Short Track MA Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
The Degree is offered by offered by Furtwangen University (HFU), Germany in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
The MA Degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a 3 semesters’ program 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.
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Program Structure and Curriculum
The program consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of two study semesters, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a Thesis to be submitted towards the completion of the program. The Study program is conducted fully in Berlin.
The program follows the conventional university structure of a one-year academic program divided into two study semesters, where Students are offered elective courses to accompany mandatory courses, a professional development experience, and the final thesis to be submitted after the 3rd semester, which is dedicated to the Thesis writing.
*The program is structured as a 3 Semesters’ program, however Students who wish to finalize the program after 2 semesters, are able to register to their thesis towards the beginning of the second study semester.
To learn about the courses offered in each semester, and the workload, please visit our website here:
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 ECTS credits upon completion.
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 can submit an application and participate in the pre-enrollment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts.
**To be eligible to the 90 ECS MA program (the one year- or short track of the MA program of only 3 semesters), the BA studies must have a total of minimum of 210 (European transfer Credit points) or 420 UK Credits (normally 4 years BA studies).
Once the BA degree of the applicant has total of 180 ECTS credits only (180 European transfer Credit points) or 360 UK Credits only (normally 3 years Studies), individuals are required to have additional professional of one year and/or additional academic experience/extra curriculum Credit Points of min. 30 ECTS.
Once these conditions have not been fulfilled, then the regular track of the 2 years program (4 semesters) can be considered. 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:
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 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 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 is required; minimum level is 60 points in TOEFL (iBT) or equivalent in other relevant tests (i.e. IELTS, TOEIC).
- Essay: A writing sample of between 2-5 pages on any topic related to the fields of the program or your former/current studies.
- Employment verification letters (once applicable): Letters on the professional experience from the organization where you were positioned, including start and end dates -month and year- of the position; the framework, title and a brief description of the tasks in your position held.
*If you are having difficulties in submitting the full list as above, please inform us and we will endeavor to assist to enable the proceeding promptly.
Dates and Deadlines
Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards Fall, Winter, and spring start, each year.
For dates and deadlines please visit our website
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.
It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments: first of 5,175 Euros upon acceptance to the program and second of 3,825 Euros prior to the second semester. 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, 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. Further to these scholarships 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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