• Q:How do I benefit from EDA courses?
  • A:

    The EDA courses equip current and future diplomats with the knowledge, multi-disciplinary skills and network required for a rewarding career in Foreign Service.

  • Q:What does the EDA Post-graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations and Executive Education courses make me eligible for?
  • A:

    The EDA Post-graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations prepares students for a rewarding career in the diplomatic corps by providing an effective and fundamental foundation that enables them to acquire key skills and knowledge on the art of diplomacy and various components of international relations.

    Executive Education courses support the continuous progression of diplomats and civil servants by strengthening their professional development and building on their existing foundation and knowledge of diplomacy and international relations

  • Q:What are the main functions and objectives of the EDA?
  • A:

    The EDA brings together the best of academia, research and practice to equip the UAE’s current and future diplomats with the knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills required for a rewarding career in foreign service. It empowers them with the confidence and capabilities to serve the UAE’s interests at home and around the world. The EDA’s objectives are to provide an unmatched learning community platform combining region- specific programmes, practical thought leadership, and access to the UAE’s finest diplomatic minds to ensure that employees return to their positions with diplomatic skills and valuable knowledge that will have a positive impact on the country.

    The EDA offers students three principle offerings: Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations, Executive Education courses, in addition to Research and Analysis

  • Q:When was the EDA established and what is the purpose of its establishment?
  • A:

    The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) was set up in 2014 to meet the need for a premier academic and research institution capable of supporting the objectives of the country’s foreign policy in the wake of the UAE’s growing international profile. It came as the answer to the demand for high impact training for diplomatic capacity development and as a platform for research and thought leadership.

  • Q:What is the EDA vision and mission statement?
  • A:

    The EDA vision is to be a recognised centre of excellence for diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership. It is the EDA mission to build the capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE's foreign policy by delivering high impact training and disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations.

  • Q:Is EDA a federal entity?
  • A:

    Yes, the EDA is an independent federal entity set up under Cabinet Decision No. 29 of the year 2014.

  • Q:Can people from outside the diplomatic service or Ministry of Foreign Affairs join the EDA?
  • A:

    Yes, Emiratis currently working in various government entities that are related to international relations, international trade, international cultural affairs and other related topics can enroll for EDA courses.

  • Q:When does the academic year begin and what is the duration of the course?
  • A:

    The EDA’s 2015-2016 academic year will commence in the beginning of September 2015. Its Post Graduate Diploma course runs for nine months, while the Executive Education courses are offered periodically throughout the year.

  • Q:Is EDA part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)?
  • A:

    No, EDA is an independent federal entity, however MoFA is considered EDA’s major client as all new MoFA employees will be trained at EDA and will be required to complete the 9-month Post-Graduate Diploma. In addition, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Foreign Minister, is the Chairman of EDA’s Board of Trustees.

  • Q:What facilities are available at the EDA campus?
  • A:

    Ideally located in the heart of Abu Dhabi near the Corniche, EDA offers its students a modern and inspiring educational and learning facility which includes the EDA library and information resources housed within its interactive and digital Learning Resource Centre, an open area for students, professors and researchers. The EDA also offers a lush garden with ample seating space, a dedicated lounge area and a full-fledged cafeteria.

  • Q:Can I park my car at the EDA campus?
  • A:

    Yes, there are ample parking spaces at EDA that are available for students and faculty, in addition to public parking.

  • Q:Where is EDA located?
  • A:

    EDA is conveniently located behind Falcon Tower on Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street in Abu Dhabi, UAE Please click on link to view location map.

  • Q:How do I contact EDA?
  • Q:When is the start date for this academic year?
  • A:

    September 2015

  • Q:When is the end date for this academic year?
  • A:

    June 2016
    Note: (Academic yea split between 3 trimesters)

  • Q:What are the main academic offerings at EDA?
  • A:

    The EDA offers a nine-month Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations for outstanding and ambitious candidates looking to embark on a rewarding and challenging career in diplomacy. It also offers highly specialised Executive Education training courses for those already established in foreign policy roles. The EDA also engages in Research and Analysis activities, serving as a primary centre of foreign policy research and thought leadership.

  • Q:Is the EDA Post-grad diploma accredited locally and internationally?
  • A:

    Yes, the EDA is licensed and its Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations is fully accredited by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, therefore recognised locally and internationally.

  • Q:Is the EDA diploma strictly full time or do you offer part-time options?
  • A:

    The EDA Post-Graduate Diploma is a full time course for nine months.
    EDA’s Executive Education offers short-term courses throughout the year.

  • Q:How can I apply to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy?
  • A:

    For the first academic year, applications are limited to nominations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other select Government entities. 

  • Q:Will the EDA be active in the fields of research?
  • A:

    Yes, particularly in the fields of Economic and Energy Diplomacy, International Security and Post-Conflict Diplomacy, Sustainable Development and Multi-lateral Diplomacy.

  • Q:Do I need to have my academic documents (degree certificate, transcript of records, and their translation) officially certified/attested?
  • A:

    Yes, all submitted academic documents must be certified and attested by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

  • Q:Is there an admissions test or interview required?
  • A:

    Candidates applying to EDA will undergo an English language exam, a psychometric exam and two rounds of interviews.

  • Q:Are there any specific language requirements for the post-graduate diploma and other courses (i.e. do I need to be fluent in English?)
  • A:

    Yes, applicants must have TOEFL above 550 or equivalent (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, Internet-based TOEFL score of 79-80), or IELTS (Academic) above 6.0

  • Q:What do I need to be eligible for enrollment and admission in EDA courses?
  • A:

    For the first academic year, applications are limited to nominations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other select Government entities.

    Admission Criteria

    To apply for the EDA’s post-graduate diploma, you must have:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college that is recognised by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
    • GPA above 3.0 on a 4-point scale
    • TOEFL above 550 or equivalent (computer-based TOEFL score of 213, -Internet-based TOEFL score of 79-80), or IELTS (Academic) above 6.0

    To apply for an EDA Executive Education programme, you must:

    • Currently be employed in a UAE government organisation
    • Have the support and relevant authorisation from your employer
  • Q:Is EDA currently seeking to employ academic faculty and other staff members?
  • Q:Where can I find information pertaining to teaching opportunities at EDA?