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Global Systems and intercultural Competence


The GSiK certificates

The GSiK certificates are proof, issued by the University of Würzburg, that you have engaged and qualified in the important field of intercultural competence!

To obtain a GSiK certificate, you can put together your personal event programme from the GSiK event pool, depending on your time and interests. While choosing, you should keep the requirements for the respective certificate in mind.

You can participate in the GSiK programme any time you are enrolled at the JMU.

Important terms

GSiK area:   Each GSiK event is assigned to one or more GSiK areas.
Categorie:   GSiK offers courses in two categories: "seminars/block seminars" and "workshops/lectures".
GSiK point:  Every time, you participate in a GSiK single event, you receive a GSiK point (Attention: This ist not a ECTS point)

The GSiK Certificates

Depending on the number of GSiK events you have attended, you can obtain different certificates for your participation:


1. GSiK Statement of Attendance

For the successful participation in a GSiK single event (= 1 GSiK point), you can obtain a GSiK statement of attendance upon request. However, these statements are not mandatory for the issuance of a certificate.

2. GSiK-Certificate

You require 5 GSiK points for the GSiK certificate. Each GSiK area must be covered once. At least 2 of those GSiK points must be earned in seminars.

3. Extended GSiK-Certificate

For the extended GSiK certificate you need 10 GSiK points. Each GSiK area must be covered once. At least 4 of those GSiK points must be earned in seminars.

Please note:

If you have participated in more events than necessary, the additional events will be listed on your certificate.

The GSiK areas

All events are assigned, by content, to different areas. This makes the GSiK certificates transparent to employers and thus more valuable to you.

Area A: Basics of Interculturality

Introduction to interculturality and basic concepts of interculturality (e.g. culture, strangeness, identity, collectivity, heterogeneity/diversity, discrimination)

Area B: Global Systems

Global systems from a societal, technological, medical, economic, biological and ecological point of view

Area C: Discipline-specific Interculturality

Discipline-specific theories and fields of application of intercultural competences

Area D: Culture-specific Competence

Culture-specific knowledge and competences (e.g. culture-specific courses on nation, gender, disability, age, religion;  Semester/Internship abroad; Foreign languages)

Area E: Interdisciplinary Studies

For the E area, you can have courses from all disciplines that are not involved in your department accredited.



Participation in the GSiK project does not require a general registration in the programme. The events are open to students of all disciplines and degree programmes. Registration for specific seminars and workshops are to be made via WueStudy. Generally, you can participate in lectures without registration!

ECTS points: 

In some GSiK seminars you can achieve a GSiK point and ECTS credits for your degree programme at the same time. The responsible lecturer determines the prerequisites for passing the seminars!


Participation List: 

Enter your name in the list of participants at each GSiK event and sign them! This ensures that your participation is documented and can be accredited to the GSiK certificate.

Personal Event Overview:

On your personal event overview (Pdf), you will continuously note in which events you have participated and for which GSiK areas they may be accredited.

For events before the winter semester 17/18: All events up to and including summer semester 2017 can be accredited for areas A, B, C or D (own choice). For the E area, you have to attend an event outside of your degree programme.

If you have participated in the required amount of events needed for one of the GSiK certificates, you can apply for your certificate at the GSiK office!

Required documents:

1. Your Personal Event Overview (Pdf).

2. The completed and signed Certificate Application (Pdf) or the application for a GSiK Statement of Attendance (Pdf).

3. Your current enrolment certificate or your last valid enrolment certificate from JMU.

4. If applicable: confirmation of your stays abroad (This includes all study-related experiences, such as semesters abroad, internships abroad, summer schools etc.) and confirmation on language courses (ZfS)

And also: we are happy to get your feedback (Pdf)!