Masters of Arts in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy (Two Year Program) (MA)

Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies Germany

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 6000 per year

How you will study

Course starts
February, October

International course fees
EUR 6000 per year

All study options

About Masters of Arts in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy (Two Year Program) at Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

The Masters of Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a two year program offered by the University of Babes-Bolyai 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 in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin, Germany and in the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. This unique structure of the program provides the students with the advantage of learning in 2 different major European cities and 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 public 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 first 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 Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj- Romania for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester*.  The 3rd semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses. The 4th semester will consist of Mandatory Developmental Workshop Courses and the writing of the Thesis, as the students 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 Babes-Bolyai University.

* Part of the 4th Semester can also be completed from distance.
Further information about the Program’s structure and curriculum is found under:


The Master’s Degree is awarded by the University of Babes-Bolyai which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. As part of the Bologna process, Credits obtained through our MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 60 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 study2 years
    Course startsFebruary, OctoberDomestic course feesEUR 6000 per yearInternational course feesEUR 6000 per year

Notes about fees for this course


Tuition Cost - The tuition cost is 12,000 Euros for the full program (6,000 Euros per academic year). The fees cover only the tuition fees, and do not include housing or any other living costs and related expense.
Personal Costs - The ICD and the University of Babes-Bolyai are happy to assist you with advice and support for finding your housing in Berlin and Cluj-Napoca and offer you as well possible affordable accommodation solutions.
Scholarships and 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 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 then determined for the second semester.

Entry requirements

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 academic background with 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.
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 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.
Applications are being processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards fall and winter start, each year.
Dates of Next Programs for 2015
Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall and winter semesters’ start each year.

Program's Next Start:
Winter Semester 2016: February 8th, 2016
Fall Semester: October 1st, 2015

Application deadline
Winter Semester 2016: September 1st, 2015
Fall Semester: August 31st, 2015



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