Why choose the International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy master's programme?

  • Choice of regular or fast-track programme
  • Unique combination of competencies from academic disciplines related to international politics, society and economy
  • Emphasis on past and present application of cultural diplomacy in public and private sectors and civil society
  • Completely English-taught programme
  • Excellent location: central Berlin

Duration of studies

  • The regular programme consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of four semesters
  • The fast track programme consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of three semesters
  • Both are entirely taught in Berlin (Germany) and hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Teaching staff from Furtwangen University (HFU) will come to Berlin to hold their lectures
  • Students will be supported using online tools such as learning management and videoconferencing systems

Study Experience

The programme addresses current international issues by means of classroom seminars and lectures as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional training courses, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which are 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.

This exceptional learning environment creates original research and independent study opportunities. It allows you to create a solid professional network and form a firm basis for future academic and professional career choices, preparing you for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

Structure

Semester 1 (30 CREDITS)

Mandatory Courses for Semester 1

  • The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Case Studies in Cultural Diplomacy
  • Future Trends in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

Elective Courses for Semester 1 (students must select 2)

  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Organizations
  • European Politics
     

Semester 2 (30 CREDITS)

During the second semester, students will take a professional development training programme at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy as well as two elective courses. The professional development programme is designed individually with each student and comprises some or all of the following main components:

  • Research
  • Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
  • Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences

Elective Courses for Semester 2 (students must select 2)

  • Models of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Religion and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones
     

Semester 3 (30 CREDITS)

Mandatory Courses for Semester 3

  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Communication
  • International Strategic Management
     

Semester 4 (30 CREDITS)

After three semesters of academic study, during the fourth semester you are required to complete a master's thesis which will be an in-depth analysis on the topic of your choice related to the theme of the programme. You will be provided with guidance on how to choose an appropriate topic, and how to identify and locate the necessary sources. The topic, structure and length of each thesis will be subject to individual review and faculty mentor approval. In addition, you will take a course/workshop related to the preparation of the thesis. You will be required to defend your thesis before a panel of faculty members prior to receiving a final grade.

Structure

Semester 1 (30 CREDITS)

Mandatory Courses for Semester 1

  • The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Case Studies in Cultural Diplomacy
  • Future Trends in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

Elective Courses for Semester 1 (students must select 2)

  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Organizations
  • European Politics
  • Models of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Religion and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones

Semester 2 (30 CREDITS)

Mandatory Courses for Semester 2

  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • International Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Communication
  • International Strategic Management

Semester 3 (30 CREDITS)

Mandatory Courses for Semester 3

  • Professional Development and Training programme (may also be carried out in a previous semester)
  • Master's thesis