CREACT Cross-Cultural Reflection and Action

Brief description

Preparation, guidance, and reflection of exchange semesters for outgoing students and joint workshop with incoming students to facilitate networking and idea exchange.
Preparation: Metaphors of culture, “Me” as a cultural being, stereotypes & generalizations, cultural values, communication styles, when cultures collide (culture shock), balancing challenge and support, how to cope with the challenges
Lived experience: “Them” as cultural beings, cultural surprises and irritation, navigating culture, describe, interpret and evaluate a framework (DIVE), cultural values, dealing with conflict, power and privilege
Debrief: Making sense of the experience, taking action

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Learning videos and participant handbook provided by AFS (GCC)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The module “Cross-Cultural Reflection & Action” lasts for three semesters and consists of the three courses: 1. CREACT Preparation Workshop (before the exchange semester) 2. CREACT Virtual Learning 3. CREACT Reflection Workshop (after the exchange semester) The module includes the following activities: - Workshops in Vienna - Webinars - Video lessons and participation in forum - Assignments

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Workshops in Vienna
  • Webinars
  • Video lessons and participation in forum (13 points)
  • Assignments (87 points)
The GCC certificate will be awarded if the following criteria are met:
  • Attendance of and active participation at (min. 70%)
    • Preparation session
    • All four webinars
    • Reflection Session
  • Completion of all online modules
  • Contribution to forum discussions (min. 10)
The module will be graded with successful completion and 3 ECTS will be awarded if the following criteria are met:
  • All of the requirements for the GCC certificate

Prerequisites and co-requisites

- Exchange semester nomination - Compulsory attendance of CREACT Preparation and Reflection Workshops - Compulsory attendance of webinars - Completion of GCC online modules - Forum participation - Assignments


Degree programme

International Programme


International Programme

ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of CREACT outgoing students have acquired the Global Competence Certificate and are able to:

  • Bring into awareness their own characteristic way of framing/behaving in a given cultural context
  • Bring into awareness how another person or group frames/behaves in a given context
  • Manage their thoughts and emotions as they become aware of the nature of the cultural gap between themselves and the culturally different other
  • Bridge the cultural gap by moving toward the other’s way of framing/behaving

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