Degree level
Master's degree
Start semester
2018 Autumn
Scope of studies and length
120 ECTS credits, 2 years
Language of instruction
English
Tuition fee per year (non-EU/EEA students)
13000 €

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Programme

When studying in the Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE), you will acquire critical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena as applied to your thematic specialisation. You will gain a profound understanding on how micro- or macro-level phenomena interact in local, international, multicultural and transnational contexts. You will learn to analyse why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons, and you will gain insights into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution. In addition, you will learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters in different academic, professional and societal contexts.

Upon completing the Master’s programme, you will be able to pursue a national and international career. You will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups, and deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, cultural management, media and power.

The programme provides:

  • profound knowledge of intercultural encounters, including thematic specialisation;
  • the ability to conduct research and apply scholarly knowledge and scientific methods;
  • eligibility for postgraduate research;
  • awareness of intercultural competence.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

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The language of the programme is English. However, you can complete up to 25% (30 credits) of the studies in another language.

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues, and aims to foster in the students an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact. The teaching in the programme supports this by making use of a range of pedagogical approaches to interculturalism.

The ICE Programme offers courses grounded in the latest academic research, which enables students to apply their theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life.

The thematic module on Religion, Conflict and Dialogue prepares students for critical analyses of the role of religion in conflicts in local, national and global contexts. Students will also develop expertise in conflict resolution and reconciliation projects involving religious issues, and gain an understanding of the requirements of such work.

The thematic module on Tradition, Knowledge and Change offers an opportunity to obtain knowledge of epistemological differences in a decolonising perspective. Student’s expertise will extend to indigenous peoples’ philosophies and concepts, with new insights into knowledge-making, power relations and diverse interactions in the production of tradition.

The thematic module of Communication and Media focuses on practical intercultural communication situations and processes, as well as on cultural beliefs and values present and produced in communication and social relationships. Students will also learn to analyse relationships between culture, media and power both in traditional mass media and present-day Internet and social media.

The thematic module on Transnational and International examines strengthened interconnectivity and relations between people transcending the borders. Particular attention is given to transnational actors and activities which impact on culture and politics across traditional borders. These include non-governmental organisations, multinational corporations, religious actors, ethnic actors, terrorism, migration, hybrid identities and diasporas. You will also learn more about the culture and practice of diplomatic relations.

Students can specialise in different local, national and supranational cultures in, for example, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or North America. Also, the perspectives of the study of religions, theology, communication and indigenous studies provide students with the regional, cultural, and socio-political knowledge, which will help create a theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of intercultural encounters. Furthermore, a range of disciplines at the University of Helsinki supports the study of the ICE thematic modules, such as media, social psychology, and area and cultural studies.

Depending on your choice, the ICE programme will lead to a Master of Arts (Humanities) degree or a Master of Theology degree. Students taking the Master of Theology degree should specialise in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. Humanities students can choose two thematic modules.

The Master’s programme is 120 credits (ECTS) in scope, and the degree shall be completed in two academic years. The degree contains Joint Studies in Intercultural Encounters (20 credits) and Seminars (10 cr). There will be also be a common module of Professional Contexts for all the students (15 credits). You will specialise in thematic studies of your choice (at least 60 credits including your Master’s thesis). In addition, you will take up to 15 credits of optional studies.

At the beginning of your studies, you will draw up a personal study plan (PSP), which supports the planning and progress of your studies. During and after completion of your degree we warmly welcome your feedback on your studies.

During your studies, you will have the chance to develop your professional skills, typically during an internship or project work. You can also participate in a student exchange programme and complete some of your studies abroad.

Master’s studies culminate in writing your Master’s thesis, an independent scientific study of 30 credits. Your research and writing will be supported in an advanced studies seminar.

Writing your Master’s thesis develops your skills for conducting research. The process will enhance your ability to seek information independently, analyse and assess existing information critically, and produce and apply information independently. In addition, writing your Master’s thesis develops your project management skills and your mastery of an extensive range of knowledge in your field of study. You will write your thesis in English.

Upon completing your Master’s thesis, you will

  • have the ability to define and discuss your chosen research problem
  • have mastered the theories and research methods required in your work
  • have demonstrated familiarity with your thesis topic and the literature in the field
  • be able to analyse materials and communicate scientifically
  • be ready to work in a persevering manner and be able to understand large concepts

The ICE programme emphasises professionalism and preparation for working life. First, the content of the programme is based on the needs of professional life. Second, our aim is to work as much as possible with real-life situations and case studies. Exercises integrate academic knowledge and theories, further advanced through on-site visits and by guest lecturers from professional life. And third, the Master’s programme develops skills and working methods that you will need in your future career.

Employment opportunities range from cultural and public management to internationalising projects in private companies. Potential employees include the EU, the UN and other national and international organisations; ministries; universities; the municipal sector; non-governmental organisations; and the media.

During your studies, you can engage in international academic research and activities in many different contexts. For instance, our students serve as peer tutors for exchange students, and the Faculty of Arts has numerous teaching and research staff members whose international background brings a diversity of perspectives to your studies.

You can take part in an exchange either through an international exchange programme or independently. All exchange programmes include a scholarship or a grant; the amount depends on the programme, the duration of the exchange visit and the target country. If you obtain an exchange place independently, you can apply for a travel grant. You can also complete an internship abroad.

The Master’s programme in Intercultural Encounters cooperates closely with other Master’s programmes in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The programme also has exchange partnerships.

For more information about research at the Faculty of Arts, please see www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-arts/research, and at the Faculty of Theology www.helsinki.fi/teol/tdk/english/research/

After completing the Master’s programme, you are eligible to apply for PhD programmes. For options at the University of Helsinki please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education

How to apply
Below a list of the different ways to apply to this degree programme.
Faculties

Faculty of Arts

People trained in the liberal arts play an important role in all sectors of society, from the traditional humanities fields of education and administration to business and technological fields. There is always a need for people who can think clearly, analyse issues, find creative solutions, and present them persuasively.

The University of Helsinki is among the top one hundred of such institutions in the world –the only one in Finland to be rated so highly. It is also Finland’s largest and most multidisciplinary university, offering around 300 disciplines in 11 faculties. The University’s staff and over 36,000 students constitute an international academic community, which is spread over four campuses in Helsinki and several other localities around Finland. Students here complete over 5,800 degrees each year.

The University’s Faculty of Arts is a significant international community of research, education and culture. It is Finland’s oldest and largest centre of teaching and research in the humanities and the country’s most versatile faculty. At the University of Helsinki, your education in the arts integrates international scope, linguistic interaction, reasoning skills, and a broad-based education. It will form the foundation for an enduring interest in lifelong learning and in understanding your fellow human beings.

The Faculty of Arts and its departments are located in the centre of Helsinki, mainly in three blocks near the Senate Square, in the University of Helsinki Main Building, Topelia and the Forestry Building. You will find everything you need for your studies – libraries, exercise facilities, learning centres and the like – within a short walk.

The Faculty of Arts is located in the centre of Helsinki, close to the Helsinki University Library (Kaisa House) and Alexandria Learning Centre, offering you easy access to modern study facilities and library services. The National Library of Finland, with the country’s broadest and most important collections in the field of arts, is also located on the City Centre Campus.

Helsinki is a compact city, built on a peninsula and islands in the Baltic Sea. Most of the city centre is within walking distance. In recent years the city has become much more cosmopolitan – there are restaurants and cultural activities from all over the world. Students and faculty here speak English, and most people working in shops and restaurants speak at least some English. So you can interact with most people in English, though it will enrich your stay here if you learn Finnish. Tervetuloa! Welcome!

As a University of Helsinki degree student, you can participate in a student exchange or traineeship outside Finland. The University has approximately 500 high-quality partner universities throughout the world, and each year some 1,000 University students embark on a student exchange or traineeship. A stay abroad gives valuable skills and experiences:

  • You can incorporate an international dimension into your degree and obtain international expertise in your field. A well-planned student exchange provides you with diverse, unique skills!
  • You will gain a new perspective on the world, learn more about yourself and enhance your language proficiency.
  • You will get better acquainted with the culture of the target country, meet new people and be able to establish international networks in your field.

More information about studying abroad: guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/study-abroad

At the University of Helsinki we provide an accessible learning environment for all students.

If you have a disability, an illness or a learning disability, and might need some special arrangements to be able to complete your studies, please contact the faculty at the beginning of your studies or when the need arises.

You will usually agree upon the practical arrangements with your professor before the course or seminar begins. If needed, you can also consult the Head of Academic Affairs at the faculty.

Special arrangements for your studies, such as individual support for learning, might include extra time to complete assignments and exams, teaching materials given in advance or in electronic form, accessibility to classrooms and alternative ways to complete assignments and coursework.

If you would like more information about special arrangements, please contact the Student Services in the City Centre at specialneeds@helsinki.fi.

As a student at the University of Helsinki, you will have access to a wide range of services and benefits; such as housing, meals, health care, wellbeing and sports. On the New Student web pages, you will find information on necessary insurance, permits, and fees. As a member of the University of Helsinki Student union (HYY) you will have a great variety of services at your disposal and will be able to participate in various events and activities. Discounts are available for students, for example for travelling, cultural events, and several stores. Sub-organisations of HYY also organise a wide variety of social events. You will find more information on the University of Helsinki website.

Faculty of Theology

As a student at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki, you will be engaged in studying the significance of religion at the individual, cultural and social levels. This study provides you with understanding of some of the major challenges facing contemporary Europe.

The Faculty has one of the highest numbers of theology students in Europe. International surveys have assessed that the research and teaching conducted at the Faculty of Theology are of high quality. Here you can study all theological disciplines, such as Biblical studies, Church history, Systematic theology, Practical theology, and Comparative religion. The faculty is a non-denominational academic community. You will find more information about the Faculty of Theology on our website.

 

The Faculty of Theology is located in the middle of the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki. It is just a short walk to the Undergraduate library (KAISA) of the University of Helsinki and the Alexandria Learning Centre, where you have access to a modern learning and studying environment. 

As a University of Helsinki degree student, you can participate in a student exchange or traineeship outside Finland. The University has approximately 500 high-quality partner universities throughout the world, and each year some 1,000 University students embark on a student exchange or traineeship. A stay abroad gives valuable skills and experiences:

  • You can incorporate an international dimension into your degree and obtain international expertise in your field. A well-planned student exchange provides you with diverse, unique skills!
  • You will gain a new perspective on the world, learn more about yourself and enhance your language proficiency.
  • You will get better acquainted with the culture of the target country, meet new people and be able to establish international networks in your field.

More information about studying abroad: guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/study-abroad

At the University of Helsinki we provide an accessible learning environment for all students.

If you have a disability, an illness or a learning disability, and might need some special arrangements to be able to complete your studies, please contact the faculty at the beginning of your studies or when the need arises.

You will usually agree upon the practical arrangements with your professor before the course or seminar begins. If needed, you can also consult the Head of Academic Affairs at the faculty.

Special arrangements for your studies, such as individual support for learning, might include extra time to complete assignments and exams, teaching materials given in advance or in electronic form, accessibility to classrooms and alternative ways to complete assignments and coursework.

If you would like more information about special arrangements, please contact the Student Services in the City Centre at specialneeds@helsinki.fi.

As a student at the University of Helsinki, you will have access to a wide range of services and benefits; such as housing, meals, health care, wellbeing and sports. On the New Student web pages, you will find information on necessary insurance, permits, and fees. As a member of the University of Helsinki Student union (HYY) you will have a great variety of services at your disposal and will be able to participate in various events and activities. Discounts are available for students, for example for travelling, cultural events, and several stores. Sub-organisations of HYY also organise a wide variety of social events. You will find more information on the University of Helsinki website http://www.helsinki.fi/newstudents.