Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication

(Student intake 15)


About the Programme

The Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication is a two-year interdisciplinary course of study designed to enhance the professional communication competence of students preparing for careers involving significant intercultural contact. The complete studies total a minimum of 120-130 ECTS credits including Additional and Advanced studies in Intercultural Communication, a master´s thesis, and Language and communication studies. An internship of 2-3 months is included in the Advanced studies.

In addition to courses in intercultural communication and intercultural competence, students may focus on issues related to intercultural and international relations, intercultural education and training, communication, multiculturalism in organizations and society, as well as area studies. The language of instruction in Intercultural Communication studies is English.

Students are expected to graduate within 2 years (full-time 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 contact teaching, students need to study independently for book exams and essays and participate in group work.  

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) or equivalent in a relevant field, for instance, in humanities, education, social sciences or business studies. Previous studies in communication subjects are an asset.

Applicants are expected to have a proven intercultural orientation demonstrated, for example, through previous studies, work experience, voluntary work, or other significant life experiences.

Each applicant is required to present a master’s thesis plan and a motivation letter. The quality of the thesis plan, the suitability of the proposed thesis, and the applicant’s motivation are also important criteria.

A good command of English is required in the programme. Applicants must prove the required proficiency with one of the following language tests:

- TOEFL: minimum score 580 (paper based), 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)

- IELTS: minimum test result 6.5

- CPE or CAE: passed on level A, B or C.

A language certificate is required of all applicants, except of those who have graduated from a high school, upper secondary school or higher education in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand with an education fully completed in English.

Application process

The application period is from 15 November, 2010, to 17 January, 2011. Applications must be submitted to the University Admissions Finland (www.universityadmissions.fi) both via their electronic application system and mail. A link to the electronic application form will be available from the websites of the Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication (http://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/viesti/en/admissions/ICC) and the University of Jyväskylä (https://www.jyu.fi/en/studywithus) during the application period. Detailed instructions and further information for the applicants are available on the above-mentioned web page of the programme. The deadline for applications is 17 January, 2011.

On the basis of the applications, approximately 30–40 applicants will be invited to an interview. The interviews will take place in March-April 2011 in Jyväskylä. Applicants not residing in Finland can also be interviewed over the telephone. The interview will last twenty minutes and cover the main points of the application, concentrating on the applicant’s plans regarding the master’s thesis and other motivations. Fifteen students will be selected to the Master’s Programme.

A limited number of students (1-5) will also be accepted to participate in the Eurocampus, an international study period organized annually in cooperation with European partner universities within the EMICC network. For more information about the Eurocampus, visit http://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/viesti/en/studies/eurocampus. When applying for the Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication, applicants should indicate whether they also wish to apply to the Eurocampus.

For further information about this Master’s Programme, please visit the Department of Communication webpage or contact lecturer Marko Siitonen (+358 14 260 1550, marko.siitonen (at) jyu.fi).