What is Global IQ Connect?

Global IQ Connect is a 5-week extra-curricular intercultural program, closely linked with the Adelaide Graduate Award. It is open to all students regardless of degree or year.

The program is offered Face-to-Face and Online.

You will have the opportunity to participate in cultural workshops and learn about other cultures from fellow students. Workshops will be run on a weekly basis for all participants and culturally diverse groups of 3-4 students will be created who will catch up each week after a workshop. You will grow your cultural intelligence and develop intercultural communication skills, which can be applied to any workplace or society.

You will also:

  • Increase your employability, at home and abroad
  • Develop openness, respect and empathy for people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Gain the confidence to embrace diversity
  • Develop skills to manage unconscious bias
  • Gain confidence and feel prepared for your study overseas experience
  • Be able to use and further develop the intercultural skills acquired while studying overseas
  • Receive a certificate of completion for your resume

For your group catch-ups, you can use any online methods of communication like zoom meetings, facetime, whats app video calls or meet face-to face. It’s your choice.
 
In addition to discussing the tasks you will be given after each weekly workshop with your group members, some culturally interesting topics you may wish to discuss are: 

  • The role of sport
  • The importance of family
  • Celebrations and festivals
  • Food in your country (including the way food is eaten)
  • Respectful relationship between men and women
  • Music and its importance to you
  • Political issues
  • Language(s) spoken
  • The way you express ‘No’ and ‘Yes’
  • Typical hand gestures and their meaning
  • The relationship between generations
  • Social changes
  • Popular games played
  • Leisure activities
  • The importance of ‘time’ in your culture
  • Environmental protection
  • Education system
  • The role of media
  • Freedom of speech and the press
  • Religion 
  • Gender issues
  • Importance of animal welfare
  • Alcohol and the drinking culture