Are you interested in applying to the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters? Find out more about the programme to see if it is right for you, how to apply and other useful information for applicants.
Basic information
  • Degree level: Master of Arts or Master of Theology

  • Scope of studies and planned duration: 120 ECTS credits, 2 years

  • Language: The programme is conducted in English, but up to 25% (30 credits) of the studies can be completed in another language.

  • Tuition fee per year (only for non-EU/EEA citizens): 13 000 EUR
Application date

The application for studies starting in autumn 2024 is closed. The admission results have been sent to the applicants by e-mail and can also be found by logging into your My Studyinfo –service.

The application period for studies starting in autumn 2025 is from 9 Dec 2024 to 2 Jan 2025. Please note that our International Master's Programmes only have one intake per academic year. You can only submit your application during the application period.

Who can apply

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters is designed for students who wish to acquire expertise in various aspects of intercultural interaction.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  1. have completed a first-cycle (bachelor's or equivalentdegree, or will do so by the given deadline.

  2. meet the degree language requirements. Find out more about proving your English language proficiency.

  3. have completed a sufficient amount of applicable studies. See the admission criteria at for more details.

Suitable background studies include, but are not limited to, basic and intermediate studies in area and cultural studies, anthropology, social sciences, sociology, international relations, media studies and communication, study of religions, or theology.

The full admission criteria can be found at the Finnish national education portal

Why apply

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) enhances your thinking and develops your expertise in cultural understanding.

It provides you with:

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

Upon completing the ICE programme, you will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups. You will also be prepared to navigate issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalization, media and power.

You have the freedom to combine study modules so that they help you towards your personal career goals.
How to apply

This video gives a general overview of the application process for the International Master's Programmes at the University of Helsinki.

Note that the video and instructions apply to the application round for the autumn 2024 intake that closed on 3 Jan 2024. However, they give you an idea of what to expect when the instructions are updated in autumn 2024 for the next intake.

Start preparing your application well in advance, make sure that you meet the admission criteria and language requirements, and always read the full instructions on our website.

Contact Admission Services

If you have any questions about admissions at the University of Helsinki, please contact our admission advisers for guidance.

Alumni and student testimonials

Who knows better than our own students what it is like to study in the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters?

Meet ICE students and graduates and learn about their experiences with studies, life in Helsinki, career prospects and working life after graduation.

I have not only obtained knowledge but also experience.
Practicalities of student life in Helsinki

When choosing a university, it is important to get the location right too. What has Helsinki and Finland to offer when it comes to education and a way of life? What's the cost of living? Is it easy to find housing?

Did you know that students in Finland are entitled to lots of benefits, discounts and services? For example, affordable student housing, low-cost sports services, and student-priced meals. You also get numerous discounts, for example on public transport fees across the country.

There is an openness to new ideas and innovation in Helsinki.
About the University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki, the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, has since 1640 played a major role in the development of the Finnish cultural life and welfare state. Today, we seek solutions to problems that affect everyone.

As one of the world's top 1% research universities, we believe that the power of knowledge can change attitudes, people and society – for a better world.

Our core values
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