PhD in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations. University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy (PhD)

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The award

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
EUR 6000 per year

How you will study

Course starts
October, February

International course fees
EUR 6000 per year

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About PhD in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations. University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy at Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

The University of Bucharest is accredited through the Ministerul Educatiei, Cercetarii, Tineretului si Sportului, România (Ministry of Education, Research, Innovation and Sport of Romania), which is the governmental ministry responsible for determining the policies and direction of the educational system in Romania. The Ministry is further responsible for coordinating university efforts to prepare for the accrediting agency's periodic site visits and reviews. The University of Bucharest is further monitored by The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS), an autonomous public institution of national interest, whose main mission is the external evaluation of the quality of Romanian higher education. ARACIS is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

PhD Program in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations is a three year program (6 semesters) offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The Doctoral studies allow the acquisition of a level 8 qualification according to The European Qualifications Framework and to The National Qualifications Framework. The main field of the Ph.D is International Relation, with the subfield in Cultural Diplomacy.


  • The program offers students a core curriculum of International Relations, which will prepare the student for a vast array of career opportunities across the world.
  • Students will have access to an expert faculty with experience in international politics and diplomacy, and will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in a complex global order.
  • Students will obtain an expertise in cultural diplomacy which is currently a rare yet rapidly increasing and important field within the public sector, private sector and civil society.
  • Students of this program will be significantly advantaged in the political arena against students who simply obtain a PhD in international relations.
  • Graduates will discover that the curriculum and faculty prepare them for evolving careers in academia and all public and private international sectors.
  • Access to all ICD events and programs around the world, providing students with access to prominent experts in the field including various Heads of State, Ministers, and CEOs.

Program curriculum

The program is a 3 year's program; the first 2 academic semesters are conducted in Berlin and composed of courses on Cultural Diplomacy. In addition, during the first 2 academic semesters, the students will undergo a Professional development program and a commission of professors will guide the students with their research. At the end of first academic year of the PhD, students will be required to elaborate the first research report on their specific chosen topic as the commission of professors and, in particular, the student's individual supervisor will guide the student with the development of the thesis.

During the second and third year of the Ph.D program students are not obliged to attend the doctoral school, but are required to stay in close and direct contact with the thesis supervisor and to present twice of each year a progress report with regards to the Ph.D thesis.

In the third year of the doctoral program, students are required to complete the thesis, and, once it has obtained the approval of the guiding commission and of the individual supervisor, students will submit their thesis for the public defense, which will take place in about 2-3 months after the thesis has received the approval.

Start dates:

Winter Semester 2016: February 8th, 2016

Fall Semester: October 1st, 2015


Application Deadline: 

Winter Semester 2016: September 1st, 2015

Fall Semester: August 31st, 2015


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 awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctober, FebruaryDomestic course feesEUR 6000 per yearInternational course feesEUR 6000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Tuition Fee:

  • EEA: EUR 6000 per year
  • Non- EEA: EUR 6000 per year

The tuition fee stands on 18,000 Euros for the full program (6 semesters, 6,000 Euros/Academic year) for all students

Scholarships & Financial Aid

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.

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 4th semesters.

Entry requirements

To apply for the PhD Program in International Relation & Cultural Diplomacy, individuals should ensure that an online application form is submitted to the ICD (the online application can be found on the ICD's website).
Once applying online, the applicant will receive an e-mail, indicating the application reference code and outlining the next steps of the application. * Please do not send the supporting documents up until you have received this e-mail

Below you will find the required official documents needed to complete the Admissions Process.

Official Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Transcript

  • An original copy of your official undergraduate and graduate degree transcript should be sent to the ICD.

Passport Copy

  • A scanned copy of your passport photo identification page should be sent to the ICD. Please note: the information on your passport should be clearly legible.

Personal Statement

  • All applications are asked to submit a personal statement of no more than 700 words explaining their motivation for obtaining an PhD Program in International Relation & Cultural Diplomacy, and what they will bring to the program.

Curriculum Vitae (Resumé)

  • Please send a copy of your curriculum vitae, which should be no longer than 2 pages. This should include information on your academic background (institutions attended, courses studied), your hobbies and interests, any awards or scholarships received, and your full contact details.

Letters of Recommendation(s) (optional)

  • The ICD and Bucharest University recommend applicants submit at least one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your performance as a student and/or employee (recommendations from friends and/or family members will not be considered). It is suggested that at least one referee be a professor from the institution that awarded your undergraduate or graduate degree.

Research Proposal

  • The applicant will be sent a Document, listing 5 general Themes and Bibliography and will be required to send a proposal for a research project on a subject from the field of cultural diplomacy, within/related to the 5 themes, and his/hers own interests and passions of your past Professional Experience and/or Studies. The proposal should not exceed 5 pages, as there are no further restrictions with regards to the Format of the paper. The main aim of the Paper is to learn about the specific interests of the candidate of a specific topic within the field. 

* Possible Bibliography is sent to the applicant, once applying.

All courses will be taught in English, and proficiency in English is therefore a pre-requisite for application. Test (TOEFL or similar) or a proof attests that the applicant has studied at least one semester in English is sufficient for proving the level of English.

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