Cooperation programme with TU Wien's Continuing Education Center: Master of Science in Environmental Technology & International Affairs (ETIA)

The two-year ETIA programme is a professional master’s degree programme (Universitätslehrgang*) that offers the opportunity of studying environmental issues both from the technical and the international relations points of view. This interdisciplinary programme is organised in cooperation with TU Wien's Continuing Education Center. The participants are awarded an academic degree (MSc) of TU Wien. ETIA prepares graduates for high-flying careers as managers and engineers, as well as for political and diplomatic tasks in the fields of environment and sustainable development, where they can rationally assess environmental requirements and actively take part in the shaping of new norms. Professional master programmes like the MSc ETIA focus on professional career development rather than a career in academia.

* = in accordance with §56 of the University Act 2002, BGBl I Nr. 120/2002 as amended


Target group
Professionals of all disciplines and nationalities with a university degree who aim at a career in the field of international environmental management; university students of all disciplines and nationalities who have acquired a first university degree and are interested in a career in businesses and organisations dealing with the current and future challenges of the environment and sustainable development
Language of instruction
English, with some optional courses offered in German and French
September 2022
Application deadline Late application still possible
Decision 15 April 2022
Degree awarded Master of Science, awarded by TU Wien in accordance with §58 (1) and § 87 (2) of the University Act 2002, BGBl I Nr. 120/2002 as amended
Duration Two-year full-time programme
ECTS points 120
Tuition fee EUR 14,300 / academic year 2022-23


The ETIA postgraduate MSc programme lasts two years, one of which is spent at the DA and the other at the TU Wien.


This two-year MSc covers a wide range of topics. The focus of the technical and scientific programme at the TU Wien is placed on the quality management of air and water and the management of resources and energy, as well as topics regarding climate change and sustainable development. The international studies at the DA deal with legal, economic and political issues.

The curriculum at the Vienna School of International Studies includes

  • political science and international relations
  • international and European law
  • international economics
  • contemporary history
  • optional courses

The curriculum at the TU Wien includes

  • general topics and seminars in environmental technology
  • surveillance & sustainable development
  • air, water and waste
  • environment and technology
  • Master’s thesis


In order to be eligible for admission to the ETIA 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 / DI code = 7730)

Applications are assessed by the ETIA Admissions Commission. In some cases, candidates may be invited to a personal interview.


Applications for the ETIA Programme may be made by the online/offline procedure (see below). The ETIA Commission reviews all applications and may, in some cases, invite candidates to an interview. Only applications completed in full are taken into consideration.

Application deadline: 15 March 2022, late application still possible

Online/Offline Application Process

  1. Register
  2. Fill in the online application form and upload your CV. The document size of your CV must not exceed 1 MB.
  3. Post copies of the following documents to the DA Registrar’s Office. The documents (double set* except for the recommendation letters) should reach the registrar as soon as possible.
  • CV
  • motivation letter
  • proof of competence in English (please check the requirements on the "Admission" tab and the list of accepted certificates)
  • university/college diploma (Candidates who have not yet finished their university/college studies at the time of application may submit their diploma by 31 July 2022. In case the applicant does not fulfil this requirement, the provisionally reserved study place is forfeited.)
  • transcript of grades
  • highschool diploma
  • copy of your passport
  • photo (passport sized)
  • two academic recommendation letters. These MUST be
    + submitted by the referees to the candidate in a sealed envelope or
    + submitted by the referees directly to our registrar by postal mail.

If you are applying for a scholarship, you are required to mail the duly completed and signed (no electronic signatures) scholarship form.

Please send the documents listed above to

Diplomatische Akademie Wien
Genny Chiarandon
Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Wien/Vienna

We kindly ask you not to bind or staple your application documents together in any way, and not to submit them in a folder of any kind.

* The second set of documents is needed to register candidates who have been admitted to the ETIA programme simultaneously as students of TU Wien.

Certified Translations

The working languages of the Diplomatic Academy are English, French and German. If your documents are not issued in one of these languages, please make sure you include certified translations with your application.

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ETIA Tuition Waivers

Starting with the Academic year 2016, the Diplomatische Akademie Wien (‘DA’) and the Continuing Education Center of TU Wien (CEC) jointly grant two partial tuition waivers in order to support qualified students.
These waivers amount to 50% of the tuition fees for the two-year programme and the award is based on the applicant’s academic performance.
Eligible for the award are candidates who are admitted to the ETIA programme and have applied for financial assistance.
Decisions on applications for financial assistance are taken by the ETIA Commission and the results are notified together with the decision on admission to the ETIA Programme.
In order to apply for a tuition waiver, applicants are required to mail the duly completed and signed (no electronic signatures) scholarship form to the DA by 15 March 2022.
Admission to the ETIA Programme is independent of the award of any scholarship or tuition waiver.

Scholarships for a Sustainable Future

DA and TU Wien grant two scholarships in the amount of EUR 14,300 each for the MSc in Environmental Technology and International Affairs.
For further details please visit the ETIA website.

ARA Best Study Award

For many years ARA Altstoff Recycling Austria AG has been supporting academic programmes in the field of resource management and waste minimisation. In 2010, the ARA Best Study Award has been established for students of the MSc Program Environmental Technology and International Affairs (ETIA).
As Austria's leading compliance scheme under the EU Packaging Directive, ARA is collecting, recycling and recovering more than 750,000 tons of packaging waste each year, thus saving 600,000 tons CO₂ equivalents per year.
The ARA Best Study Award honours the graduating students with the best academic performance throughout both years of the MSc Program. The awardees are selected by a prize committee in which the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the TU Wien are represented by their academic directors and delegated professors. All decisions are final.
The winners will be announced on the occasion of the graduation ceremony and will receive the ARA Best Study Award as follows:
First prize: EUR 12,000
Second prize: EUR 5,000
Third prize: EUR 3,000

Scholarship of the Austrian Scholarship Foundation

This Foundation awards scholarships to citizens of those countries that suffered under the National Socialist regime, particularly through the recruiting of forced labour. The programme is, however, not only intended for people from the countries particularly affected by the recruitment of forced labour, but also for the descendants of forced labourers who live in other countries.

Please find further details at the Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Grants.

Student loans

Erste Bank "Fund of Excellence"

The Fund of Excellence invests in your education (tuition, living expenses).
Check the details at
EU and EEA citizens only!

Erasmus+ Master Loans

Erasmus+ Master loans allow students to apply for support for their master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment.
For more details please read the attached document.

Country-specific Loans

For students from Great Britain

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning visit or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 12188.

For students from British Columbia

Students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna can apply for student loans at the Ministry of Advanced Education & Labour Market Development.


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