Bachelor in International Relations

Become an actor at a global level
UNSCCIE School of Global and Public Affairs is a full member of APSIA.
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The Bachelor in International Relations
Is for individuals who are…

comfortable with debating and engaging in challenging issues at an international level. It’s for confident change-makers who are passionate about making a difference in the world, and wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of different economic challenges, political issues, and cultures in order to solve complex global problems.

Looking for…

a multifaceted, cross-sector program that will equip them with the necessary hard and soft skills to influence policy on a global level and impact change in society.

To become…
  • a senior member of the United Nations, a development bank or another multilateral organization
  • a diplomat serving for your country’s Foreign Service
  • an executive in a multinational corporation
  • a director of international expansion
  • a consultant or a partner in an international consultancy firm
  • a development expert in an NGO or foundation
  • a leader in a political party
  • a manager in a humanitarian operation
  • a research manager in a think tank or academic institution
  • a founder/CEO of a social business
The Bachelor in International Relations prepares students for an international career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The program draws on the extensive expertise of the IE School of Global & Public Affairs & the United Nations System Staff College and guarantees world-class education. Students will be immersed in a unique learning environment where they will be shaped into tomorrow’s global leaders, acquiring the skills needed to drive change in complex, cross-border economic, political, and social challenges. The curriculum encompasses the 5P’s defined by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership.

Well-connected and highly accredited, the IE School of Global & Public Affairs is a member of the exclusive Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

The Bachelor in International Relations is fully compliant with the Bologna Process, and it is accredited by the Spanish government and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Undergraduate Degrees


4 years




2 years Segovia + 2 years Madrid or 4 years Madrid



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You can study the Bachelor in International Relations both in Segovia and Madrid. If you choose to start your international relations studies in Segovia, then you will study the first two years in Segovia and the last two years in Madrid. On the other hand, if you choose to start your international relations studies in Madrid, then you will study all four years in Madrid.




Get to grips with real-life challenges through our practical case-study approach and seminar discussions in the Policy Lab. These semester-long courses will delve into critical areas such as conflict resolution, negotiation, strategy, and public speaking. End your studies with a capstone project—a group-based, consultancy-oriented final project with a real client in the IR space. Get further experience with selective internship placements in a variety of institutions, and prepare yourself for success.


Get a real feel for the complexity of international relations as a global discipline with our multidisciplinary approach. Students will explore topics such as the role of multilateral organizations, states, and the corporate world in shifting the international order through a variety of academic lenses, including social sciences, history, culture, economics, and politics.


Acquire the skills you need to become a well-grounded global-affairs professional, adept at working in a corporate setting. Students of this program will benefit from IE University’s world-ranked experience in management and business. This is a fundamental part of becoming a decision-maker, able to manage projects and policies at the highest levels.


Success in international relations requires a number of skills. Critical thinking is as important as the ability to influence actors and negotiate effectively. Learn to apply all these analytical and reasoning skills, alongside the art of persuasion and diplomacy, to bring about solutions at an international level.


We give you the chance to build your own career path.In the fourth year, you can choose from a range of electives which make up one of the four offered concentrations entitling you to a supplemental diploma.

The four concentrations available are:

  • Global Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Peace, Conflict and Security
  • International Development
  • International and Social Business

Technology, innovation, and sustainability are transversal dimensions across the entire curriculum. Students will also be able to take part in regional studies.



A group of students that demonstrate outstanding academic performance, strong interest in the 2030 Agenda, and an extraordinary commitment to making a difference in the world will be selected to act as UN scholars. The United Nations System Staff College will award a special certificate to those Scholars who meet predefined requirements which may include participation in study visits, completion of courses, significant achievements, and/or the submission and approval of concrete deliverables that demonstrate their outstanding contribution


Become part of a highly diverse class with students from every corner of the world and develop your language skills to truly connect with others. Being proficient in another language will open up an entire world of new personal and professional opportunities. International relations students take language courses during the first three years. You can choose from a wide range of options, including Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Arabic, and Portuguese, and you will develop your skills in small groups adapted to your level.

Mars Conquest - Take the challenge

International relations are all about creating a balance between leadership and security. It’s all about engaging in difficult economic, political and social dynamics that go beyond borders and cultures to solve global issues.

Mars conquest is a negotiation simulator game created by the IE School of Global and Public Affairs. The objective is to gain and develop the right amount of power and technology to colonize Mars. Play as Russia, USA, Iran, Brazil, India, Japan, Pakistan, China or the European Union. Every country or the EU has a space program with some more powerful than others and, during the game, you have to share or steal technology from other countries, spy on them or create a bilateral agreement with another country.

You also have the option to isolate yourself from other countries and the EU and conquer Mars for yourself. Every action has a consequence which could strengthen the relationship with other countries and institutions or avoid any kind of collaboration and break international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty.

This is just one approach that shows the importance IE School of Global and Public Affairs places on learning the art of negotiation, and the need to keep up with new technological trends.


ABOUT IE SCHOOL OF Global and Public Affairs

The IE School of Global and Public Affairs shapes well-rounded professionals, able to hold leadership positions across sectors and disciplines at an international level. Our multidisciplinary approach to professional education brings together theory and practice to effectively tackle global challenges.


The IE School of Global and Public Affairs is a full member of APSIA, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Comprising of only thirty-seven schools worldwide, the association assures academic excellence and a first-rate commitment to education in the field of International Relations.



IE School of Global and Public Affairs offers programs both at an undergraduate and graduate level. The full-time programs are offered entirely in English to train internationally oriented students for successful multi-sector careers.



Coming from diverse, global backgrounds, they each bring distinct perspectives and innovative ideas that embody what makes IE University stand out. Their stories are personal and unique—but don’t take our word for it. Read their stories to see for yourself.

Nina Wiesehomeier

"Open-mindedness, perseverance and a willingness to make mistakes and overcome setbacks is vital for personal growth. It’s what you make of these experiences."


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"Set clear goals and organize your life around achieving them. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what kind of career you want after university, you can still set intermediate goals. Once you’ve achieved that goal, move on to the next one. You’ll be impressed by how much you can achieve in your brief time at IE University if you manage your goals this way."



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