MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
4 semester

Domestic course fees
EU 12000 per total

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, October, April

International course fees
EUR 12000 per total

All study options

About MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy at Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

 

MA Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
The Degree is offered by the Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

 

Overview
The MA Degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a Two--year 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, 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 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.

Program Curriculum

The program consists of 120 ECTS Credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place fully in Berlin- at the ICD Academy Campus  (and in the Furtwangen University (HFU)- Berlin Branch, which is registered at the ICD Academy 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.

Further information about the Program’s structure and curriculum is found under:
 http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ma_ircd_fw_2

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 40+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the MA program, for a total of 120 credits upon completion.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsFebruary, October, AprilDomestic course feesEU 12000 per totalInternational course feesEUR 12000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

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 expense, which students might have.   

Installments

It is possible to pay the total tuition fee in 2 installments (6,900 Euros as the first installment for the first academic year and 5,100 Euros for the second academic Year)  

Personal Costs - The ICD and the Furtwangen University are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding housing and to offer alternative affordable accommodation solutions, depending on the budget of the student. We have our own Campus residences offered to our students, in preferable prices and very responsible relatively to Berlin Market.


Scholarships and Financial Aid - Scholarships, equaling up to a 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on academic 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 first submit their initial financial 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.   

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.  Please note that our programs are not sponsored by DAAD.

 

Entry requirements

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.
That said there is no official minimum of GPA required as a Pre requisite for the application

*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 in English for at least one year  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 Proficiency level required  is  B2

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:

  • A Copy of your Passport
  • Your updated CV.
  • Copy of Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate and Transcript including Grades (Current undergraduate students are able to submit a confirmation of their current studies and their current transcripts)
  • 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. 
  •  an evidence of adequate competence in English is required for the applicants whose mother tongue is not English.
    if you have studied in English for at least one year  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 B2 in English Proficiency

* 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, winter, spring and Summer start, each year.

Further information about dates and deadlines is found under: http://www.ccds-berlin.de/index.php?en_ba-ma_dates-deadlines

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