Languages for communication in international enterprises and organizations

Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaSocial Sciences and Humanities
Main fields of studiesLanguage for International Communication
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


This master's degree program 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 ensure that they 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 level 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. From the academic year 2015-2016 all lessons are taught in English, with the exception of the French, Italian, Spanish and German language courses. One- or two-year language courses in Chinese, Portuguese and Russian are also available. In addition to Erasmus exchanges students can also obtain grants to study at the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and other oversea Universities. They can also participate in the competition for admission to the “Renzo Imbeni” Summer School, which offers the opportunity to gain better insights into the workings of the European Union. 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, offer interesting stimuli for the drafting of the final dissertations. It is also quite common for trainees to be employed by the company where they carried out their internship.

Career options

The program graduates will acquire the economic, legal, and linguistic skills necessary to interpret the geopolitical and economic transformations taking place in different countries and geographical areas. They will become ‘global competent communicators', able to efficiently engage in intercultural negotiations in companies operating at a national or international level and organizations involved in the development of international programs and activities.

List of single courses taught in English

- Comparative business Law [ credits: 12]
- Intercultural communication and language variation - English language [ credits: 12]
- International commercial Law [ credits: 12]
- Introduction to international economics [ credits: 9]
- Development economics [ credits: 9]
- English language mediation and translation [ credits: 9]
- English language mediation and translation [ credits: 9]
- Internationalization strategies [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Franca Poppi
tel. 059 2055946 - fax 059 2055931
dott.ssa Daniela Longo
tel. 059 2055883 & - fax fax. 059 2055931

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