DW Akademie annually holds the international academic symposium “Media Dialogue”. IMS students and instructors also regularly attend related academic conferences in Germany and abroad.
In 2013 the Master's program participated in the pilot research program "Media and Migration". IMS students are also involved in an international study on the standards of journalism education.
In September 2012 DW Akademie launched a cooperation project with the German University in Cairo. Similar higher education cooperation programs are planned for Turkey and countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia.
The book series "Edition International Media Studies" includes publications regarding research on national and regional media systems. The series includes the "Handbook International Media Studies".