Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Culture Shock Germany

25th, November, 2017

Intercultural Seminar about Germany

Every culture has its characteristics.

As a none-German you experience these every day and often find yourself puzzled, perplexed, sometimes offended. For you it is interesting to change the perspective and to discover, what lies behind the behavior, what attitude, values and intentions define the way Germans tend to act and talk.

For the Germans these characteristics are mainly invisible, yet still defining. For them the seminar is a glance in the mirror that helps to not only understand yourself but also behavior and reactions of your non-German co-workers.

Typical German
Life in Germany
                Working with Germans
                Good and bad impressions

Typical Stories
Case Examples
                Own Experiences
                Analyzing the German perspective, intention and effect
                Behavior in similar situations

German cultural standards

                Values and norms behind “German behavior”
                Their effect on Non-Germans
                their cultural-historical background

Steps to success

                Transferring cultural knowledge on upcoming Tasks                                                                    
                Things to know about Germany
                Tips and tricks
                Open questions

Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Lecturer: Dr. Sylvia Schroll-Machl works as intercultural trainer for many years, furthermore she did research about cultural standards at the University Regensburg. She is the author of many book about the topic including: “Die Deutschen – Wir Deutsche.

More information


Conversational Skills for Crucial Dialogues and Conflictmanagement

24th, June, 2017

The quality and outcome of your dialogues and conversations is a critical success factor in nearly every area of your life.

The way you handle conversations when it matters and how you prevent situations to escalate in conflicts have a huge impact on the quality of your life.

In this training you will learn how to handle difficult and important conversations better.

You will get tools to

  • Prepare for high-stake situations
  • Transform anger and hurt feelings into solution-oriented dialogue
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be a better listener
  • Openly address and solve difficult topics while improving the relationship


This training will be an intense mixture between short inputs and loads of training and exercises in small groups. You will have the opportunity to work on given examples as well as on personal challenging situations.

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer:  Lothar Sippl, Challenge Learning





How to survive in a job interview

19th May 2017, 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m., plus one hour on 20th or 21th May

The two-day-course trains the student how to perform in a job interview

  • On the first day the usual structure of and requirements in a job interview are presented and recommendations are given how to perform successfully. In small role plays the theory is put into practice.
  • On the second or third day each student will attend a real 'live' simulation of a job interview.

On the first day the whole group works together. On the second/third day individual time slots for the students will be scheduled. Therefore time required for each single student is only the first day (19th May) and about one hour on the second or third day (20th or 21st May) and the maximum number of attendants is limited to sixteen. We ask for a registration by 31st March in order to know whether one or two days for the invidual interviews are needed.

Lecturer: Franka Strietzel, Dr. Jürgen Großmann

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

Registration: please write to


Business Administration (Simulation)

1st April, 2017


  • Balance Sheet and P&L (Profit and Loss)
  • Cash Flow
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Working Capital Management
  • Profitability
  • Direct and Indirect Costs
  • EBIT



You will be part of a group of directors. Each group has its own company as Board Simulation. In this group you will experience several different periods in the simulation. With coins and boxes you will understand how values move inside the company. It will be an interactive sesion where you have to do all movements on the board. At the end of a period you will calculate your annual result and the related KPIs.


With the help of the simulation it will be a highly interactive session. You will have the chance to "grab" entrepreneurial competence.

Date: 01st April

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer:  Simdustry


Previous courses


Courses at the Graduate School of the University

The Graduate School for the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg also offer courses for PhD students at the University:



SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.