Welcome to the
Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters
What is the Autobiography?
The Autobiography of Intercultural
Encounters is a tool designed to encourage
people to think about and learn from
intercultural encounters that have made a strong
impression or had a long-lasting effect on them.
In discovering what underlies these encounters
users become more aware of their experience and
their reactions, thereby developing their
What is an intercultural encounter?
An intercultural encounter can be an experience
between people from different countries or it
can be an experience between individuals from
other cultural backgrounds in the same country,
for example, from other regional, linguistic,
ethnic or religious backgrounds.
How are intercultural encounters explored in
Users of the Autobiography develop understanding
and competences for the future by reflecting
critically on their experiences. They select and
describe specific intercultural encounters in
which they have taken part, analyse their
experience individually, and identify different
aspects of their current intercultural
competences as a stimulus to developing their
Who is the Autobiography for?
The Autobiography is for everyone: it can be
used across the curriculum in schools or any
other educational context contributing to
lifelong learning. It can also be used outside
formal educational contexts as a self-evaluation
and development tool.
How many versions of the Autobiography are
There are two versions:
a version for younger learners, up to around
age 11, including those who are not yet able to
read and write
a standard version suitable for older users in
schools and beyond.
The Autobiography is accompanied by a range of
supporting materials, all of which may be
downloaded, saved to your computer and used
freely. To access the Autobiography and these
supporting materials, please click on the logo
to the right.