Coordinators: Mr. Michael Wiggs & Mr. Simon Scanlon


This workshop will focus on intercultural communication. In an increasingly global world, we need to improve our communication skills. Often miscommunication occurs because we don’t understand other cultures and sometimes our own. This workshop will introduce you with relevant cultural theories and a guide to question our ideas on culture and finally on how to deal with culture shock. This workshop is for anyone who is going on an exchange program or is thinking of going on an exchange program in the future.


The workshop will take the form of:

  • 4 hours of pre-workshop online videos, activities, exercises and discussion forums to get participants familiarized with key concepts of cultural communication. Instructors will participate and give feedback on the discussion forums.
  • 4 hours of face-to-face time to engage in a role play, poster presentation, review course content and receive feedback.
  • A certificate of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop.

Workshop content

Workshop 1 has 4 main sections:

  1. What is culture? Our concepts of culture are challenged and discussed through the cultural iceberg model.
  2. Cultural Theories. Key cultural theorists Hofstade, Hall and Edward are introduced as a framework for identifying key national, cultural characteristics.
  3. Socio Cultural Communication. Different styles of communication are introduced and how miscommunication can arise.
  4. Culture Shock. The stages of culture shock are introduced and how to recognise and deal with this inevitable part of living overseas.

Workshop 2 has 3 main sections:

  1. Students’ Exchange Sharing. Discussion and review of videos from 7 HKU students who have recently returned from overseas.
  2. Culture Shock II. Typical behaviours when adapting to life overseas and tracking our own experience of the four stages.
  3. Poster Presentation. You’ll have an opportunity to research and share your findings about your preferred exchange country.

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