DW Akademie annually holds the international academic symposium “Media Dialogue”. IMS students and instructors also regularly attend related academic conferences in Germany and abroad.
Researchers of the Master's program are active in different fields of media research including topics such as "Media and Migration", "Media and Politics" and "International Journalism Education Standards".
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".