The Intercultural Communication Master’s programme teaches you how to approach and facilitate linguistic and cultural diversity in various international contexts. The interdisciplinary 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 in Europe or abroad and to the strong worldwide relationships that are so important in our era of globalisation.

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multilingual and language-specific tracks
within this MA programme

Language specific and multilingual programme

Intercultural Communication is an interdisciplinary programme of the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication. You can therefore complete the study programme in a language-specific way and acquire high-quality competencies in a foreign language and the associated culture. But you can also opt for a multilingual programme, in which you analyse a diversity of communication. 

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Compulsory internship

Over the course of one year, this Master’s programme will prepare you for an international career. Through rigorous interdisciplinary methods, you will gain experience in communication from linguistic, communicative, cultural, ethnographical and management perspectives. You will learn to put knowledge into practice during your compulsory internship. Many internship options involve a strong focus on analysing communication products and processes in international organisations and contexts. 

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Language and cultural diversity

The Utrecht Intercultural Communication Master's programme promotes respect for linguistic and cultural diversity. It stimulates intercultural understanding and open-mindedness by discussing themes such as globalisation, internationalisation and European unification. The programme offers you the chance to acquire high-quality competences in Dutch or a modern foreign language and the associated cultures. You benefit from the knowledge of teachers with a linguistic and cultural background in the country of study. The linguistic and cultural diversity of the programme is unique in the Netherlands.

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Improve your professional opportunities in the international communication sector

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 programme will increase your employability and enrich your resumé. You can also enrol in individual courses. 


This Master’s programme boasts a wide and active alumni network. Through the informal atmosphere and close cooperation with the sector (guest lecturers, alumni meetings etc.) you will regularly interact with professionals in the field during your studies.

Utrecht University also takes part in Eurocampus, a four-month study programme organised in a different country each year by the European Master’s in Intercultural Communication (EMICC) research network. 

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After graduation

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

More on possible career prospects


The Master’s programme in Intercultural Communication is selective. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master?

Check the entry requirements

ICC yearbook nominated for Student Prize Special Merit 2021

The yearbook Intercultural Communication 2019-2020 reports in a multilingual and very creative and colourful way on a wide range of study activities before and during the corona crisis. The makers of the yearbook were nominated for the prize by Prof. Jan ten Thije, who describes the yearbook as "an example of how to promote community building". The prize was established to honour students of the Faculty of Humanities who have made a special effort for others in society during the corona pandemic.


Key facts

Language of instruction: 
English, Multilingual
Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
1 year
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 18,332

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