The Degree is offered by the University of Nicosia in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
The BA Program in International Relations and European Studies is a four-year program offered by the University of Nicosia in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
The BA program in International Relations and European Studies aims to provide broad and comprehensive knowledge of the political, social, economic and legal environment which conditions and affects the practice of international and European relations. It is oriented at developing the intellectual skills of students to enable them to enter into a broad range of careers and enable them to continue with their education at the next level.
The program objectives are:
- Introduction to the main theoretical debates in International Relations and European integration.
- Examination of the key features of the modern European and international systems, including analysis of state power, systems of governance, laws and norms, foreign policy, diplomacy, conflict, security, nationalism, as well as the role of international governmental and non-governmental organizations and European institutions.
- Examination and analysis of the current issues and challenges of European and international politics.
- Provision of knowledge and skills necessary for employment in areas such as government, multi-national corporations, and international organizations.
The unique thematic focus of this degree and will qualify students for all career options that a traditional BA Program in International Relations and European Studies would, however in addition the program guarantees to provide students with additional expertise in the field of cultural diplomacy, a new and attractive field of studies, which is currently offered as an academic field only through the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. This particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society, provides students with expertise in three distinct academic fields, thus with an academic and practical advantage in the European and Global Arena.
In addition to required coursework, the program includes 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.
The program consists of 240 ECTS Credits in total and has duration of eight semesters, which take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin, Germany and in the Nicosia University in Nicosia, Cyprus. 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 private University.
The program follows the conventional university structure of a four academic years’ program divided into eight 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 Nicosia University in Nicosia, Cyprus for the 3rd-8th Semesters.
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