Intercultural Communication – Master’s Programme in Sociology
In the times of unprecedented mass flow of people from virtually all cultural and national backgrounds around the world, after the great rural-urban migration and in the era of networked but individualized societies both communication and in-depth understanding of the other emerge as highly valuable skills. The given programme has been designed to train flexibility and the ability to adjust and apply those skills with tact and sensibility that will enhance the efficiency of intercultural interactions within one country and internationally.
All the courses within the programme are taught in English, which is the fundamental tool of international communication, on the one hand, and provides students with access to the world scientific literature, on the other. Moreover, nowadays it is a relevant skill which would be highly valued at any international company, governmental organization, NGO, or any other institution dealing with issues of emigration or immigration, multinational families, and ethnic minorities. Students will learn how to merge the humanistic with the analytical. They will be provided with emphatic approach to diverse phenomena and especially to the culture of the other: be it different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, classes, genders, and organizational cultures. It is combined with a systematic, analytical, quantitative or qualitative evidence based approach. We focus on the research skills, including specialist software (SPSS, Atlas.ti) as well as evaluation research, so that students are equipped with powerful tools to use in practice the theoretical knowledge they gain.
Tuition FeeIntercultural Communication MA, 2 years
- The registration fee is 85 PLN.
- Accommodation cost is not included.
- EU citizens and the Pole’s Card holders study free of charge.
Study In English in Poland
We have designed a special master’s programme (MA) in Intercultural Communication to meet the following needs:
- We teach it in English, providing you with an opportunity to improve this fundamental skill of the 21st century.
- We are located in the very middle of Europe, in a region that on the surface looks homogeneous, but in fact it is in the heart of all processes and complexities of emigration, multinational families and ethnic minorities.
- As sociologists, we are ones who merge the humanistic with the analytical. We provide you with an empathic approach to diverse phenomena and especially to the culture of the other: be it different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, classes, genders, and organizational cultures. It is combined with a systematic, analytical, quantitative or qualitative evidence based approach.
- We focus on the research skills, including specialist software (SPSS, Atlas.ti) as well as evaluation research, so that our students are equipped with powerful tools to use in practice the theoretical knowledge we provide.
- We have teamed up with business entities and non-governmental and governmental bodies to make your studies even more practical and to provide you with case studies for your final research projects.
The Structure of the Programme
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Semester 1 is devoted to the broad subjects, i.e. methodology, sociological theory and cultural practice, and social inequalities to ensure that all students, regardless of their first-cycle study programmes, will become sociologists. A basic philosophical training for analytical skills development and an academic writing course is also offered.
In Semester 2 students are introduced to the communication, conflict and migrations studies. They start working on their research problems applying the research methods in practice.
In Semester 3 the work on the graduate research project is accelerated. One more professor is appointed to assist students in conducting their research project. Students have a research analysis lab at their disposition where they have access to the research software and hardware as well as get all the necessary help to plan and carry out their projects.
During Semester 4 students write their theses and have MA Presentations Lab course which is meant to prepare them to communicating the results of their research projects efficiently.
The full programme of the study can be found here.
The Most Important Courses
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Advanced statistical analysis
Basic Concepts of Multicultural Communication
Advantages of Studying Intercultural Communication
Opole, located in the centre of Europe, with its complicated and mixed German, Polish, Bohemian and Silesian heritage on the one hand and you – a group of students coming from all over the world on the other – create a perfect environment for studying and developing intercultural communication. We also provide you with an opportunity to spend up to the half of the programme (a whole year) at one of our partner universities in Europe – with Erasmus+ scholarships available to the vast majority of students.
We strongly advise you to use scholarships also for your internships – we will provide you with our contacts around Europe so you could spend your summer holiday or even, thanks to rescheduling your semester, part of the academic year, getting some extra experience. The training scholarships are also available to you for up to 12 months after your graduation.
Experienced Researchers, Teachers and a Friendly Atmosphere
Here at the University of Opole we cherish our relationships with students. We will host no more than 15 students in a group, so you will never be anonymous to us. The city is a very friendly, lively and student oriented place, charming and quiet, with all the University buildings within walking distance. It combines characteristics of a city with an ambience of an academic town. You can meet your professors at cafés and parks as well as in libraries or just doing research in this multidimensional city at the crossroads of Europe.
We carry out research projects in Poland and Europe and other continents. Our interests range from migrations, urban sociology, economic relations, gender issues, social inequalities, and minorities to new communication technologies and digital media ecology.
There is a great demand for graduates with skills we teach: analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, project work, team work, not to mention communication and understanding of the other.
If you are into a corporate culture, you can just join one of the multinational companies in Opole. They will be more than happy to recruit you and the Polish language is no longer a must in their international environment.
You can also try your chances in whole of the EU – with our diploma, even coming from a non-EU country, you are eligible to work here. We also believe that if you return to your home country you will be a valuable employee for anyone looking for a communication and research expert who is able to think out of the box, be intellectually independent and who has immense international experience.
Work Opportunities and a Further Education Option
Prospective jobs, sectors and skills
The PhD Programme in English Literature and Language
Erasmus+ Study Mobility
Erasmus+ Training Mobility
For further information please contact the programme coordinator:
Please direct any inquiries connected with registration to the Office for International Study Programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org
1160 EUR per year.
EU citizens study free of charge.
Citizens of Poland and the Pole’s Card holders study free of charge.