Since 1994, DiploFoundation has successfully trained over 6400 alumni from over 200 countries and territories, including individuals working in governments, the private and civil sector, media, and academia. From our founding, we have held more than 450 courses and training programmes in areas diplomacy, Internet governance, communications, and policy-making. All our faculty members are high-ranking practising and retired experts, as well as renowned academics in the fields of Internet governance, diplomacy, and international relations.

Modes of study

  • If you simply want to expand your knowledge and develop your skills, you can enrol in our DiploFoundation certificate courses.
  • If you are looking forward to a post-graduate degree, you can enrol in the same courses for credits from the University of Malta and later apply the credits towards a degree programme with DiploFoundation or another institution.
  • If you wish to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma or Master's degree in Contemporary Diplomacy, then you can enrol in our academic programme at the University of Malta and take our courses as part of that programme.

Who should apply?

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practicing diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics.

About studying online

Is this your first time studying online? Or maybe you have studied online before, but at a different institution? Perhaps you are curious about how Diplo courses work, the challenges, and what exactly will be expected of you? Is it difficult to study online? Does it take a lot of your time? Do you need to be a computer expert? Don’t worry!  These questions and more will be answered here.

How only study works

In a Diplo online course, you study with 10-20 other participants from all over the world. The course website is the place where you find your course materials and assignments, as well as communicate with lecturers and other participants. For example, after reading and reflecting on the course materials for the week, you will share your thoughts with classmates online. You will also submit assignments online by given deadlines.

  • You don’t need to be a computer expert to benefit from our online courses.
  • By studying with 10-20 others from around the world you can feel a rewarding sense of community.
  • Active participation and debate are encouraged in our online classroom.

What to expect

  • Studying online requires real engagement from you. All Diplo courses require active participation: reading texts critically, expressing your views, discussing course topics from different perspectives. Memorisation and passive recall are not important aspects of course work.
  • Although participants may be physically far apart, they often develop lively online communication and a sense of group or community. This can be very rewarding and help maintain your motivation through the challenging course moments.
  • You will need to be focused and well-organised. When combining study, work and family obligations, you may have to temporarily give up some of your leisure activities in order to meet your study objectives. The study calendar and your course team will help you with dates and reminders, but your own initiative and self-discipline are key.
  • Courses follow a weekly cycle, offering you some flexibility to log on and study on your own schedule. Courses typically involve only one online session each week (similar to a lecture or seminar) where all participants get together at the same time.

Typical Weekly Schedule

Friday Weekend Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Reading online text, adding hypertext entries

Reading and responding to hypertext entries added by classmates; completing weekly activities (quiz, crossword, group task, short essay, etc.) 

Online meeting with lecturer and classmates

Time management is very important!

Tips for getting the most out of Diplo Courses

  • Diplo courses are attended by a truly international audience, bringing a wide variety of perspectives. You will need to keep an open mind toward views that may be very different from your own.
  • The course lecturer acts more as a 'guide on the side' than 'the sage on the stage'. Your initiative and critical thinking are essential. Do not hesitate to ask questions or express different points of view from those presented in the course materials (after having studied those, of course).
  • Log on regularly. Allocate enough time for your studies. Do not leave course work for the last moment.

What you need

  • A reasonably good Internet connection. Courses are designed to work with minimal bandwidth requirements: a good dial-up Internet connection is sufficient, although a faster connection will make your studies easier.
  • A back-up plan for emergencies, such as computer failure or lack of Internet connection. Is there an Internet café near-by that you can use? Could you go to a library or a similar institution if your computer fails? Do you have a data back-up of your course work?
  • You don’t need to be a computer expert to study online. However, you should be familiar with the basics of using computers: writing with a word processor, e-mail communication, browsing the Web and using the Internet efficiently to find information.

Contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for more information. We hope you will find studying online a rich and rewarding experience!

Programmes and qualifications

DiploFoundation offers several modes of study, depending on the needs of the applicant. 

  1. DiploFoundation certificate courses 
  2. DiploFoundation professional degree (Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance)
  3. University of Malta accredited courses
  4. Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation from the University of Malta

1. DiploFoundation certificate courses

Certificate courses offer a practical opportunity for working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, with a minimum of 5 - 7 hours study time per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate-level certificate from DiploFoundation. Online certificate courses do not lead to university credit.

Course structure and methodology

Courses are delivered through an online classroom, where the participant finds all of the required texts and materials for the course and tools for interacting online with the lecturer and other participants. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, with a high level of interaction with lecturers and among participants.

Each course consists of eight units, each of which takes a week to complete. Following a weekly cycle, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to the entries, creating interaction based on the text. During the week participants complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forum, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments) and consult optional resources. At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. To complete the course successfully, participants must write several essay assignments.

Prerequisites

Applicants for certificate courses must have:

  • An undergraduate university degree; OR three years of work experience and appropriate professional qualifications in diplomacy or international relations.
  • Sufficient ability in the English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments of up to 2500 words in length).
  • Unrestricted access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient although broadband is preferable).

Note: Internet governance courses may require different prerequisites. Please check the prerequisites for the specific course you are interested in, by reviewing the details on the respective course webpage.

Fees

The fee for a certificate course is €690 per student per course. Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • Full tuition
  • Course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings)
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Online technical support
  • Postgraduate level certificate issued by DiploFoundation on successful completion of course requirements (interaction and participation, all assignments)

Discounts are available for more than one participant from the same institution. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries.

To apply for a scholarship, please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the course.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. 

Applying

Applicants for certificate courses should apply online. If you are applying for financial assistance, please upload your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the course.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country? 

Financial assistance from DiploFoundation is available only to applicants from developing countries.

Late applications will be considered if there are spaces available in the course.

In case of any questions, please contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

2. DiploFoundation professional degree (Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance)

An interactive online capacity development programme

Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in focus of the global policy-making community. Yet, the growing relevance of the Internet is not yet supported by effective and inclusive Internet governance.

The Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance programme gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in practical and diplomatic skills, as well as the knowledge and techniques necessary to engage effectively in international policy processes.

Programme structure

The Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance requires completing three of the five courses on offer within a three-year period, with a grade of at least 75% for each. Candidates must also write a final assignment and obtain a grade of at least 70%. The courses currently on offer are:

The programme language is English, giving non-native speakers a valuable opportunity to practise and hone their skills at expressing and explaining work-related concepts in this international language.

Faculty members include high-ranking practising and retired experts as well as renowned academics in the fields of Internet governance, diplomacy, and international relations. For further details please visit our faculty page.

Candidates who successfully complete the programme will receive a Diploma in Internet Governance awarded by DiploFoundation. Please note that this is a professional certification issued by DiploFoundation, a non-profit foundation. It is not a university diploma.

>> Visit the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance page here.

3. University of Malta accredited courses

Diplo’s online courses can be taken for academic credit from the University of Malta.

  • Each online course is worth 9 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Up to two online courses can be taken for credit during a period of two years.
  • Credits can be applied towards the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy up to two years after completing the courses.
  • Following successful completion, participants may order an official transcript from the University of Malta as proof of credits obtained.

Online courses offer a practical opportunity for working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, with a minimum of 5 - 7 hours study time per week.

What are the credits good for?

Accredited courses allow you more flexible options for completing Diplo’s Master/Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Contemporary Diplomacy. The PGD consists of the introductory workshop in Malta plus 5 online courses. So, for example…

  • Two-year scenario: You take one or two online courses in Year 1, then apply for the PGD and complete the workshop and remaining courses in Year 2.
  • Three-year scenario: You take one online course in Year 1, another course in Year 2, and then apply for the PGD and complete the workshop and remaining courses in Year 3.

Fees paid for accredited courses will be deducted from PGD tuition. In addition, you will be eligible to recieve a 15% alumni discount on the fees for the remaining online courses you attend as part of the PGD programme.

Following successful completion of the PGD requirements, you may choose to write your Master's dissertation to obtain the Master's degree.

Credits may also be transferred to another university, subject to the regulations of that university.

Course structure and methodology

Each course consists of eight units, each of which takes a week to complete. Following a weekly cycle, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to the entries, creating interaction based on the text. During the week participants complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forum, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments) and consult optional resources. At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. To complete the course successfully, participants must write several essay assignments.

Courses are delivered through an online classroom, where the participant finds all of the required texts and materials for the course, and tools for interacting online with the lecturer and other participants. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, with a high level of interaction with lecturers and among participants.

Prerequisites

Applicants for accredited courses must meet University of Malta prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.
  • Unrestricted access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient although broadband is preferable).

Fees

The fee for accredited courses is €850 per student per course. Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • University of Malta application fee of €100
  • Full tuition
  • Course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings)
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Online technical support

A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be submitted with the application package. On acceptance into the course, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from the course fee.

Discounts are available for more than one participant from the same institution. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries.

To apply for a scholarship please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application package. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the course.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country?

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. 

Applying

Complete application packages must be received by specified application deadlines in order to be considered.

  1. Two copies of the University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form for overseas applicants; download form for applicants with Maltese qualifications).
  2. Certified copies of original degree(s) and official transcripts.
  3. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator.
  4. English language proficiency certificate obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 600; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results.
  5. Photocopy of personal details pages of your passport.
  6. If you are requesting financial assistance, please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application. The motivation letter should include details of your relevant professional and educational background; reasons for your interest in the course; and why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this course: i.e. how will your participation benefit you, your institution and/or your country? Financial assistance from DiploFoundation is available only to applicants from developing countries.
  7. Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see Methods of Payment).

Please send the complete application package by e-mail to admissions@diplomacy.edu or by post to: 

DiploFoundation
Anutruf, Ground Floor
Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta

Please note that by sending your application package, you are confirming that you have read DiploFoundation's Privacy Policy. Please note that DiploFoundation will process and share your personal data with third parties (including the University of Malta) for admissions and academic matters, administering finance, and administrative purposes in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

Only complete application packages received before the application deadline will be considered.

In case of any queries please contact: admissions@diplomacy.edu

4. Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work!

The online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy programme builds knowledge and practical skills for addressing current challenges in diplomacy and international relations, including Internet governance, AI, and data. The programme offers working diplomats and international relations professionals an opportunity to gain accredited postgraduate level education. It includes an 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16 to 20 months of  online study.

The residential workshop focuses on practical skills, while online areas of study range from the building blocks of diplomacy (Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy) through to contemporary topics (Language and Diplomacy, Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy and more).

Why you should apply

  • Accredited: The programme has a European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, and is recognised worldwide.
  • Flexible: You design your study programme, deciding on the Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, and selecting from our wide range of courses. You decide when and where to study, and even when to begin.
  • Practical and affordable: With online learning you can continue to work. Programme fees cover participation and accommodation for the 10-day workshop in Malta and the entire online course tuition. Even better, with online study you can continue to work and earn an income. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet!
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and current Internet governance events and trends.
  • Practical: Faculty members are practising and retired diplomats with theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.
  • Personalised: Extend your professional network through your classmates, lecturers, and over 6400 alumni members. During the residential workshop you meet your classmates and lecturers, extending your professional network. The personalised approach continues during the online courses, with small group sizes. The emphasis is on learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers..
  • Effective: Small student groups emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of both participants and lecturers. The programme is highly rated by former participants, who have seen immediate and lasting benefits ranging from personal development to career advances.
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and are kept relevant through discussion of current events and trends. Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, making it recognised worldwide.

Applying 

Please note that by sending your application package, you are confirming that you have read DiploFoundation's Privacy Policy. DiploFoundation will process and share your personal data with third parties (including the University of Malta) for admissions and academic matters, finance, and administrative purposes in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

Late applications will be considered if space remains in the programme. Please contact us if you wish to submit an application after the deadline.

The following documents should be sent by e-mail to admissions@diplomacy.edu:

  • Application form
  • Research proposal
  • CV and motivation letter for financial support
  • Certified true copies of degrees and transcripts
  • Translations of documents not in English
  • Certified true copy of English language proficiency certificate
  • Certified true copy of the personal details page of passport

>> Visit the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy page here.

Methods of payment

We offer several methods of payment.

1. Credit Card

a) Please visit http://www.diplomacy.edu/payment/courses to pay through our secure online payment portal.

b) Alternately, please fax or e-mail your credit card details (cardholder’s name, card expiry date, and CVV No: last three digits on back of credit card) to Ms Tanja Nikolic at tanjan@diplomacy.edu or +356 21 315574. Please indicate the course you wish to apply for, your full name, and your e-mail address.

2. PayPal

Visit www.paypal.comPlease send payments to patrickb@diplomacy.edu.

3. Bank Transfer

Please transfer payment to:

Beneficiary Bank: Bank of Valletta
Branch Address: Msida
Account Holder: DiploFoundation
Account Address: 212/215 Marina Street, Pieta, PTA 9041, Malta
Account Number: 40012238419
IBAN No.: MT80VALL22013000000040012238419
Swift Code: Vall Mt Mt.
Sort Code: 22688

***Please cover all transfer charges – we should receive the full amount of payment due.

Also, please include your name and the course you wish to attend in payment details section. Include a copy of the transfer reciept in your application package.

4. Cheque

Only cheques made out in Euro are accepted. Cheques should be made out to 'DiploFoundation' and mailed, along with your application package, to:

DiploFoundation
Anutruf, Ground Floor
Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta

Please contact Ms Tanja Nikolic at tanjan@diplomacy.edu if you have any questions about methods of payment for application fees.


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