Master in Learning, Teaching and Counseling in Intercultural Context


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Program Description

Master in Learning, Teaching, and Counseling in Intercultural Context

This two-year Master’s program is a multidisciplinary program with a global focus, and it is not limited to any particular field of educational research. Instead, the program offers a thematic walkthrough through diverse disciplines related to education and pedagogy. Students can choose from three available thematic modules according to their personal interests. Students may focus on Adult Education and Counselling, Primary Education, or Science Education.

The thematic module Lifelong Learning focuses on the basics of education, lifelong learning, knowledge society, and the development of working life. It offers comparative perspectives to questions pertaining to lifelong learning and expertise, educational policy and educational research. It addresses topics such as active citizenship, career counseling, and life and educational paths of individuals and communities in various social and sociopolitical contexts.

The module Science Education offers students current perspectives on teaching, studying and learning in scientific domains such as biology, chemistry, geography, and physics. It aims at widening students' world-view through various scientific key concepts and theories related to the paradigm of education and through the understanding of the interrelationships between natural sciences, technology, society, and human beings. It provides students with knowledge of teaching needed mainly on primary and secondary school levels.

The module Primary Education tackles global and current issues of primary education constituting the core of Finnish expertise recognized worldwide. It provides academic tools for developing students’ theoretical and empirical understanding of primary education and children's development. In the course of their studies, students will learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to observation, monitoring, and pedagogical evaluation of children's development, learning processes, and learning environments.

In addition, all students are offered an overview of special education and inclusive education and are given a general view of the role of special education in Finnish and other educational systems. These studies focus on learning disabilities and the essential developmental needs in learning social-emotional and analytical skills. They also include a theoretical background of these skills.

Admission Criteria (2019 Intake)

Admission criteria for the 2020 intake will be confirmed in August 2019.

Eligible applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor's (or Master's) degree in educational sciences, educational psychology, educational sociology, or equivalent, AND
  • at least 20 ECTS of research methodology courses during their previous studies, AND
  • sufficient English proficiency.

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

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 92
  • PTE (Academic): 62
  • C1 Advanced: 176
  • C2 Proficiency: 176

All applicants will be assessed and placed in the rank order on the basis of the following criteria, each graded from 0 to 10:

  • earlier academic performance
  • motivation letter.

The candidates for scholarships are placed in the rank order on the basis of the criteria above.

Application Process

The next application period is from 2 December 2019 to 22 January 2020. All applications are to be submitted through the national application portal Studyinfo (

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

There is a tuition fee of 8000 euros per year for non-EU/EEA students. Scholarships covering 80 % of the tuition fee are available and can be applied during the online application process. For further information, see

Further Information

Should you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Coordinator Juuso Loikkanen (

Last updated October 2019

About the School

With approximately 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff, the University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university’s campuses are located in Joensuu and Kuo... Read More

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