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The Business of International Affairs

Providing real-world skills for the global workplace

Business of International Affairs Summer Programme

Workplace & Entrepreneurial Skills for Students & Young Professionals

One of the major reasons so many International Affairs students struggle after graduation is that they struggle to gain the real skills needed to pursue and land their dream job in today’s hyper-competitive job market. In an unsparing job market and growing concern that an International Affairs-related education may not translate into real-world success, students and young professionals are desperate for any potential edge. Students have real fears they lack the practical skills they’ll need after graduation.

It is a fact that in today’s workplaces, employers want proven skills and demonstrated drive for successful candidates, not credentials. They demand that candidates are more focused, skilled and driven than ever before.

Getting into the workplace and making an impact requires a certain skillset and mindset that only comes with experience. 4 years at university no longer guarantees you a career. There is no degree that matches real-world experience.

The Business of International Relations Summer Programme provide students with the real-world experience they need to land their dream job. We also help fast-track young professionals in the corporate arena by developing key competencies that will deepen their business acumen and accelerate their professional development.

The Business of International Affairs Summer Programme gives ambitious students and young professionals the skills and confidence they need to hit the ground running at a fraction of the cost of a traditional MBA or Bridge programme.

The Business of International Affairs Summer Programme is led by successful business practitioners with real world experience from world class businesses and top universities. We arm you with skills you can apply immediately across a wide range of professions, such as law, health, diplomacy, business, non-profit and entrepreneurship.

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A powerful course that addresses the challenges of today’s workplace

Professionally relevant

Our workshops guarantee measurable outcomes. Our curricula are designed around the highest academic and professional standards. We draw on the experience of the world’s foremost practitioners and use real-world case studies and simulations to help students retain the lessons learned and apply them in the workplace.

Cost Effective

The Business of IA Summer Programme is designed around the needs of today’s digital professional and is as affordable as possible. They have been competitively priced to help organisations and individuals develop this critical 21st century skillset.

Access to a professional network of world-class companies

We are committed to enhancing the professional prospects of our students and during our courses, we place them in contact with proven executives from world-class companies to provide immediate feedback and become connected to influencers that will enhance their career prospects.

We teach critical competencies such as;

  • Digital marketing and collaboration skills
  • Financial analysis skills
  • Leadership and professional development skills
  • Sales and marketing skills
  • Entrepreneurialism skills
  • Business communication skills
  • Project and time management
  • Business research skills

Real-world experience

Our mission is to help you become the best professional you can be. We help you achieve this goal by:

  • Contact with and advice by executives from a variety of world-class organisations
  • Market-leading business and workplace skills
  • The confidence and knowledge you need to advance in today’s increasingly competitive global workplace

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An outstanding learning experience

The Business of International Affairs Summer Programme blends online learning and in-person personalised coaching for the most effective and engaging learning experience.

Personalised coaching: You’ll be guided through each day of the programme by a Semantica Research coach who will serve as your mentor and champion by personally evaluating your performance and providing you with the feedback and professional advice you need to succeed in the real world.

Market-leading content and skills

You’ll gain confidence speaking the language of business in a global context through real-world consulting exercises that focus on evaluating successful companies and organisations such as Apple, Medicins sans Frontieres and the United Nations. Content includes simulations, articles, videos, and case studies from leading sources such as Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Publishing the Financial Times and the Economist.

Engaging Learning Experiences

You’ll be challenged, engaged and motivated. With total immersion in an environment as intense as any workplace. It’s a new learning experience that includes HD video, tutorials, teamwork, and constant feedback from your coach.

Instructors & Coaches

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo

The MD of Semantica Research, Lawrence is a thought leader in the area of digital technology and its impact on the international system. With over ten years of experience in international affairs, data analysis and social media, Dr. Ampofo has led workshops for numerous FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, national governments and supranational agencies. Dr. Ampofo holds a Ph.D. from the University of London in International Relations and Politics which focused on the use of social data to understand online extremism.

Dr. Ampofo has also taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level on business intelligence, digital business management, International Relations and data science.

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Useful Information About The Event

How Do I Get To The Event?


The entire summer school is online. Students will be granted access closer to the start date in July.


Where Can I Get More Information or Help With Any Questions?

Full workshop details and joining instructions will be sent upon registration confirmation. For any additional information or questions, then please contact us at Semantica Research on +44 207 193 6104 or email


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What Is The Refund Policy?

  • Providing notification in writing is received, our refund policy is:
  • Notification received 4 weeks or more before the event: 100%
  • Notification received 2-4 weeks before the event: 50%
  • Notification received less than 14 days before the event: No refund

Should the event be cancelled by Semantica Research, a full refund will be provided. 

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