Vienna School of International Studies

Vienna School of International Studies

The Vienna School of International Studies is a centre of excellence for the study of international affairs. Our unique multidisciplinary teaching approach is dedicated not only to the highest academic standards and proficiency in the major global languages but also to linking theory and practice. Our activities as a professional school are complemented by first-rate research.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our unique multidisciplinary teaching approach links theory and practice and meets the highest academy standards.
  • Small community - international , divers and interconnected.
  • Excellent students-faculty ratio.

Master's Programmes

Law (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



In 1754 the Empress Maria Theresa founded the Oriental Academy to train young men for the diplomatic service of the Habsburg monarchy. Out of the Oriental Academy evolved first the Consular Academy and in 1964 the Vienna School of International Studies, which in 1996 was granted the status of an independent public training institution. The Academy is thus one of the oldest of its kind worldwide.


  • The DA offers a unique educational experience: a modern, international, diverse and dynamic community profits from the traditions, experience and knowledge of a centuries old institution.
  • Our study programmes equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand, assess and shape international global trends.
  • The main study areas are: political science and IR, international economics, inter- national and European law, and contemporary history. Individual advising and flexible curricula enable deepening previous knowledge as well as acquiring an understanding of new disciplines.
  • Plurilingualism, emphasis on and proximity to the practical world are key elements of studying at the DA.


Our faculty has a global reputation for researching international affairs. In line with our multidisciplinary research and teaching philosophy, it sheds light on a range of aspects of international affairs. There are, to mention but a few, ongoing research projects on central banks as actors directing global financial flows, digital international relations, modes of diplomatic communication, deglobalisation, de-Europeanization, populist social movements, EU parliamentary practices, EU neighbourhood policy, environmental law, and decolonization in Africa. Faculty generates significant amounts of external research funding and publishes its findings in reputable academic journals.


  • More than 2,600 alumni from over 125 different countries call the DA their alma mater. Many have become diplomats (approx. 20%). Others have chosen different careers, in particular in the public administration of their countries (18%), EU institutions (6%), international organisations (16%) and the private sector (34%; mostly consulting, international finance, energy, communication and entrepreneurs).
  • To support its students and young alumni, the DA organises an annual career day, weekly career talks and lunches, skills seminars and workshops, individual counselling sessions and online services including a job board, networking and mentoring opportunities in close cooperation with its alumni association, ClubDA.

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Student services

  • Visa & residency permit support
  • Advising
  • Career Services
  • International mobility office

Housing services

The campus provides accommodation for a large number of students: There are 40 single en suite rooms in the campus dorm.

Library services

DA students have access to the library of the Austrian MFA situated on the campus. And this is integrated by online library services.

ICT services

The DA offers WiFi all over its premises. Furthermore, students have access to twenty computer lab PCs. Printing, copying and scanning is possible at several stations at the DA.Students of the DA receive a personal e-mail address and mailbox free of charge. In addition, Microsoft Office and other apps may be used through the Academy. ICT support is provided for both academic and private questions.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The DA is located in a former imperial palace in the centre of Vienna. All courses are taught on the premises, which also provide accommodation for a large number of students: there are forty single rooms with en-suite in the campus dorm. 
  • The demanding class schedule keeps all students on campus most of the time during the trimester and campus facilities enrich their experience at the DA by creating a community whose members share learning environment, as well as meals (three meals/day for students who sign-up for full-board), coffee breaks and community areas.
  • International newspapers and magazines, as well as a satellite TV, are available in the common room next to the library.

Student clubs

Under the umbrella of the Diplomatic Academy Students Initiative the following societies are active: Conference Committee (DASICON); Bar Committee; Sports Committee; Polemics (Student Magazine); ETIA Talks; Culture Society; Debating Society; Music Society; SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality); Society of International Security; The Hispanic Society; QUEER@DA. Futhermore there are Ball Committee (for the annual DA Charity Ball), Wine Society and Association francophone@DA. Students can join all groups.


  • Austrian public institution for higher education

Vienna, Vienna, Austria


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