Arno De Ridder

Student in International Trade and Investment

“The International Trade & Investment programme offered me a new career opportunity where other Master’s lacked the flexibility to do so. After finishing my language studies I ran into quite a wall moving forward, being limited to either proceeding with various forms of translation or retraining with an additional study in communication. The Brussels Diplomatic Academy, as a part of the VUB, was the only institute to offer the level of flexibility where I was encouraged to move into the International Trade & Investment programme with a language background, instead of disheartened or turned down because of it.

Due to the intense nature of the course, and hard work, I quickly caught up with the in’s and out’s of International Trade, and coming from a non-economic study became an advantage, being able to offer different insights and working together with postgraduate students originating from a large variety of backgrounds.

All in all, the International Trade & Investment programme offered me the chance to move into a field I’m really passionate about despite my previous choice of study, where other institutes/programmes didn’t.”

Angela Lowe

student in Economic Diplomacy

“Studying at the BDA has been an enriching experience. I have a business and communications background and have always been drawn to the fields of Diplomacy and International Relations. 

 I wanted to pursue a course that married my business experience with diplomatic studies and the post-graduate in economic diplomacy was the perfect fit, satisfyingly rounding up my academic parcours

Coming from an island nation where diplomacy yet alone economic diplomacy is in its infant stage of development, finding this course was more than satisfying.

The range of business, law and diplomacy-based courses were a balanced blend and has given me a better understanding as to how valuable and necessary skills in diplomacy are to ensure the economic betterment of my country.

The high calibre, experienced lecturers combined with the small group teaching method, has been for me irreproachable! Our lecturers ranged from industry experts to lawyers and have real-life experiences to share with us, which is priceless in a world where experience means everything.”