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CrossCulture Programme

Two female participants of the project "Living Library" sit at a table, facing each other. The project was organized by the CrossCulture Programme of Institut fürs Auslandsbeziehungen; Photo: Wolfgang Kuhnle

CrossCulture Tour/”The living library”; Photo: Wolfgang Kuhnle

About the programme:
For more than ten years, the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) has offered young professionals and volunteers the opportunity to gain several months of professional experience in a different cultural environment. Each year around 80 professionals and volunteers from more than 35 countries take part in the programme. As a partner of the Federal Foreign Office, ifa is committed to intercultural dialogue. Through their work in institutions and organisations in the host country, the participants gain international experience and build intercultural competences. The host organisations benefit from the expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The experiences they acquire abroad contribute to the day-to-day work of their home organisation. More than 650 alumni form the steadily growing CCP network.

Who can apply?
The CrossCulture Programme addresses dedicated people between the ages of 23 and 45 working in socially significant institutions and organisations. The participants come mainly from Muslim-majority countries as well as from countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia and work in an organisation in Germany during the programme. People from Germany who are interested in taking part in the programme can also apply to work in an organisation in a “Muslim-majority country” or in a country of the “Eastern Partnership and Russia” Required for the participation in the programme are advanced English skills and in depth involvement in an organisation in the home country.

The CrossCulture Programme is offered for the following countries:
Programme “Muslim-majority countries”: Algeria; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Egypt; Germany; Indonesia; Iraq; Iran; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Malaysia; Morocco; Mauritania; Oman; Pakistan; Palestinian Territories; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan

Programme “Eastern Partnership and Russia”: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Germany; Georgia; Republic of Moldova; Russia; Ukraine

Which fields of work are covered by the programme?
The CrossCulture Programme offers working assignments in the following fields:

Programme “Muslim majority countries”:

  • Politics and Society
  • Human Rights and Peace Building
  • Sustainable Development
  • Media and Culture

Programme “Eastern Partnership and Russia”

  • Human Rights, Migration and Refugees
  • Political Education and Youth Participation
  • Knowledge Society, Intercultural Dialogue, Mediation and Reconciliation
  • Media

How can I apply?
Please find all information in the FAQ.

Application dates:

  • Applicants for the programme “Muslim-majority countries” can presumably apply again from October / November 2019 for the coming year 2020
  • The call for applications for the programme “Eastern Partnership and Russia” in 2019 will probably be open from March 2019
  • Further information on application dates will be available online in due time

Which documents have to be submitted for the application?

CrossCulture Programme
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49.711.2225.107