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INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

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 lines 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.

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.

Structure

The four 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 (on the English line, this course is split into “History and Globalization” and “Local Representations”) . 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 collaboration with an extern partner. In “Intercultural Communication and Competence” (or “Transcultural Communication” in the English track) we will be addressing intercultural linguistic issues. In the course “Media, Culture and Identities” (French, German and Spanish track) ”, we will examine the correlation between media production, cultural 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 Cultural 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 globalized 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 a product aimed for use in a specific context outside the university. Your thesis must be written in the language of your degree (English, German, French or  Spanish).

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.

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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.

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

 

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

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 (Spanish):

  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

 

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.  

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.