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Economic Diplomacy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

12 months
6800 EUR/year
6800 EUR/year
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You strive for a career in Economic Diplomacy? Lay the foundation for it at VUB, in the heart of Europe, where you will follow academic and practitioner-led courses. On top of that, VUB offers three options to complement your compulsory courses: follow the transcontinental study path, take up an internship or write a thesis.

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Participants in this Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are instructed in the legal and business aspects of economic diplomacy through a combination of academic and practitioner-led courses, complemented by a series of skills and thematic workshops. 

Compulsory courses are followed by either elective subjects in Washington and/or Shanghai, an internship, or a thesis. All designed to ensure that our graduates are ready for a career in economic diplomacy.

The postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy prepares students for a career in diplomacy, especially economic diplomacy. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Participants are instructed in the legal and business aspects of economic diplomacy. Skills workshops support optimal professional performance.

After Graduation

This programme is designed to enable graduates to enter the labour market or improve their career prospects within and beyond the field of economic diplomacy.

First step in the market

The postgraduate aims to deliver graduates who are ready for professional life. Graduates are well placed to take part in the diplomatic exams, especially the exams aimed at a career within economic diplomacy. 

Realistic job opportunities can also be found within governmental departments and international organisations.

Furthermore, due to the international business courses, graduates may find a job in the field of international business development (import, export, international investment).

Finally there are job prospects in banks, for example in the international trade finance department, in the international investment finance department, and in corporate relations.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • International Trade Law
  • Corporate International Taxation for Diplomacy and International Business
  • International Economic Organisations
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Diplomatic Law
  • Country, Region and City Branding
  • International Investment Law
  • International Economic Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Methods
  • International Lobbying
  • International Tendering
  • Techniques of Foreign Trade

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English
  • Language tests can not be older than 2 years
EEA nationals:
  • passport
  • picture
  • high school diploma (or enrolment certificate when you are in your final year) 
  • transcripts of records 
  • proof of language proficiency
non-EEA nationals
  • all documents as stated above +
  • motivation letter

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6800 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6800 EUR per year during 12 months.

The tuition fees for the Belgian part of the programme are 6800 Euros, with additional fees for electives in Washington and/or Shanghai.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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