Intercultural Communication and European Studies
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Study programme coordinator and advice
What is this programme about?
Qualify for a position in an international setting or related with the EU, communicate effectively with people from other cultures, study in an intercultural group in German and English language. For German and international applicants with a first degree in social sciences, politics, law, philologies or similar subjects.
The international Master's degree programme in Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS for short) has been offered since the winter semester 1999/2000 and has already produced around 400 successful graduates.
During the implementation phase (1999-2002), ICEUS was sponsored by the DAAD's International Programmes and the European Commission's Jean Monnet Project. The ICEUS programme is fully accredited and currently undergoing a new accreditation procedure.
Would you like to know more?
Take a look at our current course catalog.
All other courses, can be found on the Social and Cultural Studies page.
Objectives of the study programme
The objective of the study programme is to prepare university graduates for a career in supranational organisations or national organisations with a strong international, primarily European focus (NGOs, professional associations, public bodies, public administration etc.) This requires the development of communication skills that transcend linguistic and cultural borders but also a profound understanding of organisational structures and the backgrounds, shaping and perspectives of European integration. You are trained to deal with the challenges posed by extended European integration.
The programme duration is four semesters - always starting in the winter semester. The first two semesters are regular study Semesters. Excursions to Bad Liebenzell and Strasbourg in the first semester and to Brussels in the second semester are core parts of the European Studies modules. Between the second and third semester (during the lecture-free period), you complete a work placement (internship) of at least 10 weeks. In the third semester you will pursue more in-depth studies. The Master's thesis is written in the fourth semester. You do not necessarily have to remain in Fulda during this period. However, the thesis defence must be held in Fulda.
You should consider two aspects when choosing your work placement:
- It should take place in a supranational organisation or part of a national organisation with a strong international focus.
- It should not take place in your home country.
After you have passed the final examination, you will be awarded the title of Master of Arts (M.A.). The Master's degree in this study programme qualifies you to take on positions in the higher civil service.
Contents of the study programme
ICEUS is a Master's degree programme. For entry onto the programme, you must have completed an undergraduate degree and have a good knowledge of German and English.
The Master's degree programme is divided into four sections. You will attend courses and complete coursework in all four sections. The focus is on the areas of Intercultural Communication and European Studies.
Theory of intercultural communication, ethnography of communication, awareness and behavioural training, business games and simulation of intercultural Encounters, use of new media, development of second foreign language.
Globalisation, development in central and eastern European countries and international conditions underlying organisational activities; tasks and organisational structures of international state, market-based or intermediary organisations, modern approaches in innovation and change management and organisational development.
History of European ideas and mentality, historical development of the European integration process, organs and decision-making procedures in the EU, European policy areas, principles of European and international law, social structures, comparative perspectives of political and cultural developments in European countries.
The "Integrated Study" section offers different forms of teaching which eliminate the distinctions made in the above programme sections and focus on communicative, organisational and Europe-based subjects and their inherent relationship.
Fees of currently approx. €300 (for the Student Services, ASta, public transport ticket und administrative expenses) must be paid each semester.
Cost of living
You will need around €600-700 a month to cover rent, food, health insurance, materials etc. The exact amount, of course, depends on your personal lifestyle.
No tuition fees
The study programme is financed by the state of Hesse. Students are not required to pay tuition fees. If you have more questions about the cost of studying and living in Fulda, please contact the Study Programme Coordinator.
What career opportunities do I have after graduation?
What career opportunities do I have after graduation?
After completing the final examination, you will be awarded the title of Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication and European Studies. You will be qualified to take on a wide range of positions in supranational organisations or national organisations with a strong international, primarily European focus. Potential employers include NGOs, professional associations, public bodies, public administration etc.
As an ICEUS graduate, you possess communication skills that transcend linguistic and cultural borders and therefore command an expertise across various areas. This high level of skills is accompanied by a profound understanding of organisational structures and the backgrounds, shaping and perspectives of European integration. Given the enlargement of Europe, European integration offers you new and interesting professional challenges.
You can find our alumni page here.
ICEUS Alumni share their experience:
You can find more information about our Career Service, previous Master's theses and much more on our ICEUS alumni page. In our video format "ICEUS Alumni share their experience", ICEUS alumni give insights into their experiences with the Master's programme and their later career paths.
Since February 2022, there is a group on LinkedIn for students, graduates and friends of the M.A. We invite you to join and share!
Student Amber talks about her experience with the ICEUS degree programme:
Our former ICEUS student Paolo during his internship at the European Commission:
Questions about ICEUS? Please contact us!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at info.iceus(at)sk.hs-fulda.de. Or come and visit our Department on campus and make an appointment with the coordinator.
For entry into the programme, the following documents are required:
- proof of a successfully completed university degree in the social sciences, cultural studies, humanities or law within the area of application of the Higher Education Framework Act or from a university abroad that is deemed to be equivalent
- proof that you have good knowledge of German and English (with standardised tests such as DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL, IELTS)
- a letter of application in German or English explaining your reasons for choosing the degree Programme and outlining your professional ambitions (no longer than two pages).
Proof of language proficiency
The ICEUS programme is taught in both German and English, proficiency in both languages is therefore required. The Examination Regulations specify the exact language certificates needed for entry onto the programme. The following overview will help you understand these regulations. In cases of doubt, however, the Examination Regulations always apply. If you are unable to find your particular situation in the following list, please contact the Study Programme Coordinator (Ilka Gersemann). She will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
There are three typical situations for ICEUS applicants:
Situation 1: You have gained a degree at a German university in the German language.
You must be able to prove that you have a good knowledge of English: TOEFL iBT with at least 79 points or TOEFL itp with at least 550 points (TOEFL itp at Hochschule Fulda).*
Situation 2: You have gained a degree at a university abroad in a language other than German or English.
You must be able to prove that you have a very good knowledge of one of the two languages and a good knowledge of the other.
- Very good command of English and a good command of German: TOEFL iBT with at least 79 points or TOEFL itp with at least 550 points and TestDaF level 3 (in all parts of the test)*.
- Very good command of German and a good command of English: TestDaF level 4 (in all parts of the test) and TOEFL iBT with 61 or TOEFL itp with at least 500 points.
Situation 3: You have gained a degree at a university abroad in German or English.
- If you studied in German or English as a foreign language, this may be conditionally recognised as a language qualification.
- If English is your native language, you must prove that you have a knowledge of German with TestDaF level 4 (in all test parts) or DSH-2.
* In individual cases, equivalent language tests may be recognised.
In case you don't have sufficient German language skills yet, you can apply for the Pre-Study Programme which includes intensive German language training and which takes place in the summer semester.
Information and application
The closing date for applications for the winter semester for applicants from Germany and other EU countries is 15 July.
For applicants from non-EU countries, the closing date for applications is 15 June.
In 2022, the study programme starts on the 17th of October.
If you have any questions about applying for a place on the ICEUS programme, please contact:
ICEUS Programme Coordinator
Tel: +49-(0)661-9640 470
To apply for a place on the ICEUS programme, please use the online application procedure:
German and international applicants with a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) and applicants from the European Union can apply for a place on the ICEUS programme here (opening date: early in May, closing date: 15 July):
German candidates with an international degree also have to apply through uni-assist (see below).
To apply online, you need the following documents:
- Graduation certificate from required study programme (completed university degree)*
- If you completed the programme at a university abroad with a university or state-regulated examination:
- graduation certificate gained in your home country
- official German translation (exception: English certificates)
- Standardised proof that you have a good knowledge of German (unless native speaker), e.g. DSH, TestDaF, Deutsches Sprachdiplom
- Proof that you have a good knowledge of English (unless native speaker), e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exam
- Letter of application in German or English explaining your reasons for choosing the degree programme and outlining your professional ambitions (no longer than 2 pages)
- Not compulsory, but sometimes helpful: curriculum vitae
* If you are unable to present a graduation certificate / Bachelor degree certificate by 15 June / 15 July, please submit written confirmation from the examinations office of your previous coursework and average grade to date.
We welcome early applications because they facilitate and speed up processing!
If you have any more questions about your language certificate, please contact Ilka Gersemann.
Programme start in October 2022
In the winter semester 2022/2023, the programme starts on the 17th of October.
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Interview with Prof. Dr. Kirsten Nazarkiewicz, Head of Master's Degree Programme ICEUS
During a radio workshop in the Pre-Study Programme, a couple of participants have produced an interview with the head of the ICEUS programme, Prof. Dr. Kirsten Nazarkiewicz, about intercultural communication and its relevance for the labour market. You can listen to the complete interview here.