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PhD Program with concentration on Cultural Diplomacy & Internationl Relations, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Berlin, Germany
The PhD Program with concentration on Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations is offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. The PhD Program is a three year program (6 semesters). 
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The Doctoral studies represent the third cycle of studies offered by (and awarded by) the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy with the purpose of expanding knowledge through original scientific research. They allow the acquisition of a level 8 qualification according to The European Qualifications Framework and to The National Qualifications Framework.

The PHD research will be done under one of the following departments of the university; Political Science/ Sociology/ History/ Philosophy/ Philology, and will have a special concentration in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy though the courses held at the ICD Academy.


The PHD Degree is awarded by the University of Bucharest (OuB), as the University which offers and ward the degree. The UoB is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

 In the first academic year, you will be required here in Berlin for at least 3 months, for the  courses on Cultural Diplomacy. In addition, during the first  year, the students will be guided with their research. At the end of first academic year of the PhD, students will be required to elaborate the first research report on their specific chosen topic.   

During the second and third year  students are not obliged to reside in the doctoral school, but stay in close and direct contact with the PhD supervisor. A working schedule is established between the student and the supervisor and includes min. of 2 visits at the University of Bucharest each academic year.  

During the second semester of the third year, once it has obtained the approval of the guiding commission and of the individual supervisor, students will submit their thesis for the public defense.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Below you will find the official documents required to be submitted in order to complete the Admissions Process:

  • Official Undergraduate Transcript
  • An original copy of your official undergraduate transcript
  • Passport and National ID Copy
  • A scanned copy of your passport identification page and national ID card (e.g. Driver's License)
  • *The information on your passport and national ID card must be clearly legible.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Personal Statement
  • All applicants are asked to submit a personal statement of no more than 700 words explaining their motivation for obtaining an MA in Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships & 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 determined for the 4th and 6th semesters.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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