Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Program Description

Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Enrich your professional profile in the public or private sector with high-level intercultural competencies

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.

Diverse locations:Lugano, Locarno Film Festival, Lausanne, Berne, Geneva, Fez (Morrocco) and Bangkok (Thailand).

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 is English.

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


General Theory:

• An Interdisciplinary Theory of Intercultural Communication
Disciplinary Approaches: Intercultural Communication is highly complex and contextual and thus requires multidisciplinary approaches. We will present eight disciplinary approaches that expand our understanding of culture and communication.These approaches offer different but complimentary theoretical principles, analytical skills, and practical applications.

• Philosophy/ Political Science

• Cultural Studies/ Sociology

• Psychology/ Social Psychology

• Linguistics/ Semiotics

Methods and Competencies: Intercultural communication requires thoughtful analytical skills.

• Personal Project

• Intercultural Workshops

• Intercultural Communication Research Methods

• Intercultural Competencies and Management

Fields: Intercultural Communication competency requires linking theory and practice in application to different contexts. MIC focuses on 11 particularly significant fields.

National Institutions and Policies:

• Law and Multiculturality

• Migrations and Integration

International Relations and Cooperation:

• International Organisations

• Cooperation, Development and Cultures

Economy and Cultures:

• Businesses, Markets and Human Resources

• Emerging Economies and Their Cultures

Education and Media:

• Schools and Intercultural Training

• Mass Media, NIT and Cultures

Daily Life:Modern state institutions which are more and more concerned with multiculturality; their policy choices on which intercultural relations rest.

• Religions et Ethical Choices

• Gender, Family, Generations


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 19'5000

Diploma of Advanced Studies - DAS (12 modules/30 ECTS): CHF 13'000

Participants may apply for the option of spreading the payment of their tuition over a period of up to three years at 0%.

Scholarships available for motivated and low-income participants

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 17, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Feb. 2017
14 - 18 months
Part time
13,000 CHF
Start date Feb. 2017
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Duration 14 - 18 months
Price 13,000 CHF