Intercultural Encounters, Master of Arts University of Helsinki

Does cultural di­versity pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing?In the Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) you will learn theoretical thinking and practical research skills.Do you want to study the role of religion in intercultural relationships? Are you interested in Indigenous perspectives or transnational identities? Do you want to promote cultural diversity in a globalised world? Or would you like to be more competent in intercultural communication? ICE is a genuinely interdisciplinary programme where you can enhance your thinking and grow your expertise in cultural understanding. In addition, ICE gives you the tools to succeed in internationally-oriented professional life.

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Why In­ter­cul­tural En­coun­ters?

Intercultural encounters remain in the news year after year. There is an ongoing need for multidisciplinary approaches for understanding.

The Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) provides:

  • 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. In addition, you will be prepared to navigate issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, media and power.


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 and the teaching in the programme is planned to support this by using various different pedagogical approaches to learn interculturalism. The ICE Programme offers courses founded on the latest academic research, which enables students to apply their theoretical grasp to practical situations.

Struc­ture and con­tent

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) is 120 ECTS credits in scope.

The degree shall be completed in two academic years. 

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

At the beginning of your studies, you will be assisted by your supervisor to draw a personal study plan and design your own individual study track. 

Depending on your choices, the ICE programme will lead to a Master of Arts (Humanities) degree or a Master of Theology degree. You choose your target degree when applying to the programme.

Them­atic mod­ules

If you choose to complete the Master of Arts degree, you will specialise in two thematic modules. If you choose to complete the Master of Theology degree, you will specialise in the thematic module Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. In the optional studies all ICE students may choose one additional module.

The thematic modules are:

  • Re­li­gion, Con­flict and Dia­logue
  • Know­ledge, Decolonisation and Change
  • Com­mu­nic­a­tion and Me­dia
  • Transna­tional In­ter­ac­tions and Globalisation

A graduate applicant is a person who already has the first degree, normally a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from a higher education institution. A Bachelor’s degree is the lower academic degree and it takes three to four years of full-time studies to complete. Your Bachelor's degree should be in the same field of study that you apply for or closely related to it. The International Master's Programmes may accept applicants with a more varying background. Some programmes may accept students with a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences.

Also those students who are in their last term/semester of their Bachelor's studies can apply.

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
  • Equivalent qualification
Cost of the master: Not declared
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