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Promote linguistic and cultural diversity in international contexts

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 programme teaches you how to approach and promote 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 within Europe or abroad and to the strong worldwide relationships that are so important in our era of globalisation.

Interdisciplinary methods

Over the course of one year, this Master’s programme 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. 

Intercultural Communication

Multilingual programme

The Master’s programme in Intercultural Communication is a joint programme 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 programme that includes a high level of second/international language training in one of the language mentioned above. Alternatively, you can pursue a non-language-specific multilingual programme, 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.

Improve your professional opportunities in the international communication sector

Communications professionals can improve their career options and promotion opportunities by following the Master’s programme 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 programme will increase your employability and enrich your CV. You can also enrol in individual courses as time permits. 

After graduation

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.
  • 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 programme 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). Read more about 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.

Utrecht Summer School in Intercultural Communication
ICC: comparative approach

Are you currently a Bachelor’s student enrolled in a different university or a different programme, and would you like to get a feeling for what Intercultural Communication in Utrecht is about? Join our Utrecht Summer School! This summer, we offer two courses: Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Research Methods in Intercultural Communication

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  • Qing-Yi Fan, alumna Interculturele communicatie
    "This Master taught me not to think of unknown things as ‘strange’, but to see cultural differences as an enrichment of knowledge."


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: Linguistics
  • Programme: Intercultural Communication
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
Language of instruction:
  • English
  • Multilingual
Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2019
Tuition fees:
Graduate school: