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Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy

“We impart basic knowledge on international relations, but above all applied diplomacy. This includes the protocol as well as other skills to progress in international relations.”

Dominique Ursprung, Deputy Head Center for EMEA Business

Focus Areas

Today, diplomacy is no longer the preserve of professional diplomats alone. Many key players such as cantons, regions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multinational companies, and private individuals interact on the international stage.


Further trainings

The CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy takes into account current developments in the interdisciplinary field of international relations - where business, law, politics, and history converge.

Thanks to a broad network and our cooperation partners, we offer a varied and practice-oriented program with workshops and study excursions to Bern, Brussels, and Geneva.


Understanding the mechanisms of diplomacy

CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy

28 Mai 2019
In spring 2019, the fourth CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy took place for two months. Participants from various industries and disciplines used the opportunity to deal with the functioning of international relations.

Report in the SML-Blog

Foreign Minister of Nepal visits ZHAW

Aussenminister von Nepal besucht ZHAW

25 January 2019
The ZHAW welcomed a delegation headed by the Nepalese Foreign Minister, Pradeep Kumar GYAWALI, to Winterthur. In addition to the visit of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, various aspects of the role of civil society for an independent foreign policy as well as possible fields of cooperation were discussed in an open exchange.

Report in the SML-Blog

Foreign Policy in the Council of States

Aussenpolitik im Ständerat CAS FAAD

6 November 2018
Graduates of the CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy met for lunch with Swiss Councillor of States Damian Müller to discuss the contentious issue of Swiss foreign policy.

Report in the SML-Blog

Applied Diplomacy in Bern, Brussels, and Geneva


16 March 2018
Prof. Kurt Spillmann, a renowned expert on international relations, addressed the third intake of students CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy.

He succeeded in an impressive way in explaining and classifying current phenomena, such as the old-new American diplomacy approach and ongoing tensions between Europe and Russia.

Report in the SML-Blog