Course Description

In today's world of increased globalization and the free movement of people across borders (particularly within the European Union), there is now an increased emphasis on the importance of quality interpersonal communication. Intercultural communication skills are becoming more important than ever. New employees arriving within the workplace need to quickly adjust and integrate in order for employers to obtain their full productive potential. Employees want to hit the ground running when being employed within a different cultural background. Doing so reduces stress on the employee, allowing them to become integrated far quicker and reaching their full productive potential far sooner.

The Netherlands is a modern industrial economy having a strong historical trading tradition within the European Union. Like other countries within the European Union, The Netherlands has its own cultural traits, both socially and within the business environment. Failure to comprehend these cultural traits, and the reasoning behind them, can lead to misunderstanding which can cost a business time and money, and also lead to social confusion and isolation for individuals. This course therefore tries to address these problems by looking at how various cultures can effectively communicate and understand how and why certain Dutch social and business practices have come to be. Full day intensive courses go even further by offering a complete geographical and historical overview of The Netherlands which helps bring various cultural traits into context.

Whether you are a business within The Netherlands with overseas employees, an overseas company wishing to do business within The Netherlands, or an overseas individual looking to live and work in The Netherlands, this course can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Course Requirements

Corporate course requirements for the Dutch Intercultural Course are as follows:

  • All courses are taught in English and all participants are expected to have a good command of the English language.

  • ICT requirements are that a projector or large PC compatible screen is provided in a room that can comfortably accomodate all attendees.

  • Courses are best taught in groups of preferably no more than 10 people to allow for inividual attention. Groups larger than this can be accomodated if you so wish.

  • Courses are either a full day or half day in length, depending on customer requirements.

  • Personal specific course requirements (if necessary) should be communicated in advance.

Private individual course requirements for the Dutch Intercultural Course are as follows:

  • All courses are taught in English and all participants are expected to have a good command of the English language.

  • Courses are either a full day of half day in length, depending on personal individual requirements.

  • Specific requirements (if necessary) should be communicated in advance.

Course Topics

  • What is The Netherlands/Benelux?

  • Geographical and historical tour of The Netherlands

  • The Netherlands: A trading nation

  • What is culture and how does it affect the human condition?

  • Verbal Vs non-verbal communication

  • Conflict resolution

  • Risk propensity

  • Dutch social culture

  • Dutch corporate culture

  • Time organisation

Course Materials

No specific course materials are required by attendees. All course materials that are necessary (course workbooks, summary sheets etc) are provided during the training session.

Learning Outcomes

Those attending full-day training sessions would be expected to:

  • Have a good understanding of the history and geography of The Netherlands and how it came into being.

  • From their own cultural perspective, will be able to effectively communicate with Dutch people in a social and corporate environment and understand why the Dutch communicate in the manner that they do.

  • Will be able to prevent, and if necessary resolve conflicts in a Dutch corporate or social environment.

  • Have a good understanding of Dutch social and corporate taboos.

  • Will know how modern day Dutch corporate and civil society is structured and why it is structured in the way it is.

  • Will be able to make detailed and informed comparisons between Dutch culture and their own culture with reasons for why such cultural differences exist.

Course Prices

Courses start from as little as €279pp. Please contact us for full price list details.

  • Special contract offers are available - please contact us for further details.

  • Courses taught in the UK will have a travel surcharge - please contact us for further details.

Guided Tours

Intercultural Training Services offers guided tours for the Dutch cultural course for a number of cities within the Netherlands. These guided tours can be ordered separately or together with a classroom session - please contact us for full price list details.

 

Further details regarding the guided tours can be found on our Guided Tours Page.

Open Registration

The following full-day Open Registration courses are now available for you to sign up to:

 

- 28th September 2019: De Plek, Leiden, the Netherlands DETAILS 

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