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Continuing education course in Diplomacy & Information Security

“Diplomacy & Information Security” focuses on the growing significance of data and the need to ensure data security in the context of international relations. It covers the threats and opportunities of e-government and scientific diplomacy as well as measures of international cyberdefense. A field trip will take participants to Vienna, where they will visit the OSCE, the AIEA, and the Vienna School of International Studies, enabling them to learn from practical examples.

The continuing education course “Diplomacy & Information Security” is part of the DAS in Applied Diplomacy, which is still in the planning stages and for which successful participants will be able to earn credit.

At a glance

Qualification : Continuing Education Course in Diplomacy & Information Security (certificate of attendance) (6 ECTS)

Start : 05.11.2021

Duration : 7 days of instruction

Costs : CHF 3'700.00

Comment on costs : 

The course fee includes course materials and networking events during the field trip as well as accommodation in Vienna (3 nights).
Not included is the cost of travelling to and from Vienna.

Location : 

Zurich and Vienna

Language of instruction : German, English
The languages of instruction are English and German, which requires all participants to be proficient in both.

WBK Diplomacy & Information Security

Objectives and content

Target audience

This continuing education course is aimed at anyone working in, or planning to work in, foreign relations and related fields. This includes professionals in the private sector and all areas of public administration, as well as trade associations and NGOs. In the past, participants worked in fields such as public affairs, communication, security, as well as compliance and law.


  • The course focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate successfully in an international environment.
  • Practical abilities are taught by means of media training, interactive workshops with experts, and networking events.
  • Participants understand the significance of information security in diplomacy and are able to apply this to practical situations in their individual professional lives.


The curriculum of “Diplomacy & Information Security” focuses on (digital) security aspects in the context of diplomacy and international relations. The course provides practical specialist knowledge of geopolitics, cyberdefense, and e-government. During the field trip to Vienna in the second part of the course, participants visit international organizations, such as the OSCE, the AIEA, and the Vienna School of International Studies.


The continuing education course “Diplomacy & Information Security” is characterized by methodological diversity. In addition to their lectures, exercises, practical case studies, e-learning assignments, and simulations, students are encouraged to continually reflect on and interpret current events. The course concludes with a practical exam (presentation).


Part-time course of study:

Friday and Saturday, 8.45 am to 4.45 pm.
Exception: Field trip to Vienna, Thursday to Saturday (3 days). Recommended arrival: Wednesday evening.

Enquiries and contact



Information for applicants

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Start Application deadline Registration link
05.11.2021 10.09.2021 Application

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