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Economic Diplomacy and International Business

12 months
9500 EUR/year
9500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This comprehensive and highly specialised programme prepares you for careers in both diplomacy and international business. Or if you want to be involved in developing international economic, monetary, financial and banking policy.


Compulsory courses in Brussels are complemented with either subjects in Washington and/or Shanghai, an internship or a thesis. 

This Postgraduate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 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.

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.

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.


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
  • Thematic Workshops for Diplomacy and International Business
  • Corporate International Taxation for Diplomacy and International Business
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Diplomatic Law
  • Country, Region and City Branding
  • International Business Strategy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Economic Organisations
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Foreign Trade &Investment Policy of the EU, US & China
  • International Investment Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

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

    9500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 EUR per year during 12 months.

The tuition fees for the Belgian part of the programme are 9500 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.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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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