About Centre – International students’ Action for Adapting Cross-Cultural activities (2023)

International Cooperation

Main aims in the field of building international cooperation, are:

development and implementation of the projects co-financed by European Union

preparation of international mobilities of WSEI students and staff

streghtening the networking of academic partners and employers’ networks

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supporting various types Univeristy’s activities in the field of internationalisation

planning and organizing integration and educational events

organizing help and mentoring for international students

providing access to the necessary information for international students and visitors

increasing the internationalization of the WSEI University and enhancing its reputation both in the region and in Europe

Centre of Projects and International Cooperation monitors the availability of various calls and initiatives in the national and international scope, in specific thematic fields, as well as the possibilities of cooperation of the academic staff or departments. Activities of the Centre aren’t limited only to the University but are also conducted for its partners – from the preschools to the Universities of the Third Age.
The second important area is the support for adacemic staff and students of home unversity as well as foreign guests within the organisation of EU mobilities.
The third important activity of the Centre of Projects and International Cooperation is building international network at the level of the European Union between academic institutions and labour market.
International projects of Centre of Projects and International Cooperation follow the idea of lifelong learning – provide innovative solutions for individuals, educators as well as WSEI educational partners.


Marta Drygała


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Experienced project coordinator and lecturer in project management, Erasmus+ Coordinator at University. Currently, the Director of the Organizational, Legal and Strategy Development Department in charge of managing the activities described in the Development Strategy as well as developing new solutions in the field of university internationalization. Previously, for 13 years, Director of the Centre for Projects and International Cooperation at the WSEI University – responsible for developing project concepts, cooperation with other units of the entity as well as managing the team implementing project activities at a national and international level. She completed her postgraduate studies in the field of “Manager’s Competence Academy”, “Evaluation of the financial programmes of the European Union” at Kozminski University and “Management of projects and European Union law” at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She has an international PRINCE2 certificate and over 22 years of experience in the preparation and implementation of projects co-financed by the European Union.

e-mail: erasmus@wsei.lublin.pl

Artur Grzesiak


Project coordinator with 20 years of professional experience, he has been preparing and implementing European-funded projects since 2003. He successfully initiated and managed a team in 19 projects. He has been employed at the WSEI University since 2015, currently he is the Director of the Centre of Projects and International Cooperation – he is responsible for the appropriate implementation of projects at the national and international level, he coordinates the cooperation of the Centre with other organizational units of the university and manages the team implementing the projects as part of the activities of the Project Centre.

Master of Engineering, he has also completed postgraduate studies in the field of “Project preparation and the management of EU funds” and “Human resources management”.


Magda Janiak


Project Manager with PRINCE2 and 14 years of professional experience. Currently Vice-Director of the Centre of Project and International Cooperation responsible for building an international partners’ network, preparation of new project ideas as well as managing the implementation of international projects. For over 5 years, Magda has been working on an Erasmus+ Mobility Programme for higher institutions within the European Union as well as those located outside the EU.

Previously, for 6 years, she has been an international project manager for a private VET provider. Moreover, she has experience in the implementation of EU funding in NGOs, as a local distributor of small grants in the Lubelskie Region, which resulted in the establishment of a local association in the Dorohusk Community.

MA in European Studies, with a postgraduate diploma in Financial Management and Accounting in projects financed from EU funds, VCC expert in project management.

e-mail: magda.janiak@wsei.lublin.pl

Karolina Rzechuła


MA in International Relations at UMCS in Lublin. Former member & HR Leader of the ESN LUT organization, volunteer at the Nowy Staw Foundation and others. Since graduation, she has been working in an international environment.

She currently holds the position of International Projects Assistant at the Centre for Projects, International Cooperation and Development Strategy. In her work, she helps students and university staff to complete their studies and internships abroad within the Erasmus + programme. She is also engaged in the implementation of various international projects.

E-mail: karolina.rzechula@wsei.lublin.pl

Monika Ludwiniak


Project Manager, MA in Law and Accounting and Finance. Certificate for accounting and bookkeeping services issued by the Minister of Finance No. 29328/2008, PRINCE2 certificate. Accountant with 10 years of experience, 8 years as an accountant for an international company and EU project specialist, involved in projects for SMEs since 2015 – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs as a specialist for the assessment of entrepreneurs’ applications.An owner of an accounting office for SMEs since 2014.

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Currently, an international project specialist at the Centre of Projects and International Cooperation in WSEI University. In charge of project management within Erasmus+ and the COSME (SMEs – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs) programmes and the preparation of new projects.

E-mail: monika.ludwiniak@wsei.lublin.pl

Edyta Wiśniewska


Graduate of law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and postgraduate studies in certified and specialist translation at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She also graduated from the Centre for American Law, run by the Catholic University of Lublin in cooperation with the Chicago Kent College of Law. She is an Erasmus scholarship holder at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

To date, she has gained professional experience working at the District Employment Office in Lublin as a coordinator of projects aimed at the professional activation of the unemployed, as well as in Lublin City Hall, implementing initiatives aimed at supporting entrepreneurship and the start-up ecosystem.

She is currently employed as an international project specialist at WSEI University, preparing and implementing projects co-financed by external funds, including the Erasmus+ programme.

E-mail: edyta.wisniewska@wsei.lublin.pl

Eliza Wiącek-Panas


Graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Lublin University of Technology and postgraduate studies in the field of renewable energy sources.

She gained previous professional experience working in IT companies and training companies, as a coordinator of educational projects for universities, vocational schools, training programmes within the scope of professional activation.

Currently, she is employed as an assistant for international projects at the WSEI University in Lublin, preparing and implementing projects co-financed from external funds, including the Erasmus+ programme.

E-mail: elizawiacek-panas@wsei.lublin.pl

Monika Jaremek


Graduate of psychology at the WSEI University, specializing in psychoprevention and psychological help. She completed postgraduate studies in pedagogy and management of European projects.

For 7 years she has been working at the Centre for Projects and International Cooperation of the WSEI University in Lublin, implementing projects financed from national funds for students and staff of the WSEI University from programs: RPO, POWER.

E-mail: monika.jaremek@wsei.lublin.pl

Karol Białota


Graduate of master’s studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin at the Faculty of Political Science. He also completed an additional specialty E-editing.

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Since 2017, he has been working at the Center for Projects and International Cooperation, implementing Polish-language and English-language projects co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development, the National Agency for Academic Exchange and the Lublin City Hall. He participated in the organization of student initiatives such as the WSEI Culture Festival, conferences and other events.

E-mail: karol.bialota@wsei.lublin.pl

Katarzyna Hacia


A graduate of the Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences of the WSEI University.

She gained her previous professional experience working in trading companies, cooperating with organizational units of the company, acquiring new customers and dealing with customer service.

She used the acquired knowledge by running her own sole proprietorship. Currently, she is employed as a Project Assistant at the Center for Projects and International Cooperation at the WSEI Univeristy in Lublin, she cooperates with other units responsible for the implementation of projects and project managers co-financed by the European Union.

E-mail: katarzyna.hacia@wsei.lublin.pl

About Centre – International students’ Action for Adapting Cross-Cultural activities (4)

WSEI Welcome Center
4 Projektowa Street
room 01 i 02 (ground floor)
20-209 Lublin

Phone./fax: +48 81749-32-39

Centrum Projektów, Współpracy Międzynarodowej i Strategii Rozwoju
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20-209 Lublin

Phone: 81 749-32-37


How can cross-cultural awareness benefit international students? ›

The 7 benefits of choosing a cross-cultural experience
  1. Learn a foreign language. ...
  2. Meet new people and raise your cultural awareness. ...
  3. Become a better team player. ...
  4. Get rid of your cognitive biases and blind spots. ...
  5. Broaden your horizon. ...
  6. Improve your self-confidence and resilience. ...
  7. Work on your adaptability and open-mindedness.
Nov 1, 2021

What are cross-cultural adaptation skills? ›

Target Skills for Cross-Cultural Adaptability
  • Emotional Resilience. ...
  • Flexibility & Openness. ...
  • Perceptual Acuity. ...
  • Personal Autonomy. ...
  • Provide Opportunities for Interaction. ...
  • Set Expectations for Everyday Interactions. ...
  • Build a Habit of Comparing Oneself to Others. ...
  • Exercise Independent Thinking and Action.
Sep 21, 2021

What is the process of intercultural adaptation? ›

Intercultural adaptation – regarded as the process of merging into personal cultural environment, inherently developing and absorbing its values, principles, standards, norms and behavior patterns – results in the individual's adaptability to a certain degree.

How do you promote cultural awareness as a student? ›

These strategies will encourage all students' cultural awareness, enhancing each student's sense of identity, and foster inclusion in the classroom community.
  1. Get to Know Your Students. ...
  2. Maintain Consistent Communication. ...
  3. Acknowledge and Respect Every Student. ...
  4. Practice Cultural Sensitivity.

Why cross-cultural understanding is important for students? ›

Why Is Cross-Cultural Communication Important? Cross-cultural communication allows people to avoid miscommunication and misinterpretation, instead opening up the possibility of fruitful relationships across previously daunting cultural barriers.

What are some examples of cultural adaptation? ›

Some examples of cultural adaptation include: learning greetings of the new culture, learning language and phrases of the new culture, learning dress codes for the new culture, and learning how to access goods and services in the new culture.

What are the 5 stages of cultural adaptation? ›

Cultural Adaptation

The typical pattern of cultural adjustment often consists of distinct phases: Honeymoon, Crisis, Recovery, and Adjustment. Note that this cycle is repeated upon re-entry to one's home country or culture of origin.

What is a cultural adaptation and can you provide an example of one? ›

Cultural adaptations can occur at any time and may be as simple as putting on a coat when it is cold or as complicated as engineering, building, and installing a heating system in a building, or building a space station for human habitation. Cultural adaptation has enabled humans to survive in harsh environments.

What is an example of cross-cultural approach? ›

Cross-cultural psychology touches on a wide range of topics, so students interested in other psychology topics may choose to also focus on this area of psychology. For example, a child psychologist might study how child-rearing practices in different cultures impact development.

How do you bring cross-cultural teams together? ›

Here are some tips to foster cross-cultural working relationships:
  1. Get to Know Each Team Member. ...
  2. Adopt Flexibility. ...
  3. Promote Open Communication. ...
  4. Encourage Team Building Activities. ...
  5. Listen Actively. ...
  6. Create a Structure for Success. ...
  7. Address Conflict Immediately. ...
  8. Create a Cross-Cultural Awareness Program.
Oct 30, 2019

Why is it important to interact with different cultures? ›

Embracing different cultures through travel allows you to experience what it's like to be a part of a community other than your own. It also gives you cultural awareness and acceptance, which can help break down cultural barriers while interacting with people of different backgrounds.

What is adaptation to new culture? ›

Adapting to a new culture is an ongoing process. It may be challenging at times, but most students who experience culture shock agree that going through this transition helped them to learn more about themselves and to develop greater confidence in their ability to navigate new situations.

Why adaptability is important in intercultural communication? ›

Cultural adaptability empowers us to work around potential challenges to find the best outcome. Not only is this important in international communication, but even individual teams can benefit from learning how to adapt communication for cultural differences in varied professional situations.

What causes cultural adaptation? ›

Research in expatriate adjustment has shown that cultural adaptation is facilitated when there is low cultural distance between the home and host countries—or, when the two countries have similar social, economic, and political contexts, and moving between these two countries requires less cultural learning (Church, ...

How do you promote cultural activities? ›

Here are 10 ideas for things you can do with your students to help make them more culturally aware.
  1. Language Learning. Incorporate languages in your class. ...
  2. Potluck. ...
  3. Multicultural Media. ...
  4. Presentations. ...
  5. “Who Am I?” Creative Projects. ...
  6. Multicultural Decorations. ...
  7. Small-Group Conversations. ...
  8. Sensitivity vs.
Jul 19, 2021

How can you encourage cultural activities? ›

Ways to Celebrate Cultural Diversity
  1. Cultural Dress Show and Tell. Have your students find pictures of different items of clothing that people wear in different cultures and groups. ...
  2. Host a Multicultural Day. ...
  3. Have a World Music Dance Party. ...
  4. Create a Classroom Collage. ...
  5. Make Global Friends.
Dec 9, 2020

What are some strategies to put cultural awareness into action? ›

  • Invest in global citizenship training. ...
  • Promote culturally sensitive communication skills. ...
  • Promote good manners in employees. ...
  • Celebrate your colleagues' traditional. ...
  • Listen to foreign clients and colleagues. ...
  • Pay attention to cultural differences.
Mar 16, 2023

What is the goal of cross-cultural learning? ›

Developing cultural awareness and appreciation between individuals who don't have a common cultural framework promotes trust, better relationships, and more clear communication. This way, your learners develop attitudes and skills that help them work, communicate, and adjust to people from various cultures.

What are the significant benefits of learning cross cultural studies? ›

People Learn About Themselves: Through cross cultural training, people are exposed to facts and information about their own cultures, preconceptions,mentalities and worldviews that they may otherwise not have contemplated. Cross cultural training helps people learn more about themselves through learning about others.

What are the benefits of cross cultural communication education? ›

The benefits of cross-cultural, cultural awareness and cultural competency training
  • Cultural competency equals stronger, more effective teams. ...
  • Become more competitive with intercultural training. ...
  • Build stronger relationships with cross-cultural business partners. ...
  • Cultural training can advance careers.

What is cultural adaptation in simple words? ›

Cultural adaptation is “the systematic modification of an evidence-based treatment (or intervention protocol) to consider language, cultural, and context in such a way that it is compatible with the client's cultural patterns, meaning, and values” (14).

What is a good example of adaptation? ›

An adaptation can also be behavioral, affecting the way an organism responds to its environment. An example of a structural adaptation is the way some plants have adapted to life in dry, hot deserts. Plants called succulents have adapted to this climate by storing water in their short, thick stems and leaves.

What are three examples of adaptation? ›

Examples include the long necks of giraffes for feeding in the tops of trees, the streamlined bodies of aquatic fish and mammals, the light bones of flying birds and mammals, and the long daggerlike canine teeth of carnivores.

What is cross-cultural adjustment? ›

Cross-cultural adjustment is a process where a person interacts with and adapts to a foreign environment.

How does culture shock affect international students? ›

Some international students cannot find food they like or are afraid of saying the wrong thing to their classmates. For many students, culture shock describes the anxiety they experience when everything is new and different.

What are the 3 parts of the adaptation process? ›

The general adaptation syndrome (GAS) was first proposed by Hans Selye in his classic 1936 letter to the editor of Nature. The GAS consisted of three phases: (i) the alarm phase, (ii) the phase of adaptation, and (iii) the phase of exhaustion.

What is a sentence for cultural adaptation? ›

Examples of cultural adaptation
  • Obedience and religion were both subject to cultural adaptation during the turbulent sixteenth century, as the three books under review will show. ...
  • Translocal normality implies a very low degree of cultural adaptation.

What is an example of a step for improving cross cultural communication? ›

Practice active listening

Active listening is a vital step in developing successful cross-cultural communication in the workplace. By actively listening to the speaker you can establish trust and build a relationship as they know you are really listening to what they are saying.

What is cross cultural communication in schools? ›

Cross – cultural communication is about how we communicate with different cultures. It is also about the challenges and benefits of relating to other cultures and the efforts people make to overcome any misunderstandings.

How do you promote trust and respect to the people with different cultures? ›

One of the first steps to building trust and rapport with people from different backgrounds and cultures is to show genuine curiosity and respect for their views, values, and practices. This means asking open-ended questions, listening actively, and avoiding assumptions or judgments.

How do you bring cultures together? ›

Music and dance performances, art exhibitions, and theater productions are some of the ways in which culture can unite people. Food and Cuisine: Food is an essential part of culture, and sharing a meal can bring people together.

How do people develop cross-cultural skills? ›

Aside from learning about culture and people through reading books, watching movies, or attending classes, you can try gaining experiences. As clichéd as it may sound, having firsthand knowledge about another culture is the best teacher, if not immersion.

How do we build relationships with people from other cultures? ›

15 Tips for Building Stronger Cross-cultural Relationships
  • Start with your own bias. ...
  • Identify your intentions. ...
  • Smile and say hello. ...
  • Educate yourself. ...
  • Spend time in unfamiliar spaces. ...
  • Don't tokenize. ...
  • It's not all about you. ...
  • Don't appropriate.
Oct 15, 2019

How to adjust to American culture for immigrants? ›

How to Adjust to American Culture for Immigrants
  1. Background. ...
  2. Accept That You Will Have To Leave Things Behind: ...
  3. See Change As A Good Thing. ...
  4. Force Yourself to Integrate. ...
  5. Be Humble. ...
  6. Have An Open Mind. ...
  7. Be Willing To Laugh At Yourself As You Adjust to American Culture. ...
  8. Conclusion.

How do you adjust and adapt to the situation? ›

Adjusting to Change: Adapt and Overcome
  1. Recognize that change is happening. “It is common for people to ignore the change that is happening around them for various reasons,” Sellars said. ...
  2. Write down the positive. ...
  3. When possible, prepare. ...
  4. Quiet your mind. ...
  5. Be kind to yourself. ...
  6. Talk it out.

What is the word for adapting to another culture? ›

ac·​cul·​tur·​a·​tion ə-ˌkəl-chə-ˈrā-shən. a- Synonyms of acculturation. : cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture.

What is the reason adaptability is important? ›

Adaptability expands your capacity to handle change, no matter how serious it might be. Instead of throwing away your energy trying to change your circumstance, you will change yourself right from within, thus making you thrive in whatever situation you find yourself.

What is communication in cross-cultural adaptation? ›

The integrative communication theory of cross-cultural adaptation provides two models to explain how and why people, on relocating from a familiar home culture to a new culture, are changed by continuous experiences of interacting with the host environment.

What is the importance of adaptability skills? ›

Adaptability is a soft skill that means you easily adjust to changing circumstances. An adaptable person in the workplace can keep up with moving priorities, projects, clients, and technology. They're skilled at dealing with changes at work, whether process updates or their work environment.

What are the benefits of cultural adaptation? ›

Cultural adaptation can promote better participation and engagement with a program. It can also create a better sense of ownership and control over a project, because those using the program are also the ones adapting the material.

How do you develop cultural adaptability? ›

  1. Lead By Example. As with any effort to change cultures, leading by example is the best way to be the change you want to see. ...
  2. Hire Adaptable Leaders. ...
  3. Focus On Building Trust. ...
  4. Define What Adaptability Means To You. ...
  5. Create A Flat Organization. ...
  6. Model Adaptability For Your Team. ...
  7. Embrace Change. ...
  8. Get Comfortable With Failure.
Jun 23, 2021

What are the benefits of cross-cultural awareness? ›

People Learn About Themselves: Through cross cultural training, people are exposed to facts and information about their own cultures, preconceptions,mentalities and worldviews that they may otherwise not have contemplated. Cross cultural training helps people learn more about themselves through learning about others.

How can cross-cultural awareness benefit international students studying in Canada thesis? ›

Learning about different cultures, traditions, and religions can also foster cultural sensitivity, empathy, and acceptance of differences in others. Interacting with people from various backgrounds will also help to prepare you for the diverse, multicultural workspaces you'll be a part of during your career in Canada.

What is the the importance of cultural awareness in international communication? ›

Being able to communicate with people from diverse cultures is not just enough. Cultural awareness allows us to respect various cultures. As a result, the people start supporting cultural differences and embrace new ways to get along in society.

How is cross-cultural understanding important for you in your everyday life in a foreign country? ›

Developing your understanding of other cultures, or 'cultural awareness', lets you have more meaningful interactions with those around you. You're building your respect and empathy for other people, and celebrating your differences as well as your similarities.

What is the purpose of cross-cultural understanding? ›

Cross-cultural understanding means learning to value other cultures and respect their views. This comes when people move from thinking that “different” means “wrong,” to thinking that there might be another way, to being tolerant and accepting.

What are the goals of cross culture? ›

The goal of cross-cultural training is to increase awareness of cultural differences so that people are able to work more effectively together across cultures.

How do you adapt to cultural differences? ›

Strategies to help you cope with the adjustment process
  1. Culture is relative. ...
  2. Be open-minded and curious. ...
  3. Use your observation skills. ...
  4. Ask questions. ...
  5. It's ok to experience anxiety. ...
  6. Give yourself (and others) permission to make mistakes. ...
  7. Take care of your physical health. ...
  8. Find a cultural ally.

How do international students benefit? ›

It gives them a better understanding of international issues, foreign affairs, and immigration issues. It provides opportunities for unique cross-cultural experiences, whether celebrating new holidays, sampling new cuisines, or traveling to visit friends in their home countries.

What is the most important reason to be aware of cultural differences? ›

Cultural awareness helps us break down cultural barriers, build cultural bridges, and learn how to love, and appreciate those different from us. We can relate better to people with cultural differences as we begin to understand ourselves better. This results in more cultural connection and less cultural conflict.

How do you promote cultural awareness? ›

Use these tips from the American Psychological Association to be more culturally aware:
  1. Think beyond race and ethnicity. A person's culture is shaped by more than the color of their skin or the way that they dress. ...
  2. Learn by asking. ...
  3. Make local connections. ...
  4. Pay attention to non-verbal behaviors. ...
  5. Exchange stories.
Jul 22, 2019

What is the importance of international culture? ›

Culture is essential in international business because it influences how multinational and cross-cultural teams interact and collaborate. It dictates the business world's values, etiquettes, thinking patterns, decision-making, practices, and processes.

What is an example of cross-cultural understanding? ›

Cross Culture Examples

The recipient takes it with both hands, indicating respect. In China, giving a direct "yes" or "no" answer, or demanding one of anyone else, is considered very rude. Meetings are for talking things over, not announcing decisions. In Mexico, business is done primarily among friends and family.


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