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.


(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


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


Cross-cultural Internship (Report)

1-3 credits

Total Courses/Credits required (minimum):

17+ courses (33-37 credits)

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  

2 Academic Years (1 for courses, 1 for thesis) 


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)


Tuition and Fees

1) Application fee:

   800 RMB /time

2) Tuition fee:

26,000 RMB /year

3) Insurance Fee:

   600 RMB /year