Summer Diplomatic Academy

A Practical Training Program for Students and Early-Career Professionals

Our Summer Diplomatic Academy is a unique and intensive practical professional training program that introduces undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to careers in international diplomacy.

The course covers the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on real-life aspects of work in governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and global NGOs. The material emphasizes a skills-based and experiential-learning approach, and is generally not offered at colleges and universities.

The course is taught by career ambassadors and other professional diplomats who have served in dozens of countries over several decades. They provide 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, cross-cultural communication, cyber diplomacy and other skills and competencies.

The program also includes career-counseling sessions. Students receive certificates from the Academy.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person program is not being offered in 2021.
In person
The four-week online program includes two 90-minute sessions per day (with one 30-minute break), Monday through Friday, for a total of 60 instruction hours. The sessions will be held live in real time.


Tuition fee: $4,000
The fee includes the cost of all sessions, as well as all study materials (except for recommended books). The cost is the same for both the in-person and online programs.


Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and early-career professionals are eligible to apply to the Summer Diplomatic Academy. Previous coursework in political science, international relations or related fields is highly desirable, but not required.

Applications must include a completed application form and a CV or résumé. A cover letter or personal statement, explaining how the academy will help you achieve your career goals (up to 500 words), is strongly encouraged but not required. We reserve the right to ask for such a statement if we believe it will strengthen your application.

Both U.S. and foreign citizens may apply. Fluency in English is required.

The application deadline is 31 March 2021.


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