as an ambassador for the University of Bonn, helping out at international events or being involved in international university groups at the University of Bonn.

You need to earn 25 points in total.

  • C1, Supporting students/ doctoral students from abroad
    Study Buddy Program11 – meet-ups among international/ German students/ doctoral students
    Welcome Center for International Researchers12 – supporting visiting researchers from other countries
    Language tandem scheme at the Center for Language Learning (SLZ)13 – meet-ups for acquiring foreign language skills
    Language tandem exchange organized by the General Students’ Committee (AStA)14 – meet-ups for acquiring foreign language skills
    Points: 10 per pairing in the abovementioned initiatives
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance or report sheet15
  • C2, Attending/ helping to organize International Office events and/or events at the faculties
    Attending or helping to organize our country focus evenings
    Getting involved in the Welcome Days for international students
    Getting involved in the Study and Internships Abroad fair
    Getting involved in information events as a returning exchange student
    Attending or helping to organize International Club events
    Please feel free to contact us directly if you are interested! You can also read the program of International Office events as well as that from the International Club. The certificate newsletter provides more information on events.
    Points: 5 for attending, 10–25 for playing an active role in organizing
    Evidence: request this by email from zertifikat@uni-bonn.de the day after the event
  • C3, Ambassadorial activities at your host university/ the University of Bonn
    Actively representing the University of Bonn at your host university or your home university (i.e. the University of Bonn) by:
    Showcasing the relevant partner university at an event
    Playing an active role in a Study Abroad fair
    Organizing a country focus evening
    Points: 5–15 depending on the workload involved
    Evidence: email confirmation from the respective International Office
  • C4, Involvement in international university groups at the University of Bonn
    Overview of international student associations at the University of Bonn16
    Points: 15 per semester for being an active member, 20 for committee activities over the course of a semester
    Evidence: attestation/ confirmation from the university group

This component assesses your awareness of global contexts, processes and issues. You can choose between taking an intercultural training course and attending talks, exhibitions, etc. with an international focus.

You need to earn 25 points in total.

Certificate components and content for teaching degrees

All activities that students actually completed outside Germany, such as an internship or period of study abroad or a research visit.

Once you complete one of the three options listed below, you will have met all the requirements for Component A.

  • A1, Studying abroad with a subject didactic and/ or educational science component 
    Duration: at least three months
    Evidence: Confirmation of Stay/ Transcript of Records
  • A2, International school internship
    Duration: at least two months (although compulsory internships can be shorter)
    Evidence: internship certificate
  • A3, Research visit abroad with a subject didactic and/ or educational science focus
    Duration: at least one month
    Evidence: confirmation from supervisor

All activities geared toward acquiring specialist and linguistic skills such as language courses, international lecture series and summer schools.

You need to earn 25 points in total, meaning that you will have to complete B1, B2 or B3 successfully.

  • B1, Language courses
    Duration: at least 50 hours (four hours a week for one semester or two hours a week for two)
    Language courses can be taken in Germany or abroad
    Several language courses can be combined together
    Restriction: the language courses must be extracurricular and not connected to a student’s main studies, meaning that they cannot count towards their regular degree program.
    Courses taught at the University of Bonn 
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance/ printout from BASIS
  • B2, Lecture series with international relevance
    Restriction: the lecture series must be extracurricular and not connected to a student’s main studies, meaning that it cannot count towards their regular degree program.
    International lecture series at the University of Bonn:
    BIMUN Lecture Series (Bonn International Model United Nations)
    Lecture series IAAK: Current Issues in North American and Cultural Studies
    Lecture series on France: La bande-dessinée francophone contemporaine / Frankophone Comics der Gegenwart
    Lecture series ILZ: Die neuen Feminismen in Lateinamerika - Los nuevos feminismos en América Latina
    Japan Foundation: Interkulturelle Forschungsbeiträge aus Japan zu gemeinsamen aktuellen Herausforderungen
    Students can also attend and count lecture series that form part of the standard timetable for the semester from BASIS. You are welcome to contact us in advance if you have a question about what can be counted.
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance OR list of signatures OR brief synopsis of the content (max. one page)
  • B3, Summer schools with a subject didactic or educational science focus
    Duration: at least two weeks
    The summer school must be held abroad.
    Points: 25
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance

This component looks mainly at your extracurricular activities, such as supporting international students, acting as an ambassador for the University of Bonn, helping out at international events or being involved in international university groups at the University of Bonn.

You need to earn 25 points in total.

  • C1, Supporting students/ doctoral students from abroad
    Study Buddy Program – meet-ups among international/ German students/ doctoral students
    Welcome Center for International Researchers – supporting visiting researchers from other countries
    Language tandem scheme at the Center for Language Learning (SLZ) – meet-ups for acquiring foreign language skills
    Language tandem exchange organized by the General Students’ Committee (AStA) – meet-ups for acquiring foreign language skills
    Points: 10 per pairing in the abovementioned initiatives
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance or report sheet
  • C2, Attending/ helping to organize International Office events and/or events at the faculties
    Attending or helping to organize our country focus evenings
    Getting involved in the Welcome Days for international students
    Getting involved in the Study and Internships Abroad fair
    Getting involved in information events as a returning exchange student
    Attending or helping to organize International Club events
    Please feel free to contact us directly if you are interested! You can also read the program of International Office events as well as that from the International Club. The certificate newsletter provides more information on events.
    Points: 5 for attending, 10–25 for playing an active role in organizing
    Evidence: request this by email from zertifikat@uni-bonn.de the day after the event
  • C3, Activities as a teaching degree ambassador
    Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD): Campus ambassador
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): International teachinig degree ambassador or peer- advice about studying abroad within the scope of a teaching degree (contact: Frauke Fechner, ffechne1@uni-bonn.de)
    Points: 5–15 depending on the workload involved
    Evidence: email confirmation from the respective International Office
  • C4, Avtivity in an international/ intercultural club, association or an organization active in the educational science/ schools sector
    Europa macht Schule
    Weitblick e.V.
    AsA e.V.
    Points: 15 per semester for being an active member, 20 for committee activities over the course of a semester
    Evidence: attestation/ confirmation from the university group

This component assesses your awareness of global contexts, processes and issues. You can choose between taking an intercultural training course and attending talks, exhibitions, etc. with an international focus.

You need to earn 25 points in total.

  • D1, Intercultural training for a teaching context
    e.g. with the scope of the extraC-Program from the Bonn Center for Teaching Education (BLZ) 
    Points: 20
    Evidence: confirmation of attendance
  • D2, Educational Sciences/ school teaching experience with an international orientation
    Within and outside the University
    Restriction: the talks/ events must be extracurricular and not connected to a student’s main studies, meaning that they cannot count towards their regular degree program.
    Points: 2.5 for attending one event
    Evidence: list of signatures or brief synopsis of the content (max. one page)

Process and registration

Students register via an online portal, which is also used to record the individual pieces of evidence provided. Each certificate is issued individually and confirms your engagement with international issues.

The first thing to do is register online. Please read How to Register on Mobility-Online carefully before registering. You will then be able to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, which provides details of international events, workshops and vacancies.

Obtaining evidence and credit for activities

Once you have registered, you should record the activities that will count toward your certificate in your Mobility-Online account, where you can add information about your activities and upload the corresponding evidence at any time. As soon as you have provided and uploaded all the necessary evidence, you can ask for your certificate to be issued.

FAQs

All students enrolled at the University can register.

You can earn points toward your certificate through extracurricular activities not related to your degree program. The Certificate components and content box on the website contains all you need to know about what activities, events, etc. will qualify. Please do not hesitate to ask whether other kinds of activities that you have done can also be counted.

Once you have signed up, you will be able to enter your activities in the online portal and upload relevant evidence.

You can complete your certificate at any time while you are a student (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) at the University of Bonn.

Once you have uploaded all the necessary documents to Mobility-Online, we will check that they are complete. If nothing is missing, we will issue your certificate. While we are still unable to see anyone in person, we will send you your certificate by mail.

Intercultural Trainings

Interactive intercultural training teaches students theoretical input that they then immediately apply in exercises. Substantial intercultural experience would be an advantage but is not an essential requirement. The training is particularly recommended for people gearing up for a stay abroad but also for those studying in Germany.

Contact

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Certificate of Intercultural Competence

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+49 228 73-6882

Office hours

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  • Thursday
    01:00 pm to 03:30 pm

  • and by appointment
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