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Intercultural Encounters

University of Helsinki

Master On Campus
24 months
13000 EUR/year
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The aim of the Master´s Programme in Intercultural Encounters from University of Helsinki is to learn an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact. 

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You acquire theoretical knowledge and skills to examine the complex social and cultural phenomena in different kinds of intercultural encounters. You gain a profound understanding of how everyday local life is connected to international, multicultural, and transnational issues. You learn to analyse why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons. In addition, you gain insight into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution and learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters. 

The courses in the ICE programme are grounded in the latest academic research enabling the students to apply their theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life.


The Intercultural Encounters  programme at University of Helsinki  has a strong emphasis on enhancing the students’ career prospects. The content of the programme has been designed around modules that develop the students’ theoretical and practical skill set, and allow them to apply their academic knowledge to real life case studies. 

The students’ preparedness for working life is further advanced by on-site visits, internships, and project work that also provide important opportunities for networking. Employment opportunities for ICE graduates range from cultural and public management to international projects in private companies. Potential employers include the EU, the UN, and other national and international organisations; ministries; universities; the municipal sector; non-governmental organisations; and the media.

Programme Structure

 Depending on your target degree you will specialise in one or two thematic modules. The thematic modules are:

  • Re­li­gion, Con­flict and Dia­logue
  • Know­ledge, Decolonisation, and Change
  • Com­mu­nic­a­tion and Me­dia
  • Transna­tional In­ter­ac­tions and Globalisation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application period: 1 December- 15 January




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
  • You have sufficient proficiency in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

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.


  • Fully Funded Grant (Tuition fee + 10 000 EUR)
  • Full Tuition fee Grant
  • Study Grant (10 000 EUR)

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Intercultural Encounters
University of Helsinki


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