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ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

No need to choose between diplomacy or international business if you don’t want to! The Postgraduate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business is a comprehensive and highly specialised programme which prepares students for careers in both diplomacy and international business. Compulsory courses in Brussels are complemented with either subjects in Washington and/or Shanghai, an internship or a thesis.   This programme is not only relevant for those aspiring to a career in diplomacy and international business, it is also of particular interest to anyone who wants to be involved in developing international economic, monetary, financial and banking policy.

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Programme

The Postgraduate  Flagship  Programme  in  Economic  Diplomacy  and  International  Business  is  a  highly  specialised  and  comprehensive programme preparing students for a career in diplomacy, especially economic diplomacy, and international business. To an important extent, diplomats and business people need to master the same skills and deal with the same matters, albeit from different angles. Graduates from this programme who are active in diplomacy will excel in defending their home country’s economic interests. Graduates who are active in business will excel professionally by mastering trade and investment techniques and through their knowledge on how to maximise the potential of their home country’s economic diplomacy. Another advantage is that graduates can easily switch career from diplomacy to business or banking and back.

Courses  of  a  high  academic  standard  are  enriched  by  hands-on  input  from  practitioners.  Participants  will  be  offered  all round  training, giving them a sound understanding of the legal, fiscal, economic, monetary, banking and commercial aspects of economic diplomacy  and  international  business.  Skills workshops  support  optimal  professional  performance.  This  programme  is  not  only  relevant for anyone aspiring to a career in diplomacy and international business, it is also of particular interest to anyone who wants to be involved with international economic, monetary, financial and banking policy making.

Added value

The Postgraduate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business offers you:

  • A unique and specialised 99 ECTS curriculum.  
  • A mixture of academic and practitioner led classes, designed to provide theoretical and practical understanding of the various aspects of economic diplomacy and international business. .
  • The option of a  transcontinental study path with electives in Washington D.C. and/or Shanghai.
  • Internship services: students are assisted in obtaining internships.
  • The BDA can provide references and career advice.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

AFTER GRADUATION

This programme is designed to maximise the chances of finding and being successful in jobs across economic diplomacy and international business including jobs in international organisations, governmental departments and diplomacy such as Trade Commissioner, jobs in trade and investment such as export manager, purchasing or sourcing manager, investment manager, account manager or business development manager; and finally jobs in banks, for example in the international trade finance department, in the international investment finance department, and in corporate relations. Finally, the programme is also of particular use to those who want to be involved with international economic, monetary, financial and banking policy making.

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THE BDA IS HAPPY TO PROVIDE REFERENCES AND ADVICE ON CAREER OPTIONS AND THE VUB CAREER CENTER HELPS YOU TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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First step in the market

This is a comprehensive curriculum which delivers graduates able to embark on a career in economic diplomacy as well as independently undertake international business practices such as export, import, sourcing, investing, M&A and international alliance formation.

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Application deadline

Prospective students are strongly advised to contact us to discuss the programme before applying.

The semester starts on the 1st of September.

Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Applications can only be submitted through the website.

International Opportunities

The Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a transcontinental programme.

In the second semester, students can choose electives amounting to:

12 ECTS in Washington D.C.

or

12 ECTS in Shanghai

or

6 ECTS in Washington D.C. and 6 ECTS in Shanghai

It is also possible, under certain circumstances, to undertake an internship overseas.

Tuition fees

BDA programmes are not subsidised. The tuition fees for the Belgian part of the programme are 9500 Euros, with additional fees for electives in Washington and/or Shanghai.

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