The world is becoming an ever ‘smaller place’. We are increasingly brought into contact with different languages and cultures. Through multicultural societies, international organisations and online connections. Communication has become an international – and therefore an intercultural – matter. The importance of understanding cultural parameters and mutual perceptions is rapidly increasing in fields such as business, education, conflict resolution, and more.

The Intercultural Communication Master’s program teaches you how to approach and promote linguistic and cultural diversity in various international contexts. The interdisciplinary and multilingual program will equip you with the tools to apply theory to international practice. After graduation, your skills as a multilingual and intercultural expert will contribute to mutual understanding within Europe or abroad and to the strong worldwide relationships that are so important in our era of globalisation.


Over the course of one year, this Master’s program will prepare you for an international career. You will learn to analyse communication products and processes in the multilingual contexts of international organisations. Through rigorous interdisciplinary methods, you will gain experience in communication from linguistic, communicative, cultural, anthropological and management perspectives.


The Master’s program in Intercultural Communication is a joint program that incorporates expertise from German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish researchers and lecturers. You can choose your own study path in the form of a language-specific program that includes a high level of second/international language training in one of the languages mentioned above. Alternatively, you can pursue a non-language-specific multilingual program, in which you analyse communication processes within different languages and cultures. All tracks are open to international students who want to increase their intercultural and multilingual competencies in an international context. Read more about the different tracks.


Communications professionals can improve their career options and promotion opportunities by following the Master’s program in Intercultural Communication. Whether you plan to take a sabbatical from work or are an independent professional seeking to broaden your opportunities in internationalisation, this Master offers you a number of possibilities. This program will increase your employability and enrich your CV. You can also enrol in individual courses as time permits.


After graduation from the Master’s program in Intercultural Communication you will:

  • Be able to analyse language, culture and communication in international and multilingual contexts.
  • Know how to put communication theory into practice and successfully streamline communication processes.
  • Have language and culture-specific competencies in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Dutch.
  • Possess intercultural competencies, such as the ability to change perspective, to reflect on otherness, and to adapt to different international settings.
  • Have experience in intercultural advice, cultural mediation and coaching, and intercultural marketing.

In your program, you will have the opportunity to actively work on your career development.

After successfully completing your studies, you will be ready for various positions where intercultural communication processes in organisational and cultural contexts are vital. You will also be able to design and implement practice-oriented language and communication research. For example, you may advise companies and organisations on communication processes for migrants and expats (communicative auditing).

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Last updated December 1, 2018
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2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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