Diplomatic Academy Of Vienna


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 academic research


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.


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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master in Advanced International Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Austria Vienna

The M.A.I.S. programme is a two-year academic programme which centres on the advanced study of politics and international relations, international economics, history, and international and European law. [+]

The M.A.I.S. programme is a two-year academic programme which centres on the advanced study of politics and international relations, international economics, history, and international and European law. Students have to complete an interdisciplinary thesis in this research-based programme. Equipped with extensive knowledge, strong analytical skills, some language competency, and the experience of an international community, graduates proceed to positions in international organisations, business, and government or to further research and academic careers. The M.A.I.S. is a joint Master’s degree of the Diplomatic Academy and the University of Vienna. Target group University and college graduates of all disciplines and all nationalities who wish to attain profound knowledge of international relations through a multidiscplinary Master’s programme. Structure MAIS1 In the first year of the Master of Advanced International Studies students attend classes in the fields of political science, international relations, economics and international economic relations, contemporary history, as well as international and European law. The student’s interests, preferences and prior knowledge are taken into account in individual student counselling sessions. The knowledge previously acquired in undergraduate programmes is complemented and supplemented, and the necessary basis for the analysis of specific topic areas in the MAIS2 year is created. MAIS2 In the second MAIS year students apply the knowledge acquired during the MAIS1 year in specialised courses and seminars to analyse problems and solve case studies. Methodological and interdisciplinary seminars, presented by prominent personalities from politics and science, prepare students for writing their Master’s thesis. In their Master’s thesis students are required to analyse a specific problem in international relations from the aspect of at least two academic disciplines. Study Trips In the first MAIS year a study trip to Brussels offers students the opportunity to examine European institutions at first hand. During the second MAIS year there is a study trip to the countries of the Western Balkans. Additional study trips (for example to Ukraine/Poland or Bulgaria) is offered to all programmes. In addition, there are excursions to international organizations headquartered in Vienna (UNO, OSCE, OPEC, UNIDO, IAEA, EUMC). Language Training Over the course of the two MAIS years students must complete language courses in German or French comprising at least 4 ECTS. In cooperation with the Language Centre of the University of Vienna and the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna the DA offers further optional courses in the official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Admission In order to be eligible for admission to the MAIS programme candidates must have: - a university degree in any discipline (minimum 180 ECTS) - an excellent command of English Those candidates whose mother tongue is not English must furnish evidence of their competence in English in the form of: - a first degree in English - CPE - CAE (grade: A) - IELTS (academic module with a minimum grade of 7.0) - TOEFL (minimum marks of 627 points in the paper test, 263 points in the computer test, or 106 points in the Internet test; DA institutional code / DI code = 7730). Applications are assessed by the MAIS Admissions Commission. Candidates may also be required to sit a written exam and/or be invited to a personal interview. Candidates may be admitted directly to the second MAIS year provided they have: - completed the Diploma course of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna or an equivalent university programme (for instance, within the framework of a cooperation agreement of the DA with other universities) or - participated in a first level degree (180 ECTS points) and another graduate programme (60 ECTS points at least) which cover the contents of the MAIS1 year compulsory modules in economics, law, political science and history. [-]


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