University of Jyväskylä

Intercultural Communication, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
The Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication at University of Jyväskylä is a two-year interdisciplinary course focusing on intercultural communication theory and practice. Through this approach, students consider the cultural implications of the ongoing changes in how people from differing cultural backgrounds interact with each other. In the programme, students focus on various approaches to intercultural communication.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


In addition to theoretical depth, there is a strong practical aspect in the programme, providing communication and content production competencies required in the multicultural, networked world. The programme prepares students for careers involving significant intercultural contacts in companies, public organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The students will be also qualified for research-intensive employment; the MA degree qualifies students for enrolment in doctoral studies.

Study contents

The complete studies total 120 ECTS credits, including, for example, a master's thesis (40 ECTS credits) and an internship of 2 - 3 months. In addition to courses on Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Competence, students may focus on issues related to intercultural and international relations, intercultural education and training, multiculturalism in organizations and society, as well as area studies.The modes of study on the courses vary and alternate. Studies include contact teaching sessions, which students are required to attend. In addition to the contact teaching, students need to study independently for book exams and essays and participate in group work. Students are expected to graduate within 2 years.

The MA in Intercultural Communication programme is offered by University of Jyväskylä.

Programme Structure

Courses Include
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Research Methodology
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Communication Skills
  • Communicating in a Culturally Diverse Workplace, 5 ECTS
  • Media and Online Cultures, 5 ECTS
  • Theorizing Intercultural Communication, 5 ECTS
  • Developing Intercultural Competence, 5 ECTS
  • Internship or Project Management or Academic Expertise, 10 ECTS
  • Specialization Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 1 September 2016
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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Academic Requirements

  • Successful applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent in a relevant field, for instance, in humanities, education, social sciences, and/or communication.
Entrance examination and aptitude test
  • Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents
  • Phase II: Interviews and final student selection
  • Interviews will be arranged in February and the final admission decision will be announced by 15 March 2017. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email a minimum of one week before the interview.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 8000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


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