ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY

Do you want a career in diplomacy, especially economic diplomacy, or want to further professionalise your diplomatic career? Looking to start preparing for the diplomatic service exams? If so, then the Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy is exactly what you are looking for. Participants in this programme are instructed in the legal and business aspects of economic diplomacy through a combination of academic and practitioner-led courses, complemented by a series of skills and thematic workshops. Compulsory courses are followed by either elective subjects in Washington and/or Shanghai, an internship, or a thesis. All designed to ensure that our graduates are ready for a career in economic diplomacy.

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Programme

The postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy prepares students for a career in diplomacy, especially economic diplomacy. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Participants are instructed in the legal and business aspects of economic diplomacy. Skills workshops support optimal professional performance.

Added Value

The postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy offers you:

  • A unique and specialised 66 ECTS curriculum.  
  • A mixture of academic and practitioner led classes, designed to provide theoretical and practical understanding of the various aspects of economic diplomacy.
  • The option of a  transcontinental study path with electives in Washington D.C. and/or Shanghai.
  • Internship services: students are assisted in obtaining internships.
  • The BDA can provide references and career advice.

Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

AFTER GRADUATION

This programme is designed to enable graduates to enter the labour market or improve their career prospects within and beyond the field of economic diplomacy.

 

First step in the market

The postgraduate aims to deliver graduates who are ready for professional life. Graduates are well placed to take part in the diplomatic exams, especially the exams aimed at a career within economic diplomacy. 

Realistic job opportunities can also be found within governmental departments and international organisations.

Furthermore, due to the international business courses, graduates may find a job in the field of international business development (import, export, international investment).

Finally there are job prospects in banks, for example in the international trade finance department, in the international investment finance department, and in corporate relations.

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THE BDA IS HAPPY TO PROVIDE REFERENCES AND ADVICE ON CAREER OPTIONS AND THE VUB CAREER CENTER HELPS YOU TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

First step in the market

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A SUPERVISOR, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Application deadline

Prospective students are strongly advised to contact us to discuss the programme before applying.

  • Applications must be submitted by the 1st of June.
  • The semester starts on the 1st of September.
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Applications can only be submitted through the website.

International opportunities

The Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy is the first and only transcontinental programme in Economic Diplomacy.

In the second semester, students can choose electives amounting to:

18 ECTS in Washington D.C.

or

18 ECTS in Shanghai

or

9 ECTS in Washington D.C. and 9 ECTS in Shanghai

It is also possible, under certain circumstances, to undertake an internship overseas.

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Tuition fees

BDA programmes are not subsidised. The tuition fees for the Belgian part of the programme are 6800 Euros, with additional fees for electives in Washington and/or Shanghai.