Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

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Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
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Type Independent public postgraduate institution
Established 1754 (as the Oriental Academy)
1964 (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna formed)
1996 (granted independent public institution status)
Director Ambassador Dr. Hans Winkler
Academic staff
Location Vienna, Austria
Campus Urban
Affiliations APSIA
Website www.da-vienna.ac.at

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, or simply DA, (in German: Diplomatische Akademie Wien) is a postgraduate professional school based in Vienna, Austria, with focused training for students and professionals in the areas of international affairs, political science, law, languages, history and economics.[1] It is also known as the Vienna School of International Studies, or the École des Hautes Études Internationales de Vienne.

The school confers Master's degrees and postgraduate diplomas upon its graduates. It is the only member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs in Austria.[2]


The academy was originally commissioned for establishment by Empress Maria Theresa in 1754 as "The Oriental Academy" for the purposes of training young diplomats to represent the Habsburg Empire abroad. The school was renamed multiple times and reorganized over the centuries, and it eventually gained independent public institution status in 1996.[3] Given its roots, DA claims to be the oldest school of its kind, one that is dedicated to professional foreign affairs training.[4]


The academy offers graduate degrees only. Students may choose to pursue a two-year program that leads towards either a Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) or a Master of Science in Environmental Technology and International Affairs (MSc ETIA) degree. The MAIS program is run in conjunction with the University of Vienna, while the MSc ETIA courses are offered in partnership with the Technical University of Vienna. A one-year "Diploma Programme" is also available to postgraduates.[2]

Front side of the Diplomatic Academy

The Diplomatic Academy's current director is Dr. Hans Winkler, former Austrian ambassador and State Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.[5][6]

Directors of the Diplomatic Academy[edit]


Several prominent figures in politics, economics and law have associations with DA:


  1. ^ "Diplomatic Academy of Vienna". www.da-vienna.ac.at. Diplomatic Academy. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Diplomatic Academy of Vienna Profile". APSIA website. Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Pfusterschmid-Hardtenstein, Heinrich (2008). A Short History of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (PDF). Vienna: Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. p. 58. ISBN 978-3-902021-57-1. 
  4. ^ "The History of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna". Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ambassador Hans Winkler Delivers Public Lecture on Europe's Global Role". CEU - Newsroom. Central European University. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Diplomatic Academy of Vienna - Team". http://www.da-vienna.ac.at. Diplomatic Academy Vienna. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.  External link in |work= (help)

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Coordinates: 48°11′35.75″N 16°22′14.84″E / 48.1932639°N 16.3707889°E / 48.1932639; 16.3707889