Communicating (Across Cultures) with My Supervisor - online

Communicating Across Cultures with my Supervisor - online22.11.2023 13:00 - 15:00 (Wed)onlineWichert, Amanda



For doctoral researchers and postdocs of all disciplines.

Objectives and Content

This workshop is part of the new Dahlem Research School Podcast Series Season 2.

When you're dealing with a challenging situation with a supervisor as an international student, it's easy to second-guess yourself, or to feel frustrated because you have different expectations. Is it them? Is it me? Is this a German thing? Using your own experiences and case studies, we'll explore how to approach conversations and conflicts with your supervisor when you're talking across cultures, and how to navigate conflicts and difficult conversations.


  • When and how does culture play a role in our expectations?
  • What do I expect from my supervisor? What’s the role of a supervisor in Germany?
  • How can I approach my supervisor with difficult questions or requests?
  • What do I do when I need something from my supervisor that they're not giving me?




Before attending this workshop, we invite you to give the podcast episode a listen. You can find it here:



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Amanda Wichert