Society and Culture / Master's degree programme
Languages for Communication in International Enterprises and Organizations

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Main fields of studiesLanguage for International Communication
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


This master's degree programme combines advanced linguistic, economic, and legal competences which enable students to understand and manage the different aspects of intercultural negotiations in companies and organizations operating at a national and supranational level. In 2007, a permanent steering committee was formed with a view to providing feedback on course contents and ensuring that they can meet the requirements of the job market. This committee is composed of several departmental professors and representatives from local business and professional organizations. The committee's task is to encourage active and synergetic collaboration between the academic world and the economic production agencies.

Course content

Great attention is paid to the development of language skills. Students are streamed into small groups for language tuition classes and are expected to reach a C2 and C1 levels of competence (European Framework of Reference) in their two chosen languages of study, at the end of the two-year program. Advanced competences in the legal, economic, administrative and political fields are acquired through a close scrutiny of the way companies and organizations strategically manage their economic, financial, and legal procedures, in the awareness that the adopted cultural approaches, structural models, and communication techniques should facilitate negotiations with international stakeholders. The lectures are enriched with contributions from external professional experts, so as to provide students with a first-hand contact with the operational reality of the various business sectors. Starting from the academic year 2015- 2016 all lessons have been taught in English, with the exception of the French, Italian, Spanish and German language courses. One-year language courses in Chinese and Russian are also available. In addition to Erasmus exchanges students can obtain grants to study at the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and other overseas Universities. Moreover, the three students who produce the best essays will receive a scholarship for an internship in Brussels at the European Parliament and/or at the Committee of the Regions. All internships allow students to apply their knowledge in the field and in many cases they offer interesting stimuli for the drafting of the students' final dissertations. It is also quite common for trainees to be employed by the company where they carried out their internship.

Career options

The programme graduates will become 'global competent communicators', able to efficiently engage in intercultural negotiations. Therefore they can be in charge of public relations management in companies and organizations keen on developing activities and programs in international settings, or attend to editing and translating processes in companies and international organizations; publishing houses; advertising and tourism agencies; translation agencies; and public administrations.

After the degree

Further qualifications such as advanced master's programmes or academic research graduate programmes (e.g., PhD programmes in languages or economics) can be pursued. However our Master's degree programme already offers a level of qualification appropriate for the working world as well.

List of single courses taught in English

- (Digital) communication and human rights [ credits: 6]
- Comparative business Law [ credits: 6]
- Development Economics [ credits: 9]
- English specialised communication and translation [ credits: 9]
- Intercultural communication and language variation - English language [ credits: 12]
- International commercial law [ credits: 6]
- Internationalization strategies [ credits: 6]
- Introduction to European and International Law [ credits: 6]
- Introduction to international economics [ credits: 9]
- Marketing and digital communication [ credits: 6]
- Professional communication and digital discourse [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Giuliana Diani
dott.ssa Daniela Longo

The course is managed by the Department of Studies on Language and Culture