Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations

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The MA Program in Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations is a two-year accredited programme offered by the Faculty of European Studies Babes-Bolyai University.

The programme provides a comprehensive curriculum and practice in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case-study approach in the framework of international relations theory and political science. The MA focuses on several academic disciplines related to International Relations and Global Politics, with particular emphasis on Cultural Diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. The programme addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, 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 Sustainable Development.

The programme – the most internationalised at Faculty level – provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development, preparing them for careers in various fields, such as international relations, the humanities, politics, and culture, foreign policy and international economics. On a practical level, our international partners provide students with a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing them for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

An Erasmus Plus network of 87 universities provides our MA students with numerous opportunities for studying one semester or even one year abroad!

Every year, some of the students can choose to participate in an Erasmus Mundus Programme within this MA, in a European consortium, including the University of Saint-Etienne, Federico II University of Naples and the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. The students participating in the quadruple degree programme (DYCLAM+) have a unique opportunity to follow a comprehensive curriculum, by taking one semester in each of the partner universities. More information on this option is available here:

MA Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adrian Corpădean, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of European Studies (



    The curriculum of the International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy MA programme is 100% in English and includes the following topics, taught by prominent staff members, with considerable professional experience and international recognition:


The history and evolution of the field of cultural diplomacy
Concepts and approaches in international relations theory
Cultural diplomacy and cultural policies
Cultural heritage management
Public speaking


Idiosyncrasy and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Diplomatic protocol and communication
Geoeconomics and Geoculture
The internationalization of ethnic and religious conflicts
Methods of research and analysis in social sciences
Internship (with one of our national/international partners from the diplomatic/administrative/corporate fields)


Case studies in cultural diplomacy – the East-Central European patrimony
The management of EU cultural policies and projects
Typology of international crises
Negotiations and intercultural relations
Entrepreneurship and cultural heritage


Professional development and applied internship program
Cultural diplomacy strategies
Hybrid warfare and cyber security
How to prepare the dissertation
Elective course 1 (Instability and conflicts in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood / Migration and refugees in the transatlantic area)
Elective course 2 (Crisis communication / Elective course from the UBB curriculum)

No. of non-paying places: 10

No. of paying places: 40 (tuition fee: 3000 RON/year)

Admission criterion: an interview in English (22 July 2019) – free discussion on motivation, studies, language skills and career prospects (100% of the final admission grade). Tip: you should bring a CV!