Intercultural Business Communication

Master Study Programme

Qualification: Master in Intercultural Business Communication

Programme starts: October 2018

Duration of the programme: 2 years

1st Application deadline: 31 August 2018

2nd Application deadline: 25 September 2018

Mode of implementation: blended learning, a combination of face-to-face lectures (mainly in Piran, Slovenia) and e-learning

Accreditation: Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Total places: 30


Programme Description

The Master in Intercultural Business Communication is an interdisciplinary study programme offering knowledge and skills to support the communication of market actors (enterprises and non-profit organisations). Particular attention is paid to the command of languages, contemporary modes of business administration, including internet marketing and international strategies, and key soft skills of intercultural dialogue and intercultural relations. The objective is to provide robust knowledge of the specificities of conducting business in the Euro-Mediterranean region and beyond, as well as to develop communication and intra-personal skills of individuals, allowing them to assume managerial responsibilities with confidence.

Information on studying in Slovenia can be found at the following website, provided by the Slovenian government.

Information on study programmes and studying in Slovenia

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Admission requirements

The candidates need to fulfil all the criteria below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  2. Knowledge of English language at advanced level (CEFR- C1);
  3. Knowledge of French or Arabic or Italian at the intermediate level (CEFR- B1);
  4. 16 ECTS or equivalent in courses related to economy, business, management or marketing

In case the candidates do not meet the criteria under 4, they will be offered to follow a self-study bridging programme with an examination to be passed before the enrolment in the IBC program. The bridging course is open to all the candidates that have applied for it at the time of the application. The exam will take place in September and will be conducted on distance. It is free of charge for candidates to the master programme.

Students have the option of studying one semester at the University Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy. Those who choose this option have to demonstrate knowledge of the Italian language at the intermediate level (CEFR- B1).

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Programme structure

The programme is delivered as blended learning, in a combination of e-learning and face-to-face lectures held in Piran, Slovenia (and Urbino, Italy). Field visits (intercultural laboratories, practical training) are also organised.

Face-to-face lectures at EMUNI University in Piran, Slovenia are scheduled for the following periods:

Academic year 2018/19 (1st year)

  • 19th November – 21st December 2018 (5 weeks)
  • 18th March – 26th April 2019 (6 weeks)

Academic year 2019/20 (2nd year)

  • 11th November – 20th December 2019 (6 weeks)
  • 23rd March – 17th April 2020 (4 weeks)

Students are provided with membership in the University Library of the University of Primorska, which is also a member of EMUNI University. With this, students can physically borrow library materials as well as to remotely access to the library and its databases.

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The programme consists of 13 compulsory courses and 2 elective courses. From the three languages offered (English, French, Arabic), the candidates choose two.

1st YEAR

Foreign language A1 (English or French or Arabic or Italian)


Foreign language B1 (English or, French or, Arabic or Italian)


Intercultural Negotiations


Intercultural relations of the country language A


Intercultural relations of the country language B


Intercultural Business Communication


One choice among:

  • History of socio-economic global processes
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Gender History



Intercultural Laboratories / Practical Training



2nd YEAR

Foreign Language A1 (English or French or Arabic or Italian)


Foreign Language B1 (English or French or Arabic or Italian)


Internet Marketing


Internationalization Strategies


Computer Abilities for Business / Practical Training


Optional elective course2




1Depends on the chosen languages (students can choose among English, French and Arabic)

2Students can choose among all courses at master level offered at the EMUNI University and members of the EMUNI network.

[Click here] to download the full curriculum.

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Assessment and grading system

The assessment varies according to the instructors and courses. It includes active participation in class and in online activities, written and oral assignments. The students will be graded according to the ECTS grading system.

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Unique features of the programme

  • Ability to communicate and operate effectively in the Euro-Mediterranean region and broader;
  • An international and intercultural study environment that stimulates curiosity and tolerance;
  • A mobility option, where students conduct a one-semester study exchange programme at the partner institution – The University of Urbino Carlo Bo (see the next section for recognition of this option*) or elsewhere in EU through the ERASMUS+ Mobility Programme;
  • Diverse international faculty from reputed EU and Mediterranean universities;
  • Modern, active teaching methods and field work;
  • Ample possibilities to organise and conduct internships;
  • A blended-type of learning – a combination of face-to-face and distance learning as a tool of growing significance, which offers possibilities to combine study and work;
  • Small classes, allowing team work, close interaction with instructors and most effective uptake of knowledge.

* The students who will take part in the study mobility at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo over one semester, gaining a minimum of 24 ECTS, will receive a master’s degree certificate also from the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. In order to participate, students are required to have the knowledge of the Italian language at least at the level B1, as the courses will be conducted in Italian.

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Mobility option 

The students who will take part in the study mobility at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo over one semester, gaining a minimum of 24 ECTS, will receive a master’s degree certificate also from the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. In order to participate, students are required to have the knowledge of the Italian language at least at the level B1, as the courses will be conducted in Italian.

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Career progressions

The graduates are qualified to be hired for managerial positions in intercultural environments, public and private, profit and non-profit institutions and organisations. They are also prepared for independent entrepreneurial endeavours. 

A master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. But the most important is how you use that certificate. With the master’s degree in IBC at EMUNI, you will enhance your employability in the business sector, international organisations, as an entrepreneur or as a member of the civil society. The master’s will just as well provide a step into continuous training, including an academic career. In advancing your career, the EMUNI’s nature of being also a hub of regional dialogue will provide you with vast opportunities. By being part of EMUNI’s events and projects, you will be able to discover various career options well before graduating. In addition, by conducting a placement or an internship that you are likely to organise with EMUNI’s contacts, you will be able to use your newly developed skills to their full potential. 

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Tuition fees and financial matters

Application fee: 100 EUR

Tuition fee: 6.000 euro per year (excluding the cost of travel and accommodation)

Living expenses in Slovenia (Piran): Accommodation costs are approximately 350-500 EUR/month; price for three meals per day is about 15 EUR (subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of up to 58 EUR/month).

Travel costs vary greatly, depending on the place of origin. Please refer to the practical information.

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A limited number of scholarships for outstanding students is available.

To apply for scholarship, please initially follow this form [Click here]

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Application procedure

Candidates apply through the centralised on-line system for Slovenian higher education institutions (eVŠ)

[Click here]

If a candidate is applying with a qualified digital certificate, the application procedure is exclusively electronic.

Candidates without a currently valid permit of residence in Slovenia are able to apply online, using their own username and password, but without a digital certificate. In this case (if a candidate is applying without a qualified digital certificate and only with username and password), the application is submitted electronically and it must be printed, signed and sent to EMUNI address with the following documents:

  1. Signed application form (the printed online version)
  2. Cover letter (in English, max. 2 pages, that includes a short chronological description of education and motivation to continue the studies at the applied programme)
  3. Certificate of degree (a certified copy of the degree)
  4. Formal transcript of records (all completed courses/exams with grades, as certified and issued by the degree awarding institution and a translation in English, if applicable)
  5. English language certificate (any evidence of advanced level of knowledge of English; this can be omitted if there is evidence of previous education/degree in English)
  6. Certificates for French or Arabic or Italian Language (this can be omitted if there is evidence in transcript of records of courses or formal education in these languages)
  7. A copy of personal document (ID or Passport)

Please include the reference of the number of the enrolment application in the printed submission.

The documents should be sent to the EMUNI address:

EMUNI University
IBC Application
Kidricevo nabrezje 2
6330 PIRAN

We recommend using registered post. Please ensure that the documents arrive no later than 14 days after the application deadline.

In addition to the post, you have to scan the above documents and send them to


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Application deadline

The first application period is between 16 April and 31 August 2018. If the number of applicants/accepted candidates will be lower than the number of offered enrolment places, the second application period will be opened from 1 September to 25 September 2018.

The accepted candidates from the first application period will be requested to enrol until 15 September 2018.
The accepted candidates from the second application period will be requested to enrol until 30 September 2018, but not latest than 31 October 2018.

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Help with the application procedure

For queries, regarding the submission procedure, contact EMUNI Education at or +386 59 25 00 57

For technical support contact either of the two:

  • For problems regarding the electronic application with a digital certificate and electronic signature, contact Common contact center of the national administration at or phone +386 080 2002 (from 7.00 to 16.00 on weekdays)
  • For other questions regarding the completion of the electronic application, contact eVŠ support, e-mail:; phone No:01/4784659 (from 9.00 to 16.00 on weekdays during open application deadlines)

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Any questions? 

Please use this IBC query form or send an email to

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