Diplomats are representatives of their countries in other countries to which they are accredited. They note and interpret objectively the political, military, social and economic developments in foreign countries to obtain information in the interests of the government of their own country.

They promote exports to the country where they are stationed, and disseminate information about commercial, economic and industrial conditions and opportunities that exist in their own country.

Diplomats may issue passports to fellow countrymen travelling abroad, grant visas to foreigners who wish to visit their country or issue entry permits to immigrants who wish to settle there. They strive to build up contacts with foreign states to ensure a constant exchange of views and the establishment of mutual trust, and negotiate agreements with other countries.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 26 years old
  • tact, discretion and self-control
  • able to communicate well in speech and in writing
  • adaptability, self-discipline and dedication
  • pleasant personality and sociable
  • intelligence and vision
  • good powers of observation and interpretation
  • able to learn foreign languages easily


Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Getting Started

  • get as much experience as possible working with people and speaking in public
  • develop your communication skills and obtain a broad educational background
  • make an appointment to speak to a diplomat about this type of career


Boston City Campus and Business College does not offer a programme that leads directly to this occupation. Please take a look at the related occupations below to see whether any of these appeal to you. Alternately, please send an email to taryn@boston.co.za and a Student Advisor will call you back.


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