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Multi/intercultural issues have become increasingly significant in political, social, cultural and everyday life. This is due to processes related to globalisation, to continuous social changes and to the changing cultural and educational scene. Cultural awareness has thus become an essential part of being a professional in most fields, but it is truly indispensable in community work and education. To meet the need for experts in these fields, the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education (IIPE) of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest launched its first MA programme of Intercultural Psychology and Education in 2009. This is a 4-semester programme with 120 credits. From September 2013, the programme has been offered in English as well for students from various regions of the world. From September 2017, the programme has been renamed to MA programme in Social Integration.

This programme provides students with knowledge about the multifaceted nature of intercultural issues and multi/interculturalism by means of a multidisciplinary approach including anthropology, sociology, psychology and education. The programme is both theory-based and practice-oriented. Courses are based on the latest research in relevant fields. Students are given opportunities to test and apply their theoretical knowledge in practical situations. Approximately half of the programme consists of trainings, seminars, and fieldwork. The programme prepares students to understand, and effectively work with, culturally diverse populations in different institutions and in different settings, ranging from small communities to multinational corporations. With their sound knowledge and competences in intercultural psychology and education, graduates from the programme will be able to consciously treat the diversity of values in different societies, helping to promote social equity, human rights, social integration and cooperation of different minority and majority groups. Graduates with intercultural knowledge and skills will support the integration of minorities – particularly that of Roma, disadvantaged groups, migrants and refugees. They will also help the training and the mobility of people in the international labor market and promote equality of opportunities for members of disadvantaged groups. Completing the present programme, the students will be prepared to pursue doctoral studies.

Strength of programme:
The programme, one of the few of its kind in Europe, is strongly committed to interdisciplinary studies with a focus on psychological and educational issues. Focusing on the human dimensions of intercultural issues and interactions while giving ample consideration to their global context distinguishes the programme from macro-historical, macro-political or macro-sociological approaches.

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Programme structure

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Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to understand the characteristics of intercultural relations and communication and co-ordinate the work of people from different cultures effectively in various fields both at national and international level in public administration, minority self-government, minority and mainstream media, schools as well as other formal and informal educational institutions, multi-national and civil organisations. After receiving an MA degree, students may apply to continue their studies in our PhD programme.

Job examples:

Social Integration Counsellor

Coordinator at international office of universities
Integration of migrants at organisations
Person in charge of diversity managements at companies

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