INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Introduction

Local cultures in a globalised world

In today’s world, the culture of any country or language area must be understood in the perspective of globalisation. As a student of Intercultural Studies, this understanding forms the basis of your studies of virtually all cultural phenomena and historical circumstances. Encounters between cultures and the consequent intercultural conduct and interplay are the focal points of the programme. The programme focuses on developing your ability to navigate and act practically and theoretically based on the cultural, internationalised landscape with a view to communicating with the international partners of your organisation, identifying opportunities for development and challenges, and initiating projects and opening up new paths.

A new type of programme

Intercultural Studies is a brand-new educational concept which provides students with the competences needed to function in and analyse various intercultural contexts as well as improving their foreign-language skills. This is the only degree programme that you can study in both English and another language (German, French or Spanish). You can also choose to follow the entire programme in English. In the courses conducted in English, you will be working with students from all the other language lines on the programme, while the courses conducted in the other languages only include students of either German, French, Spanish (or Latin-American Spanish). This means that classes vary in size from 10-15 students and up to 35 students. Consequently, the working methods vary a great deal as well.

The degree programme provides students with  a globalised perspective. The aim is to develop knowledge and skills in language, intercultural communication and competence, and cultural understanding from the perspective of globalisation. Furthermore, the programme contains elements of project management and the opportunity to do a one-semester internship. You will be studying key contemporary themes from a historical perspective within the fields of culture, language and society, and will often work in groups and with projects and cases.

* If you wish to pursue a career in teaching, for example in upper-secondary school, you should choose line B in one of the other Master’s degree programmes in languages which include a Master’s supplementary subject.

 

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Structure

The five different language combinations follow the same basic structure, but address specific cultural characteristics, products and issues, as well as the respective problems that may arise in relation to intercultural communication.

In the first semester, we will be working on understanding globalisation and intercultural issues, partly as a theoretical concept (in the course “Cultural Interactions”) and partly as a cultural reality in specific cultural areas at given times (in the course “Local Representation”. Although the title of this course is in English, teaching takes place in German, French, Spanish or English, depending on your language choice). In the second semester, we will be putting theory into practice when the course “Cultural Interactions” from the first semester leads to a practical, intercultural project (“Managing Cultural Interactions”). In “Intercultural Communication and Competence” we will be addressing intercultural linguistic issues. In the course “Communication, Media and Intercultural Identities”, we will examine the correlation between media production and identity constructions in various areas.

In the third semester, students have the opportunity to study either in Denmark or abroad. If students choose to study abroad, they must follow relevant courses at a foreign university or do an internship (which can also be done in an internationally oriented organisation based in Denmark). If you choose to study in Denmark, you must follow a practice-oriented course in international project management and implementation, as well as an elective profile course.

The degree programme concludes with a Master’s thesis or a product that can be used in a specific context outside the university. Your thesis must be written in the language of your degree (English, German, Spanish or French).

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for your the chosen subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you. You can find this information in the academic regulations.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements vary from one line to the next. Specific admission requirements are listed for each individual line.

English

Admission requirements and prerequisites

Admission to this degree programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences.

The following degree programmes qualify you for admission to the Master’s Degree programme in intercultural Studies:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences from Aarhus University or another Danish university.
  2. A corresponding Bachelor’s degree from a university outside Denmark.
    Admission can also be based on the following professional Bachelor’s degree:
  3. Business communication and IT-based market communication.

Based on a specific, individual assessment, the board of studies decides whether applicants with any other basis for admission have academic qualifications which can be regarded as the equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree programmes that qualify them for admission.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English, so all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B of the Danish upper-secondary school or its equivalent.

Read more about how to document your level of English if you do not have a Danish upper-secondary education

Restricted admission

There is restricted admission to this Master’s degree programme. So compliance with the admission requirements does not represent a guarantee of admission.

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than student places, these qualified applicants will be admitted based on a simple average of their marks. This simple average is calculated on the basis of the courses with graded assessment which have been passed on the degree programme on which admission is based at the time applications are submitted.

French

Admission requirements and prerequisites

Admission to this degree programme requires a BA in the humanities or social sciences, with language qualifications in French which correspond at least to a BA supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits).

The following degree programmes qualify you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in intercultural studies (French):

  • A BA in French language, literature and culture from Aarhus University.
  • A BA in French from other universities.
  • A BA in the humanities or social sciences with a BA supplementary subject in French (at least 45 ECTS credits).
  • A combined degree in the social sciences or humanities with an ECTS weighting in French corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits (BA or BSc), for instance: Business, language and culture (international negotiation, BA); international business administration and modern languages (BSc); corporate communication (BA), international studies (BA).
  • Bachelor degree programmes from universities outside Denmark which contain qualifications corresponding to those outlined above.
  • Non-Danish students whose mother tongue is French and who have a BA in the social sciences or humanities with course elements within the fields of ‘intercultural communication and analysis’, ‘studies of globalisation and cultural encounters’, or ‘international studies’ corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits.*

* Mother tongue: Applicants whose mother tongue is French may also satisfy the requirement for knowledge of French. The applicants concerned must have grown up in the language area in question and gained most of their education there. This must be carefully documented. 

Based on a specific, individual assessment, the board of studies decides whether applicants with any other basis for admission have academic qualifications which can be regarded as the equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree programmes that qualify them for admission.

Language requirements

The primary language of instruction is French; but for joint courses involving all the Master’s degree programmes in intercultural studies, the language of instruction is English. Consequently, all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B of the Danish upper-secondary school or its equivalent.

Read more about how to document your level of English if you have not been to Danish upper-secondary school

Restricted admission

There is restricted admission to this Master’s degree programme. So compliance with the admission requirements does not represent a guarantee of admission.

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than student places, these qualified applicants will be admitted based on a simple average of their marks. This simple average is calculated on the basis of the courses with graded assessment which have been passed on the degree programme on which admission is based at the time applications are submitted.

Guarantee of admission

As of 01.09.2016 the Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies (French) replaces the existing Master’s Degree programme in French Language, Literature and Culture, line A.

Students who complete their Bachelor’s Degree programme in French Language, Literature and Culture at Aarhus University at the summer examination in 2016, have the legal right of admission to line A of the Master’s degree programme in French language, literature and culture. They are therefore guaranteed admission to the Master’s Degree programme in Intercultural Studies (French) starting on 01.09.2016. 

This guarantee only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme in direct extension of their Bachelor’s degree programme and if their applications are received on time.

Latin America and Spain

Admission requirements and prerequisites

Admission to this degree programme requires a BA in the humanities or social sciences, with language qualifications in Spanish which correspond at least to a BA supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits).

The following degree programmes qualify you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in intercultural studies (Latin America and Spain):

  • A BA in Spanish and Spanish-American language, literature and culture from Aarhus University.
  • A BA in Spanish from other universities.
  • A BA in the humanities or social sciences with a BA supplementary subject in Spanish (at least 45 ECTS credits).
  • A combined degree in the social sciences or humanities with an ECTS weighting in Spanish corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits (BA or BSc), for instance: Business, language and culture (international negotiation, BA); international business administration and modern languages (BSc); corporate communication (BA), international studies (BA).
  • Bachelor degree programmes from universities outside Denmark which contain qualifications corresponding to those outlined above.
  • Non-Danish students whose mother tongue is Spanish and who have a BA in the social sciences or humanities with course elements within the fields of ‘intercultural communication and analysis’, ‘studies of globalisation and cultural encounters’, or ‘international studies’ corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits.*

* Mother tongue: Applicants whose mother tongue is Spanish may also satisfy the requirement for knowledge of Spanish. The applicants concerned must have grown up in the language area in question and gained most of their education there. This must be carefully documented.

Based on a specific, individual assessment, the board of studies decides whether applicants with any other basis for admission have academic qualifications which can be regarded as the equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree programmes that qualify them for admission.  

Language requirements

The primary language of instruction is Spanish; but for joint courses involving all the Master’s degree programmes in intercultural studies, the language of instruction is English. Consequently, all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B of the Danish upper-secondary school or its equivalent.

Read more about how to document your level of English if you have not been to Danish upper-secondary school 

Restricted admission

There is restricted admission to this Master’s degree programme. So compliance with the admission requirements does not represent a guarantee of admission. 

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than student places, these qualified applicants will be admitted based on a simple average of their marks. This simple average is calculated on the basis of the courses with graded assessment which have been passed on the degree programme on which admission is based at the time applications are submitted. 

Guarantee of admission

As of 01.09.2016 the Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies (Latin America and Spain) replaces the existing Master’s Degree programme in Spanish and Spanish-American Language, Literature and Culture, line A.

Students who complete their Bachelor’s Degree programme in Spanish and Spanish-American Language, Literature and Culture at Aarhus University at the summer examination in 2016, have the legal right of admission to line A of the Master’s Degree programme in Spanish and Spanish-American language, literature and culture, are therefore guaranteed admission to the Master’s degree programme in Intercultural Studies (Latin America and Spain) starting on 01.09.2016.

This guarantee only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme in direct extension of their Bachelor’s degree programme and if their applications are received on time.

German

Admission requirements and prerequisites

Admission to this degree programme requires a BA in the humanities or social sciences, with language qualifications in German which correspond at least to a BA supplementary subject (45 ECTS credits).

The following degree programmes qualify you for admission to the Master’s degree programme in intercultural studies (German):

  • A BA in German language, literature and culture from Aarhus University.
  • A BA in German from other universities.
  • A BA in the humanities or social sciences with a supplementary subject in German (at least 45 ECTS credits).
  • A combined degree in the social sciences or humanities with an ECTS weighting in German corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits (BA or BSc), for instance: Business, language and culture (international negotiation, BA); international business administration and modern languages (BSc); corporate communication (BA), international studies (BA).
  • Bachelor degree programmes from universities outside Denmark which contain qualifications corresponding to those outlined above.
  • Non-Danish students whose mother tongue is German and who have a BA in the social sciences or humanities with course elements within the fields of ‘intercultural communication and analysis’, ‘studies of globalisation and cultural encounters’, or ‘international studies’ corresponding to at least 45 ECTS credits.*

* Mother tongue: Applicants whose mother tongue is German may also satisfy the requirement for knowledge of German. The applicants concerned must have grown up in the language area in question and gained most of their education there. This must be carefully documented.

Based on a specific, individual assessment, the board of studies decides whether applicants with any other basis for admission have academic qualifications which can be regarded as the equivalent of the Bachelor’s degree programmes that qualify them for admission.

Language requirements

The primary language of instruction is German; but for joint courses involving all the Master’s degree programmes in intercultural studies, the language of instruction is English. Consequently, all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B of the Danish upper-secondary school or its equivalent.

Read more about how to document your level of English if you have not been to Danish upper-secondary school 

Restricted admission

There is restricted admission to this Master’s degree programme. So compliance with the admission requirements does not represent a guarantee of admission.

Selection criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than student places, these qualified applicants will be admitted based on a simple average of their marks. This simple average is calculated on the basis of the courses with graded assessment which have been passed on the degree programme on which admission is based at the time applications are submitted.

Guarantee of admission 

As of 01.09.2016 the Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies (German) replaces the existing Master’s Degree programme in German Language, Literature and Culture, line A.

Students who complete their Bachelor’s Degree programme in German Language, Literature and Culture at Aarhus University at the summer examination in 2016, have the legal right of admission to line A of the Master’s Degree programme in German Language, Literature and Culture. They are therefore guaranteed admission to the Master’s Degree programme in Intercultural Studies (German) starting on 01.09.2016.

This guarantee only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme in direct extension of their Bachelor’s degree programme and if their applications are received on time.

Student life

The size of the classes and forms of instruction vary on the cultural studies degree programme. There are lectures for large numbers of students, as well as courses involving smaller groups. A project/case-based approach will dominate throughout the programme, which means that your own level of activity during and between lessons is vital. The work is normally organised in groups involving students from your own language course, or in cross-disciplinary groups in which you can share your experiences and ideas with students from other lines within intercultural studies.

International environment

Aarhus University has an international outlook, as shown by the large number of students who come to visit us from all over the world each semester. A number of our intercultural studies students will also be from other countries. And at the International Student Centre you can meet other students from all over the world – and get the chance to practise other languages and learn more.

Lectures, films and Friday bars

There are lots of ways for students of Intercultural Studies to meet other students after class, giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the language you have chosen.

Esperanto is the Friday bar for language subjects. This is where you can meet students from the other language lines and degree programmes at the school.

You can also attend lectures in a variety of languages.

Alliance Francaise has been in existence since 1910 and arranges French lectures and other Francophile events at a very reasonable price: DKK 70 for students for an entire season.

The English Lecture Society is a student association which arranges informal visiting lectures in English.

Kolloquium am Mittwoch is where you can hear lectures and take part in discussions about all aspects of life in Germany.

There are also plenty of options if you’d rather watch a film:

Kaffee-Kino puts on little-known German films three or four times each semester. It’s great fun as well as being relevant for your course.

Spansk filmforum shows a Spanish film in the Øst for Paradis cinema in Aarhus each month during the school year. Anyone interested can blog about these films on the homepage.

Making new friends

There are plenty of other ways to spend your spare time and meet people from other degree programmes, as well.

You can also take part in the student activities in Aarhus via Studenterhus Aarhus.

There is a wealth of activities on offer for students at the Faculty of Arts and Aarhus University in general. Everything from lectures, freshers’ fairs and job exhibitions, to seminars, parties and the annual sports day. You can keep an eye on what’s going on at the Faculty of Arts here.

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Career

Working in international organisations

The programme aims to qualify graduates for employment in the international job market in general, meaning private and public organisations that have international relations, departments or activities in which good intercultural understanding, a sense of how to manage processes and projects and strong language skills are needed.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.