International Cultural Management in Transition: Certificate course

Further education Arts & Cultural Management at Master level

Worldwide, current transformation processes such as digitalisation and globalisation are impacting on cultural institutions and their work. By acquiring the English-language certificate “International Cultural Management in Transition”, culture professionals from around the world can qualify to deal with these new challenges. The remote-learning course comprises a total of three modules in one or two semesters (dependent on the module selection). Depending on their individual preference, students of the online distance-learning programme choose from module topics such as transformation processes, international partnerships, participative approaches and sustainable cultural management. The module topics of this certificate were developed by the Goethe-Institut.

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Next dates: January 31st, 2025: Application deadline // April 2025: Next study start

At a glance

Degree: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Credit Points: 15
Length of study: 1-2 semesters
Language: English
Start date: in April
Application deadline: January 31
Costs: 2.460 EUR plus the current term contribution of 210 EUR
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn, Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg

Order information material

Continuing education International Cultural Management in Transition: Contents

In International Cultural Management in Transition you can choose a total of three modules from the five available:

  • Culture & Transformation (5 CP) - elective
  • Goethe-Institut module: Culture & Cooperation (5 CP) - elective
  • Participation, Diversity & Empowerment (5 CP) - elective
  • Culture & Sustainability (5 CP) - elective
  • Culture & Digitalitiy (5 CP) - elective

Further information on the course content

English certificate course International Cultural Management ©Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca
English certificate course International Cultural Management

Continuing Education International Cultural Management in Transition: Course of Study

Distance-learning cultural management programme

A key aspect of the certificate is honing your practical skills. An integral part of the programme are case studies and projects in which you develop solutions to real scenarios in global practice. This way you also get the opportunity to raise and explore problems from your everyday work. Students are therefore not just learners but also share their knowledge of practice with others on the course.

Discussions, group work and interdisciplinary projects further promote the exchange of knowledge. Teaching staff with experience in international roles and experienced culture managers for example from the Goethe-Institut will provide valuable practical insights.

The degree for your certificate programme

You can choose whether you want to take exams as part of the certificate programme and thus acquire a university certificate and proof of credit points at the end. You can also take the certificate without taking exams and receive a certificate of attendance at the end.

Good reasons for the certificate programme

  • extra-occupational training at Master level
  • Distance learning for maximum flexibility in your learning schedule and location and for combining work and study
  • diverse networking opportunities
  • practice-oriented qualification on a part-time basis
  • current topics and challenges in cultural management
  • innovative online didactics
  • only two semesters
  • Personal counselling and support
  • Strong partner: the Goethe-Institut provides comprehensive expertise in international cultural management

Resources and events for prospective students

You are interested in the International Cultural Management in Transition certificate but still have questions? Please feel free to arrange a personal counselling interview or take advantage of one of our other information and counselling services:

Application: Your path to the certificate International Cultural Management

The certificate programme starts in the summer semester each year (April) and lasts 1-2 semesters. Applications are to be submitted online by 31 January.

In addition, it is possible to take individual modules and have them subsequently credited to the certificate programme. You can apply for the individual modules until the respective module start date.

You must meet the following admission requirements to enroll in the certificate programme:

  • a university degree and at least two years of professional experience in the field of arts management OR at least five years of professional experience if no university degree is available
  • advanced English language skills
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Contact & Advising


Christian Holst
Universitätsallee 1, C6.217
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2534


Sabine Engel
Universitätsallee 1, C6.217
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1858

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