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Our Study Programmes

Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS)

MASTER OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (MAIS)

The MAIS 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 MAIS is a joint Master’s degree of the Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna.

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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
Language
English, with some optional courses offered in German and French
Start
September 2021
Degree awarded
Master of Advanced International Studies, awarded by the Vienna School of International Studies together with the University of Vienna. Graduates holding the academic degree of “Master of Advanced International Studies” (MAIS) are entitled to enrol at university in any doctoral programme related to their field of study. The degree can be positioned after the name.
Duration
Two-year full-time programme
ECTS points
120
Student body
65-70 students on average per year

MSc in Environmental Technology and International Affairs (ETIA)

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.

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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
English, with some optional courses offered in German and French
Start
September 2021
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
Student body 20 students on average per year

Diploma Programme (DLG)

DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

The Diploma Programme is a one-year postgraduate training course in the theory and practice of international relations. Emphasis is placed, above all, on interdisciplinarity, the implementation of theoretical knowledge in practice, and multilingualism. With the Diploma Programme students acquire the academic, practical and language skills necessary for a successful career in the international arena.

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Target group
Graduates (university or college) of all disciplines and nationalities
Language
English, with some courses in French and German
Start
September 2021
Entrance examination 22-26 February 2021 (at Austrian embassies / consulates general) 
22-24 March 2021 (at the DA in Vienna or via Skype/Zoom)
Degree awarded Diploma of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies
Duration One year, full-time
ECTS points 60
Student body 25 students on average per year

PhD in Interdisciplinary International Studies (IIS)

PHD IN INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Interdisciplinary International Studies (IIS) is a four-year programme jointly organised by the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies (DA) and the University of Vienna. The programme is open to graduates (Master degree) who wish to pursue a research project linking at least two of the four disciplines legal studies, political science, international economics and history.

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Summer Course for German Language and Austrian Studies

SUMMER COURSE FOR GERMAN LANGUAGE AND AUSTRIAN STUDIES

The Summer Course of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies offers intensive German classes for learners of all levels - from beginners to advanced, everybody can find a course suitable to the individual requirements. Classes are taught in small groups by a team of highly experienced trainers specially qualified for teaching "German as a Foreign Language". By means of creative language learning, research projects and leisure activities students can discover Austria in all facets as well as apply the new language skills acquired during classes. Additionally, lectures and excursions give participants the opportunity to learn about Austrian politics, history, society and culture.

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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
Language
English, with some optional courses offered in German and French
Start
September 2021
Degree awarded
Master of Advanced International Studies, awarded by the Vienna School of International Studies together with the University of Vienna. Graduates holding the academic degree of “Master of Advanced International Studies” (MAIS) are entitled to enrol at university in any doctoral programme related to their field of study. The degree can be positioned after the name.
Duration
Two-year full-time programme
ECTS points
120
Student body
65-70 students on average per year
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
English, with some optional courses offered in German and French
Start
September 2021
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
Student body 20 students on average per year
Target group
Graduates (university or college) of all disciplines and nationalities
Language
English, with some courses in French and German
Start
September 2021
Entrance examination 22-26 February 2021 (at Austrian embassies / consulates general) 
22-24 March 2021 (at the DA in Vienna or via Skype/Zoom)
Degree awarded Diploma of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien - Vienna School of International Studies
Duration One year, full-time
ECTS points 60
Student body 25 students on average per year
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Calendar
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All important dates at a glance for MAIS, DLG and MSc ETIA's first year are available on the academic calendars 2020-21 and 2021-22.

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FAQs

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Campus
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The DA is located in a former imperial palace in the centre of Vienna. Students come from all over the world, about 40 live on campus.

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Financial Aid

Image by Bruno /Germany from PixabayCheck out a cost estimate for a year at the DA and find out more about financial assistance from the DA and its partners.

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Emily Busvine on MAIS
Laura Vujcic on DLG
Tatiana Chernyavskaya on MSc ETIA
Corina Traistaru on the PhD IIS
Careers

© DA/Daniel NovotnyThe da.link career services team supports students and graduates in building successful careers in many different fields.

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Alumni
ClubDA

Since 1964 ClubDA offers numerous services for students and alumni to keep in touch with each other and the Academy.

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Events

© DA/Peter LechnerMore than 200 lectures, conferences and discussions on current topics take place both at the DA and online every year.

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Download
Information brochure

We invite you to browse the full brochure of the Vienna School of International Studies. Click on the cover to download the PDF version.

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