Executive Training Programmes

The DA organises a broad range of programmes for government institutions, international organisations, universities and companies.

The DA's Executive Training Programmes offer:

Wide range of topics - Broad international audience - Research and dialogue

The DA's many years of experience as a centre of academic excellence, together with its emphasis on the training of soft skills, form the basis of its high profile as a provider of training programmes on diplomacy, international and European affairs as well as specialised language courses. Vienna, a capital of rich cultural heritage and home to numerous international organisations such as the UN, IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTO, OSCE and OPEC, provides the ideal environment for the implementation of the tailor-made trainings offered at the DA.

The DA organises a broad range of Executive Training Programmes for public officials and diplomats from Southeast Europe, the Black Sea region/South Caucasus, as well as from Africa, Central Asia and the Caribbean.

Tailor-made programmes are created at the specific request of governments, international organisations, universities and companies. These seminars and modules are organised in Vienna and abroad, preparing participants for international leadership roles.

The DA trains public officials for the specific tasks they face when their country holds the EU Council Presidency; additionally, consultancy services are provided to governments establishing or reforming diplomatic training institutes.

Summer Schools or training modules on International Affairs are offered to academics and researchers from all over the world, and organised in cooperation with international universities.

As part of a European research network the DA has acquired a high level of competence in the increasingly important field of science diplomacy and has developed trainings in this field.

A team of highly experienced and dedicated project managers stands ready to design and implement these programmes to fulfil the individual requirements of its clients.

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Recent and upcoming programmes

EU Policy Making

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Two-week Inter-University Summer School on EU Policy Making organised by the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Vienna School of International Studies and University of Vienna
(4-15 July 2022)

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International Affairs

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Online programme focusing on European and international affairs and tailored to the needs of public officials and junior diplomats from the Black Sea Region and South Caucasus with a special emphasis on the EU
(8 - 26 August 2022)

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Summer Course 2022

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The Summer Course offers intensive German classes for learners of all levels. Classes are taught in small groups by a team of highly experienced trainers specially qualified for teaching “German as a Foreign Language”.
(18 July - 11 August 2022)

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Modern Diplomacy

Online programme providing the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis of and training in modern diplomacy to gain insights from practitioners, academics and policymakers at the forefront of their fields
(22 August - 2 September 2022)

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International Affairs

© DA/Pilo Pichler

Online programme focusing on European and international affairs and tailored to the needs of public officials and junior diplomats from Southeast Europe with a special emphasis on the working of the EU
(18 July - 5 August 2022)

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International Affairs

© DA/Petra Kakuska

Online programme focusing on European and international affairs as well as EU-Caribbean relations and tailored to the needs of public officials and junior diplomats from the Caribbean (CARIFORUM member states)
(3 - 28 October 2022)

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Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger (© DA/Peter Lechner)


"Providing training at the highest of standards in a vibrant cosmopolitan environment is a key element of the activities of the Vienna School of International Studies. Our trainings respond to the challenges of modern career paths for clients from both the state and private sectors. This expertise is firmly rooted in the know-how and skills derived from many decades of work in the field of international relations."

Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger
Deputy Director and Head of Executive Training Programmes, Vienna School of International Studies