What Is X-Culture?
- We place trainees in international virtual teams with peers from around the world: 7 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 2017, over 40,000 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.
- International experience
Complete a project in a team where each team member is from a different country.
- Business consulting experience
Solve a real business challenge for a real client company.
- Expand professional network
Meet company CEOs, university professors, and professional peers from around the world
- New knowledge and skills
Training in cross-cultural communication, online collaboration tools, international business, business writing and presentation, and more.
- Cultural intelligence
A documented significant improvement in cultural intelligence from before to after the project.
- X-Culture Certificate and Recommendation Letter
You learn and grow. We provide a documented proof.
- Stronger resume and improved chances of a new starts
X-Culture experience makes you a much stronger applicant for a stipend or job.
Bonus: Best students are invited to the X-Culture Global Symposium where they meet their team members in person; plus a series of career development workshops and meetings with successful entrepreneurs, politicians, and community leaders.
Bonus: Occasionally, trainees do such a good job that their impressed clients offer jobs or internship positions.
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.
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.
- X-Culture launched: 2010
- Number of students per session: 5,000
- Number of universities per session: 130
- Number of countries by student residence: 40
- Number of countries by student nationality: 75
- Total number of X-Culture graduates since 2010: 41,200
- Total number of universities since 2010: 271
- Total number of university professors since 2010: 508
- Notable clients: Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, Hard Rock International, JCB
- Number of clients per session: 5-10
- Open for non-student adults: 2015
- Open for pre-college youths: 2018
- 2019-3: August 26 – December 20, 2019
Application deadline: August 15
- 2020-1: January 20 – June 1, 2020
Application deadline: January 10
- 2020-2: August 24 – December 18, 2020
Application deadline: August 15
- It was an eye-opener! I learned a lot about other cultures and business and enjoyed the experience!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 training for my career.
$195 per individual participant for the complete 4-months course
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.
- Stipend will be applied directly to the participation fee. Thus, the stipend recipients will pay only $45 for the entire 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.