Master of Arts

International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy

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Expertise and diplomacy

This master's degree programme prepares students to deal with complex systems in a globalised economy and society. To this end, we not only provide in-depth knowledge of international economic relations, but also intercultural competence. "Cultural Diplomacy aims to facilitate and improve relations and cooperation between different countries and cultures. International business in combination with cultural diplomacy opens up new horizons!

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 4 semesters
  • Campus: External
  • Faculty: HFU Business School
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: bachelor's degree
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Out of the lecture hall Of course, we offer seminars and lectures. But our timetable also includes tours, visits and meetings with foreign specialists and leading experts from organisations, embassies and academic institutions!
  • With a basic network Our exceptional learning environment enables you to build a professional network. We create a solid foundation for your future academic and professional career and your engagement on the international stage.
  • Two tracks You should plan four semesters for your path to a master's. Depending on your previous qualifications (studies and practical experience), the programme can also be shortened to three semesters.
  • In the heart of the capital Our university locations are in southern Germany, but we offer EBCD at the campus of our cooperation partner ICD, where you can study "Cultural Diplomacy" in the heart of the German capital, a European metropolis, and build your international network.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

In addition to lectures and seminars, the focus of this course is on exchange and communication. We discuss current international topics with specialists from the fields of international relations, economics, communication, politics, human rights, culture, peacebuilding, multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution and development.

Basic understanding

The first semester of EBCD focuses on topics such as the history and development of the field of cultural diplomacy and future trends. We work on international case studies, and you can choose between electives such as "Nation Branding", "International Organisations" or "European Politics".

Your development

In the second semester, students take two electives and a further development programme at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. The content is individually designed with the students and includes topics such as research, campaign development or participation and involvement in ICD projects

Deepened knowledge

In the third semester, we deepen your knowledge of the following subjects: International Economics, International Financial Markets and Institutions, International Marketing, International Management and International Business Strategy.

Your master's thesis

After three semesters of academic study, your master's thesis is due in the fourth semester! We'll advise you on the choice of topic for this in-depth analysis, offer workshops to help you prepare and guide you in your search for sources. You will have to defend your thesis in front of a faculty committee before you receive your final grade.

Entry requirements

To enrol in EBCD, you must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree. As the course is taught entirely in English, you should have a very good command of this language, both written and spoken. 

No matriculation is required for EBCD – students are enrolled in the course as external students in accordance with LHG §33 (External examination).

Tuition fees

There are different tuition fees for the two options Regular or Fast Track: 

Regular (four semesters):
The costs total €12,000: €6,900 before the first semester and €5,100 before the third semester

Fast Track (three semesters):
The costs total €9,000:  €5,175 before the start of the first semester and €3,825 before the second semester


What's included

EBCD Study and Examination Regulations (SPO)


Special features

Our cooperation partner - The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

The ICD was founded in 1999 with the aim of promoting peace and stability in the world by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. The ICD is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in the international and cultural capital of Germany, Berlin. The ICD believes that intercultural and intracultural relationships can be strengthened, maintained and promoted through dialogueand therefore aims to bring people from all walks of life together to start this dialogue. This leads to better understanding and greater trust between cultures, prevents misunderstandings, improves communication and cooperation and helps to reduce the likelihood of socio-cultural conflicts.

Your career prospects

Start your international career

The degree programme prepares our students for careers in various fields, for example as experts in international relations, politics and culture, cultural studies, business and the financial sector. Your expertise is particularly in demand at governmental and non-governmental institutions with international responsibilities and in international business. Look forward to exciting opportunities worldwide!


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  •  Dr. Armin Müller
    Dr. Armin Müller Head of HFU Academy