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International Diplomacy and Protocols

What you'll learn

  • How to manage and plan high level events for Government, Diplomats and International organisations to engage.

  • Seating Protocol

  • Flag Precedence

  • Precedence and hierarchy

  • Planning for Events

  • Security

  • Gift Protocol

  • Titles of Address

  • Hosting International Visits

  • Pre-Arrival Arrangements

  • Requirements for Hosting

  • Social Affairs and Invitations

  • Protocol Officer Responsibilities

  • Technical Operations

This course includes:

  • 1.5 hours on-demand video

  • 13 downloadable resources

  • Access on mobile and TV

  • Certificate of completion

Course content

12 sections • 12 lectures • 1h 30m total length

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Program Outline:

  • Definitions and Protocol Officer Responsibilities (1 lecture)

  • Diplomatic Missions (1 lecture -10min)

  • Precedence (1 lecture - 5min)

  • Pre-Arrival Stage (1 lecture - 5min)

  • Requirements for Hosting an Event (1 lecture - 6min)

  • Technical Considerations (1 lecture - 8min)

  • Flag Protocol (1 lecture -11min)

  • Seating Plans (1 lecture -15min)

  • Achieving Objectives (1 lecture - 13min)


  • Reading, watching and listening



The International Diplomacy and Protocol is a Master class level. At the end of the program you will be able to represent your country or your organization in a professional way.


What is The Online International Diplomacy and Protocol course all about?


This is an online training program provided by the United States Institute of Leadership and diplomacy. The goal is to train you and help you acquire diplomatic and ceremonial protocols skills necessary to host successful visits and events. It is intended for the career professionals with vocation of pursuing a career in government, diplomacy and high-level events organization.


The purpose of the program is the provide immediate useful skills in the field of diplomacy and protocols to help prevent decision-makers commit mistakes in the development of business relationships between countries or between business and countries. It is a concern for countries or business actors that business interactions are an extremely sensitive affair. Knowing that the stakes are high, if the interactions between the parties are not appropriately handled, any margins for errors may lead to a disastrous outcome.


In fact, without adherence to correct protocols, the potential for catastrophic errors is huge and one’s misconduct weighs heavily on the shoulders of those responsible.


Therefore, knowledge of diplomatic and government protocol is a critical skill for the proper handling of VIPs and for safeguarding the reputation of your country  or your organization.



In this program students will be equipped with the necessary skills and will learn:


  • Protocol Responsibilities

  • Diplomacy

  • Precedence

  • Hosting International Visits

  • Pre-Arrival Arrangements

  • Requirements for Hosting

  • Technical Operations

  • Flags

  • Seating Protocol

  • Social Affairs and Invitations

  • Gifting

  • Titles of Address



Each section comes with a video tutorial, workbook, practical assignment, downloadable slide and downloadable script.


Each skill has been assigned to one of 5 Chapters.

Each chapter is packed with meticulous research, clearly defined learning outcomes, and historical case studies.


Course Content


Chapter 1: An introduction into the definition of Protocol and Diplomacy

  • Definition of Protocol

  • Definition of Diplomacy

  • Protocol Officer Responsibilities

  • High Level Events Coordinator Responsibilities


Chapter 2: Diplomacy

  • What are Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates

  • Difference between Ambassadors and High Commissioners

  • Permanent Representatives & Missions

  • Vienna Convention

  • Diplomatic Communications

  • The official languages of the United Nations


Chapter 3: Precedence

  • Definition of Precedence

  • Principle of the Right hand side

  • Principle of Sovereign Equality

  • Precedence between States

  • Precedence Amongst Heads of State

  • Precedence amongst Diplomats

  • Precedence amongst UN, EU and AU member states


Chapter 4.1: Hosting a State Visit- Pre-arrival Stage

  • Defining a State Visit

  • The 5 Areas of Focus for Hosting a successful visit

  • Establishing the Purpose

  • 3 Questions to Assist with Establishing a Clear Purpose


Chapter 4.2: Requirements for Hosting a State Visit

-Understanding the following Requirements for Hosting a State/International Visit

  • Funding

  • Accomodation and Air Travel

  • Airport arrival and Departure

  • Cultural Issues

  • Publicity and Media Coverage

  • Interpreters and Translators

  • Creating a Finalised Program


Chapter 4.3: Technical Considerations for Hosting an INternational Visit

  • Official Arrival and Welcome

  • Welcome at the Airport

  • Welcome in front of the building

  • Flag placement

  • Preparation for talks

  • Gift selection and Presentation


Chapter 4.4: Flag Protocol

  • Flag Precedence

  • Flags in a straight line

  • Flags Leading up to a Building

  • Flags on Crossed Poles

  • Flags in a semi-circle/full-circle

  • Vertical vs. Horizontal Flag Hanging

  • Vehicle and Podium Flag Placement

  • Mourning Protocol and Flag height


Chapter 4.5: Official Seating Plans

  • Principle of Right Hand Side

  • British and French Styles of Seating

  • Seating plans for:

    • Negotiations

    • Conference and Boardroom Table Seating

    • Reception Rooms

    • Formal events

    • Informal events


Chapter 4.6: Achieving Objectives

  • Learning Outcomes:

  • Preparations for Talks

  • Negotiation Set-Up

  • Bilateral and Multilateral Signing Agreement Set-up


Chapter 4.7: Social Affairs and Invitations

  • How to Write Invitations for formal Events

  • The Four Types of Events involved in Every State Visit

  • Invitation Timelines

  • Defining the Event

  • Elements of Good Planning


Chapter 5: Titles of Address and Official Introduction

  • Official Titles of Address

  • How to Make Formal Introductions



What you will get in the course:





Get 150+ page downloadable workbook that includes every requisite piece of information about protocol and diplomacy. It also includes a copyrighted comprehensive checklist and layouts for signing ceremonies, airport arrivals, banquets and seating plans.



There is one assignment per video tutorial. Students will submit a total of 12 Assignments including a final assessment.



Downloadable Scripts

Just in case you miss anything during your lesson, you are easily able to review your scripts.


Free Consultation

You will receive free consultation with one of our professors to ask any questions and share any real life challenges you may have in your day-to-day responsibilities.



International Diplomacy and Protocol is completely virtual. You can get instant access to your course, allowing you to study at any time from anywhere. The video tutorials are quick, punchy and filled with all the necessary information to upskill you in the shortest time.


The Online International Diplomacy and Protocol Masterclass has been brought to you by The African Institute of Protocol and Added Vantage Online, bringing strong partnerships together to create exceptional products.



Who this course is for:

  • Government staff

  • Diplomatic staff

  • Personal assistants

  • events coordinators

  • Executive staff in International Organisations

  • Politicians

  • C Suite executives

  • Companies that do business with government

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