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Program structure of the Master and workload

The MIC Program comprises 20 modules distributed over 9 weeks of courses. Each module is worth 2.5 ECTS credits, except for Module 19+20 (Personal Project) which is worth 15 ECTS.

Modules 1 to 18 consist of 24 contact hours each. They are scheduled in sets of two per week, for a total of six consecutive days, Monday through Saturday, and are run every six to twelve weeks.

Each of the first 18 modules is structured in three parts:

1. Preparation
The individual preparation for each module, to be done before classroom instruction, consists mainly of reading and analyzing documents (articles, websites, etc.). All preparatory materials are made available well in advance on an e-learning platform reserved for MIC participants.

2. Face-to-face instruction
The main part of each module will be taught face-to-face over three days of intensive instruction (22 hours course work plus 2 hours of Intercultural Atelier).

3. Certification paper
The evaluation of students' performance for each module is based on an academic assignment. This work has to be prepared by the student at home and has to be sent by email by the deadline set by the Academic Director. Participants usually have between 6-8 weeks to complete their certification paper.

Module 19+20 consists of planning and completing a personal project. This module includes a specific preparation phase which takes place mainly during module 7; in addition, professors and experts will provide personalized face-to-face as well as distance tutoring to participants throughout the Master's program. Participants are expected to complete their personal projects no later than three months after the last module of the program.

The total workload of the program is approximately 1800 hours, including 500 hours of face-to-face instruction, 900 hours of individual work preparing for seminars, reviewing study materials and writing course papers, as well as 400 hours dedicated to the MIC Personal Project.