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MA Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

Course Description

The MA Degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership The program provides a foundation in International Relations, and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach in the framework of international relations theory and political science. The degree focuses on several academic disciplines related to International Relations, and Global Politics, with a particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations & Economics, Business, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.
The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, politics, and culture, foreign policy and international economics. On a practical level, the international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

The program consists of 120 ECTS Credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin, Germany and in the Furtwangen University (HFU) - Berlin campus. The first 2 semesters will take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin. The first semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses. The second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 elective courses. In the second academic year students will continue to the Furtwangen University (HFU) for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester*. The 3rd semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses. The 4th semester will consist of Mandatory Developmental Workshop Courses and the writing of the Thesis, as the students will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice. At the end of the forth semesters, the students will be then required to defend their Thesis at the Furtwangen University (HFU).

The tuition cost is 12,000 Euros for the full program (6,000 Euros/Academic Year). The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expenses.

Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and Spring semesters' start, each year.

Next start dates:

Spring Semester 2016; April 11th, 2016
Summer Semester 2016; July 4th, 2016
Fall Semester 2016: October 3rd, 2016

Application deadline
Spring Semester 2016; March 31st, 2016
Summer Semester 2016; April 30th, 2016
Fall Semester 2016: June 30th, 2016

For further information please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de .

Entry Requirements

Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent) of minimum of 3 years studies, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable. Proficiency in English is a pre-requisite for application- a Test (TOEFL or similar) or an attestation that the applicant has studies at least one semester in English is sufficient for proving the level of English.

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