Goals, contents and structure

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers you interdisciplinary perspectives in a multicultural study environment. Coordinated by the Faculty of Arts in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology, you will be able to choose courses from both faculties – giving you flexibility to specialize in a thematic, regional or cultural area of your interest. At the beginning of your studies, you will also be assisted by your supervisor to draw a personal study plan and design your own individual study track.

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.

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.

Different thematic modules and specialisation options can be found in Thematic Modules-section. 

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.