University of Jyväskylä

Intercultural Communication, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Today people, ideas and goods are moving around the world on an unprecedented scale. In our private as well as professional lives, we are increasingly brought into contact with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The field of intercultural communication strives to understand human social interaction across contexts such as multinational businesses, immigrant families, or internationally operating online communities, among many others. Located at the Department of Language and Communication Studies,University of Jyväskylä, Finland, this two-year Intercultural Communication interdisciplinary course introduces its students to intercultural communication theory and practice.


The complete studies total 120 ECTS credits, including a master's thesis (40 ECTS credits)and an internship of 2 - 3 months. In the programme, students focus on various approaches toi ntercultural communication. In addition to theoretical depth, there is a strong practical aspect in the programme, providing communication 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.

The modes of study on the courses 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, essays and assignments and participate in group work.Studying full time, students will graduate within two years.

Programme Structure

Core Studies (35 ECTS)

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Key themes and questions in applied language studies (5 ECTS)
  • Communication Theory (5 ECTS)
  • Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Communications Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Media and Online Cultures (5 ECTS)
  • Theorizing Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS)

Internship or Project Management (10 ECTS)

Methodology and Research (55 ECTS)

  • Qualitative Research Methodology (5 ECTS)
  • Quantitative Research Methodology (5 ECTS)
  • Thesis Seminar (5 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (40 ECTS)
  • Maturity Test (0 ECTS)

Optional Studies (10 - 15 ECTS)

  • Communicating in a Culturally Diverse Workplace (5 ECTS)
  • Conflict and Intercultural Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Intergroup Communication (5 ECTS)
  • International Communication (5 ECTS)
  • International Management (5 ECTS)
  • Migration and Transition in a Global World (5 ECTS)

Language and Communication Studies (5 - 10 ECTS)

  • Integrated Research Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Finnish 1 (5 ECTS)
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Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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 (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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. Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents2. Interviews (by telephone) and final student selection


A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field completed by July 17th 2018. Suitable degrees include a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent for instance, in humanities, education, social sciences, and/or communication.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Jyväskylä

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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