Master in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Program Description

Master in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication

University of Eastern Finland Philosophical Faculty

Master in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication

The two-year International Master's Degree Program in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication (120 ECTS) prepares students to teach foreign languages to children. Special emphasis is laid on early age intercultural communication competence.
The overall number of available study places is 10.

The general strength of the program is generated by its didactics and methodology relying upon a balanced combination of theory and practice to be used in a future work as a teacher or educator. The program facilitates gaining a multicultural view on educational issues and sharing personal/collective experience in intercultural settings. The program prepares its students to effectively tackle challenges and possibilities arising from the globalization, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.
The curriculum is composed of the following three study modules:

ORIENTATION STUDIES (6 ECTS) This section includes introductory courses that provide students with skills needed for starting his/her studies at the University of Eastern Finland and this particular program.

MAJOR STUDIES (90 ECTS) Major Studies include methodological studies, as well as research planning seminars. This module includes as well courses focusing on international professional communication. The content studies are oriented towards theory and practice of teaching foreign languages to young learners, current pedagogical and educational issues, innovative pedagogical solutions, as well as teaching and professional practice.

OTHER STUDIES (24 ECTS) Elective Studies vary and may include any university-level courses that serve to deepen students' expertise in the field of education and intercultural competence.

Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree in education or foreign languages AND
  • a teacher qualification (in any country) or a strong pedagogical orientation AND
  • sufficient English proficiency

Minimum requirements for the language skills verified through the official language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (5.5 in writing);
  • TOEFL PBT: 580 (4 in writing);
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (22 in writing);
  • PTE (Academic): 59

Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence in previous studies
  • Motivation letter (included in the online application form)

Applicants' abilities to achieve the learning outcomes of the program are evaluated numerically from 0 to 10 and will be ranked according to the total score.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Starting from September 2017 onwards non-EU/EEA students are charged tuition fees for the program. Along with the introduction of tuition fees, University of Eastern Finland will provide scholarships to students admitted to the Program.

The application round for the studies beginning in September 2018 is closed. The next application round for studies beginning in September 2019 will take place within November 2018 - January 2019. More information can be found on our website:

Should you have any other specific queries concerning the program, please send your email to

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2018
2 years
Full time
8,000 EUR
Finland - Joensuu
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