Academic Courses

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.

In fulfilment of its mandate, Trapca is running the following courses:

  • Advanced Pre-requisite Courses
  • Advanced Courses

Overview of the Academic Courses:

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 modules. 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 Courses that lead to the Master’s Degree Award.

2. Advanced courses

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

  • TRP 501 Economic Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy
  • TRP 502 Legal Foundations of Trade and Trade Policy
  • TRP 503 Tools for Trade Policy Analysis
  • TRP 504 Economic and Legal Aspects of Trade in Services
  • TRP 505 Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Development
  • TRP 506 Topics in Trade Policy I: Competition Policy, Law and Development
  • TRP 507 Regional Economic Integration and Trade Facilitation
  • TRP 508 Sectoral Trade Policies and Development
  • TRP 509 Topics in Trade Policy II: Drafting and Interpretation of Trade Agreements International Trade
  • TRP 510 Topics in Trade Policy III: International Trade Negotiations

Each module is taught over a two-weeks duration and at the end of each week, students take examinations. As detailed below, students that pass all the ten modules plus the MSc Thesis become eligible for the award of the MSc Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law.

How to Apply

Prospective trainees should apply using relevant application portals available on the Trapca website They can also apply through the ESAMI Country offices, currently present in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Lilongwe (Malawi), Lusaka (Zambia), Nairobi (Kenya), Maputo (Mozambique), Mbabane (S0waziland) and Windhoek (Namibia). The contact details of Trapca, ESAMI Headquarters and Country Offices are given at contact us page. The annual calendar which provides guidance on courses on offer is available online.

Fees and Financing

Financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) allows participants from eligible countries to apply for partial or full scholarship. Priority is given to qualified students from Sub-Saharan African LDCs and female participants from African Non-LDCs with the objective to obtain gender balance. In order to facilitate equitable country spread, Trapca strives to allocate at least two scholarships per each eligible Sub-Saharan Africa LDC. Scholarships are awarded conditional on available funds.

The applicable fees for the academic year 2018 will be as follows:

S/N Courses Fees for participants from African LDCs/ LICs and female students from LMIC in USD Fees for participants from Sub Saharan African countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients Fees for All Other Countries at cost plus.
1 E-learning per course 250.00 250.00 250.00
2 Each Advanced Module, (2 Weeks per Module) 1,815.00 1,950.00 2050.00
3 Full MSc programme 20,425.00 27,600.00 31,440.00

Trapca with funding from the Swedish Government through Sida provides a limited number of scholarships for the Academic Courses to applicants from African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low-Income Countries (LICs)as per the UN List of LDCs and LICs. A total of 20 scholarships are available per academic course and these are awarded by a committee following a review of received applications for full or partial scholarships from eligible applicants (those from African LDCs/LICs and female students from African Lower Middle Income countries (LMICs). The scholarship committee is guided by a scholarship policy, which stipulates as follows:

    • Applicants under consideration must have been admitted into the respective Trapca’s academic programme (Pre-requisite to Advanced Courses or Advanced Courses);
    • In order to facilitate country representation by participants from all eligible target LDC/LIC African beneficiary countries, two scholarships are awarded per country (if the number of countries are ten or less). The two slots shall be allocated based on the following criteria:
    • The first slot is granted to a qualifying eligible female applicant working in a trade related sector in a relevant African LDC/LIC Country. In case of Advanced courses, this is coupled with performance of the female applicant in previous courses;
    • The second slot is allocated to either qualifying and eligible male or female African LDC/LIC applicants from relevant sectors ranked in terms of performance in previous courses.
    • Any remaining slots are distributed as follows:
    • At least one qualifying female applicant per country, from African LMICs working in relevant sectors, ranked in terms of performance in previous courses.
    • Qualifying and eligible male or female African LDC/LIC applicants from relevant sectors ranked in terms of performance in previous courses.
    • In case of a tie among eligible applicants, whether in the category of qualifying female African LDC/LICs applicants; or qualifying male LDC/LIC applicants; or indeed qualifying female applicants from Africa LMICs, the committee’s recommendation are guided by the following filter: academic performance in previous courses with preference given to the best performer of a relevant category where a tie has occurred;

Where applicable, qualifying and eligible applicants with a potential to graduate with an award, can be given priority to a slot in a given academic year.
In circumstances where admitted students from a beneficiary country cannot avail themselves to take advantage of the admission and the scholarship granted, the scholarship will be reallocated in line with points 2 to 4 above.
Duration of courses and willingness of potential awardees to complete courses offered in a given quarter.

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