AIM Overseas is excited to be able to offer this unique 3-week psychology program at the University of Graz this July! 

In this course, you will get acquainted with some of the challenges that arose because of massive changes to our society in the past decades. These changes like the emergence of complex multicultural societies, the globalisation of our economic market and the increasing mobility of the world’s work force; have had some immense consequences to traditional psychological and educational testing. Certain phenomena that are specific to certain cultures or languages can threaten the validity of these traditional testing procedures. 

Under the experienced guidance of Dr Norbert K Tanzer, the Associate Professor of Psychology, you will be adequately prepared for these challenges through integrating psychological, linguistic and cultural perspectives. Additionally, you will be introduced to the theoretical concepts; methodological issues and applications of cross-cultural psychology and you will obtain skills like critical thinking, cultural sensitivity and communication competence. 

As part of this program, there are some amazing cultural activities planned in and around Graz, including a guided city tour and a visit to the magnificent Eggenberg Castle. You will also venture off on an exciting weekend trip to Vienna, including a visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum and the famous Schloss Schoenbrunn Gardens.



  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Measurement
  • Key Issues in Cross-Cultural Measurement
  • Cultural Considerations in Cross-Cultural Measurement
  • Linguistic Considerations in Cross-Cultural Measurement
  • Testing as a Genre of Communication
  • Effective Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Pitfalls and Remedies in Cross-Cultural Measurement
  • Detecting Bias: Judgmental Approaches
  • Detecting Bias: Psychometric Approaches
  • Cross-Cultural Measurement Competences

Please note that the official title of the course is “Special Topics in Psychological Assessment: Testing in Multilingual in Multicultural Settings”. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive an official transcript from the University of Graz with the course listed as “Special Topics in Psychological Assessment: Testing in Multilingual and Multicultural Settings” 

The course includes a number of excursions and cultural activities in order to give participants an appreciation of Austrian culture and attitudes. These cultural visits do not count towards the class contact hours of the course but do provide important cultural context for students. Below is the tentative list of places likely to be included as part of the program:

  • Traditional Coffee House
  • Eggenberg Castle
  • Riegersburg Castle
  • Chocolate Factory Zottery
  • Typical traditional “Buschenschank” (tavern)
  • Vienna Excursion: Guided city tour, Sigmund Freud Museum, Imperial Treasury and Schloss Schönbrunn (Gardens)

University of Graz

Built in 1585, Karl-Franzens-Universität, or the University of Graz, can be found very close to the ‘Innere Stadt’ or Old town of Graz. In the past, it offered only two faculties: theology and philosophy. Today however, the University hosts a number of additional faculties including, law, business, social sciences, arts and natural science.  The University of Graz is highly regarded, being one of the top 200 universities in the world and boasting six Nobel laureates who have taught and researched there. Important works of art including paintings, sculptures and architecture can be found all over the campus for students to enjoy. Around the university campus there are student restaurants, that offer students quick and affordable meals.

Austria’s location in central Europe makes interaction with other countries an integral part of life, with the nation attracting people from a variety of surrounding countries. International and intercultural communication is significant in Europe particularly, with conflicting thought-processes and cultural ways complicating decision-making processes. However, the advent of globalisation makes the skills you will learn first-hand in Austria apply anywhere in the world.



Instructor Information

Dr. Norbert K. Tanzer is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Graz, Austria. His research focuses on using psychological and educational tests in multilingual und multicultural settings. He is fellow of the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has edited three journal issues, published a number of articles and book chapters, and convened symposia and workshops at national and international congresses on cross-cultural measurement. Complementing his cross-cultural research, Dr. Tanzer has national and international experience in teaching and supervising culturally diverse students at universities in Austria, China (Beijing, Nanjing, and Zhuhai), Norway, and the United States (Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas). In both 2010 and 2011, he received Outstanding Professor Awards at Alliant International University, San Diego, California. Dr. Tanzer organized the European Conference on Cultural Diversity and European Integration, which was jointly sponsored by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and the International Test Commission. He also served as member of the PISA Cultural Review Board for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Secretary for the Measurement and Evaluation Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and Consulting Editor for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Dr. Catherine Sim earned her PhD in Cross-cultural Psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and her MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. She is a native speaker of English; fluent in French and Chinese (Mandarin, and the Guangdong, Chaozhou, and Fujian dialects), and has a good knowledge of German. Dr. Sim had served on the faculty at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA; at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University in the Phoenix, AZ; and at the University of Linz in Austria. She also held adjunct positions at the Universities of Graz and Salzburg in Austria, and a research assistant position at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Furthermore, she served as the Academic Director for the Business, Language and Culture (BLC) program at the Shanghai Center of the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). At Alliant International University, she initiated an Exchange Program with Beijing Normal University in Beijing, and served as Administrator and Mentor for the program. Having studied and worked in 11 cities in 6 countries spanning 3 continents, Dr. Sim has learned to navigate and appreciate cultural differences. As ICF certified coach, she helps managers and executives acquire in-depth knowledge and cultural competency, a crucial skillset to be more effective in multicultural, cross-cultural and cross-border situations. 

You will be accommodated in a modern student dorm, located in between the University of Graz and the city centre; just a 10-minute walk in either direction.

Rooms are twin-shared and are equipped with free internet access with a cable in the bedrooms (cables will be provided by the dorm). Pillow, duvet as well as bed linen (covers and sheet) will be provided. Every floor has a communal kitchen and you will share a bathroom with 2 or 3 other students. Self-service washing machines are available. Additional facilities include study and seminar room, music room, gym, sauna, bicycle garage and a courtyard.


Map of Austria

Located in the centre of Europe, Austria is a German-speaking country characterised by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Austria is best known for its sugar-cake decorative church interiors, its historic palaces as well as its gothic architectural masterpieces (like St Stephens cathedral in Vienna). A high 62% of Austria’s land area is covered by the Austrian Alps, which provides a beautiful landscape for those who visit the scenic country.  Some other notable regions of Austria include Lake Traun, Eastern hillside vineyards and the Northern Bohemian Forest. 

Graz, located in the South-East of Austria, is the country’s second-largest city, holding around a quarter of a million people. Graz is one of the liveliest cities for after-hour pursuits and holds a great nightlife and vibrant arts scene due to the high student population (50,000 students over 4 Universities). Located in the centre of the city, ‘Dom im Berg’ was originally a set of tunnels used for air raids, however is now a large transformed clubbing and arts venue for all to enjoy. Graz has many attractions, from viewing landmarks such as Eggenberg Palace, visiting museums or taking nature walks through beautiful forests.


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this after you have been accepted on the program, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.


Applications for our July 2019 programs will open on October 15th 2018.

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about our programs please contact us via or (02) 9975 7792. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can Register your interest now for a July 2019 or January 2020 program, meaning you'll recieve updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline and when applications are open.