Intercultural Communication and European Studies
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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.
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.
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.*
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 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 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 31 May.
In 2020, the study programme starts in mid October or in the beginning of November. More detailed information will be made available in time.
If you have any questions about applying for a place on the ICEUS programme, please contact:
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 (closing date: 15 July):
International applicants can apply for a place on the ICEUS programme here (closing date for applications: 31 May):
Online application portal
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, French and Spanish 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)
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form
* If you are unable to present a graduation certificate / Bachelor degree certificate by 31 May / 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.
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, develeoment 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.
Students and Alumni
Our former ICEUS student Paolo during his internship at the European Commission:
What students and Alumni say about the ICEUS programme:
Dorina Dedgjoni, ICEUS-14:
ICEUS provides an excellent opportunity for merging in-depth academic knowledge and valuable experience of working in a multicultural environment. It is an academically challenging program which confronts the Intercultural Communication and European Studies topics not only with new methodological approaches, but also with new ways of working in a globalized world. Studying ICEUS has given me the chance to learn from diversity and embrace new ways of thinking, by participating in discussions and sharing experiences with highly motivated colleagues from all over the world. The internship during the master’s program allows you to build up experience, confidence and further career opportunities within multicultural teams. Most significantly for me, ICEUS opened the doors towards a further educational pathway, by giving me the opportunity to pursue a PhD within a stimulating and interacting international scientific environment at the Graduate Center in Social Sciences for Globalization, European Integration, Intercultural Studies of Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences.
Anna-Magdalena Papadopoulos, ICEUS-18:
ICEUS is like coming home to a family that you didn't know you had. The experiences that I have made here, apart from the fantastic and diverse study program itself, expanded my horizon like nothing else and I recommend this program to anyone who feels at home in an international environment.
David Alejandro Muñiz-Hernandez, ICEUS-17:
The ICEUS program of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at the University Fulda gave me a unique opportunity to focus on areas of intercultural communication theory, European law, globalization and European integration. Not only has my master’s degree strengthened my critical thinking tremendously but opened up a new horizon of career options. I was recently given the opportunity to pursue my research through a PhD position at the University of Fulda. The University of Applied Sciences of Fulda provides the most collaborative environment for graduate student researchers I have encountered thus far. Bringing together researchers from multiple fields in one center not only promotes keeping up-to-date with research in different fields, but also provides opportunities for collaboration and fresh perspectives on your own research. Through my experiences at the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, I have made life-long connections and keep developing skills and techniques which will pave the start to a career in research.
Information about all graduate-related activities is available on our Department's alumni page.
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.
Programme start in October 2020
Due to the corona pandemic we cannot yet provide binding information on how the winter semester will be organised. If necessary, the classes will continue to be offered digitally.
The programme starts with an introductory week either in mid Octobere or in the beginning of November.
Mehr als Etikette: Interkulturelle Kompetenzen (Infodienst WILA Arbeitsmarkt)
What linguists think about code-switching among youths (Die Zeit, June 2014)
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.