International and Diplomatic Studies – New Master’s Program in English at the VŠE

14 Jan

International and Diplomatic Studies (IDS), a new two-year (four-semester) full-time master’s program taught in English at the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) has been accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of the Czech Republic.

The program covers the fields of international politics, international economy, international law, comparative politics, diplomatic history, as well as diplomatic theory and practice. A strong emphasis is placed on issues regarding the European Union, yet the program includes a variety of optional courses on comparative politics and international relations in other parts of the world, too. As part of the program, students are sent abroad for a semester to be hosted by a partner university (Sciences PO Paris, France, Universität Hamburg and Universität zu Köln, Germany, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, Sabanci Universitesi in Istanbul, Turkey, etc.).

The program prepares for professional and/or academic careers. The major opportunities for its graduates are:

  • career diplomacy at ministries of foreign affairs, ministries of defence or other;

  • high-level international expertise in government or civil service;

  • high-level expertise in European or international institutions and organizations;

  • work in the UN or its agencies;

  • cooperation with NGOs dealing with international issues (development, environment, etc.);

  • research in academic or study centres dealing with IR;

  • work in international services companies (banks, consulting firms, law firms, media, etc.).

The main admission requirements are: completed bachelor’s study (or finished until August 2010), certified knowledge of English, knowledge of other international language, and academic reference. The entrance exam consists of a written essay in English on a given international relations issue, and an interview, both of which can be proceeded remotely (by e-mail, Skype). The admission administration fee is EUR 50, the tuition fee is EUR 1,800 per semester.

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