Diplomatic Academy of Vienna – Vienna School of International Studies

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The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers. The main academic areas encompass international relations, political science, international and EU law, economics, history and languages. We equip our students not only with the academic qualifcations but also intercultural skills, negotiation and management skills which are the essential prerequisites for the successful entry into many international professions today. Students receive a world-class education in international affairs. The DA boasts an international faculty that consists of university professors from many different countries. Another core element is language training in the DA’s three working languages English, German and French.

Faculties and programmes

Political Science and International Relations | International Economics | International and European Law | History


Diploma programme. This one-year full-time interdisciplinary postgraduate programme provides a broad survey of the system of international relations and places equal emphasis on both the academic and the practical with special training in languages and personal skills. Master of Advanced Studies (MAIS). This two-year full-time academic programme centres on the advanced study of politics and international relations, international economics, history, and international and European law. It provides an extensive knowledge in international affairs, strong analytical skills, language skills, and the experience of an international community. The MAIS is a joint master’s degree of the DA and the University of Vienna. PhD programme in Interdisciplinary International Studies (IIS). This four-year programme is jointly run by the DA and the University of Vienna. Modelled after North American doctoral programmes it involves demanding coursework prior to writing a doctoral dissertation. The IIS is open to graduates (master’s degree or equivalent) who wish to pursue a research project linking at least two of the four disciplines of legal studies, political science, international economics, and history. In cooperation with the TU Wien: Master of Science in Environmental Technology and International Affairs (ETIA). The two-year full-time MSc programme combines international studies in major political, economic and legal issues concerning the environment and sustainable development with studies of environmental technologies.