Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

PhD Program in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations


Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 4-12

Bucharest, Bucuresti 50107


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Program in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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. The main field of the Ph.D. is International Relations, with a subfield in Cultural Diplomacy. It consists mainly of research conducted under the direct supervision of a Ph.D. supervisor. The duration of the program is three years; with the first two academic semesters taking place in Berlin and composed of courses on Cultural Diplomacy. In addition, students will undertake a professional development program with a commission of professors who will guide them with their research. 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 University. 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. Applications for the program are accepted throughout the year. Next start dates: Spring Semester 2015: March 30th, 2015; or May 11th, 2015 Fall Semester 2015: October 1st, 2015 Application deadline Spring Semester 2015: February 28th, 2015; or April 10th, 2015 Fall Semester 2015: August 31st, 2015


The PhD Degree is awarded by the University of Bucharest, which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees. The University of Bucharest is accredited through the Ministerul Educatiei, Cercetarii, Tineretului si Sportului, România (Ministry of Education, Research, Innovation and Sport of Romania), which is the governmental ministry responsible for determining the policies and direction of the educational system in Romania. The University of Bucharest 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.

International Student Requirements:

Non EU Students are required to submit their High School Certificate and Birth Certificate. For the official enrollment process at the University and registrations as a student, all copies must be certified. If the original document is written in any other language then English, French, Romanian or German, then a certified translation in English, together with a copy of the original is required. For the first application stage, regular copies sent via E-Mail are sufficient.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: -

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): - USD

In State Tuition (per year): 6000 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 6000 EUR

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