Academic Courses

The training offering at TRAPCA has grown to include three key focus facets of international trade: International Trade Policy, International Trade Law and International Trade Facilitation. The training courses cover academic and competency-based training designed to equip participants with analytical skills. In addition to the academic courses, TRAPCA provides tailor-made executive training designed to enhance specific skills of more senior officials from the public, private and civil society.

Overview

The Academic Courses in TRAPCA focus on the following three key important areas of international trade: International Trade Policy, International Trade Law and International Trade Facilitation. The TRAPCA Academic Courses that are offered in both English and French Language, firstly lead to an award of a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Advanced Level (PGDA) and finally to a prestigious, one of the kind, Master of Science Degree  in  International  Trade Policy and Trade  Law (MSc), that is accredited by Lund University of Sweden. 

The Path to attainment of the Academic Awards. 

  1. Minimum Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted into the TRAPCA academic programmes, at the minimum the applicant must:

  • Hold a first degree in Economics, Law, Social Sciences or any other relevant field from a recognised university or academic institution;
  • Before admission into Advanced programmes students must first enroll and pass pre-requisite courses (see overview below on pre-requisite courses);
  • Show high motivation to pursue a career in international trade albeit subject to requisite consideration or have work experience from a trade or development-related area in government, the wider public sector, private sector or non- governmental/civil society organization;
  • Have a proven command of the language (either English or French) in which the programme or course is advertised and offered. 
  1. The Courses

In fulfillment of its mandate in the area of trade policy, and to facilitate successful completion of participants in its specialized multidisciplinary advanced academic courses, TRAPCA requires the participants to first successfully complete it TRP 400 Pre-Requisite Courses and then get admitted into the advanced academic courses that lead to the prestigious awards of PGDA and MSc highlighted above.

    2.1   Advanced Pre-requisite Courses

The Advanced Pre-requisite Courses, which are also known as TRP 400, are offered through the TRAPCA e-learning platform over the duration of six weeks covering three key foundational modules, namely: Introduction to International Trade Law, Economics of International Trade and lastly, Trade Data Retrieval and Analysis.

The first two weeks are dedicated to the module on Introduction to International Trade Law, followed by another set of two weeks focusing on Economics of International Trade and finishing with a two weeks session on Introductory Aspects of Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis. At the end of each module, participants take online examinations and those that successfully complete the assessments become eligible for admission into the Advanced Academic Courses (highlighted below) that lead to the PGDA and MSc Awards. In addition to attaining eligibility for admission into the Advanced Courses, upon completion of these three modules participants acquire critical skills and knowledge in the area of trade policy that enhance their ability to appreciate and articulate trade policy issues as attested by sample feedback from Alumni

Upon successful completion of the TRP 400 Pre-requisite course, participants are required to apply for admission into advanced courses through the TRAPCA application portal, whose tab is accessible of the top right-side of the TRAPCA website.

As indicated in the admissions section, unless admitted on tuition scholarship, the fees for the TRP 400 Course is $250 and to apply for this course (click here to apply.) or on the application tab on the top right hand side of the TRAPCA website. As you apply make sure you have gathered together a copy of your first degree, its results transcripts and your brief CV and turned them into PDF to be uploaded on the application tab as a single file.

2.2.      Advanced courses: Level 500

Overview

TRAPCA offers a total of 10 advanced courses that have to be taken by anyone desirous of attaining the award of its prestigious Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law (MSc). Each of the 10 advanced courses is offered through a two-week on-site learning in Arusha, Tanzania and off-site pre-session and post-session assignments each corresponding to two weeks learning activities.

The following ten modules are on the menu of advanced courses that are part of the TRAPCA MSc Degree Programme:

  1. TRP 501: Economic Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy.
  2. TRP 502: Legal Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy.
  3. TRP 503: Tools for Trade Policy Analysis.
  4. TRP 504: Economic and Legal aspects of Trade in Services.
  5. TRP 505: Intellectual Property Law and Development.
  6. TRP 506: Competition Policy, Law and Development.
  7. TRP 507: Regional Economic Integration and Trade Facilitation.
  8. TRP 508: Sectorial Trade Policies and Development.
  9. TRP 509: Drafting and Interpretation of Trade Agreements.
  10. TRP 510: International Trade Negotiations.

The first two of the above courses are core courses, which must be passed for students to be awarded either a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Advanced Level or a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law. There are also fundamental courses namely TRP 503, TRP 504, TRP 505, TRP 507 and TRP 508. These courses are a key feature of the advanced courses and further constitute fundamental areas in which sectoral dimension of international trade policy and trade law find their practical meaning. There are also elective courses that are made up of: TRP 506, TRP 509 and TRP 510. These courses differentiated by their areas of specialisation and their relevance may be seasonal.

The Awards

The Independent Advanced Level Courses may lead to either a Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Advanced Level; or to a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law.

To qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, Advanced Level; a candidate shall be required to pass the two core advanced courses, namely: TRP 501 and TRP 502 plus three other advanced courses from the remaining eight.

To qualify for the award of the Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law; a candidate shall be required to pass all 10 advanced courses and a Master thesis, which is undertaken with supervision from TRAPCA Faculty members. For more information see the TRAPCA prospectus (click here for the prospectus). 

  1. Why Study at TRAPCA

TRAPCA is the only institution in Africa if not global, that offers academic program on international trade for the exclusive benefit of both English Speaking and French Speaking Sub-Saharan African LDCs and low-income countries, benefiting women as well as men. The quality of TRAPCA’s training is unrivaled in Africa and it is renowned for being of international standard. In this regard, TRAPCA has partnered with a renowned, high-ranking and internationally recognized institution, Lund University of Sweden as its academic partner. By virtue of this partnership, TRAPCA is the only African institution offering training on international trade policy, trade law and trade facilitation that is accredited to a top notch European University. In addition, TRAPCA’s programmes are delivered by high the quality Global Faculty Members. Further, as elaborated by feedback under the Tracer Studies and Alumni section, TRAPCA’s tangible results as well as impact on both the alumni and their institution is very positive. Majority of TRAPCA alumni have and are excelling as trade negotiators for their respective governments, senior officials in Regional Economic Communities across Africa as well as Multilateral Institutions, Research Fellows; and leaders in African Business Councils’, just to name a few. 

  1. How to Apply 

Please complete the application form below or click on theApply Nowtab on the on the top right hand side of the TRAPCA website. As you apply make sure you have gathered together a copy of your first degree, its results transcripts and your brief CV and turned them into PDF to be uploaded on the application tab as a single file. 

  1. Limited Sponsorship


TRAPCA
 with funding from the Swedish Government through Sida provides limited number of scholarships for the Academic Courses to applicants from African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low Income Countries (LICs) as per the DAC List of LDCs and LICs. These scholarships are mainly partial, covering either one or a combination of at least two of any of the following components: tuition, accommodation and travel to Arusha, Tanzania. If you are from an eligible Sub-Saharan African LDC or LIC Country, for more details on the sponsorship and how to apply for it see the quick link below on scholarships.

Course Details

Economic Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 501
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Legal Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 502
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Tools For Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 503
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Economic and Legal Aspects of Trade in Services

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 504
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Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Development

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 505
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Competition Policy and Law

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 506
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Regional Integration and Trade Facilitation

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 507
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Sectoral Trade Policies and Development

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 508
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Drafting and Interpretation of Trade Agreements

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 509
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International Trade Negotiations

Level : Advanced
Centre : TRAPCA
Course ID : TRP 510
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