The Diplomatic Academy is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international organizations, the EU, in public service and in international business. The main training areas encompass international relations, political science, international and EU law, economics, history and languages.
In addition, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna offers
- Executive Training Programmes
- a Summer Course for German language and Austrian studies
- conferences and lectures with well-known figures from politics, economics and culture
The Diplomatic Academy is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented men and women for international careers and positions of leadership. Its unique teaching philosophy is built on five pillars:
- the highest academic standards
- multidisciplinary training
- the interplay between theory and practice
- full competence in languages
- an optimal student-teacher ratio.
This teaching philosophy ensures that students receive a world-class education in international affairs, an endeavour begun by the Empress Maria Theresa when she founded the Academy in 1754.
THE HISTORY OF THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY OF VIENNA
In 1754 the Empress Maria Theresa founded the Oriental Academy to train young men for the diplomatic service of the Habsburg monarchy. Out of the Oriental Academy evolved first the Consular Academy and in 1964 the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, which in 1996 was granted the status of an independent public training institution. The Academy is thus one of the oldest of its kind worldwide.
The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) is a member of various networks whose activities and initiatives bring together people working in the field of International Relations. In addition, cooperation agreements make it possible for DA students to complete part of their studies at a partner university.
International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT)
The International Forum on Diplomatic Training assembles Deans and Directors of some 100 Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations worldwide. It was established in 1972 by a joint initiative of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
The Forum meets annually to share information about recent trends in diplomacy and experiences gained in training for diplomatic and international careers.
Cooperative Degree Programmes
The Cooperative Degree Programmes of the DA are open to students of the „Master of Advanced International Studies". MAIS students have the opportunity to complete their second academic year at a partner university.
Since 1964 as many as 1700 students from over 100 countries have successfully completed academic programmes of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The Alumni Club of the DA (ClubDA) was established with the aim of enabling alumni to easily keep in touch with each other and the DA after their studies. In addition, this worldwide network provides strong support to DA alumni on their path to a successful career.
The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Fulbright Commission in Austria offer jointly a Fulbright-Diplomatic Student Grant and a Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Relations Grant.
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