GLOBAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT IE IE School of Global and Public Affairs offers dynamic, hands-on programs that prepare students to confront the ever-changing real-world issues happening today.

The School


As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the complex and changing role of international relations and public affairs has never been more important. Today, our world is faced with the challenge of governing rapid technological and societal change. Their actions and policies impact one another on a global scale that will only continue to grow over time. World actors, from government officials to multinational corporations to NGOs, must form relationships and bridges that allow them to work together toward a healthy and mutually beneficial global society.

IE School of Global and Public Affairs is committed to creating global leaders who are ready to face the future, creating a world governed for all while constantly adapting to change. The framework for our programs are upheld by the school’s three pillars: teaching, research and the educational ecosystem. Through these pillars, we cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset for solving the real issues confronted in the modern world; inspire innovation and understanding of current technologies; and promote diversity and synergies in our global society.

We prepare future graduates to step forward on the world stage with a comprehensive understanding of how global international relations, economics and development and public policy affect societies, businesses, technology, trade, politics and more. Students will gain insight on the intersection of the public and private sectors, the Atlantic world and its global dimension and the complex interactions among innovation, technology and society.

Whether you’re just starting out on your educational journey or continuing your academic growth, IE School of Global and Public Affairs has the perfect program for you. Our programs range from comprehensive bachelor’s degrees to specialized master’s degrees for professionals looking to upgrade their skills. We train students with experiential hands-on learning, preparing them to become next generation of leaders in the public and private sectors around the globe. Professionals who want to deepen their understanding of the international arena, experienced workers looking for a career change and new students alike will gain the skills they need to impact global interactions.

Our Mission

We are a leading educational and research institution in the heart of Europe. We shape leaders who can navigate our complex, interdependent and rapidly changing world.




We apply an entrepreneurial spirit to everything we do, emphasizing impact and providing solutions to real-world challenges.



We encourage social innovation by understanding technology and change, and by learning to anticipate new developments.

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We shape a diverse and global community of humanistic, transformational leaders.

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Bachelor in International Relations

Bachelor in International Relations

This comprehensive hands-on program prepares students for a career in the international public and private sectors. Students will learn to engage in complex economic, political and social dynamics.

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Bachelors programs

Bachelor in Politics, Law and Economics

This dynamic, multidisciplinary degree combines real-world, experiential learning in politics, law and economics. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of how these fields intersect and are prepared to lead social change and development on a global scale.

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Master in International Relations

Masters Programs

Our Master programs are for believers, changers and challengers. Understand the world that is to come with a Master’s degree made for leaders of the future.

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Dual Degrees IE School of International Relations

Dual Degrees

A dual degree from IE offers a competitive advantage and the opportunity to commit to two fields of study. Graduates are prepared to excel in the industry and position of their choice.

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Nationalities on campus

International Students


Our School is a leader in the following areas:

The intersection of the public and private sectors

The intricate relationship between businesses and governments becomes even more complex at a global level. Students learn how to influence and navigate the areas where the public and private sectors converge.

IE Transnational Relations Initiative

The Atlantic world and its global dimension

Transatlantic relationships encompass their own realm of challenges, including trade, financial regulation, democratization and terrorism, among many others. Students become leaders in cooperative efforts throughout the Atlantic world, with a particular focus on the US-European relationship.


The complex interactions among innovation, technology and society

As both technology and society evolve at a rapid pace, it is important to understand the impact that their changes have on one another. Students become familiar with the global forces that drive and merge innovation, technology and society.

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