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Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Where the past has a future


The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna is proud of a long history stretching back to 1754 and the days of the Empress Maria Theresa when it was founded as the "Oriental Academy". A special emphasis has always been placed on language training, which in the time of the Oriental Academy included Farsi, Turkish and Arabic. But even in its early days the Academy also hosted a strong programme in economics as well as and the first chair for International Law in Austria. At the close of the nineteenth century the institution was reorganised as the Imperial Consular Academy. During the National Socialist occupation of Austria the Academy was closed down. The modern Diplomatic Academy was reopened in 1964 by the then Foreign Minister Dr. Bruno Kreisky. It was restructured in 1996 and established as an independent public institution.

The Academy's working languages today are English, French and German. Students take courses in international relations, economics, politics and history and learn negotiation techniques as well as communication skills. Students become acquainted with the working methods of international organisations, foreign ministries, international business and the media. In line with its special focus on European affairs study trips to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg are part of the study programme. The Academy is a postgraduate institution and entrance exams are held every spring for students who have already completed an undergraduate university course or equivalent. Special emphasis is put on a pluridisciplinary approach to studies.

The Diplomatic Academy is a truly international family with students from all over the world as well as Austria. The study programme is intense and stereotypes portraying a budding diplomat's life as one long wine party quickly vanish. Of course cocktails and receptions are held at the Academy and they provide a useful networking opportunity. For the most part, however, the students are to be found in lectures, at the computer terminals or on another kind of treadmill in the fitness studio. After the final exams many students start a career in international organisations, business or in diplomacy.

The DA offers special, short courses for young diplomats from countries with young democracies.

Today the Diplomatic Academy prepares postgradutes for international careers in the fields of public service, diplomacy, international organisation, business, NGO's and the media. The study programme is intense and stereotypes portraying a budding diplomat's life as one long wine party quickly vanish. Of course cocktails and receptions are held at the Academy and they provide a useful networking opportunity. For the most part, however, the students are to be found in lectures, at the computer terminals or on another kind of treadmill in the fitness studio. After the final exams many students start a career in international organisations, business or in diplomacy.

http://www.da-vienna.ac.at

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