The Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Encounters




Nowadays, interculturality has a vital role in all sectors of the job market as well as in academic forums. The ever-increasing movement of people and a variety of contemporary social phenomena have established a growing need for the creation of new knowledge. The effect culture has on communication and encounters, its conceptualisation and dynamism, are increasingly relevant for coherently understanding our social reality. Indeed, in any given field, cultural awareness has become an essential part of being a competent professional. To address this need, the University of Helsinki established its first ever Master’s Programme in 2001 by creating a space in which students and academics, interested in the aforementioned topics, could develop new insights and exchange ideas. In 2009, the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) was arranged entirely in English as a way to expand its scope. Since its foundation ICE has prompted an active academic engagement and discussion among its members by allowing different perspectives to surface and challenge preconceived ideas in the path for academic excellence. In order to increase our potential impact in society, we are committed to increasing our academic perspectives and further strengthen our academic contributions. Therefore, we invite motivated and qualified international students to join our talented and creative think tank of scholars!

Consisting of four major fields of study, the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a truly multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues. This generates an apprecation of the multifaceted nature of intercultural contact. The ICE Programme offers courses founded on the latest academic research, which enables students to apply their theoretical grasp to practical situations.

  • Area and Cultural Studies in the Department of World Cultures provide students with the regional, cultural, and socio-political contextual knowledge for creating a theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of intercultural encounters.
  • Study of Religions provides students with analytical tools for comprehending the various roles of religion in society, as well as its links to current political debates and its effects on peoples’ lives.
  • Social Psychology examines the processes in play behind the formation of ever-changing cultural and social identities. Topics of academic interest include, among others, the relationship between various social groups, identities, minorities and majorities, ethnicity, stereotypes, racism, and adaptation.
  • Speech Communication observes practical intercultural communication situations and processes, as well as cultural beliefs and values present and produced in communication and social relationships.