The CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary two-week training program which offers classroom instruction and solution-driven collaboration with colleagues. Since 2006, the CPD Summer Institute has provided a wide range of hands-on skills and analytical capabilities essential for an effective public diplomacy practice.

The 2018 program took place from July 8 to July 20, 2018 at the University of Southern California campus.

With deep transformations occurring in the public diplomacy space and advances in information technology continuing apace, comes a greater need for retooling tomorrow's public diplomats. For over13 years, the Center’s flagship training program provides practitioners a time and place to reflect and build their public diplomacy tool kit, while drawing on the latest social science research, critical thinking, storytelling tools and network-building opportunities designed to improve every aspect of PD strategies.

This past summer, the program reflects the rapidly changing public diplomacy landscape, shedding light on information journeys in a digital, diffuse communication ecosystem. Participants will be provided with a wide range of skill sets ranging from cross-platform storytelling and information architecture to evaluation.


Regular Prices (2018 prices per person and subject to change)

Single participant (tuition only): $6,850
Two or more from the same organization (tuition only): $5,150
Non-Refundable Deposit (applied to tuition): $350
F-1 VISA (non-refundable): $250

Deadlines for 2019

Regular Applications: January 23, 2019 to April 15, 2019
Non-Refundable Deposit: Due four weeks from date of acceptance
Final Payment: Due 60 days from date of acceptance

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The CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is geared toward mid-career professionals posted in ministries, including foreign affairs, defense and homeland security; trade and economics agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; communication consultancies; private-sector companies; and others whose work would benefit from learning more about cutting-edge tools and techniques to aid them in their practices. In addition to innovative instruction, the program provides a setting for mid-career professionals to exercise their evaluation and decision-making skills in a group of their peers and to contribute their own ideas and perspectives while building their professional networks.

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2017 CPD Summer Insitute