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Objectives:

The MA course in Intercultural Management is an English-taught MA course at the Faculty of Languages and Communication of the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. It is a recognized “International Master’s degree” accredited by the French Ministry of Education, for a select group of internationally-minded students who wish to develop their competencies and knowledge applied to managing cultural diversity. Modules focus on foreign languages and cultures, intercultural communication, business skills and international project management, intercultural management and research methodology. The course aims to help students develop their critical faculties and technical competencies, as well as mediation skills based on a solid understanding of and sensitivity towards the relationship between cultures and communication in a professional context. It involves three semesters’ full-time study in Dijon, plus a semester abroad in a partner university and is completed by a 4-6 month professional internship.

Career Opportunities / Further Study:

The course prepares students for people-focused careers where a capacity for cultural awareness and intercultural mediation skills are essential. Graduates will be interested in careers in a variety of professional contexts: multinational organisations, NGOs, public sector, including government overseas agencies / international public bodies (UN, UNESCO, UNICEF…), freelance or agency-based training / management consultancy, and in a variety of roles, from manager (HR, diversity and inclusion, communications) to project coordinator, social worker (educator, mediator), trainer, consultant, foreign service officer or civil servant. It is also possible for graduates to continue their studies to PhD level in Communication or Management Science.

Examples of jobs directly accessible to graduates include: management consultant (freelance / agency), intercultural trainer, diversity and inclusion officer, CSR officer, international project manager, administrator, lobbyist, social worker, internal communications officer, human resources manager, international marketing / sales manager.

Skills and knowledge acquired during the course:

Cultural awareness and sensitivity to others and to questions of diversity in the workplace.

Skills and knowledge of and in various languages and cultures, including French, up to professional level.

A complex understanding of and a critical approach to interculturality, cultures and identities, and their role in various interpersonal encounters, beyond simplistic approaches based on national differences.

Various management / international management skills and an understanding of how organisations function professionally within a wider economic, social and legal environment (human resources, international marketing, geopolitics, setting up a business…).

Knowledge of project management methods and tools and experience planning and executing projects as a team member and / or in a leadership role.

Skills as a trainer planning courses, designing learning materials, setting up events.

Research methodology, analytical tools and methods for conducting intercultural audits / consultancy.

Professional experience: 4-6 months internship and various professionally-focused projects.


Visit the International Masters in Intercultural Management page on the Université Bourgogne Franche Comté website for more details!

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