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English-taught Master’s Degree Program in

Intercultural Communication [IC]


(Degree awarded by the School of English Studies

as an MA in English Language and Literature)


Program Overview

This 2-year program (located on the beautiful Songjiang suburb campus of SISU) goes beyond basic comparisons of culture to examine one’s personal cultural orientation, “Other” awareness, sensitivity and competence, issues in interpersonal communication, intercultural education and training, cross-cultural psychology, cross-cultural business management, and “culture” represented in texts (literature or discourse). The program academically extends the exposure provided though our global online course ( which all applicants are urged to take in preparation for understanding basic orientations of the IC field.


Through introducing the history and status of IC research and training internationally, the program focuses first on mastering leading concepts, theories, and methodologies (analytical, descriptive, and critical research approaches) then applying these to personal or professional interest areas through group projects, discussions, or original investigations (including writing up an MA thesis project). Graduates are trained to be academically and practically equipped to integrate the analysis of culture, context, and discourse into their future research or careers, and develop themselves as well-rounded, competent intercultural analysts and global communicators.


(School of English PhD programs in “Intercultural Theory” under Steve J. Kulich or “Intercultural Communication Education & Training” with Zhang Hongling are also open to international students (see the SISU Intercultural Institute’s English website:


Curriculum  (for this Master of Arts MA degree, each course usually constitutes of 2 credits)

Chinese I, II (or other 2nd language)    


Academic Foundation & IC Major Core Courses


IC Academic or Professional Focus Courses


Cross-cultural Internship (Report)

1-3 credits

Total Courses/Credits required (minimum):

17+ courses (33-37 credits)

With the successful defense of an original MA thesis paper (about 100,000 words, 60-80 pages)


Main Courses  (to be completed in the first two semesters)

IC Major Foundation Courses


·Seminal Intercultural Readings and Academic Writing

·Topics in Intercultural Communication Research:

    Intergroup Relations Approaches

·Intercultural Communication   

    Competence: Theory & Practice

·Intercultural Education and Training

·Intercultural Business Communication (IBC)

·Introduction to Cross-cultural Methods

·Cross-cultural and Indigenous Psychology

·Foundations of Intercultural Research:    

    History & Status 

Varied Electives from English Language & Literature, International Relations, Global Media, other Cultures

·Intercultural Inquiry: Qualitative Methods  

·Introduction to Western Thought

·Cross-cultural Quantitative Research Design

·Hollywood Film and Philosophy

Program Duration                                               SISU Campus Location

2 Academic Years (1 for courses, 1 for thesis)          Songjiang Campus, Shanghai



Full/partial scholarships offered by Chinese government agreements with your country (please consult your Chinese embassy), through the CSC or Shanghai government can be applied for (start early! Many require materials submitted in March or early April).


Applicant Qualifications

Applications are open to foreign passport holders in good health who are university graduates with a completed bachelor’s degree (transcript required).


English Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate a good command of English, certified by TOEFL IBT (Internet based) test score of at least 80 points, TOEFL (computer based) score of at least 213 points, TOEFL (paper based) score of at least 550 points, or IELTS test score of at least 6.0. Applicants without these standards can request “conditional acceptance” but will be required to pass an English Entrance Examination first. This requirement does not apply to any applicant who has studied for at least two years at, or received a degree from an English speaking high school, college, or university.


Entrance Examination

The Entrance Examination includes both written and oral tests held in May. Exact examination date and place (or Skype) arrangements will be confirmed by email by the SISU Graduate School.


Application Deadline: May 31 (however EARLY March, April, May applications preferred)


Application Materials

1) SISU Application Form (Degree Programs), available at

2) Diploma and academic record in original or notarized copy in English or Chinese. Also include TOEFL / IELTS certificate or an official statement from the institution awarding your most recent degree confirming that the language of instruction was in English.

3) Personal statement in English (about 1000 words, including past study, work experiences, purpose of study, and research goals).

4) Summary list and abstract of each published paper, research project, or other materials that certify your research abilities. Though not required, competitive applicants are encouraged to submit an original recommendation letter from a professor. (Also confirm any Chinese proficiency)

Occasionally SISU may require applicants to submit some additional materials.

5) Photocopy of passport.

6) 4 passport photos (of the size: 5cm X 4cm).

7) Application fee: 800 RMB (or 130 USD).

Application fee is non-refundable, payable in cash or by remittance (T/T). Checks are not acceptable. A bank wire or remittance with the student’s name is to be made payable to:

Beneficiary Name:

Shanghai International Studies University

A/C No.:

(International) 022744-1001274409026402334;

(Domestic) 9558851001005721887


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Shanghai Shangwai Sub-Branch

Swift Code:


Bank Address:

566 West Dalian Road, Shanghai, P. R. China

Send all the noted application materials and fee (voucher) by registered or express mail to:

Office of International Student Affairs

Shanghai International Studies University

Please be advised not to enclose any cash in the mail.

(Also note that application materials unfortunately cannot be returned)


Tuition and Fees

1) Application fee:

   800 RMB /time

2) Tuition fee:

26,000 RMB /year (2 years total)

3) Insurance Fee:

   600 RMB /year


Contact Information

Office of International Student Affairs (OISA)

Shanghai International Studies University, Room 202, Teaching Building 2

550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, P. R. China

Tel: 86-21-6536059986-21-3537296186-21-35372963


Fax: 86-21-65313756; E-mail:;  Web Site:

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