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Study diplomacy abroad

An in-depth guide to studying diplomacy as an international student.

Diplomacy degrees abroad

Diplomacy degrees examine the processes of governmental negotiation and conflict resolution. It’s an interdisciplinary program that includes components of international relations, sociology, psychology, humanities, and law.

As a diplomacy student, you’ll study the key theories, principles, and scholars of the field. You’ll look at how international governments strategically cooperate, coerce, and sanction each other, and how these diplomatic processes affect matters like global trade, security, and climate change. As well as debating the contemporary diplomatic issues, you’ll explore historical dilemmas and milestones in international diplomacy.

Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity to gain first-hand experience in international affairs and global governance. By broadening your cultural horizons, you’ll develop an international perspective that’ll prepare you for a fascinating and fast-paced career in the global arena.

Diplomacy program structure

Although rare, it’s possible to study a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy over three or four years. The duration of your course will depend on where you choose to study. These programs provide you with the tools and expertise required for entry-level positions in international organizations, governments, and businesses.

Master’s degrees in international diplomacy are more widely available and popular amongst graduate students. To enroll in these one or two-year courses, you must have a bachelor’s degree under your belt. Most universities prefer this to be in a related field, like international relations, international business, sociology, or another social science.

If you’ve set your sights on earning the highest formal qualification possible, you might consider pursuing a doctoral degree. Research-based PhDs take a minimum of three years, but they can last up to six or seven.

Diplomacy programs are heavily structured around debate, discussion, and role-play. So, as well as attending formal lectures, you’ll have small-sized seminars and workshops where you can share ideas and opinions.

No two diplomacy programs will cover exactly the same content. Each university’s course will reflect its cultural context and the strengths of its faculty. That said, almost all institutions will run core classes in the following:

  • Diplomacy theory
  • Strategy, diplomacy, and decision making
  • Economic diplomacy
  • International relations
  • Diplomatic history
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Global politics and governance

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Diplomacy study abroad programs

Diplomacy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in diplomacy

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    International Relations & Diplomacy - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Studies - Global Diplomacy - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Applied Diplomacy - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,551 USD
    Start date
    -
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    International Studies - Public Diplomacy - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,800 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Diplomacy and International Relations - BA (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diplomacy graduate programs

Master's in diplomacy

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    International Business, Trade and Diplomacy - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,980 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Applied Diplomacy - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Diplomacy and International Affairs - MA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,857 USD
    Start date
    February, July
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    International Studies and Diplomacy - MAISD Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    9,600 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in diplomacy

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    Diplomacy - PhD University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,095 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future diplomacy careers

A degree in diplomacy will equip you with the cross-cultural awareness, communication skills, and research capabilities needed to succeed in today’s globalized world.

You can apply your knowledge and talents to roles in international organizations, governments, businesses, charities, and more.

This list below gives you an idea of the most-commonly pursued careers amongst graduates:

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign service officer
  • Policy administrator
  • International aid/development worker
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Government research officer
  • Social worker
  • Human resources manager

Many international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations run competitive internship programs for students hoping to break into the field. Your university’s career service can help you apply for these schemes or point you in the direction of other valuable work experience opportunities.