Foundations of Deep Culture Learning

This 2-day seminar provides the foundation for an understanding of deep culture learning. It covers key ideas related to deep culture’s influence on cognition, identity and emotion. Activities focus on making sense of intercultural experiences, improving our ability to empathize across cultures, developing cultural self-understanding, and becoming a cultural “bridge person”.

Is this seminar for you?

The seminar is meant for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of deep culture, and who has an active interest in living/working across cultures. It serves as a foundation for more advanced seminars. No previous intercultural training or education is required. It serves as a foundation for more advanced seminars.

You will …

  • learn to differentiate between surface and deep culture.
  • learn how an understanding brain and mind sciences can encourage deep culture learning
  • become familiar with key concepts related to cultural and cognitive neuroscience.
  • gain awareness of how our intuitive mind (unconscious auto-pilot) is shaped by culture.
  • see that resistance to cultural difference is a natural part of deep culture learning.
  • reconcile the idea that people everywhere are fundamentally the same, with the idea that cultural difference affects us deeply

Seminar content and key questions

  • What is deep culture? (Deep Culture Learning Model)
  • What is brain? What is mind? What is cognition? What is cultural? What is universal?
  • What are dual processing models of cognition? (reflective and intuitive mind)
  • How do brain, mind and cognition relate to culture? (The intercultural mind, embodiment)
  • What is (inter-)cultural learning? (The Oz-Moment; the Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning)
  • Why is deep culture learning challenging? (culture surprise, culture stress and culture shock; the demanding complexity and intensity of cultural learning)


  • Joseph Shaules (PhD). Professor, Author and Director of the Japan Intercultural Institute
  • Yvonne van der Pol. Sociologist, Author, Intercultural Trainer and Board member of SIETAR Europe
  • Matthieu Kollig. Psychologist, Intercultural Trainer and Business Coach


Foundations of Deep Culture Learning

Participants who satisfactorily complete the seminar, and demonstrate an understanding of course content (through a written evaluation), will receive the Foundations of Deep Culture Learning certificate. This certificate is a pre-requisite for attending advanced workshops: Deep Culture Difference or Deep Culture Adjustment