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MA Program in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy with a Concentration on International Relations
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
in partnership with University of Bucharest, Romania
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

 

Address Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Kurfürstendamm 207-8, 10719 Berlin, Germany,
Tel. No. +49 (0)30 2360-7680
Fax No. +49 (0)30 2360-76811
E-mail address info@culturaldiplomacy.org
Web address www.ccds-berlin.de
Course MA Program in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy with a Concentration on International Relations
Type of course Full time MA Programme
Length of course Four Semesters
Date of commencement Fall, Spring and Summer each year. Next Start:
Summer semester Start: June 2nd, 2014
Fall Semester Start: October 2nd , 2014
Class size Maximum 20
Student accommodation The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies is able to offer students accommodation solutions for 300- 350 Euros per month, including all utilities and internet costs. The the University of Bucharest (UoB) is able to offer students accommodation solutions for 150- 200 Euros per month, including all utilities and internet costs
Cost/fees 12,000€ of Tuition fees for the full program (6,000€ /Academic Year).
Student grants / Financial assistance Scholarships, equalling up to a 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 (on a 5.0 scale) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need.
Exchange partner schools University of Bucharest (UoB), Romania
Admission requirements See below
Course director Mark Donfried
Contact for application Rosie Vilnius


 


About the MA Program in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy
with a Concentration on International Relations


Operating under a joint partnership, the University of Bucharest (UoB) and the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy are the first institutions to offer a Master of Arts degree program that will educate students from around the world in several academic disciplines related to Globalization and Cultural Diplomacy. The traditional academic components of a degree in these fields have been adapted to fit in the dynamic, rapidly changing world. To that end, our approach to contemporary global affairs focuses also on the increasingly important roles of soft power and cultural diplomacy in world affairs.

The degree focuses on several academic disciplines related to International Relations & Economics, Global Politics and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theories of globalization as well as its historical evolution, which will be examined with a special emphasis upon cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application within the context of a contemporary globalized world. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, politics and culture, with a special focus on the main agents of globalization and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of global governance and international organizations.

The program provides a thorough background in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and non-governmental organizations; educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials 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, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Development, and Economics.

The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices. On a practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations.

Program Structure

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) of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy - Berlin, Germany and the University of Bucharest (UoB). 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 MA program follows the conventional university structure of a two-year course divided into four different semesters. Students are offered an array of elective courses to accompany mandatory courses, work experience opportunities and the final thesis. During the first year the first semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses as the second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 elective courses, whilst in the second year students will continue to the University of Bucharest (UoB) for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester- the Thesis. Part of the 4th Semester could be completed from distance as well, 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 University of Bucharest (UoB).

Accreditation

The Master’s Degree is awarded by the University of Bucharest (UoB), which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. The University of Bucharest (UoB)is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the MA program, for a total of 120 credits upon completion.

The University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy also offers other academic programmes such as:
BA Program in Political Science with concentration on Cultural Diplomacy
MA Program in Analytic Philosophy with a Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy
PhD Program in International Relation & Cultural Diplomacy

Admission requirements

Individuals studying for an MA in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds, and will have consistently demonstrated academic excellence and leadership. Candidates will include recent BA graduates as well as young professionals who combine academic backgrounds 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.

The admissions panel does not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, the 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.

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

Minimum IELTS: 5.5

Required Documents:

  • Official Undergraduate Degree certificate and Transcript*
  • Copy of Passport
  • Personal Statement- Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement of no more than 700 words explaining their motivation for undertaking the MA Program.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Resumé) no longer than 2 A4 pages.
  • Certificate for language competencies- required for applicants whose mother tongue is not English. If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language, a certificate which attests this fact will be sufficient as well.
  • Essay - An Essay relating to applicant’s personal interests and passions, pertaining to the fields of the MA program is required. The Essay should be of no less than 2 A4 pages long and of no more than 5 A4 pages long. Possible themes and reading materials will be sent to the applicant in the e-mail responding to the online application.
  • Additional Documentation (not compulsory)- recommendation/reference letters
*Current undergraduate students (who are due to graduate in the Summer of 2014 towards enrolment to the Fall semester 2014) are required to submit a confirmation of their current studies and copy of their current transcripts


The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) and the Babes-Bolyai University (BBU)


The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) is the world's leading center for the study of Cultural Diplomacy, offering educational and professional development opportunities for individuals, interested in pursuing further education and careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, related either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy. The CCDS focuses in particular on exploring the balancing between hard and soft power, the process of globalization in an interdependent world, international economics & business multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue & exchange, human rights, religion, and the ability for culturally based initiatives to further mutual understanding and in turn to foster global peace and stability.

The CCDS programs offer high levels of leadership and provide students the skills to shape their future leadership roles, while addressing the critical issues challenging the world today. The programs provide advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study and practice of cultural diplomacy and the potential that it has in shaping international policies and global strategies

The CCDS programs are divided into the following categories: Distance Learning Courses, Professional Development Certificate Programs, and Degree Programs in Cultural Diplomacy.

The CCDS Faculty is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors.

The CCDS’s faculty and advisory members have worked intensively and collectively to design innovative degree programs that provide a unique approach to the study of the fields of international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, art & culture, globalization and global governance. The traditional academic components of a degree in these fields have been adapted to fit in the dynamic, rapidly changing world. To that end, our approach to contemporary global affairs focuses also on the increasingly important roles of soft power and cultural diplomacy in world affairs.

The programs are unique and innovative in their content and approach and offer professional development in cultural diplomacy and related fields. For students with an interest in foreign policy, international affairs, cultural diplomacy, political science, or international economics, the programs provide a platform from which students can gain hands-on experience and high-level knowledge; equipping students with the tools to launch their career even before the completion of their studies. The CCDS Degree Programs operate under a joint partnership between the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and leading European universities. The Degrees are all awarded by the Universities, which are recognized as fully accredited institutions of higher education with the right to award university degrees, are part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. The programs provide the students with the advantage of learning in various major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures.

The University of Bucharest (UoB), formerly the Saint Sava Academy, was officially founded in 1864 by order of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and has now become one of the leading higher education institutions in Romania. Over 30,000 students, originating from Romania and a diverse range of countries around the world, attend the University of Bucharest. Since the breakdown of the Soviet model of education in 1989-1990, the University has undergone a complete restructuring and has now expanded considerably. In addition to this extensive variety of academic disciplines, the University has its own independent publishing house as well as over 50 research institutes and groups, including the Institute for Political Research, the Institute for Mathematics and the Centre for Nuclear Research. It also offers numerous summer schools, master's and doctorate programmes in addition to its undergraduate programmes.

The University of Bucharest maintains strong relations with the wider academic community through bi-lateral agreements with over 50 universities in countries including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Sweden, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.

The University is also an active participant in European programmes such as Erasmus and Lingua, and has been awarded numerous distinctions such as the 2000 National Academic Excellence Diploma, and the 2004 National Academic Excellence Medal.




 

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