The Degree is offered by the Furtwangen University (HFU) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
The MBA Degree (Master of Business Administration) in International Economics & 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 Business, International Economics, 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 is focused on managing business across global markets. It challenges students to think and live globally by its location at the crossroads of Europe. Organizational leadership, strategic management, and managing cultural diversity are key features of the program which prepare the students for success as future professionals in business enterprises operating across international borders.
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.
The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in both Berlin, and Furtwangen (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 Furtwangen University (HFU) in Furtwangen.
The unique structure of the program provides the students with the advantage of learning in both the capital of Germany and well as the famous area of the Black Forest 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 University.
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. In the second academic year students will continue to the Furtwangen University (HFU) in Furtwangen for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester.
The 3rd semester will consist of five mandatory modules. On the 4th semester the students will undertake four mandatory modules and will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice. At the end of the forth semesters, the students will be then required to defend their Thesis at the Furtwangen University (HFU) in Furtwangen.
Further information about the Program’s structure and curriculum is found under:
The MBA 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 MBA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the MBA program, for a total of 120 credits upon completion.