Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

Introduction

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is the world's leading center for the study of Cultural Diplomacy, offering educational and professional development opportunities for individuals, interested in pursuing further education and careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, related either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy. The CCDS focuses in particular on exploring the balancing between hard and soft power, the process of globalization in an interdependent world, international economics & business multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue & exchange, human rights, religion, and the ability for culturally based initiatives to further mutual understanding and in turn to foster global peace and stability.

The CCDS programs offer high levels of leadership and provide students the skills to shape their future leadership roles, while addressing the critical issues challenging the world today. The programs provide advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study and practice of cultural diplomacy and the potential that it has in shaping international policies and global strategies

The CCDS programs are divided into the following categories: Distance Learning Courses, Professional Development Certificate Programs, and Degree Programs in Cultural Diplomacy.

The CCDS Faculty is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors.

The CCDS’s faculty and advisory members have worked intensively and collectively to design innovative degree programs that provide a unique approach to the study of the fields of international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, art & culture, globalization and global governance. The traditional academic components of a degree in these fields have been adapted to fit in the dynamic, rapidly changing world. To that end, our approach to contemporary global affairs focuses also on the increasingly important roles of soft power and cultural diplomacy in world affairs.

The programs are unique and innovative in their content and approach and offer professional development in cultural diplomacy and related fields. For students with an interest in foreign policy, international affairs, cultural diplomacy, political science, or international economics, the programs provide a platform from which students can gain hands-on experience and high-level knowledge; equipping students with the tools to launch their career even before the completion of their studies.

The CCDS Degree Programs operate under a joint partnership between the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and leading European universities. The Degrees are all awarded by the Universities, which are recognized as fully accredited institutions of higher education with the right to award university degrees, are part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. The programs provide the students with the advantage of learning in various major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures.

The Partners Universities of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

The University of Siena, located in Siena, Tuscany, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and, as such, has a rich and intriguing history. Founded in 1240, it is in fact thanks to the university that many of the city's historically important buildings were not lost, as they became used for study spaces and faculty departments. Since its founding, the University of Siena has grown to become home to over 20,000 students and schools dedicated to a variety of fields including Engineering, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy, and Political Science. The mission of the university is to nurture a community of students motivated by a thirst for knowledge and learning, with an attentive and approachable academic staff with many innovative services at their disposal.

The University of Siena boasts modern facilities, libraries, and laboratories, and offers all its students an array of services, including a welcoming session, orientation and continuous tutoring activities, support for disabled students, and career services. Another unique aspect of this historic university is its botanical garden, Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena, a beautiful space cultivated by the university since 1588 when it began to raise medicinal herbs. The University of Siena's campuses are based in the city, and much of the life of the city is centered around the university itself as almost half the population of Siena attend the institution.

The University of Siena is home to an extremely multicultural student base, due in large part to its active academic collaboration with European and international organizations and institutions. The university supports the Erasmus program, with 300 Erasmus foreign study scholarships and approximately 30 Erasmus placement scholarships awarded each year. The university also has agreements with 72 foreign universities for international Doctorate degrees and 20 foreign universities for international Master's degrees. In order to facilitate the academic requirements of as many international students as possible, the university also offers degree programs taught in English, as well as Italian, and has founded the 'International Place,' an office to ensure international students are fully supported and comfortable integrating into university life in a foreign country. All of these factors are in place to provide the foundation for students to experience a culturally diverse academic environment throughout their time at the University of Siena, thus enriching their cultural understanding and better preparing them for working life in the international arena.

Further Information about the University of Siena is found HERE

Furtwangen University (HFU) is one of Germany's leading universities and recognized for its excellence in the following areas: high quality and innovation in teaching, strong practical focus through collaboration with industry, international focus, applied research, continuing education and lifelong learning, cooperation and motivation, social responsibility and safeguarding of the future.

Furtwangen University's core focus is on science-based, practical education and training. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are removed in interdisciplinary projects. HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, engineering management, media, international business and health. The range of courses and programmes is constantly being improved to take account of innovative developments. Our aim is to offer forward-looking degree programmes to talented young people, awarding top-quality, accredited degrees which open up exceptional career opportunities. At the same time, we support the journey our students make towards becoming responsible and competent individuals with the ability to identify and solve problems independently. Additionally, through application-oriented research and academic professional development, our university supports the next generation of scientists contributing to innovation and improved skills in business and society.

HFU supports international education, research and cultural exchange by working in collaboration with universities and companies around the world. HFU develops its degree programmes with a focus on international opportunities and demands and guarantee that they will be recognised around the world. The inclusion of international developments in the course content and the teaching of foreign languages and intercultural skills, as well as the provision of funding for travel abroad, all help to prepare graduates for work in an international environment. The HFU’s international profile is further strengthened by worldwide collaborations and partnerships: study modules abroad; joint-degree agreements; recruitment of international students, staff and professors; and international research cooperation agreements.

Further Information about the HFU is found HERE

Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) is a public institution of higher education which is host to 105 specializations, 1,700 Faculty members, and 50,000 students, and currently offers Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Degrees together with advanced Post-Graduate studies. The BBU's mission is to promote and sustain the development of specific cultural components within the local, regional, national, and international community, with these components being: • an action-culture based on systematic and innovative knowledge (culture of scientific and technological competence, organizational competence and civil competence) • a permanent and innovative learning culture • multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue, and collaboration between different religions • a culture for personal and moral development • a culture for an active attitude and participation • a culture for personal development • a culture of integration and diversity, and for globalization, respecting identity and reciprocity Babes-Bolyai University, initially conceptualized as a Jesuit College founded by Prince Stephan Bathory in 1581, is the oldest academic institution in Romania which embodies the entire academic tradition of Transylvania. Officially coined Babes-Bolyai University in 1959, but with history dating back to the 16th Century, the Romanian University stems from a long evolution of attempts to establish a site for higher educational studies in Transylvania.

Further Information about the BBU is found HERE

The University of Bucharest (UoB), formerly the Saint Sava Academy, was officially founded in 1864 by order of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and has now become one of the leading higher education institutions in Romania. Over 30,000 students, originating from Romania and a diverse range of countries around the world, attend the University of Bucharest. Since the breakdown of the Soviet model of education in 1989-1990, the University has undergone a complete restructuring and has now expanded considerably. In addition to this extensive variety of academic disciplines, the University has its own independent publishing house as well as over 50 research institutes and groups, including the Institute for Political Research, the Institute for Mathematics and the Centre for Nuclear Research. It also offers numerous summer schools, master's and doctorate programmes in addition to its undergraduate programmes.

The University of Bucharest maintains strong relations with the wider academic community through bi-lateral agreements with over 50 universities in countries including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Sweden, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.

The University is also an active participant in European programmes such as Erasmus and Lingua, and has been awarded numerous distinctions such as the 2000 National Academic Excellence Diploma, and the 2004 National Academic Excellence Medal.

Further Information about the University of Bucharest (UoB) is found HERE

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Executive Master in Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Siena Germany Berlin + 2 more

The Executive Master program follows the conventional university structure of a one-year Program divided into two different semesters and a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student. [+]

The Executive Master in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy is a One Year Program offered by the University of Siena in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The degree provides a comprehensive academic foundation in the field of Global Governance, International Relations & Economics, Global Politics and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theory, the development and the rapid evolution of global governance institutions in the twentieth century, which in the globalized world of the twenty-first century, is of paramount importance for the next generation of leaders. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. 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, Global Governance, 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. 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. On a practical level, 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. Program Curriculum The program consists of 60 ECTS credits in total and has duration of two semesters, which take place in both Berlin, Germany and in Siena, Italy, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. The first semester of the program is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the second semester is hosted by the University of Siena. This unique structure of the program provides the students with the advantage of learning in 2 different major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures. Furthermore, the program’s structure provides a unique opportunity to benefit from the study environment in both an international nongovernmental organization and a traditional public University. Dates of Next Programs for 2016- 2017 Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter and spring semesters’ start each year. Enrolments are possible for Program's Next Start dates; Fall Semester 2016 - October 3rd, 2016 Application deadlines: Fall Semester 2016 - August 15th, 2016 for late admissions Accreditation The Master’s Degree is awarded by the University of Siena, which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. As part of the Bologna process, Credits obtained through our MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 60 credits upon completion and will obtain the Title First level of Masters degree (Executive Master). Admissions Individuals studying for an Executive Master in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine academic background with work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies*, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment. * Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts. All courses are taught in English, thus an Evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother tongue. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language and/or have extensive working experience in the English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well. The application form is found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?ma-siena Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application. Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and Spring start, each year Financials Tuition Cost - The tuition cost is 9,000 Euros for the full program (1 Year), divided into 2 installments of 5,000 Euros and 4,000 Euros. The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense which you may have. Personal Costs - The ICD and the University of Siena are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing in Berlin and Siena and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions. Scholarships and Financial Aid - Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are then determined for the second semester. To view all the Degree programs offered by the center FOR cultural diplomacy studies, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_list-of-programs [-]

MA in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events

Campus Full time 12 months October 2017 Germany Berlin United Kingdom Scotland + 2 more

The MA degrees in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events are one year programs offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy [+]

The MA Degree in in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-coordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events). These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments. They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange. The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism or cultural liaison (or all of these). Projects are likely to require international music project management, enhanced communication (verbal and digital) skills and an understanding of global creative communities. The program provides students with expertise in the field of International Music and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena. . Further information about the program is found under: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_uws_macd-im The MA Degree in in International Sport & Cultural Diplomacy Sport has come to occupy a central role in the economic, physical, psychological and socio-cultural fabric of nation states. Historical and cultural identity cannot be reflected, understood or critiqued without recourse to the place and influence of sport. Importantly, and despite the rhetoric of politicians and governing bodies, sport is a powerful political vehicle. As a driver of economic wealth, tourist attraction, business development and urban regeneration sport is a major plinth in the policy process. Moreover, in a techno-cultural age of digital and social immediacy, sport has become a key media and experiential spectacular, constantly deployed across the geo-political stage. Modern sport is now a global power player intrinsic to the perpetuation of the spectacle of consumer capitalism, which solidifies its status as a primary vehicle of cultural diplomacy. Sport, sport events and the media are, more than ever, intrinsically linked. The role of sport as a vehicle for peace and development are increasingly promoted by governing bodies of sport and ambassadors for developing nations. Again cultural diplomacy comes to the forefront with sport as we see governing bodies of sporting events, policy institutions and transnational corporations assert counter-discourses that see sport claimed as a supranational values vehicle for peace, human rights and equality. Whether in the bidding phase, lead up, mediatized event or post-event legacy and leverage claims sporting events bring geopolitical differences to the fore. This MA blends expertise in sport with that of cultural diplomacy to ensure the sporting leaders or diplomats of the future are prepared to deal with the global sporting arena and its potential political, social and cultural outcomes.. The program provides students with expertise in the field of International Sport and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena. Further information about the program is found under: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?ma-program-in-cultural-diplomacy-and-international-sport-one-year-program The MA Degree in in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy The programme recognises that International events are increasingly important within a globalizing world, reflecting the increasing levels of interconnectedness and levels of social consciousness of the world as a single place Mega sporting and cultural events also have an increased political saliency to a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental actors across the world. In this sense, contemporary sporting and cultural events are significant elements of a globalised politic, ‘influencing and being influenced by politics and foreign policy’. International events are therefore inseparable from politics, international relations and diplomacy (public or cultural). They are also now accepted as an important element in nations’ soft power offensives, to the point that securing a positive impact on the nation’s image (or brand) or international prestige has moved from being a welcome consequence to a significant justification for investing in hosting sports mega-events. The program provides students with expertise in the field of International Events and Cultural Diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena. Further information about the program is found under: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_uws_macd-ie Programs' Structure The programs consist of 90 ECTS credits in total and have duration of two trimesters, and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. The first trimester of the program is hosted by the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and the second trimester is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. Accreditation The Master’s Degrees are awarded by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. UWS is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn a total of 90 ECTS credits (180 UK Credits) upon completion. Admissions Individuals studying for the MA will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine strong academic backgrounds with significant work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies*, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable as a pre-requisite for the application. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment. * Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts. All courses are taught in English, thus an Evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother language their BA studies were not conducted fully in English. The application form is found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/apply-uws Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application. The supporting documents required for the application process: • A Copy of your Passport • Your updated CV. The CV should include detailed Academic qualifications (including start and end years of each academic program you have undertaken) and your professional experience (including start and end years of each Position held; the name of the organization and address, where you were positioned and the title of your position, including description of the tasks in your position held) • Copy of your High school certificate and grades • Copy of Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate and Transcript including Grades (and of graduate diploma and grades once applicable as well) (Current undergraduate students are able to submit a confirmation of their current studies and their current transcripts) • Employment Verification letters for the Professional experience (once applicable) from the Organization where you were positioned (including start and end dates-month and year- of the Position held; the framework of the position- part or full time position, the title of your position, and a brief description of the tasks in your position held or Academic reference, not older than 6 months. • Personal Statement - a personal statement (of up to 700 words) explaining your motivation for studying at the program and or your former studies. • An Essay as a Writing sample (of between 2-5 pages) on any theme related to the fields of the program. • Recommendation/reference letter • If the primary language of instruction in your undergraduate degree studies was NOT English, please submit an IELTS English Proficiency test. Applicants must achieve a score of at least 6.0 in the IELTS and at least 5.5 in each element or equivalent is noted in order to be eligible to the MA studies. * If you are having difficulties in submitting the full list as above, please inform us and we will endeavor to assist in order to enable the proceeding promptly. We are accepting application on an ongoing base Fees Tuition Cost - The tuition cost is 9,000 Euros for the full program. The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense, which students might have. Installments It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments (of 4,500 Euros each), however if the student is able to make one payment of the entire tuition fee before the start of the studies, they will receive a discount of 5% on the total tuition cost (to 8,550 Euros in total). Personal Costs - We are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions. Scholarships Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process. Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. The University of West of Scotland is also offering scholarships of £1000 for students coming onto the MA Cultural Diplomacy courses. The scholarship is for living expenses once you are in Scotland and have started the course. If you are offered the scholarship you will be provided with this 6 weeks into the course (mid October). We offer the scholarship based on the quality of your personal statement - see here for details http://www.uws.ac.uk/celebrating50years/ and for an application http://www.uws.ac.uk/study-at-uws/postgraduate/apply/ Further to these scholarship outlined in our e-mail above, we are not able to offer any further scholarships or financial support. Students are welcome to search for scholarships, such as from governments, or other Institutions. With regards to how to obtain such funding, we encourage participants to consider relevant foundations, institutes, organizations, companies and Governments as possible sources. A number of students on ICD programs have been able to acquire funding from their government, company or from relevant foundations. We do not have any specific sponsor to which we can refer students. [-]

Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Berlin

The Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy is a 4 semesters' program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in several academic disciplines related to International Economics, Business 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. [+]

The Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in several academic disciplines related to International Economics, Business 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. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics. 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, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of 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. Program Curriculum The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in Berlin. The first two semesters of the program are hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the third and the fourth semesters are hosted by the Furtwangen University (HFU) - Berlin Campus. The program follows the conventional university structure of a two academic years’ program divided into four semesters. Students are offered elective courses to accompany mandatory courses, professional development experience and the final thesis. The first 2 semesters will take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin. The 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. The 3rd semester will consist of four mandatory modules. On the 4th semester the students will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice and will undertake a Project Work course/Workshop related to the preparation of the Thesis. At the end of the forth semesters, the students will be then required to defend their Thesis at the Furtwangen University (HFU) Dates of Next Programs for 2015-2016 Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter and spring semesters’ start each year. Enrolments are possible for Program's Next Start; Fall Semester 2016 - October 3rd, 2016 Winter Semester 2017- February 8th, 2017 Spring Semester 2017- April 11th, 2017 Application deadlines: For Fall Semester 2016 - August 15th, 2016 for late admissions For Winter Semester 2017 - December 1st, 2016 For Spring Semester 2017- January 31st, 2017 Accreditation The Master’s Degree is awarded by the Furtwangen University (HFU), which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. the Furtwangen University (HFU) is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the MA program, for a total of 120 credits upon completion. Admissions Individuals studying for the MA will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine strong academic backgrounds with significant work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable*. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment. * Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts. All courses are taught in English, thus an evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants whose mother tongue is not English. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language and/or have extensive working experience in the English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well. The application form is found under:http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?ma-furtwangen Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application. The supporting documents required for the application process: • Official Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Transcript: A copy of undergraduate degree (and of graduate degree, once applicable) transcript. If it was issued in a different language than English or German, a certified translation in one of the two languages has to be submitted. • Official Diploma: A copy of the official diploma from the university that awarded the undergraduate degree (and graduate degree, once applicable). If the document was issued in a different language than English or German, a certified translation in one of the two languages has to be submitted. * Current undergraduate students are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrollment process by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts. • Passport and/or National ID Card Copy: A scanned copy of your passport photo identification page and/or of your National ID Card should be sent to the ICD. The information on your passport should be clearly legible. • Motivation letter: A personal statement of at least 1, max. 2 pages (A4) explaining your motivation for undertaking the MA Program. • Curriculum Vitae (Resumé): This should include information of the applicant's academic background (institutions attended, courses studied); professional experience, if applicable; hobbies and interests; any awards or scholarships received and your full contact details. The curriculum vitae should be no longer than 2 A4 pages. • Certificate of language competencies: Certification of language competencies is required by applicants whose mother tongue is not English. If the applicant has studied in English for at least 1 semester before or has worked abroad for at least one year in an English speaking country, a certificate which attests this fact will be sufficient. Otherwise attestation through language certificates are required; minimum level is 60 points in TOEFL (iBT) or equivalent in other relevant tests (i.E. TOEFL (iBT): min. 60; TOEFL (PBT): min. 520; TOEIC: min. 670; IELTS: min. 5.0; Cambridge English Certificates: min. PET (Preliminary). • Essay: A writing sample of between 2-5 pages on any topic related to the fields of the program or former/current studies and/or professional experience. Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter and spring start, each year Tuition Cost - 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 which you may have. . Installments It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments (6,000 Euros/academic Year), however if the student is able to make one payment of the entire tuition fee before the start of the studies, they will receive a discount of 10% on the total tuition cost (to 10,800 Euros in total for the full tuition fees). Personal Costs - The ICD and the Furtwangen University (HFU) are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions. Scholarships- Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are then determined for the second and 4th semesters. Further to these scholarship outlined in our e-mail and online, we are not able to offer any further scholarships or financial support. Students are welcome to search for scholarships, such as from governments, or other Institutions. With regards to how to obtain such funding, we encourage participants to consider relevant foundations, institutes, organizations, companies and Governments as possible sources. A number of students on ICD programs have been able to acquire funding from their government, company or from relevant foundations. We do not have any specific sponsor to which we can refer students. To view all the Degree programs offered by the center FOR cultural diplomacy studies, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_list-of-programs [-]

One Year Master of Arts in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin

The Master of Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a one year program offered by the University of Furtwangen in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. 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, Global Politics and Global Governance, with a particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society [+]

The Degree is offered by offered by Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy . 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, Global Politics and Global Governance, with a particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. 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, Global Governance, 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, Culture, foreign policy and international economics. 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. On a practical level, 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. Program Curriculum The program consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has duration of two semesters, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. Further information about the Program’s structure and curriculum is found under: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ma_ircd_fw_1 Dates of Start of the Program for 2015-2016 Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter, spring and Summer semesters’ start each year. Enrolments are possible for Program's Next Start Dates; Fall Semester 2015 (Option B) - November 16th, 2015 Winter Semester 2016 - February 8th, 2016 Spring Semester 2016- April 11th, 2016 Fall Semester 2015 - October 3rd, 2016 Application deadlines: For Fall Semester 2015 (Option B) - October 31st, 2015 For Winter Semester 2016 - December 1st, 2015 For Spring Semester 2016- January 31st, 2016 Fall Semester 2016 - June 30th, 2016 Accreditation The Master’s Degree is awarded by the Furtwangen University (HFU), which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. The Furtwangen University (HFU) is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn a total of 90 credits upon completion.. Admissions Individuals studying for an MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine strong academic backgrounds with significant work experience. Individuals are required to hold a BA degree (or equivalent Degree) of minimum of 3 years studies*, as degrees from across the world and from any field are acceptable as a pre-requisite for the application. We do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment. * Current undergraduate students (are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrolment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts. All courses are taught in English, thus an Evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother tongue. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language and/or have extensive working experience in the English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well. The application form is found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?ma-furtwangen Once submitting the online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps, including the supporting documents required for the application. We are accepting application on an ongoing base, as enrolments are possible towards Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Semesters each year. For additional information on the Admission Process and the supporting documents required, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_application-procedure Financials Tuition Cost - The tuition cost is 9,000 Euros for the full program (1 Year). The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense which you may have. Personal Costs - The ICD and the Furtwangen University (HFU) are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions. Scholarships- Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process. Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are determined for the second and 3rd semesters. To view all the Degree programs offered by the center FOR cultural diplomacy studies, please visit: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_list-of-programs [-]

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