As a result of the increasing complexity and interdependency of business, technology, government and cultural institutions within Europe, there is a growing demand for university graduates possessing both subject-specific expertise and language and intercultural skills. Increasing numbers of internationally active institutions and businesses are requesting employees who can communicate in several languages and who are able to understand the broader underlying issues relevant in a particular context. One of these key sought-after skills is intercultural competence – the ability to understand the way people from other cultures think and act and to use this knowledge positively. Students from the Master's degree programme "Intercultural communication" graduate with a very high level of intercultural competence, excellent foreign language proficiency and strong communication skills, making them well qualified to take up employment in the European and international job markets.

The M.A. programme "Intercultural communication" at Saarland University has been conceived primarily for the study of French-speaking cultures. However, it is also possible to focus additionally on Spanish-speaking and Italian-speaking cultural regions. The cultural regions to be studied are decided when the student enrols in the programme and are stated explicitly on the degree certificate.

The programme is subdivided into the fields: intercultural communication; intercultural studies of literature, culture, language and media; applied intercultural knowledge; and language proficiency. Students can also select a subsidiary subject such as business administration that enables students to acquire additional business and management skills. A study-abroad phase of at least four months is an integral part of the programme.

Graduates from the Saarland University's Master's programme "Intercultural communication" often find employment in internationally active companies, cultural institutions, public bodies and professional associations, in administrative and management positions in the cultural and arts sectors, in the media, publishing and education sectors, as well as in academic and scientific organizations.

Course of study Intercultural Communication
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Can be studied as Main or subsidiary subject in a dual-subject programme
Possible combinations Subject combinations (in German)
Language of instruction German and French, also Spanish or Italian depending on choice of core subject areas
Foreign languages proficiency requirements Depending on choice of core subject areas: French C1, Italian/Spanish B1
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester (if possible)
Restricted entry Yes
Next application deadline Will be announced in December
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
Web page Master's programme web page