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Language, Globalization and Intercultural Communication

24 months
8000 EUR/year
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The Master’s Programme in Language, Globalization and Intercultural Communication is a two-year interdisciplinary course at the University of Jyväskylä focusing on intercultural communication theory and practice. Through this approach, students consider the cultural implications of the ongoing changes in how people from differing cultural backgrounds interact with each other.

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How does globalization challenge our understanding of language and communication? What roles do language and culture play in our societies? What are the connections between media, discourse and power? How does one understand language learning and questions of identity in today’s world? If you are interested in these and similar questions and their complex answers, the Master’s Degree Programme in Language, Globalization and Intercultural Communication (LAGIC) at the  University of Jyväskylä  is right for you. 

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 contact in companies, public organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The students will be also qualified for research-intensive employment.

The LAGIC programme offers courses on several focus areas, including:

  • The dynamics of language and social interaction in multicultural and multilingual settings
  • The impact of globalization, migration and multilingualism on societies and organizations
  • Communication in online and mediated environments
  • Language and communication education
  • Discourse studies

The program also includes and extensive research component (Master’s thesis and related courses) as well as a practical experience in the working life (an internship of 2 -3 months or a working life project course).

Degree Structure

To complete the LAGIC program, you must earn 120 ECTS credits. Studying full time, you will graduate within 2 years. After graduation, students are awarded the title of Master of Arts (MA).

The modes of study vary and they are designed to meet the learning objectives of each course. Studies include contact teaching sessions in which you are required to attend. In addition to the contact teaching, you need to study independently for essays, exams and assignments and participate in group or pair work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to and Discourse
  • Globalization, Language & Society 
  • Theories and Models of Intercultural Communication
  • Approaches in Language and Learning
  • Online Cultures and Mediated Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s level education in the country in which the degree was issued. Applicants holding a degree, which gives eligibility to Doctoral programmes, should primarily seek admission to Doctoral level.
  • Eligible applicants must have completed the higher education degree in a relevant field, for instance, in communication, linguistics/applied linguistics, modern languages, or other field within humanities or social sciences. The applicant cannot be accepted in the master’s degree programme if the applicant has a master’s degree in the same field. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 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.


University of Jyväskylä offers scholarships covering tuition fee costs for its most successful international Master’s degree students. You are eligible for a JYU scholarship if you are

  • eligible to apply to study in an IMDP offered by JYU
  • liable to pay tuition fees: please see our FAQ

Scholarships are granted based on the admission criteria of the programme in question. 

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