One-Year Certificate in International Diplomacy

A Post-Graduate Professional Training Program

Fall Semester: September 14 — December 18, 2020

Spring Semester: February 8 — May 14, 2021

Washington, D.C.



Our One-Year Certificate in International Diplomacy is the most comprehensive, in-depth and hands-on professional training program in diplomatic practice offered outside government. It prepares trainees for careers in diplomacy and international affairs, including work in government ministries, embassies and consulates, international organizations and global NGOs. It includes four courses and an internship in Washington during each of the two semesters.

The program is taught by career ambassadors and other professional diplomats who have served in dozens of countries over several decades. The courses create optimal conditions for highly interactive and experiential learning, where trainees participate in real-life case studies, simulations, role-playing and other exercises derived from the instructors’ own experience. The material provides insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, diplomatic reporting and writing, negotiation and mediation, political and economic tradecraft, public diplomacy and cross-cultural communication and other skills and competencies. Trainees who successfully complete the program receive a Certificate of Professional Training in International Diplomacy. WIDA does not confer academic degrees.

Fall Semester Courses

National & International Diplomacy Systems (3 hrs/week)

Behind the Scenes of a Diplomatic Mission (3 hrs/week)

Political & Economic Tradecraft (3 hrs/week)

Public Diplomacy & Cross-Cultural Communication (3 hrs/week)

Internship (12-15 hrs/week)

Read the syllabus for each course

Spring Semester Courses

Diplomatic and Foreign-Affairs Writing (3 hrs/week)

Diplomatic Negotiation and Mediation (3 hrs/week)

Serving As a Foreign-Policy Adviser and Policy-Maker (3 hrs/week)

Persuasion, Influence and Power-Projection (3 hrs/week)

Internship (12-15 hrs/week)

Read the syllabus for each course


The Academy arranges internships in government, at foreign embassies, international think tanks or NGOs in the Washington, D.C., area for all trainees. Once you are accepted and enroll in the program, we will provide available options. Exact hours will be agreed on with host-organizations, but interns are typically expected to work 12-15 hours a week. Internships are unpaid, unless otherwise specified. Trainees who are employed in the foreign-affairs field and prefer to work part-time for their employers — either remotely or in a Washington office — will be exempt from an internship, provided their work doesn’t interfere with the Certificate Program.

Application and Selection Process

Professionals and recent graduates who have earned a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree are eligible to apply to the One-Year Certificate Program in International Diplomacy. Previous coursework in political science, international relations or related fields is highly desirable, but not required. Both U.S. and foreign citizens may apply. Fluency in English is required.

You may apply either for the full two-semester program or for the Fall Semester only. However, priority will be given to candidates for both semesters. Applicants for the Spring Semester only must have completed the Fall Semester previously or served as diplomats for a minimum of three years.


Step 1: Application Form, CV/Résumé and Cover Letter

Please complete the application form, which requires you to upload a CV or résumé, as well as a cover letter or personal statement, explaining how the Academy will help you achieve your career goals (up to 500 words). The deadline for early admission is January 31, 2020. The deadline for regular admission is March 31, 2020.

Step 2: Letters of Recommendation

If you pass the first round of the selection process, we will ask for two letters of recommendation to be send to us directly by their authors.

Step 3: Skype Interview

If you pass the second round of the selection process, you will be invited to a Skype interview with one or more members of the Selection Committee, who will make a final decision.

Tuition Fees

The fees below include the cost of four courses and an internship per semester, as well as certain study materials. They do not include books.

Tuition for both semesters: $25,000
Tuition for one semester only: $15,000

Housing Options

Both individual and shared housing is available through local universities and other providers in the Washington, D.C., area, starting around $1,000 a month. Trainees admitted to the program will receive up-to-date information before enrollment. Trainees may arrange their housing independently.

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