Male and female students of mixed ethnicity chatting outside Kennedy Building on summer day

Internationalise your degree

Kent has a diverse international community and links with universities and research institutions around the world. We value intercultural awareness in everything we do. As a student at Kent, become a global citizen by participating in our internationalisation initiatives.

Talking Cultures

Talking Cultures aims to enhance awareness of cultural differences by exploring cultural heritage, prejudices and stereotypes. Topics covered include:

  • how verbal and non-verbal communication can create barriers that may lead to cultural misunderstanding
  • sociocultural norms
  • politeness, respect and power, and etiquette. 

Our non-credit workshops run in Weeks 11 to 15 (sign up below) and will be repeated in the Spring Term. Our credit0bearing module, ENLA4007, runs in the Autumn Term.

Talking Cultures elective module

Talking Cultures can be studied as an elective credit-bearing module:

Talk to your academic adviser if you would like to choose Talking Cultures as an elective.

Talking Cultures (non-credit modules)

Talking Cultures Module Module code
Cultural Knowledge and Identity (Week 11) EWLA3340
Considerations of Intercultural Communication (Week 12)
EWLA3350
Barriers to Intercultural Communication; Useful Tools and Strategies (Week 13) EWLA3360
Enhancing Cultural Awareness (Week 15) EWLA3370 

How to sign up to Talking Cultures (non-credit modules)

Talking Cultures is also available as a series of non-credit modules. These modules do not carry academic credits but are particularly useful if you are planning to study abroad as part of your degree at Kent.

If you are having difficulty registering for a module or you need further advice, please email internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk

Student Feedback - Talking Cultures

Laura Prats Cardona: "Personally, my favourite one [workshop] was the culture workshop, where we were put in groups of more or less ten people and each of us discussed the prejudices on our cultures, what we believed to be culture (which is so much more than just food music or clothes) and what culture we identified ourselves with. It was interesting to see how people who had travelled or moved countries during their childhood (myself included) identified with two or more cultures".


Bilal Hussain: "Internationalisation and global engagement programmes exemplified by GOLD, such as the talking cultures workshops, have helped fuel this new emerging environment of cultural pride and expression for us all. Going back to the previous point about travelling through the people you meet; internationalisation programmes have become even more important in keeping this momentum going in the current COVID climate where we can’t travel. This only amplifies just how important it is in forging global and diverse relationships so that we can see the world through people. Most importantly, however, it improves our respect and awareness of different perspectives from different parts of the world which helps us to build a respectful and tolerant society where we can celebrate each other and forge togetherness rather than divisions".

The GOLD programme

The Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) programme provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. GOLD is available as a  co-curricular programme and as an elective, credit-bearing module.

Student Opportunities

Get more from your degree by discovering Kent's range of opportunities designed to internationalise your experience.  Whether you want to work or study abroad as part of your degree, take part in virtual exchange or participate in the Global Officers Leadership Development Programme there are many ways to get involved. 

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