MA in Globalisation & Cultural Diplomacy

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

Program Description

MA in Globalisation & Cultural Diplomacy

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

MA Program in Globalization & Cultural Diplomacy

The MA Degree in Globalization and Cultural Diplomacy with a Concentration on International Relations is a Two Year Program offered by the University of Bucharest (UoB) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in the fields of International Relations & Globalization, Global Politics and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theories of globalization as well as its historical evolution, which will be examined with a special emphasis upon cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application within the context of a contemporary globalized world. The core curriculum of the program provides a thorough background and analysis of the most significant theories and practices within the fields of Globalization, International Relations/Politics/Economics, and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach.

The key objective of the MA Program is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role of the cultural diplomacy in the framework of an increasingly globalized world. The students will receive theoretical and practical knowledge in a variety of relevant topics: intercultural communication, theory, and realities of the globalization phenomenon and their impact on culture, cultural diplomacy and its role as soft power, the contribution of the cultural diplomacy in a strategy of sustainable development.

The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional training, 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 Global Governance. 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 120 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of four semesters, which take place fully Berlin, Germany. 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 University of Bucharest- Berlin Campus.

The first semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two facultative courses. The second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 facultative courses. The 3rd semester will consist of four mandatory modules and one facultative course. The 4th semester will consist of four Mandatory Courses one facultative course, and the writing of the Thesis, as the students will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice.

The general structure of the program is available below:

Semester 1 (30 Credits)

The first semester in Berlin begins with a Preliminary Studies and Orientation component to prepare students for their academic graduate program. The main priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the history of Cultural Diplomacy, the contemporary practice of Cultural Diplomacy and the future applications of Cultural Diplomacy.
Mandatory Courses for Semester One are:

  • The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Case Studies of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Future Trends in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

* Facultative Courses for Semester One (two of which each student must undertake), include:

  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • Contemporary German Foreign Policy
  • International Organizations
  • European Politics

Semester 2 (30 Credits)

During the second semester, students will undertake a professional development and training program at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy as well as two 2 facultative courses. The professional development program is designed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:

  • Research
  • Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
  • Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities, and Conferences
  • Involvement in independent Initiatives
  • Internship in external Organizations and Institutes

* Facultative Courses for Semester Two (two of which each student must undertake), include:

  • Models of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Religion and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones

*Facultative Courses

The decision of the offered elective facultative courses in each semester is made by the CCDS faculty, in accordance with the timing period of the Semester, logistical issues as well the planned activities of the ICD during the prospective period.

Semester 3(30 Credits)

Mandatory Courses for Semester three are:

  • Globalization and anti-globalization: theories and realities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Resources and Development in the Global Word

Facultative Courses for Semester Three (one of which each student must undertake), include:

  • Cultural and Intercultural Communication
  • Cultural Change and Human Rights
  • Writing and Argumentation Methods

Semester 4 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Berlin Campus)
Following three semesters of academic study, students will be qualified to write an in-depth analysis, in the form of a final thesis, on a topic of their choice related to the theme of the program. Students are required to complete a Master's dissertation during their fourth semester of study and will be provided with guidance on how to choose an appropriate topic and how to identify and locate the relevant sources. The topic, structure, and length of each dissertation will be subject to individual review and faculty mentor approval. The students will be asked to defend their dissertation before a panel of faculty members prior to receiving a final grade.
In addition to writing the Master's dissertation, students will be required to take four mandatory courses and one elective course, which will also guide them in the completion of their thesis.

Mandatory Developmental Workshop Courses for Semester Four are:

  • Global Ethics
  • The Classical Culture in Contemporary Intercultural Dialogue
  • Guidelines in Research of the Topic of Dissertation
  • Development, Culture, and Ethical Responsibility

Facultative Courses for Semester Four (one of which each student must undertake), include:

  • Public Diplomacy
  • Global Culture - Local Cultures, Sustainable Development
  • International Organizations and the Globalization Process


The Master’s Degree is awarded by the University of Bucharest, which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. The University of Bucharest 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. 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 30 credits per semester during our MA program, for a total of 120 credits upon completion.


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 a 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 the 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-enrollment 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

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 your official undergraduate degree (and of your graduate degree, if 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, if 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 Copy: A scanned copy of your passport photo identification page 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 your academic background (institutions attended, courses studied); your professional experience, if applicable; your 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 you have studied in English for at least 1 semester before or have 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

Essay: A writing sample of between 2-5 pages on any topic related to the fields of the program or your former/current 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.

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

Next Start date: December 2017; October 2018

For dates and deadlines:

Tuition Cost

The tuition cost is 12,000 Euros for the full program. The fees cover only the tuition fees and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expenses which you may have.


It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments of 6,900 Euros to be paid upon acceptance to the program and 5,100 Euros to be paid prior to the 3rd semester.

Personal Costs

The ICD is happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions.


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.


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Last updated December 15, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 4, 2018
Dec. 2018
4 semesters
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12,000 EUR
June 30, 2018
Germany - Berlin, Berlin Region
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Application deadline June 30, 2018
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