Intercultural Encounters, MA/MTh.

Intercultural Encounters, MA/MTh.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
When studying in the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offered by the University of Helsinki, you will acquire critical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena as applied to your thematic specialisation.


The aim of the Intercultural Encounters Intercultural Encounters programme taught at University of Helsinki University of Helsinki is to learn an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact.

You will gain a profound understanding on how micro- or macro-level phenomena interact in local, international, multicultural and transnational contexts. You will learn to analyse why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons, and you will gain insights into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution. In addition, you will learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters in different academic, professional and societal contexts.

Upon completing the Intercultural Encounters programme taught at University of Helsinki, you will be able to pursue a national and international career. You will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups, and deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, cultural management, media and power.

Depending on your choice, the ICE programme will lead to a Master of Arts (Humanities) degree or a Master of Theology degree. You will choose your target degree when you apply to the programme. Students taking the Master of Theology degree specialise in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. 

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues. The programme offers courses grounded in the latest academic research, which enables you to apply a theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life. You can specialise in different local, national and supranational cultures in, for example, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East or North America. Further, the perspectives of the Study of Religions, Theology, Communication and Indigenous Studies provide you with regional, cultural and socio-political knowledge, and a variety of theoretical frameworks to understand the dynamics of intercultural encounters.

Career prospects

The ICE programme takes professionalism and preparation for future work life seriously. Our aim is to work as much as possible with real-life situations and case studies. In the courses, we integrate academic knowledge and research with on-site visits and guest lecturers from professional life. Part of ICE compulsory studies focus on developing skills and working methods that you will need in your future career. 

Employment opportunities for ICE programme graduates range from cultural and public management to international projects in private companies. Potential employees include the EU, the UN and other national and international organisations; ministries; universities; the municipal sector; non-governmental organisations; and the media.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Religion, Conflict and Dialogue
  • Tradition, Knowledge and Change 
  • Communication and Media
  • Transnational and International 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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

Academic Requirements

You may apply if:

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad 
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector's Decision

Required Documents:

  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma
  • Official transcript of studies
  • Authorised translations
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card
  • Motivation letter
  • Short scientific text
  • Course catalogue (if you have completed studies outside Finland)
  • A diploma supplement (if available)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 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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