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with concentration on International
Relation & Cultural Diplomacy
The PhD Program in International Relation & Cultural
Diplomacy is a three-year program
offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
increasingly globalized world, knowledge and understanding of bilateral and
multilateral relations now holds greater importance than at any time before. As
a result, international cooperation and diplomacy are now imperative in
maintaining and improving the economic, political and social environment in
countries worldwide. The processes of international relations pervade almost
all areas of human activity, and the issues that foreign policy makers address
at the highest level increasingly affect the ordinary lives of people around
the world. Nation states are no longer capable of resolving many of the most
significant issues single-handedly, whether they be international terrorism,
global (and often national) financial crises, or climate change. Moreover, the
emergence of asymmetrical security threats and the international convergence of
social, political and economic relations have underlined the need for a renewed
focus on diplomatic relations and soft power, of which cultural diplomacy is a
developments have heightened interest in the study of International Relations
and Cultural Diplomacy and, concurrently, have created a need for professionals
who understand those subjects. University programs striving to provide students
and young leaders with the fundamental understanding and practical skills
necessary for careers in international affairs have had to adjust their
programs accordingly to include commerce, development and culture as topics of
study, as well as including multinational and supranational organizations as
additional core subjects. Expertise in one field no longer guarantees
professional success, and it is therefore vital that those aspiring to work in
international relations and diplomacy have an advanced understanding of a
number of relevant disciplines, including, but not limited to, international
politics, international economics, diplomacy, culture, philosophy and history.
Operating under a
joint partnership, Bucharest University and the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
are the first institutions to offer a PhD program that will educate students
from around the world in several academic disciplines related to International
Relations and Cultural Diplomacy.
The Doctoral courses
represent the third cycle of studies offered (and awarded) by the University of
Bucharest in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, with the
purpose being to expand knowledge through original scientific research.
Students will acquire a level 8 qualification according to both the European
and National Qualification Frameworks.
It consists mainly of research conducted under the direct supervision of a
The duration of
the program is three years; with the first composed of courses offered on
Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. In addition, students are welcome to undertake a
professional development program. At the end of the first
academic year, students will then be required to present the first research report
on their specific chosen topic, allowing the commission of professors and, in
particular, the student's individual supervisor to guide them in the
development of their final thesis.
During the second
and third years of the Ph.D program students are not obliged to reside in the
doctoral school, but are required to stay in close and direct contact with the
doctoral supervisor. A working schedule is established between the student and
the PhD supervisor and will include at least two periods where the student must
be present at the University of Bucharest each academic year. When in
Bucharest, further to meetings with the PhD supervisors and continuing work on
the thesis, the PhD students will also interact with other doctoral students
and members of the teaching staff with whom they share academic interests,
whilst also participating in the activities of the doctoral school of the
During the second
year, progress reports are to be submitted according to a time schedule, and a
format established by the supervisor and the student in compliance with the
requirements of each doctoral school.
Also within the second, and then the third year of the program, according to
the rules of the doctoral school where they are enrolled, students will submit
2-3 research reports which they will be required to present to a committee
according to a schedule agreed with the PhD supervisor.
During the second
semester of the third year, students are required to complete the thesis. Once
the thesis has obtained the approval of both the guiding commission and
individual supervisor, it will then be submitted for public defense. This will
take place 2-3 months after the thesis has received the approval of the PhD
supervisor, and represents the final step of the program.
The final step of
the Program is the public defense of the Thesis.
To Start the
application process, individual are required to submit the online application
found on our website.
Once submitting the
online application form, we will then refer to you with an e-mail, indicating
your application reference code and will outlining all the next steps,
including the supporting documents required for the application.
Applications are being
processed on a regular base, as enrolment to the program is possible towards
fall, winter and spring start, each year.
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 then determined for the second
and 4th semesters.
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