Types of X-Culture Trainees:
- Affiliated Students: Most X-Culture trainees are students who take a course at their university where X-Culture is a required or optional part of the course. These trainees do not need to submit individual X-Culture applications and pay the participation fee – the application and the participation fee will be covered by their course instructor.
- Unaffiliated Professionals: A sizable portion of X-Culture trainees are professionals seeking to gain international collaboration and consulting skills and obtain the X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificate. Trainees of this type are usually employed professionals. However, some are students at universities that do not offer X-Culture training. Unaffiliated professionals need to submit their individual applications directly to X-Culture.
How it works
- Once you enroll in the X-Culture Training, you will receive all X-Culture training materials and program instructions.
- You will be required to review the materials and complete the X-Culture Readiness test. Only students who successfully pass the Readiness Test will be allowed to participate in the project.
- After you pass the Readiness Test, you will be placed on a global virtual team. Typically, the teams are comprised of 6-8 trainees, each coming from a different country.
- The teams will be presented with an international business challenge and have about two months to develop a solution.
- There will be weekly deadlines that the teams have to meet. Each team member will receive a personal email with a link to the weekly progress update survey and will have to report if the team has completed that week’s task.
- At the end of the project, the teams will present their challenge solutions in a form of team reports. The reports will be evaluated by 6-7 independent experts.
- Based on the expert evaluations, best teams will be awarded the X-Culture Best Team Awards.
- Additionally, individual performance records and peer evaluations will be used to select each season’s Best Student Award recipients.
- Exercise, not test: And remember, X-Culture is designed to be an exercise, not a test. This is how you learn through experience, not how we test your knowledge. This means, that our primary concern is your participation and effort – you show a great involvement and effort and your grade/mark will be high even if your group fails to develop an outstanding business proposal. But if you know all the answers but don’t actively participate, don’t count on a good grade.
- X-Culture Symposium: At the end of each X-Culture season, we invite best students to attend an X-Culture Symposium. It provides students a great opportunity to meet in person other X-Culture participants, exchange ideas, expand professional and personal network. Best Student Award recipients are eligible for the X-Culture Travel Stipends.
See the X-Culture Symposium page for more details
- Global Collaboration Certificate: All X-Culture participants who successfully complete the project receive Global Collaboration Experience Certificates. We’ve heard countless stories of how X-Culture certificates helped our students get jobs, promotions and get into International Business graduate programs. When the workplace goes global, a certificate of experience in global collaboration can make a difference.
- What’s next: Once X-Culture, always X-Culture. We encourage you to stay in touch after you complete the project. With thousands of X-Culture alumni worldwide, being a part of the “club” is a huge asset. And keep handy that X-Culture certificate – it helped quite a few people getting that dream job. Documented international collaboration skills and experience do matter when you’re on a job hunt.