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.

Faculty


Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

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Program

The postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy prepares for a career in diplomacy, especially economic diplomacy. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Participants will be instructed on the legal and business aspects of economic diplomacy. Skills workshops will guarantee an optimal functioning at professional level.

Study credits

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

AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

First step in the market

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

Realistic job opportunities are also 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 VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE 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

Phd?


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 PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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International opportunities

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

In the second semester, students have the following possibilities:

Following 18 ECTS in Washington D.C.

Following 18 ECTS in Shanghai

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

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website

  • All students need to apply before June 1st
  • 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

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Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a nonEU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found here.