SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Trainings for Staff

Intercultural and foreign language competences

In our international university, everyone is influenced by contacts with people from other cultures. Intercultural communication takes place in everyday professional life. In addition to foreign language skills, this contact requires knowledge and understanding of the countries of origin of our students and colleagues and of our partner countries, of their culture, their history and their traditions.

The SRH takes the importance of this intercultural competence into account through a support programme. It is our concern to support the employees of SRH University with regard to their language skills necessary for the workplace in order to ensure smooth communication in our service-oriented and international institution. However, language skills are necessary to varying degrees in each area of work. For this reason, all levels and every need should be systematically promoted and corresponding further training offers implemented.

Our actions support the internationalisation strategy of the SRH University of Applied Sciences, through which, in accordance with our basic attitude, all members are promoted with regard to their development of professional and sustainable action competence in a national and international context.

It is our goal that our employees

  • be able to communicate appropriately in terms of language.
  • build up cultural knowledge about their own culture and other cultures and be able to critically reflect on ways of thinking and behaviour.
  • be able to implement newly gained knowledge in everyday life.
  • be able to deal with potential conflict situations.

Activities & Dates

The promotion is based on two pillars:

  1. Promotion of language skills
  2. Promotion of intercultural competence

Teacher: Rikki Sjöberg

  • 10.03.2022 - 31.04.2022
  • Thursdays 09:00 a.m– 10:30 a.m

The course is designed for learners of English at pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

The aim of this short course is to develop the language skills you need in a wide range of typical teaching situations such as conveying information, building rapport with and engaging students.

You will take part in activities and discussions which promote your active learning:

  • Individual needs analysis
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Helpful suggestions and tips for own language study
  • Presentation and practice of language skills
  • Learning journal/self-study

Teacher: Rikki Sjöberg

  • 15.03.2022 - 03.05.2022
  • Tuesdays 09:00 a.m - 10.30 a.m

The course is designed for learners of English at pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

The aim of this short course is to develop the language skills you need to cope in English with a wide range of typical business social situations such as making conversation, building rapport, and entertaining guests.

You will take part in activities and discussions which promote your active learning:

  • Individual needs analysis
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Helpful suggestions and tips for own language study
  • Presentation and practice of language skills
  • Learning journal/self-study

Further information will follow. Please get in touch if you might be interested.

Ab 07.09.2021 von 9:00 Uhr bis 10:30 Uhr

Dozent: Rikki Sjöberg

Course Description:

  • The course is highly recommendable if you are looking to refresh your English, or you only have rusty “school English” and want to get over your inhibitions about using the language in a relaxed learning atmosphere.
  • The aim of this short course is for you to develop and practice your communication skills in English.

Lecturer: Kerstin Jentzsch

  • 01.03.2022 - 26.04.2022
  • Tuesdays 3:30 p.m - 05:00 p.m
  • Fridays 04:00 p.m - 05:30 p.m   The course is based on the Common European framework for languages. It is an introduction to basic communication and comprehension in German including pronunciation and vocabulary. It is recommended for all member of staff who have little knowledge in German.   The course will be carried out online via MSTeams. The attendance in both sessions per week is necessary.

Lecturer: Kerstin Jentzsch

  • 25.10.2022 – 15.12.2022
  • Tuesdays: 12:00 – 13:30 and Thursdays: 12:15 – 13:45​​​​​​​ (online)

This course is aimed at employees who already have a good level of German and would like to improve their knowledge, especially for their workplace. You will expand your skills and knowledge around the topic of work and profession and practise relevant communicative situations (written and oral).

Chinese I (via MS Teams)

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Wednesdays from 18:00 - 20:15
  • Period: 13.04.2022 - 13.07.2022
  • Costs: free of charge for SRH students and staff; 120 EUR for external students

Chinese II (via MS Teams)

  • Prerequisite: 20 strokes, 30 characters and 110 vocabulary words
  • Tuesdays from 18:00 - 20:15
  • Period: 12.04.2022 - 12.07.2022
  • Costs: free of charge for SRH students and staff; 120 EUR for external students

Chinese III (via MS Teams)

  • Prerequisite: 50 characters and 150 vocabulary words
  • Thursdays from 18:00 - 20:15
  • Period: 14.04.2022 - 14.07.2022
  • Costs: free of charge for SRH students and staff; 120 EUR for external students
More Info

Basic Concepts with Lilia Schürks. This workshop will be held in English and takes place online.

  • 31.01.2022: 09:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 07.02.2022: 09:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 21.02.2022: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Registration deadline: 24.01.2022.


The workshop is in three parts. Participation in all three parts is desirable. More info at MeineSRH.

Trainer: Natasha Safir

  • 24.03.2022 von 9:00 – 13:00 Uhr

The aim of this workshop is to gain a better understanding and awareness of the Indian cultural system. We will explore the differences and commonalities between Indian and German culture focussing on the academic context. Through group work, self-reflective and practical exercises based on everyday life inside of a university, the participants will learn how to identify the nature of intercultural conflicts, and appropriate deescalating resolution strategies in order to handle those situations in a productive manner, thus strengthening their intercultural competence.