Followed by the high demand and exceptional feedback for the past intakes of the program, AIM Overseas is proud to offer the Cross-Cultural Psychology program again this December.
Under the experienced guidance of Dr Norbert K Tanzer, the Associate Professor of Psychology, you will be introduced to the theoretical concepts, methodological issues, and applications of cross-cultural measurement in the field of Cross-Cultural Psychology. For the duration of 3 weeks, you will gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviours and mental processes, including both their variability and invariance under diverse cultural conditions. This course is highly interactive and experiential with its mixture of lectures, class discussions and team assignments.
Complementing the academic component of the course, there are numerous excursions in and around Graz, such as guided city tours. Other highlights of the course include a weekend trip to Vienna, a visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum and seeing Vienna’s famous Schloss Schoenbrunn Gardens.
** Details to the program are still subject to final change **
- 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.
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 stay at a twin share room in Hotel das Weitzer located in the city centre of Graz. Each room has a bathroom which you will share with your roommate. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel. WiFi is included.
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 in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
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.
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 are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The steps to apply, and be accepted, for this program are as follows:
- Apply online
- You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
- We’ll review your results and application and, if we believe you are likely to be accepted for the program, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
- You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
- The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
- Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
- Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.