Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication, Master of Arts (2 yrs)

Degree name
Master of Arts
Planned duration
2 years
Studies begin
Autumn 2018
Extent of the study programme
120 ECTS credits
Language of instruction
Degree level
Master's degree
Tuition fee per year for non-EU/EEA students
8000 Euros

Study objectives

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, this two-year interdisciplinary course introduces its students to intercultural communication theory and practice. The MA programme in Intercultural Communication helps you gain theoretical and empirical knowledge needed to answer the challenges of globalizing and multicultural societies.

Study contents

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 to intercultural 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.

Tuition fees

In Finnish universities, there are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. Tuition fees concern only non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.

The tuition fee is 8000 euros / academic year.

The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who

  • have started their studies before autumn 2017
  • are enrolled in Doctoral/PhD level studies and research
  • study in degree programmes taught in Finnish
  • are EU/EEA citizens or their family members (spouse / child)
  • are already residing in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (i.e. are equivalent to EU citizens *)

*) continuous (A) or permanent (P/P-EU) residence permit type

University of Jyväskylä has scholarships available for students who are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships are applied for when applying for the admission to the programme.

For more information about tuition fees and scholarships visit:

Structure of studies

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)

Detailed course descriptions of the programme are available on the web page of the University of Jyväskylä

Final project

The Master's thesis gives you 40 ECTS credits. The thesis is written in English. You can choose the topic of the MA thesis independently but it should be connected to the research focus areas at the Department of Communication and/or subject.

Along the MA thesis process you will take part in a thesis seminar. In the seminar you will present your own research plan and hear about other students' progress. Your thesis supervisor will guide and support you throughout the thesis process.

While writing an MA thesis you will learn about independent information retrieval, critical evaluation of information, as well as the generation and application of new knowledge. After completing your Master's thesis you have acquired many generic skills related to working life, such as problem-solving skills, project management skills, and self-study and self-management skills.

You can familiarize yourself with the theses completed in the Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication through the webpage of the Department of Language and Communication Studies.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in positions such as specialist in international affairs, communications advisor, business manager, content manager, specialist in global mobility, and consultant.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The MA degree qualifies students for enrolment in doctoral studies.

Application period: Master's Degree Programmes (University of Jyväskylä) (15.11.2017 at 08:00 - 10.01.2018 at 15:00)

Student admission to study programme

Phase I: Assessment of eligible applicants based on the application documents

You will receive an e-mail notification when the documents have been pre-processed and, if necessary a request to supplement the application.

The student selection committee at the Department of Language and Communication Studies assesses the content of the applications - ineligible applications will be disregarded.

The selection committee will select the applicants invited to an interview on the basis of their applications.

Applicants are expected to have a proven orientation towards the topic of the programme. This can be 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 and the suitability of the proposed thesis for the programme are important selection criteria. In addition, applicants' motivations to study in the programme, as well as their possibilities to pursue their studies in a purposeful and effective manner are estimated.

The selection committee will rate the applicants on the basis of their academic excellence (consisting of previous degree, grades and Master’s thesis proposal), statement of purpose/motivation letter, and proven interest in the field. The different aspects of the application will have the following weights:



Educational background


Research proposal




Proven interest in the field, also including relevant working and/or research experience


Total max.


The student selection committee ranks the eligible applications and makes a pre-selection. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to a telephone interview. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email a minimum of one week before the interview.

Phase II: Interviews and final student selection

Interviews for the programme will be held in February-March. The interview will last 20 minutes and cover the main points of the application, concentrating on the applicant’s plans regarding the Master’s thesis and other motivations.

The points for the interviews are allocated as follows:



Knowledge of the field of study


Interest and motivation


Spoken English


Total max.


The final score is a combination of the application score (max. 30 points) and the interview score (max. 15) so the final maximum score is 45 points.


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.

1)      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.

2)      English language proficiency demonstrated in only one of the following ways:

Certificate of English language proficiency

Minimum overall score/level

Certificate of previous education (bachelor’s or master’s degree, high school or upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand

not applicable

TOEFL (paper-based)


TOEFL (internet-based)


IELTS (Academic)


PTE (Academic)



A, B or C


A, B or C

Finnish National Certificates (YKI) in English



Please note:

Since registering for and participating in a language test, and finally obtaining the results, may take a long time, please arrange to have your language test well before the application deadline. Applicants who do not prove sufficient proficiency in English will not be considered for admission. Tests older than 2 years (counted back from the application deadline) will not be accepted.

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-March and the final admission decision will be announced by 28 March 2018. Invitations for the interview will be sent via email a minimum of one week before the interview.

Required attachments

Required attachments

1) Officially certified transcript of records from the student’s institute of higher education both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is English, one certified copy is sufficient. Note that the transcript is a document containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

2) Officially certified copies of degree certificates both in the original language and in English (translated by an authorised translator). In cases where the original language is Finnish or English, one certified copy is sufficient. All educational documents must be officially certified by the awarding institution, or legalised. Officially certified copies issued by a Finnish notary public will also be accepted. Additional information: NB: If you are completing or have completed your degree in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, your degree was completed on 1 January 2003 or later, and you have a Finnish personal identification code, you do not need to submit officially certified copies of your educational documents.  

3) Copy of a valid passport (the identification pages with name, date, place and expiry date) or other identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license)

4) Certificate of English language proficiency

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6) Research Plan for Master’s Thesis

Write a preliminary research plan for your master’s thesis. The research plan should include the following:

  • preliminary title
  • aim of the study and research questions
  • scientific, social and/or personal motivation for the research
  • related theories and research
  • planned research method
  • bibliography

(A maximum of 7000 characters)

7) Letter of Motivation

State your interests in the programme (4000 characters or less).

8) Copy of a residence permit that exempts its holder from paying tuition. Required only from applicants who are liable to pay tuition based on their nationality, but are in possession of a residence permit that exempts them from paying tuition. Such residence permits include: EU Blue Card, type A or P residence permit card in Finland, P-EU residence permit card, or an EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland.

Attachment Delivery address Deadline
Required attachments
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
10.01.2018 15:00

Additional information on applying

Important dates

Application round opens: 15 November 2017

Application deadline: 10 January 2018

Notification of admission status: by 28 March 2018

Acceptance of a study place: by 20 April 2018

Bachelor’s Degree completed and the certificate submitted: by 17 July 2018


Contact Information of the programme

Marko Siitonen, +358 40 576 7861,




Right to appeal

According to the Finnish legislation, the rejected applicants must be informed about their right to an appeal:

Should you find that a mistake has been made in the selection process concerning your application for the Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication, you may send a written appeal addressed to the Appeal Committee of the University. In the appeal you should clearly state, where the mistake has taken place and identify the matters your appeal is based on.

The appeal should be done in writing and within 14 days after the result has been made public.

You should send your appeal to:

University of Jyväskylä

Registry Office

Appeal Committee of the University

P.O. Box 35

FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä


It is worthwhile to keep in mind that the decisions on admissions are very seldom changed - unless a technical error or such has taken place - since they are based on a very careful consideration and a studious inspection of the applications.

For more information;

Admissions services

Admission Services

Visiting address:
ADMISSION SERVICES Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building, 2nd floor)

Postal address:
ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

Telephone: +358 40 805 3018

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Student benefits

Information on living expenses

In Finland, the general cost of living is relatively high. You must be able to cover your everyday living expenses independently so you should have at least 700-900 euros per month at your disposal. When applying for student residence permit, you (unless you are EU/EEA student) will need to show, that you have at least 560 € per month (6720€ per year) at your disposal. This is the absolute minimum required by the immigration authorities. EU citizens who come to Finland to study do not need to apply for a student residence permit, however they should also be able to cover their living costs independently.

Please look also at the information concerning the tuition fees charged (from non-EU/EEA students).

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Finland are approximately 700-900€. This may vary a bit, depending on your study location in Finland – for example, accommodation and other living costs are not necessarily so high in Jyväskylä than other larger cities.

As a student you can get discounts in student restaurants and cafeterias, public transport, etc. Student housing with shared facilities is usually a low-cost accommodation option.

You can’t be guaranteed to find employment during your studies so it is not possible to cover part of your living expenses doing work.

Financing your studies

The University of Jyväskylä offers high-quality, research-based Master’s degree programmes in English.

In compliance with Section 10 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university must charge a fee of at least EUR 1,500 per an academic year from a student admitted to education other than bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in Finnish. Fees are not charged to a citizen of a state belonging to the European Economic Area or to a person who is equivalent to a European Union citizen under a treaty concluded by the European Union and its Member States with another contracting party, or to a family member of the individual. Nor is a fee charged to a person with the European Union Blue Card, a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EU residence permit issued to a third-country national referred to the Finnish Aliens Act, or to a family member of the individual. The Aliens Act is applied in the definition of persons regarded as family members. Furthermore, no fee is charged to a student participating in commissioned education in compliance with Section 9 of the Universities Act.

A university must have a scholarship system to support the studies of students participating in fee-charging degree education.

For further information, please see: tuition fees and scholarship.

The cost of course literature is not very high, since most of the course books can be borrowed from the University Library.

International students cannot apply for student loans and grants in Finland, unless you have lived in Finland for the past two years in some other capacity than that of a student and can be considered permanent residents in Finland. Further information:

Health care services

The Finnish Student Health Service (generally referred to as YTHS) provides health and medical care for Bachelor's and Master's level students who have joined the Student Union. Doctoral students are not entitled to the services of YTHS. For further information, please see: healthcare.

Information about accommodations

Student housing in Jyväskylä is provided by KOAS (The Central Finland Housing Foundation) and Kortepohja Student Village. The student apartments are located about 2.5 - 4 kilomentres from the University main campus and the city centre. Degree students should apply for accommodation as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Jyväskylä. 


All students studying at the University of Jyväskylä are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. You should therefore acquire your own health, accident and travel insurance before coming to Finland. For further information, please see: insurance.

Contact details

The institution's own web pages
Telephone: +358 400 248 149

Visiting address:
Keskussairaalantie 2, Opinkivi (OPK-rakennus)

Postal address:
PL 35