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INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Master's Degree Programme

About the programme
Language: English or English plus one other language (French, Spanish or German) (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  | Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)

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 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 tracks on the programme, while area-specific courses are conducted in their specified language. This means that classes vary in size. Consequently, the working methods vary a great deal as well.

* 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.

Structure

The four different language combinations follow the same basic structure, but address specific cultural characteristics and issues that may arise in relation to intercultural communication.

In the first semester, students work on understanding globalisation and intercultural issues, partly as a theoretical concept (in the course “Intercultural Interactions in Times of Globalisation”) and partly as related to specific cultural areas at given times (in the course “Local Representations”). 

In the second semester, the course "Managing Intercultural Interactions" introduces theories, models and techniques on innovation that students will apply to cases of intercultural challenges within organisations and in collaboration an external partner. In “Intercultural Communication and Competence” (or “Transcultural Communication” in the English track) students explore language issues from the perspective of linguistic competences and in relation to various domains of interaction. In the course “Media, Culture and Identities” (French, German and Spanish track), students examine the correlation between media production, culture and identity constructions in various areas of the French, German and Spanish speaking world. The course “Engaging Conflict and Culture” (English track) builds on theories introduced in previous courses (“History and Globalisation”, “Local Representations” and “Intercultural Interactions”), and presents historical and contemporary theories and practices related to cultural interactions, including conflicts and their resolution. 

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 the practice-oriented course “Intercultural Projects in a Globalised World”, which builds on the course “Managing Intercultural Interactions”, as well as a “Thesis Research Colloquium”.

The degree programme concludes with a Master’s thesis, part of which can be an applicable product that may be used in a non-university context. The thesis is always written in the language of your degree (English, German, French or  Spanish).

Admission requirements

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

English

As a student, it is important to know the regulations for your chosen degree programme: 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 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.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English, so all applicants must document knowledge of English at level B (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0) 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

As a student, it is important to know the regulations for your chosen degree programme: 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 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. 

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

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 (Danish upper secondary school level with a minimum GPA of 3.0) 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.

Legal right of admission

Students who complete the Bachelor’s degree programme in French language, literature and culture at Aarhus University and have a supplementary subject which is not offered by upper-secondary school have a legal right of admission to the Master’s degree programme in Intercultural studies (French).
The legal right of admission only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme within the set deadlines. Read more about the extended legal right of admission.

Latin America and Spain

As a student, it is important to know the regulations for your chosen degree programme: 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 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):

  1. A BA in Spanish and Spanish-American language, literature and culture from Aarhus University
  2. A BA in Spanish from other universities
  3. A BA in the humanities or social sciences with a supplementary subject in Spanish (at least 45 ECTS credits).
  4. 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)
  5. Bachelor degree programmes from universities outside Denmark which contain qualifications corresponding to those outlined above.
  6. 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.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

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. 

Legal right of admission

Students who have completed the Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin-American Language, Literature and Culture at Aarhus University as well as a supplementary subject within the range of upper-secondary school subjects have a legal right of admission to track B of the Master’s degree programme in Spanish and Latin-American Language, Literature and Culture.

The legal right of admission only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme within the set deadlines. Read more about the extended legal right of admission.  

German

As a student, it is important to know the regulations for your chosen degree programme: 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 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.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

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.

Legal right of admission 

Students who complete the Bachelor’s degree programme in German language, literature and culture at Aarhus University and have a supplementary subject which is not offered by upper-secondary school have a legal right of admission to the Master’s degree programme in Intercultural studies (German).
The legal right of admission only applies if students apply for admission to the Master’s degree programme within the set deadlines. Read more about the extended legal right of admission.  

Student life

The Intercultural Studies Degree Programme uses various forms of teaching, and the size of the classes varies as well. There are lectures for large numbers of students, and courses involving smaller groups. A project/case-based approach is adopted throughout the programme, so your level of activity is important both during and between the lessons. The students are divided into study groups from the outset, depending on their language line and nationality. These groups form a framework for the work done in the joint courses studied by all four languages in the two first semesters. This helps to ensure that the intercultural element is not just an abstract part of the programme, but also has a practical and social dimension which the students will experience when they meet each other on day one.

There will also be a joint introductory week for all the students. During this week the students will get to know each other, and the international students will also learn what it’s like to study in Denmark. Teachers from all four degree programmes take part in this introductory week. There are two days of intensive, project-based teaching during which some of the most important concepts used during the programme will be introduced. During the final three days, the students work on a project which they will present both to each other and to the intercultural studies teachers.

International environment

Aarhus University has an international outlook. For instance, a large number of students come to visit us from all over the globe each semester. Many of the students on the intercultural studies programme come from abroad. And at the International Student Centre you can also meet students from all over the world – and get the chance to practise other languages.

Lectures, films and Friday bars

There are lots of opportunities for students of intercultural studies to meet other students after class, giving you the chance to expand your knowledge of the language you have chosen.

  • Esperanto is the Friday bar for language students. This is where you can meet students from the other language lines and degree programmes at the school.
  • Lectures: 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 per student for an entire season.
  • The English Lecture Society is a student association which arranges informal lectures by guest speakers in English.
  • Kolloquium am Mittwoch is where you can attend 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 lesser-known German films three or four times each semester. It’s great fun, as well as being relevant for your course.
  • The Spanish Film Forum shows a Spanish film in the Øst for Paradis cinema in Aarhus once a month during the school year. Anyone interested can blog about these films on the website.

Making new friends

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

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.

Career Guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

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.