Intercultural Communication and European Studies (MA)

At a glance

Study programme
Intercultural Communication and European Studies (MA)
Social and Cultural Sciences
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
4 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
Restricted entry based on numerus clausus (NC) system
Admission Requirements
First degree in social sciences, cultural sciences, the humanities or law
Language of instructions

Some courses in English (around 50 percent)

Language Requirements
Very good German language skills and good English language skills, or vice versa, are required. The exact requirements are specified on the programme website under "Applications". Click on the link in the section "More about the subject".
Application Deadline
15 July for applicants from non-EU countries; 20 August for applicants from EU countries
External Partners
During field trips to Brussels and Strasbourg and an integrated work placement, students come into contact with various areas of professional practice.
Specific Features
The student intake is international, around fifteen nationalities are often represented in one cohort.

What Is This Programme About?

The aim of the international Master's degree programme is to prepare graduates for work in supranational organisations or in areas of national organisations with strong international links, especially in Europe, as well as for activities in businesses with operations abroad. The programme develops your ability to communicate effectively across cultures and languages. In addition, we provide you with an in-depth knowledge of organisational structures and an understanding of the background, structure, and opportunities of European integration. It is the aim of the programme to prepare you to deal with the various challenges presented by the further expansion of European integration.

Why Choose This Programme?

The MA degree in Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS) is ideally suited to anyone with a first degree in social sciences, political science, law, philology or similar subjects who is interested in continuing their studies and acquiring the skills needed to work in an international environment. They may already have international work or study experience, possess foreign language skills, and have a special interest in other cultures. Approximately half the student intake is from Germany and half from abroad.

How is the programme structured?

The Master's programme extends over four semesters. All students attend classes on Intercultural Communication, European Studies, Globalisation and International Organisations. After the second semester, students complete a work placement in an area of activity that is related to the study programme with an organisation or company outside their home country, for example with a European institution, a non-governmental organisation, a research institute or think-tank, the media or in an international field of activity of a company. After the work placement, students attend advanced classes and in the fourth semester they prepare their Master's thesis. The subject of the thesis can be based on subjects covered by the study programme or relating to the work placement.

Where does it lead?

As an graduate of the ICEUS programme, you are able to communicate effectively with speakers of other languages and from different cultural backgrounds borders and therefore have the sound skills needed to mediate between different cultures and societies. These skills are enhanced by an in-depth knowledge of organisational structures and an understanding of the background, structures and opportunities of European integration.

A wide range of career opportunities is open to you after graduation, including positions in the areas of communication, education, research, politics, commerce or international relations. Potential employers are non-governmental organisations, associations, teaching and research institutions, international companies and public administration.

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Ilka Gersemann

Programme coordination for ICEUS

Building 22 , Room 104
Ilka Gersemann+49 661 9640-470
Consultation hours
Mon, Tue, Thurs 9.30- 11.30 and on appointment by mail

General advice

Tim Feldermann

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Student advisory service • Advisory service for people with professional qualifications

Building 10 , Room 214
Tim Feldermann+49 661 9640-1432
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue and Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am, With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Mon to Thu 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 3 pm, Fri 8.30 am – 12 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr