24 months
13000 EUR/year
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In the Master´s Programme in Intercultural Encounters from University of Helsinki you will learn theoretical thinking and practical research skills.

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Do you want to study the role of religion in intercultural relationships? Are you interested in Indigenous perspectives or transnational identities? Do you want to promote cultural diversity in a globalised world? Or would you like to be more competent in intercultural communication? 

Intercultural Encounters is a genuinely interdisciplinary programme offered by University of Helsinki  where you can enhance your thinking and grow your expertise in cultural understanding.  In addition, ICE gives you the tools to succeed in internationally-oriented professional life.

The Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) provides:

  • multifaceted understanding of intercultural encounters
  • training in intercultural competence
  • the ability to apply scholarly knowledge and conduct scientific research
  • the eligibility for postgraduate research


The ICE programme takes professionalism and preparation for future work life seriously and has a strong emphasis on enhancing students' career prospects. 

ICE's aim is to work as much as possible with real-life situations and case studies. In the courses, students integrate academic knowledge and research with on-site visits and guest lecturers from professional life. Part of ICE's compulsory studies focuses on developing skills and working methods that you will need in your future career. 

The ICE programme includes a minimum of 15 credits in Professional Contexts. In the compulsory Career Clinic course, you get a chance to polish your CV and LinkedIn profile and will familiarise yourself with relevant employers and working environments. The optional traineeship and project work modules allow you to gain hands-on work experience that will develop your skills and strengthen your professional identity. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intercultural Communication: Analysis of Cultural and Intercultural Communication & Intercultural Competence
  • Research Methodology: Data Collection & Data Analysis
  • Digital Humanities
  • Pro­fes­sional Con­texts 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The application period is 1.12. - 4.1.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 August a first-cycle degree or a second-cycle degree (degrees from universities of applied sciences included) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 15 January.
  • You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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