CREACT Preparation Workshop

CREACT Preparation Workshop (before the exchange semester)
Preparation 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

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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