University of Jyväskylä

Intercultural Communication, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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  • English
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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. 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

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The selection process consists of two parts:

1. Review of application documents

2. Personal interview (by phone or Skype) of short-listed applicants


Eligible applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field, for instance, in humanities, education, social sciences, and/or communication.

A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by 30 June 2017. Suitable degrees include a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent for instance, in humanities, education, social sciences, and/or communication.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8000 International


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