The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
MA Program in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy (Regular track)
MA in International Economics, Business and Cultural Diplomacy
IntroductionThe MA in International Economics, Business and Cultural Diplomacy is a two year program offered by the Furtwangen University in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
Length - 4 Semesters
Location - Berlin, Germany
Professional Development - The Professional Development Training Program provides students with the opportunity to apply in practice what they learn in theory in their studies and gain valuable professional experience. The program is completed during the second semester of studies.
Tuition - €12,000
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.
Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter and spring semesters’ start each year. To learn about the possible Start Dates » of the program for the academic year 2020-21, please click HERE.
Program StructureThe program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in Berlin (Germany).
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 are conducted by the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS). 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 and the 4th Semesters are conducted by the Furtwangen University (HFU), Berlin Campus. 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).
*Order of the semesters might change, based on the starting point of the program (Fall, winter or Spring start)
Semester 1 (30 Credits)The main priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the history and contemporary practice of Cultural Diplomacy, as well as future applications of the field.
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
- 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:
- Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
- Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences
- Models of Cultural Diplomacy
- Religion and Cultural Diplomacy
- Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
- Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones
Semester 3 (33 Credits)Mandatory Courses for Semester Three are:
- Module International Economics
- International Economics
- Module Exam in International Economics
- • Module International Financial Markets and Institutions
- International Financial Markets and Institutions
- Module International Marketing
- International Marketing
- Module International Management
- Managing in a globalizing world
- Business Simulation
- Module International Business Strategy
- International Business Strategy
- Module Master Thesis
- Academic Research and Writing