The study plan for the Bachelor in International Relations at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.
The Bachelor in International Relations aims to provide young, ambitious individuals the necessary skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.
Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students will find the ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and projects based on real-world scenarios.
This will allow them to develop profiles that can seamlessly adapt to new trends in the 21st century.
Your first year will begin with a broad introduction to international relations, history, and economics. You will become aware of the global challenges and acquainted with the main periods and events that have shaped its history since the 16th century. We will provide you with the practical and methodological tools needed to understand and evaluate arguments about contentious issues in international affairs. Alongside this, you will be given the opportunity to complete an internship, contribute in one of the many IE labs, or both.
In this year, you will also start language courses and hone your ability to recognize and understand relationships; to analyse complex systems; to think of how systems are embedded within different domains and different scales; and to deal with uncertainty.
By the end of the year you will be able to apply economic and IR theories to your daily work, and understand important social and political phenomena, as well as different forms of international governance and organizations. You will also learn to be accountable, self-disciplined, and diligent, with an increased capacity for self-reflection and improved writing and communication skills.
In your second year you will continue to deepen your understanding of international relations from the perspectives of international law, international political economics, and international development. You will be introduced to the most innovative trends in economics, social inclusion, and environmental politics in order to understand how global challenges can be approached in a sustainable way.
You will also acquire the analytical skills that will allow you to research and analyze how to change and impact global challenges while cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset with regard to ideas and initiatives. By the end of the year, you will be more confident with discussing scholarly articles and communicating your own points of view in order to become an impactful change-maker.
Also, we offer you the opportunity to put everything you have learned into practice during your first two years in an amazing two-week journey in which you will visit different countries with your classmates whilst making an impact and learning.
During your third year you will focus on advanced international relations topics such as international trade, global governance, public opinion, and the European Union. Your first year was concerned with developing awareness about the most relevant global issues, and the second more focused on identifying and analyzing the changes and the impact needed. Now, in your third year, it is time to learn how to lead those changes. Therefore, you will also acquire the knowledge and the skills to solve international conflict, to manage projects in multinational corporations or in international institutions, to design successful partnerships, and to lead and negotiate trade agreements and diplomatic initiatives.
This year, you will be required to choose an exchange program with one of the 160 available partner universities around the world. You will also have the chance to participate in a one-day mock debate, where you will discuss and negotiate a range of issues related to international trade between the EU and the US.
Your fourth and last year is mainly focused on developing your expertise. You will have a broad array of subjects from which to choose your elective courses, with an added option to focus on a particular field of specialization and obtain an additional certificate from the school. Four academic tracks will be available for you: Global Affairs and Diplomacy; Peace, Conflict and Security; International Development; and International and Social Business.
In the second semester, you will carry out your final project, where you will apply all of the knowledge gained throughout your courses, internships, IE Labs, extracurricular activities, and exchange programs. You will have two options: either to complete an individual academic thesis, or to carry out a team consultancy type capstone project with a real client from the public or private sector. Each capstone project is unique and should be approached as a career-building exercise. The purpose is to test out your skills and knowledge in a realistic work environment, collaborating closely with your teammates to produce original and impactful research and strategic policy recommendations, and deliver these to your client.
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 tracks entitling you to a supplemental diploma.
Technology, innovation, and sustainability are transversal dimensions across the entire curriculum. Students will also be able to take part in regional studies.
The Global Affairs and Diplomacy track will teach students what sparks political and social struggles and how to address these complex global challenges. This track covers a wide range of challenges the world faces today, focusing on Asia, Africa, South America, North America and the Middle East, and more specifically, those facing China, Russia and India.
excited to dive into topics including populism, democracy, the political economy and geopolitics, and corporate and multilateral diplomacy. Students will focus on international and diplomatic relations not only between nation-states but also non-state actors such as NGOs.
an opportunity to discover what sparks political and social struggles and how to identify the best ways to address these complex global challenges across different regions of the world.
The International Development track deepens students’ understanding of the complex factors at play in international politics, global development, economics and sustainability. Armed with this knowledge, they will be prepared to manage international development projects and analyze the politics behind aid and international agreements.
interested in addressing issues like poverty, inequality, sustainability, development and economic growth. Students will be sensitive to the world’s most pressing issues and committed to creating an impact at a local and global scale.
an opportunity to grow into a leader who understands how to bring people together across the international community to spur sustained economic growth while helping developing countries across the world. Students will discover the keys to sustainable finance, building smart cities and the role of gender in international development.
The International and Social Business track teaches students how businesses expand and internationalize and the social impact that comes with them. Students of this track often want to engage with the expansion of multinational corporations or family businesses to explore the national and international economic environment.
keen to deepen their understanding of how businesses can have a social footprint. Students often want to become entrepreneurs and are committed to driving positive change in society, and as a result, this track includes the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice as they explore social entrepreneurship.
an opportunity to explore the importance of sustainability, technology and innovation in today’s markets. Students will become familiar with what is driving change in international corporations as well as the opportunities introduced by the rise of social businesses.
Peace, Conflict and Security is a core area of international relations that needs more experts to guide decision-making and understand how people function in today’s rapidly changing society. This track delves into the dynamics of peace and security to sharpen students’ negotiation skills while gaining unrivaled insights into alliance creation through real-world experiences.
passionate about pursuing a career in international advocacy who want to work to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts. Students of this track will be excited to address the relationship between politics, technology and economics with global peace and security.
an understanding of the relationship between state sovereignty, international law and armed intervention. Through these courses, you will gain the tools needed for an unparalleled perspective on human rights, human security, humanitarian law and cybersecurity.
Languages are essential to a career in international relations. As a Bachelor in International Relations student, you will participate in a mandatory language course that lasts for six full semesters, consisting of 18 ECTS credits. In addition, we provide further opportunities to widen your linguistic ability, and you will have the option to learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Arabic, or Chinese.
Develop a multidisciplinary profile and specialize in two distinct, yet connected fields, by combining another bachelor’s degree with your studies in international relations.
The Dual Degree in Business Administration and International Relations offers a comprehensive and practical study of international affairs and solid business skills that will give you a global perspective of economic, political and social interactions.
This program offers a practical degree, focused on the fundamentals of international affairs and global law. You will acquire critical thinking skills along with the credentials required for legal practice, allowing you to provide solutions that address issues on a global scale.
The Dual Degree in Economics and International Relations is a rigorous and challenging program where students obtain solid economic foundations combined with global geopolitics, powered by advanced analytical technologies and tools.
At IE University the Bachelor in International Relations takes 4 years to complete.
When you study international relations, you typically study topics such as international politics, international law, foreign policy, global economics, international organizations, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and global development. At IE University our program has a high component of United Nations activities and content. You can complete courses designed for UN staff through a tailor-made IE University online platform and receive certified diplomas.
While there is some quantitative analysis involved in international relations, you generally do not need to be particularly good at math to succeed in the field. However, having basic proficiency in math and statistics can be helpful when working with data or conducting research.
International relations courses can be challenging, as they involve studying complex political systems, theories, and policies that can be difficult to grasp. However, with dedication and effort, many students find the material engaging and intellectually stimulating. Like any course of study, success in international relations largely depends on the individual's interest, effort, and study habits.
The core subject of international relations is the study of the relationships between countries and the interactions that occur on a global level. At IE University students get a real feel for the complexity of international relations as a global discipline with our multidisciplinary approach. They 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.