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multilingual and language-specific tracks
within this MA programme

Facilitate linguistic and cultural diversity in international contexts

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.

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. Read more about the different tracks.

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. Read more about the internship.

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. 

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. You can perform an academically based case study.
  • Have language and culture-specific competencies in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Dutch.
  • Possess intercultural competencies, such as self-reflection, the ability to change perspective and to adapt to otherness.
  • Have experience in intercultural advice, cultural mediation and coaching, and intercultural marketing.

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). 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.

ICC yearbook nominated for Student Prize Special Merit 2021
Click on the image to see the first pages of the yearbook (PDF)

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 Programme Coordinator 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.


Utrecht Summer School in Intercultural Communication

Do you want to prepare in the best possible way for studying Intercultural communication at Utrecht University? Join our Utrecht Summer School! This summer, we offer two courses: Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Research Methods in Intercultural Communication

These two courses are certainly the best preparation to start your Master’s programme. Following these courses would give you the opportunity to create a robust base before you begin your Master's programme to ensure you can show your best side. In addition, familiarising yourself with how courses unfold at Utrecht University would be beneficial for those of you who have not studied in the Netherlands or in Utrecht prior to this. 


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
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Graduate school: