Certificate of International Competencies

Travel abroad, language skills and intercultural competencies are playing an increasingly important role in job applications. The HAW Hamburg's International Office and Career Planning Centre offer HAW Hamburg students the possibility to document and certify these skills and experience with the Certificate of International Competencies. You can obtain certification for activities that have allowed you to acquire key intercultural competencies during your studies. These can include volunteer work or participation in the various language courses or workshops and training sessions offered by the Career Planning Centre and the International Office.

The Certificate of International Competencies comprises five components. To receive the certificate you must complete four of these components, as well as a reflective academic essay. Detailed descriptions of the individual components are provided below:

Component 1 – Engagement in intercultural contexts (compulsory)

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Component 2 – Intercultural awareness (compulsory)

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Component 3 – Readiness for the national and international job markets (compulsory)

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Component 4 – Studying or working abroad (elective)

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Component 5 – Language skills (elective)

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Reflective essay and discussion

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Sounds good...

... but how do I fulfil these requirements in my day-to-day studies? Here are two examples:

Student x studied at HAW Hamburg from winter semester 2016/17 to summer semester 2019 and is registered as a HAW Hamburg alumnus. In his third semester he attended a beginner's Spanish course, and in the fourth semester he took the advanced follow-up course (part of Component 5). In the fourth semester he volunteered with the weBuddy programme (Component 1), as well as attending a two-day intercultural training session at HAW Hamburg (Component 2). In the fifth semester he took part in 12 language tandem meetings (part of Component 1 or Component 5) and attended two one-day Career Planning Centre workshops on preparing for the international job market (Component 3). Now all he needed to do was complete either Component 1 or Component 5, so in the sixth semester he participated in the language tandem programme again (part of Component 1 or Component 5). Half a year after finishing his Bachelor's degree he wrote his reflective essay. Once he had attended the reflective discussion he received the Certificate of International Competencies.

Student y is from Mexico and has studied at HAW Hamburg as a non-native speaker since winter semester 2018/19 (Component 4). Since winter semester 2019/20 she has volunteered with the HAW Worldwide Culture Cafe (Component 1), and in her fourth semester she completed a two-day intercultural training session at STUBE Nord (Component 2). In her third, fourth and fifth semesters she attended three workshops offered by the Career Planning Centre, each of which was several hours long and intended for students who were not German native speakers (Component 3). After completing her reflective essay and the subsequent reflective discussion, she received her Certificate of International Competencies in her fifth semester.

FAQs

How will I benefit from having the certificate?

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Who is the Certificate of International Competencies meant for?

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Which components do I need to complete?

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What do the written reflection and the reflective disscussion involve?

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How long does it take to complete the programme?

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Do I need to have completed the components within a certain time frame?

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How can I demonstrate the work I've already completed?

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What is the weBuddy programme?

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What is the language tandem programme?

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What is the HAW Worldwide Culture Cafe?

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Contact information

For questions regarding Components 1, 2, 4 and 5:

Laura Thiessen
International Office
zertifikat_internationales (@) haw-hamburg.de

For questions regarding Component 3 and the reflective essay:

Lothar Dessilla
Career Planning Centre
lothar.dessilla (@) haw-hamburg.de