Welcome to study Intercultural Encounters
The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) invites our newly admitted students starting their studies in autumn 2023 to take a moment to explore this page and get to know us better. Our staff, students and faculty welcome you!

The admission results (application round from 1 Dec 2022 to 4 Jan 2023) have been sent to the applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found in the My Studyinfo -service.

Greetings from the ICE programme

The staff and students warmly welcome you to join the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters! Our students and teachers are looking forward to meeting the new cohort of ICE students. As always, you are arriving from all over the world. Be assured, we will take very good care of you! 

We are already planning the next academic year. In the autumn, the current plan is to teach majority of the courses in classrooms. Yet, we are expecting our teachers to take advantage of their experiences in remote teaching. From early on, you will be supported by your student tutors, and every student has their individual Personal Study Plan adviser. Be assured, everyone in ICE is eagerly looking forward to meeting everyone face-to-face.

The Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology are located in the very centre of Helsinki, with excellent connections from every part of the city. The classes take place in the central campus, close to the University Library, Unisport, Unicafes and other services. 

Welcome to cool and cosy Helsinki! Welcome to one of the top 1% universities in the world! Welcome to our kind and easy-going ICE community! 

Best Regards,
Saila Poutiainen, Programme Director

Get to know our students

All current ICE students are looking forward to meeting you in the autumn! In the meanwhile, you can chat directly with some of our students or recent alumni if you have questions about studying in the programme or student life in Helsinki. If you have questions related to admissions, please contact the Admission Services.

You can also read stories featuring our recent graduates.

Orbis is a student organisation for international and internationally-minded students in the Faculties of Arts and Theology at the University of Helsinki.

Preparing for your studies

In the autumn semester, the first-year students typically take three compulsory courses:

  • Intercultural Encounters: Interdisciplinarity and Concepts
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Methodology

If you have no previous studies in Intercultural Communication or you feel that you could be more knowledgeable on qualitative research methods, you can read on those topics in advance. For example, introductory text-books are helpful.

We are almost ready planning our teaching programme for the academic year 2023-2024. The preliminary teaching programme will be published here by the end of March. (Please select Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters in the upper part of the page and scroll down to the end of the page to find the preliminary teaching programme.)

Orientation and tutoring

The teaching of the academic year 2023-2024 officially starts on 4 Sept 2023. Before courses begin, you should take part in the orientation activities for the new students that take place on campus (and maybe some online) the week before (during week 35 starting as of 28 August).

You will be assigned your ICE student tutors. They will help you with questions related to studying in our programme, give support with administrative matters, and introduce you to the university campuses and facilities. This will make it easier for you to start your studies and life in Helsinki.

The detailed information and schedule concerning your orientation and tutoring will be published in the Instructions for students in the summer. Make sure that the ICE programme is selected in the dropdown menu to access the correct information.

UNITalent Programme

International students in the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) can apply to the UNITalent Programme. It is designed to support international students in building professional networks in Finland and to gain insight into field specific working life. Students take part by attending monthly group meetings with hosting organisation for a period of three months. During the programme, the University Career Services also provides training in career management skills.

Contacts and useful links

If you have questions related to the admissions and accepting your study place, please contact the Admission Services.

If you have questions about the content of the ICE programme, please contact the Programme Director Saila Poutiainen.