What Is X-Culture?

Main idea

We place students in international virtual teams with peers from around the world: 7 students per team, each in a different country.

They solve real-life problems presented by real-life companies.

In the process, they learn about other countries and cultures, learn how to collaborate online, work as a team, and solve business challenges.

About X-Culture

X-Culture is a successful global phenomenon.

Every semester, thousands of MBA and college students from hundreds of universities around the world take part in X-Culture. As of 2017, over 40,000 students have participated in X-Culture, and about 5,000 more are added every semester.

Now pre-college youths and non-student adults can participate in X-Culture

Following the popularity of the project with universities, we have been receiving requests to create a “kids” version of X-Culture. Younger children are fully capable and could greatly benefit from interacting with their peers around the world.

As a beta-test, X-Culture is now open to children ages 9-17 and non-student adults.

All participants are working with peers of their own age. Each team is comprised of people of the same age.

The younger participants receive exactly the same training and complete the same project as the university students. However, the task is a little simplified for the younger participants. The children will also receive additional pre-project training to ensure they are fully prepared for the experience.

The rest is the same. Just like their university peers, the younger participants will also work in global virtual teams with their peers, develop their solutions to real-life problems presented by real companies, meet the company CEOs in live webinars, write and present their reports, and receive X-Culture Global Business Collaboration Certificates.

For the 2018-1 round, our clients are companies like Innospark (educational toys) and Me Late Chocolate (chocolate) to make sure the products are familiar and interesting for the younger X-Culture participants.

  1. International experience

    Complete a project in a team where each team member is from a different country.

  2. Business experience

    Solve a real business challenge for a real client company.

  3. New knowledge and skills

    Training in cross-cultural communication, online collaboration tools, international business, business writing and presentation, and more.

  4. Personal and professional network

    Friends around the world, contacts at many universities and several companies.

  5. Cultural intelligence

    A documented significant improvement in cultural intelligence from before to after the project.

  6. X-Culture Certificate and Recommendation Letter

    You learn and grow. We provide a documented proof.

  7. Stronger resume and improved chances of a new starts

    X-Culture experience makes you a much stronger applicant for a stipend or job.

Benefits For Students

For Students

Benefits For Teachers

Team power
  1. Enhanced student learning

    Compared to control groups (no X-Culture), students in courses with X-Culture do better on exams.

  2. Improved teaching evaluations

    Compared to control groups, students who have X-Culture give their teachers higher evaluations.

  3. Research and publications

    X-Culture is a great research platformthat provides high-quality multi-source multi-level longitudinal data. If you are interested in scholarly work, X-Culture will provide you the necessary data.

  4. Professional network

    Meet the hundreds of educators and business professionals on the X-Culture team.

  5. Documented proof of your achievement:

    X-Culture Global Educator Certificateand support letters sent to your principal or department head. You do a great job; we make sure the world knows about it.

  6. X-Culture certificates for your students

    Students get X-Culture International Business certificates, which help with college and job applications.

  7. Helps us make education more interactive and experiential

    The workplace is becoming global. Learning how to work across cultures in classroom is like learning to swim on a football field. X-Culture is developing new teaching methods for the new today – and you can be part of our team.



  • Kids: Simplified task design,
    ages 9-16
    (in teams with their own age +/- 1 year)
  • Teens: Intermediate task design,
    ages 16-18
    (in teams with their own age +/- 1 year)
  • Professionals: Advanced task design,
    ages 18-45
    (in teams of mixed age)
  • University: Advanced program, Bachelor’s/MBA/EMBA students
    (in teams with their own level of studies)

Enrolment options:

  • Individually, 16 and younger to be enrolled by parents
  • As a group (3 or more), to be enrolled by a teacher or parent instructor

Required Skills:

  • Conversational English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Access to the Internet
  • Ability to learn new skills in new online collaboration, teamwork, and international business

How It Works

main idea

Main idea

  • The students work in international teams with peers from around the world.
  • They solve real-life problems presented by real-life companies.
  • In the process, they learn about other countries and cultures, learn how to collaborate online and work as a team.


  1. Students can enroll individually (by parents if younger than 16) or as a group (3 or more) by a teacher or parent instructor
  2. We provide age-appropriate training on online collaboration tools, teamwork, problem solving, and business writing.
  3. We put them in global virtual teams.
  4. Real companies present real business challenges and the students try to solve them.
  5. We monitor student performance and send weekly performance review to students/teachers/parent instructors.
  6. The international teams prepare their reports and present them to their client companies.
  7. The students receive X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificates.
  8. The teachers/parent instructors receive X-Culture Global Educator Certificates.
  9. The best students are invited to the X-Culture Symposium.
  10. The data are used for research and publishing – and you are welcome to join as a co-author.
Step by step

Program Design

Theoretical Training
(4 weeks)

  • Cross-cultural communication.
  • Problem solving in teams.
  • Team leadership.
  • Online collaboration tools.
  • The art of writing winning business proposals.
  • Plagiarism and academic referencing.
  • The basics of International Business.
  • Simpler training for younger students, more advanced for older

Practical Training
(8 weeks)

  • The students are placed in international teams.
  • 6 students per team, each in a different country.
  • Real companies present real international business challenges.
  • Real time zones, real cultural differences.
  • All communication online and in English.
  • Live webinars with the client CEOs.

Post-Project Reflections
(4 weeks)

  • Students present their work at an online teleconference.
  • Students receive X-Culture International Business Certificates and Recommendation letters.
  • Later, best students are invited to the X-Culture Symposium.

Quick Facts

  1. X-Culture launched: 2010
  2. Number of students per session: 5,000
  3. Number of universities per session: 130
  4. Number of countries by student residence: 40
  5. Number of countries by student nationality: 75
  6. Total number of X-Culture graduates since 2010: 41,200
  7. Total number of universities since 2010: 271
  8. Total number of university professors since 2010: 508
  9. Notable clients: Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, Hard Rock International, JCB
  10. Number of clients per session: 5-10
  11. Open for adult professionals: 2015
  12. Open for pre-college youths: 2018


It was an eye-opener! I learned a lot about other cultures and business and enjoyed the experience!
Ninette, Spain
It a was a challenge to work with students from different countries. But it was a great opportunity to learn how to deal with different cultures.
Visar, India
I really feel I learned a lot about working with people from other countries. I am now closer to my dream of getting a job in a global company.
Shu, China
I was in a job interview and it was going nowhere. Then I mentioned my X-Culture experience and the interviewer’s eye lit up.
I got the job.

Matthew, USA
I was applying to universities in the U.S. and my X-Culture experience helped set me apart from other applicants. Nobody had such experience. I really think it helped me get the stipend.
Guilia, Italy
It has been two years since I participated in X-Culture. It was hard to work with people from different countries. Looking back though, it was the best traing for my career.
David, Canada

Participation Fee


per individual participant


3+ trainees enrolling as a group. *

* Applicants can enroll as a group as long they the group has 3 or more trainees and the group has a group leader (either an external more experienced colleague or the most experienced group member). The trainees applying as a group will still be placed on different international teams, so that each group member will be working with different people from other countries. However, it is expected that the group members will interact frequently, exchange experiences in their international teams, comment on each other’s ideas and support each other otherwise.

X-Culture Academy Stipends

  • We believe that everyone should be able to receive X-Culture training, regardless of financial standing. Therefore, low-income applicants can apply for the X-Culture Academy Stipend.
  • The participation stipend is $150 for individuals and $300 for groups of 3+ students led by a teacher or parent instructor.
  • Stipend will be applied directly to the participation fee. Thus, the stipend recipients will pay only $45 (Individual) or $195 (Group of 3+) program participation fee for the entire four-month program.
  • The number of the X-Culture Academy Stipends is limited.
  • The stipends are generally reserved for participants from low-income families (combined family income < $10,000 per year) or other special-needs applicants and are contingent upon the applicant’s excellent performance on the Theory test.

Dates for the 2018-1 Session

Session dates:

2018-1: January 29 - May 28, 2018
Application: Open
Application deadline: January 20

2018-2: June 4 - September 2, 2018
Application: Start processing applications February 1
Application deadline: May 10

2018-3: September 3 - December 30, 2018
Application: Start processing applications May 1
Application deadline: August 20

Application deadline:

January 20

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