How It Works

main idea

Main idea

  • The trainees work in international teams with people from around the world.
  • They solve real-life problems presented by real-life companies.
  • They learn about other countries and cultures, learn how to collaborate online and work as a team, as well as gain experience in business consulting.


  1. Trainees receive training on international business, online collaboration tools, teamwork, problem solving, business writing, and more.
  2. We put them in international teams, 6 people per team, each in a different country.
  3. Real companies present real business challenges.
  4. The international teams prepare their solutions and present them to their client companies.
  5. The trainees receive X-Culture Global Collaboration Certificates and recommendation letters.
  6. The best teams are invited to the X-Culture Symposium.
Step by step
  1. International experience

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

  2. Business consulting experience

    Solve a real business challenge for a real client company.

  3. Expand professional network

    Meet company CEOs, university professors, and professionals from around the world.

  4. New knowledge and skills

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

  5. Cultural intelligence

    A 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 promotion or academic stipend.

Benefits for Trainees

For Students

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.
  • The basics of business consulting.

Practical Training
(8 weeks)

  • The trainees are placed in international teams.
  • 6 people 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)

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

What Is X-Culture?

In plain language

We place trainees in international virtual teams with peers from around the world: 6 people 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.

Every semester, about 5,000 people from over 40 countries take part in X-Culture. As of 2018, over 50,000 students have participated in X-Culture, and about 5,000 more are added every semester.

Most participants are MBA students from over 150 universities. However, the project is also open to non-student professionals who seek to learn new skills, expand their professional network, and improve their resume.

Following the popularity of the project with universities, we have been receiving numerous inquiries from non-students who also want to participate in X-Culture; who also want an opportunity to gain international experience, learn new skills, and improve their resume.

Since 2016, non-student professionals ages 18-45 can participate in X-Culture.

The non-student professionals receive the same training and complete the same project as the MBA/university students, they work in international teams, 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 the same certificates and recommendation letters.

In 2018, we also opened our training project to pre-college teens, although the younger participants complete a simplified version of the task suitable for their age.


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: 50,800
  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 non-student adults: 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

Training Fee

* Stipends available

X-Culture Academy Stipends

  • X-Culture is an educational program, not a business. While we depend on the participation fees to cover our operation costs, we are committed to providing an opportunity to every deserving student, even if they cannot pay the participation fee.
  • Full stipend ($0 paid) could be requested by the students from the countries where the banking regulations make it hard or impossible to make an international payment
  • Participants from low-income countries/families or who cannot pay the participation fee for other reasons, can apply for the X-Culture stipends. The stipends cover $200 of the participation fee ($56 paid).
  • Students who receive the X-Culture stipends must maintain high performance throughout the project, or the stipend may be revoked.


  • Every school year, the best X-Culture student will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition at the university of the recipient's choice.
  • The scholarship remains active and can be redeemed within 5 years after it has been awarded.
  • The scholarship recipient will be selected based on the performance during the X-Culture project. Indicators such as theory test results, peer evaluations, quality of the business reports, participation in the webinars, leadership, and engagement will be taken into account when selecting the X-Culture university scholarship recipient.

Upcoming Dates

2020-2: August 24 - December 18, 2020
Application deadline: August 20

2021-1: January 18 - May 30, 2021
Application deadline: January 5

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X-Culture Corporate Partners