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What will I learn?

Foster linguistic and cultural diversity in international settings

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

Practice-oriented research

The Intercultural Communication Master’s programme teaches you how to approach and promote linguistic and cultural diversity in various international contexts. The multidisciplinary and multilingual programme 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 globalization.


After graduation from the Master’s programme 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.
  • You will 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.

Job market

After successfully completing your studies, you will be ready for various positions where intercultural communication processes in organizational 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 organizations on communication processes for migrants and expats (communicative auditing)

Possible Careers

Economic globalisation means that growing numbers of companies and organizations are operating internationally – and that the number of employees in the Netherlands with different cultural and linguistic background has increased. Solid understanding of an international business partner, client, or colleague’s language and culture is therefore increasingly vital for companies and government organizations to function successfully.

After completing your Master’s programme in Intercultural Communication, you will be able to analyse and improve communication processes as well as to solve or prevent problems regarding negative imaging. During your studies, you will gain knowledge and experience that you can use as a language and culture specialist in international companies and government organizations. You can also put your education and skills to use in the field of internal and external communications.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,79,483) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You can be admitted to the Master's programme in Intercultural Communication if you have a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch university (or an international equivalent) and have the following competencies:

You are able to recognise and implement interdisciplinary approaches in the field of intercultural communication. This is demonstrated by at least 15 EC language and communication science courses at an advanced Bachelor's level and 15 EC culture studies courses at an advanced Bachelor's level.

You have basic knowledge of and insight into administration, management and organisation, evident from at least 7.5 EC coursework.

You have knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in the interdisciplinary research of intercultural communication, evident from at least 7.5 EC coursework.

Students who opt for the Multilingual track should also have excellent knowledge of one language and sufficient knowledge of a second language; demonstrate this by writing your motivation letter in two languages.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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