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Master of Arts Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

0 Commentsby   |  09.19.11  |  Announcement, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Cooperation with Dubrovnik International University

(Berlin and Dubrovnik, October 11th, 2011) 

(www.icd-masterprogram.orgApplication Form>


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Dubrovnik International University (DIU) are pleased to announce the graduate Master of Arts program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. Offered by DIU in partnership with the ICD, the program will combine the traditional academic components of international relations with a new focus on the role of soft power and cultural diplomacy in contemporary global affairs.


The Degree
While the study of political science has been a cherished tradition of academia, the developments outlined above demand the identification of entirely new theories and models. An understanding of the challenges faced by the contemporary world requires an interdisciplinary approach; International Relations and Diplomacy should not be understood only as disciplines of Political Science or Political Theory, but also be interpreted from the perspective of art and culture, economics, law, and other social sciences.


Further information about the program curriculum is found under:


The Online Degree

In order to provide access to this MA degree to those applicants who are not able to travel to Berlin and Dubrovnik for the MA degree (such as professionals or diplomats with full time jobs) we have developed  an online version of the MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. This degree would follow the same structure and curriculum of the on-site Masters Degree offered through the two institutions; however would be completely administered online and offered to those who could not physically come to Berlin or Dubrovnik. This program, like the on-site program, will be facilitated in English. For more information about this online degree, please contact us at:



DIU and the ICD do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions 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. Additional factors, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews are also a vital part of the admissions process. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment.


Further information is found under:


For further information please contact us under



The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.


Please address any additional queries to


With warm regards and gratitude,


Mark Donfried

Director & Founder


Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)

Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719

Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680

Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811


Spanish Studies Program @ Instituto Franklin

0 Commentsby   |  02.15.11  |  Announcement, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad


FALL 2011


PROGRAM DATES: Sep. 1 – Dec. 16, 2011

LOCATION: Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (SPAIN)

The University of Alcalá was founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe. UNESCO granted the University the distinction of World Heritage Site in 1998.


  • Academic registration: 12-15 credits to choose from the Spanish Studies Program offer and/or regular courses at the University of Alcalá
  • Credits issued by the University of Alcalá
  • Cultural activities in all courses, such as visits to museums, corporate visits, governmental institutions, etc, which provide students with a challenging learning environment
  • University of Alcalá student ID
  • We offer medical, travel and third party damages insurance to requesting students
  • Orientation sessions
  • Guided tour of Alcalá
  • Guided tour of Madrid
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • University services: computer room, libraries, sport complex and all university services
  • On site coordinator which supervises students´ stay and helps them with any issues which may arise during the program
  • 24h emergency on-call service
  • Homestay with families (including three meals/day and laundry service once a week). Our families have much experience working with students and helping them integrate into Spanish culture
  • Spanish tutor who meets individually with students to help them with language acquisition and questions
  • Volunteering opportunities for interested students throughout the semester


  • Spanish courses for all levels: from beginners to near-native fluency
  • Courses in the areas of international relations, history, culture and civilization, business, literature, and courses for bilingual students
  • The Spanish Studies Program is accredited by the University of Alcalá, and evaluated externally every semester by ICE (Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación) as well as by internal evaluations

For more information:

Enter the ACTFL Video Podcast Contest and shine during Discover Languages Month

0 Commentsby   |  11.02.10  |  Announcement, Dialektos, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

$500 prize for contest winner!

This year’s theme of the ACTFL National Video Podcast Contest is “Why I am a 21st Century Learner.” Open to currently enrolled world language students in grades K-16. All entries will be displayed for the world to see. Selected winners can win up to $500 and will be featured on ACTFL’s website and in the February issue of “The Language Educator.” The deadline is Dec. 20. Find out more and check out last year’s winners.

Critical Language Scholarship Program 2011 Application Now Open – Deadline: November 15, 2010

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.10  |  Announcement, International Studies Major, Programs

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, described at The deadline to apply for the 2011 CLS Program is November 15, 2010.

Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

To access the online application, or for more information about the CLS Program, please visit the CLS website at or email

Spring/Summer 2011 Advanced Courses

0 Commentsby   |  09.15.10  |  Announcement, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

Next Spring we are offering the following courses.  Click on the course number for more information.

  • FLFR 440: ST France and the French, w/ Prof. Opsitch
  • FLSP 353: Latin American Culture, w/ Dr. Walker
  • FLSP 388: Advanced Spanish Conversation, w/ Dr. Brown
  • FLSP 481: Hispanic Novel, w/ Dr. Walker
  • INTS 499: International Studies Seminar, w/ Dr. Rall

Summer Spanish courses will be offered in Montevideo.

  • FLSP 353: Latin American Culture, w/ Prof. Roggendorff
  • FLSP 440: Literary Journey of the Southern Cone, w/ Prof. Roggendorff

Teaching (and other work) opportunities abroad

0 Commentsby   |  09.08.10  |  Announcement, Programs

Here are some of the programs/resources for finding jobs abroad.  Many are teaching English, but there are others as well…

I will update this post if I find any new ones.  If you find other cool resources, please post them as a reply to this post.

Lauren Johnson’s blog, connecting Montevideo with Costa Mesa, CA.

0 Commentsby   |  03.30.10  |  International Studies Major, Programs, Study Abroad

Lauren Johnson, an International Studies major now in ACU’s Study Abroad program, started writing a blog, Tráigame Uruguay, about her experiences in Montevideo.  The Costa Mesa, CA, newspaper wrote an article about how Lauren’s blog is helping her former teacher, Christine Navakovich, Spanish teacher at Mariners Christian School, teach second-graders Spanish and learn about Latin American culture.  The American Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) with nearly 7,000+ members nation-wide, highlighted the story in this month’s brief.


Over seven thousand foreign language educators across the United States have seen how an ACU student is using mobile technology while at ACU’s Montevideo program to connect Montevideo with her home town of Costa Mesa, CA.

Read all about it:  Daily Pilot – Serving Newport Beach & Costa Mesa, California.

Advanced French and Spanish Courses

0 Commentsby   |  03.24.10  |  Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

The Department of Foreign Languages will offer the following advanced courses. During the Summer 2010:

During the Fall 2010:

Click on the links for more information.  We hope to see you in class next summer or fall!