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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: Cross-Cultural Communication

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance

Cross-cultural Communication

As the VUCA world becomes increasingly global, the need for effective cross-cultural communication is necessary, especially for students managing SMU-X overseas projects. A lack of knowledge in this area can offend, confuse or send misunderstood messages which could lead to broken relations with your stakeholders. The following resources provides insights on how to manage the complicated world of communication across different cultures. 


This cross-cultural communication video is a powerful tool to train you on skills for a multicultural organization. Empower youself to communicate more effectively, master non-verbal interaction, and understand what's really being said across cultures. Examine the non-verbal communication differences that are driven by the integration of biology and culture. You'll learn about the concepts of mono- and polychronic time cultures, of high and low context cultures, and individualist versus collectivist cultures.


Angelo Vermeulen is an artist, biologist, space systems researcher. His work ties together technological, ecological, and social systems through group engagement and collaboration. Vermeulen will share his insights acquired while working with communities in different corners of the world. He will focus on the importance of open communication channels, autonomy, and diversity. Pellegrino, being a cross-cultural expert, shares his personal and professional experience about how do different cultures successfully coexist next to each other. Is it difficult to live in a country, being an expat? Do you know how to establish the mutual understanding between two nationalities?
  • Six tips on cross-cultural communication
    Communicating well across different cultures, backgrounds and experiences is an important skill. Here, experts from across campus give tips on how to navigate these sometimes fraught conversations.

This section lists some recommended readings.

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