MIC Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Program Description

MIC Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

MIC Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

The Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC) is a part-time postgraduate program for professionals engaged in managing operational or strategic situations in a multicultural context and in managing multicultural human resources.

Founded in 2004, MIC is the only academic program in Intercultural Communication of its kind in Europe.

This Master's program equips participants with the means to deal successfully with multicultural issues and opportunities at the professional, public, and personal levels.

The MIC program's structure (9 weeks of courses distributed over 18 months) allows participants to pursue their professional activity.

4 diverse locations: Lugano, Locarno Film Festival, Lausanne, Morrocco and a South-East Asian country.

An international faculty of over 50 professors and guest speakers from renowned universities, institutions and organizations around the world guarantees academic excellence to the program and ensures its multidisciplinary and multicultural orientation.

The teaching languages are English and French.

Participants coming from all over the world contribute to creating a truly intercultural experience, where cognitive and emotional aspects play their part, too.

The MIC Program comprises 20 modules distributed over 9 weeks of courses. Each module is worth 2.5 ECTS credits, except for Module 19+20 (Personal Project) which is worth 15 ECTS.

Modules 1 to 18 consist of 24 contact hours each. They are scheduled in sets of two per week, for a total of six consecutive days, Monday through Saturday, and are run every six to twelve weeks.

Each of the first 18 modules is structured in three parts:

1. Preparation
: The individual preparation for each module, to be done before classroom instruction, consists mainly of reading and analyzing documents (articles, websites, etc.). All preparatory materials are made available well in advance on an e-learning platform reserved for MIC participants.

2. Face-to-face instruction: 
The main part of each module will be taught face-to-face over three days of intensive instruction (22 hours course work plus 2 hours of Intercultural Atelier).

3. Certification paper
: The evaluation of students' performance for each module is based on an academic assignment. This work has to be prepared by the student at home and has to be sent by email by the deadline set by the Academic Director. Participants usually have between 6-8 weeks to complete their certification paper.

Module 19+20 consists of planning and completing a personal project. This module includes a specific preparation phase which takes place mainly during module 7; in addition, professors and experts will provide personalized face-to-face as well as distance tutoring to participants throughout the Master's program. Participants are expected to complete their personal projects no later than three months after the last module of the program.


The total workload of the program is approximately 1800 hours, including 500 hours of face-to-face instruction, 900 hours of individual work preparing for seminars, reviewing study materials and writing course papers, as well as 400 hours dedicated to the MIC Personal Project.


Applicants should hold one of the following academic degrees:

    •    Master's degree from a university or Federal Institute of Technology or an equivalent academic qualification;

    •    Bachelor's degree from a university or Federal Institute of Technology Diploma awarded by a university-level professional school or an equivalent title plus adequate professional experience.

In selected cases applicants who are professionals with significant experience in the intercultural field and who do not hold academic titles can be admitted on the basis of their professional curriculum.

Fees and tuition

Master of Advanced Studies (20 modules/60 ECTS) CHF 18'000

One module (2.5 ECTS) CHF 1'100

Included are the costs of the study materials distributed in class, test fees, hotel accommodation (double room occupancy) only during the weeks of courses abroad.

Not included are costs for books, accommodation in Switzerland and travel expenses

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
18 months
Part time
18,000 CHF
Start date Feb. 2017
Switzerland Lugano
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 18,000 CHF