Since 1994, Diplo Academy has trained over 7,200 alumni from 208 countries and territories, including individuals working in governments, civil society, the private sector, media, and academia.
We have run more than 500 courses and training programmes in the areas of diplomacy and digital policy.
Our faculty members are high-ranking practising and retired diplomats, as well as renowned academics in the fields of digital policy, diplomacy, and international relations.
Studying online with Diplo
In this video, we will answer the most important questions about studying online with Diplo. You will find out how our online study works, what to expect, as well as useful tips on getting the most out of Diplo Academy courses.
Programmes and qualifications
Do you want to expand your knowledge and develop your skills and capacities in areas of diplomacy and digital policy? Considering a postgraduate degree in contemporary diplomacy or a professional degree in internet governance? Diplo Academy offers several modes of study designed for busy professionals to meet your interests and needs.
1. Certificate courses
Highly interactive and based on collaborative learning, Diplo online courses on diplomacy and digital policy provide knowledge and skills that immediately benefit participants, ranging from personal capacity development to career advances. Small group sizes emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers, thus extending your professional network.
Our courses are delivered in a way that enables you to design your own study time without taking time off work. They usually require 10 weeks of part-time study, with a minimum of 5 to 7 hours study time per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate-level certificate from Diplo.
Applicants for certificate courses must have:
- An undergraduate university degree; OR relevant work experience and appropriate professional qualifications in diplomacy or international relations.
- Sufficient English language skills to undertake postgraduate level studies.
- Regular internet access (broadband is preferred).
Visit Diplo’s course catalogue page to learn more about specific courses, including duration, fees, and how to apply.
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– Mr Kasek Galgal, Tutor/Lecturer, Physics Division, University of Papua New Guinea
2. University of Malta accredited courses
Diplo’s online courses can also 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy (which leads to the Master 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.
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.
- If your undergraduate study programme was taught entirely in English, this may be considered to fulfil the University of Malta’s English language requirement. You must present an official statement from the institution where you studied confirming that the language of instruction and assessment throughout the whole programme was English.
3. The Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Contemporary Diplomacy
The online Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Contemporary Diplomacy builds knowledge and practical skills for addressing current challenges in diplomacy and international relations. The internet governance specialisation addresses important digital policy issues such as internet governance, AI, and data.
The two-step programme offers working diplomats and international relations professionals an opportunity to gain accredited postgraduate-level education. It includes a 10-day workshop followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. The European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta makes it recognised worldwide.
MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy review
Visit the Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Contemporary Diplomacy page to learn more about the two-step programme, prerequisites, fees, and how to apply.
4. Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance professional degree
The Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance (ADIG) capacity development programme gives current and future internet policymakers a solid foundation in practical and diplomatic skills. It also equips participants with the knowledge and techniques necessary to engage effectively in international policy processes.
Candidates who successfully complete the programme will receive Diplo Academy Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance. Please note that this is a professional certification issued by Diplo, a non-profit foundation. It is not a university diploma.
Advanced Diploma in IG review
Visit the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance page to learn more about the programme, fees, and how to apply.
Diplo Academy offers a wide range of capacity development in-situ and online workshops covering different topics, from public speaking to diplomatic protocol and dealing with the media. Workshops are exercise-based, and aim to help participants identify and overcome challenges by providing practical tips, tools, and solutions.
Intercultural Communication Essentials workshop
Workshops can be run both in-situ or online. Delivered by our experienced and knowledgeable faculty members, they are customised to meet the needs of the particular region or partner institution.
The media training with Diplo Foundation was truly a great experience, both provocative and engaging. The exercise widened my understanding of the media environment and taught me how to use my words and body language to deliver effective messages, maintain composure throughout media interviews and avoid potentially disastrous consequences of being ill prepared. I recommend this workshop to all diplomats desiring to improve their media skills.
– Mr Filip Pavlović, Foreign Policy Officer Sector for the EU Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia
Visit the Workshops page to learn more about Diplo’s workshops on offer.
Training for MFAs
Are you looking for a specialised programme for your ministry? We can design customised training upon request that can be delivered either through blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and online learning), or entirely online. They can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular region.
Alternatively, you can enroll your employees in the courses we run regularly for an added bonus of having the chance to exchange views and ideas with their colleagues from other parts of the world, thus building a professional network that may help them throughout their career.
Diplo’s variety of online courses related to diplomatic activity, the high quality of its tutors and experts, and its commitment to technology and education, have led to an increasingly fruitful relationship between our institutions.
– Ms Alina Bassegoda, former Distance Learning Coordinator, Instituto Matias Romero, Mexico
Visit the Training Solutions for MFAs page page to learn more about enrolling your staff in our courses.
Who will help you on your learning journey? Diplo’s international faculty members are high-ranking practising and retired diplomats, as well as renowned academics and practitioners in the fields of digital policy, diplomacy, and international relations. Our faculty are not only the experts in their respective fields but also well versed in online teaching methodology. They act more as a ‘guide on the side’ than ‘the sage on the stage’ and your initiative and critical thinking are essential when asking questions or expressing different points of view.
Over 7,200 students from 208 countries and territories have studied with Diplo Academy over the past 20 years. Our alumni have studied a range of subjects, from contemporary diplomacy and internet governance to digital policy and humanitarian diplomacy. Many alumni hold prominent positions in government ministries, diplomatic missions, international organisations, and other institutions.
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