Courses and Programs

Courses on Offer

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 programmes cover academic and competence-based training designed to equip participants with analytical skills. In addition to the academic programmes, trapca provides tailor-made executive training designed to enhance specific skills of more senior officials from the public, private and civil society.

  1. Academic Courses and Programmes

In fulfilment of its mandate, trapca is running the following programmes: trapca offers the following courses at the following levels:

1) Intermediate- MSc Pre-requisites;

2) Advanced.

These courses are organized into the following programmes:

1) MSc Pre-requisite Courses;

2) Post-Graduate Diploma, Advanced Level;

3) Executive Master Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law; and

4) MSc. Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law.

Selected rules and regulations for these courses and programmes are spelt out in the following sections. They are subject to amendment from time to time.

  • MSc Pre-requisite E-learning Short Courses (Level 400 series) each lasting for two weeks. Successful completion of the three MSc Pre-requisite Courses course leads to qualification for consideration for enrolment into the Advanced Courses (Level 500) that culminate to either the Post Graduate Advanced Diploma or MSc Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law.
  • Level 500 Advanced Courses. Successful completion of two core courses ( TRP 501 and TRP 503) and any additional two elective courses lead to an award of Post Graduate Diploma at an Advanced Level.
  • A Master Programme in International Trade Policy and Trade Law (Level 500 series). This is awarded upon successful completion of 10 courses (3 core and 7 electives) and a thesis corresponding to two modules. The student is awarded a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law issued by Lund University.

1.1 Minimum Admission requirements for Academic Courses

Specific courses/programmes have pre-requisite courses for admission. However for all trapca academic courses/programmes, at the minimum for admission, the applicant shall:

  • Hold a first degree in Economics, Law, Social Sciences or any other relevant field from a recognised university;
  • Have work experience from a trade or development-related area in government, the wider public sector, private sector or non governmental/civil society organization. PROVIDED THAT applicants without work experience but with high motivation for a career opportunity in international trade, may be considered in special circumstances;
  • Originate from LDCs or low income sub-Saharan African countries: and
  • Have a good command of the language in which the programme or course is advertised and offered. This may either be English or French.

The relevance of the above programmes resides in their ability to promote the kinds of knowledge and understanding as well as key competencies and capacities that make it possible for participants to help their countries to:

  • Make full use of existing trade opportunities in foreign markets.
  • Choose import, industrial, investment and trade facilitation policies conducive to development and poverty reduction, given existing trade agreements.
  • Influence future agreements in an advantageous manner by negotiating improvements for LDCs and low income Sub-Saharan African countries in access to foreign markets while maintaining abilities to pursue trade and trade influencing policies conducive to development and poverty reduction.

1.2 Target Group

The target audience consists of those who are involved in trade-related activities in their capacity as officials, executives or members of relevant ministries and government agencies, parliamentary institutions, universities, business and civil society organisations in LDCs and other low income Sub-Saharan African countries.

1.3 How to Apply

Prospective students should apply using relevant application portals available on the trapca’s 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 (Swaziland) 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.

1.4 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.

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

Programme LDCs* Low income* Full Cost/Other Countries
MSc Pre-requisites (6 weeks) $300 $600 $1,200
Advanced courses (2 Weeks) $800 $1,600 $3,200
Full Master Program (10 modules plus thesis) $8,800 $17,600 $26,400
Executive/Tailor made Courses At Cost recovery At Cost recovery At Cost recovery
Scheduled Executive- Courses Indicated on course brochure Indicated on course brochure Indicated on course brochure

*The fees shown for the LDCs and LICs above are subsidized through the support of Sida and only cater for tuition as accommodation and meals are paid for separately.”

  1. Tailor-made and Executive Courses

In support of the continental, regional and national initiatives on trade and economic integration, trapca provides a menu of training interventions for the benefit of African governments and relevant stakeholders. These interventions are building capacities, developing skillset and competences that are commensurate the demands associated with actualising the Africa’s trade and economic agenda. In line with the continental and regional integration agenda, the edifice of interventions rests on building relevant capacities, skillset and competences aimed at facilitating implementation of existing trade regimes at regional and global levels.

2.1 Tailor-Made Courses

trapca offers several tailor-made courses according to demand. These courses are exclusively offered at the request of a client in any trade or trade related areas. trapca has delivered a number of these courses over the years ranging from trade policy tools for analysis of trade data, trade in services, rule of origin, dispute settlement, trade and climate change, trade and food security and many other topics. The duration of tailor made courses is aligned to the needs of the client. The course delivery approaches emphasis student-led and workshop-inclined processes. This includes commissioned education and jointly offered courses in collaboration with other institutions.

2.2 Executive Courses

The Executive Courses are made up of pre-selected areas of trainings that the centre offers as open program. The courses can be tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of clients. These courses run to a maximum of 2 weeks. This course zeroes in on subject specific issues. Through this course, the participants interrogate these issues in detail with a view to fostering a conceptual understanding of their significance and relevance at policy formulation and implementation levels. The course is deeply seated within the African experiences and circumstances at national, regional, continental and global levels.

The Courses on offer during the year 2018 are as follows:

  • Trade Defense Instruments-
Conceptualization And Application;
  • SPS And TBT Non-Tariff Measures 
And The Right To Regulate;
  • African Regional Integration & The
 Reconciliation Of Rules Of Origin Regimes;
  • Relationship Of The CFTA & African
 Regional Trade Agreements;
  • Tools For Trade Policy Analysis;
  • Understanding Trade In Services
 Disciplines & Domestic Regulation;
  • African Regional Integration & The 
Reconciliation Of Rules Of Origin Regimes;
  • The Interface Between Trade Facilitation & Logistics
 & The Relevance To Public & Private Sector;
  • Key Aspects Of Trade Negotiations In 
Regional And Multilateral Contexts;
  • Trade Defense Instruments-
Conceptualization And Application;
  • The Interface Of International Standards
 And The Trade Facilitation Agreement;
  • Critical Aspects Of Trade Policy, Trade Law
 And Trade Negotiations For Executives;
  • Trade Facilitation and Sectoral Policies;
  • Key Aspects Of Competition Policy & Law & Relevance To Regional Integration; and
  • Critical Aspects Of Trade Policy, Law And Negotiations For Executives;
  • Understanding Trade In Services Disciplines
 And Domestic Regulations.

Fees and other costs

The fee for the programme will be payable in US dollars and will cover tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day. Discounts are available for every 2 or more delegates registered from the same institution.

How to apply

Prospective participants should apply either through the trapca’s website, or send an email to