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.
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.
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The campus provides accommodation for a large number of students: There are 40 single en suite rooms in the campus dorm.
DA students have access to the library of the Austrian MFA situated on the campus. And this is integrated by online library 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.
Under the umbrella of the Diplomatic Academy Students Initiative the following societies are active: Conference Committee (DASICON); Bar Committee; Sports Committee; Polemics (Student Magazine); Sustainability Committee; ETIA Talks; Cultural Society; Debating Society; Music Society; SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality); Society of International Security; HOLA - The Hispanic Society; QUEER@DA. Futhermore there are Ball Committee (for the annual DA Charity Ball), Wine Society and Le Cercle (Association francophone de l'École des Hautes Études Internationales de Vienne). Students can join all groups.
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