This Dual Degree will teach you how to direct organizations that create value for our society, with an emphasis on building strong relationships between states, businesses, international organizations, and other political, economic, and social entities such as NGOs and think tanks.
By understanding the dynamic global landscape we are submerged in, you will learn how to design and lead strategic policies to solve complex worldwide challenges and shape tomorrow’s world. Students will explore innovative models linked to digital platforms, emerging technologies, and collaborative action to understand and bring about change on a global scale.
**Students who complete a Dual Degree at IE University receive two undergraduate diplomas upon graduation. Both programs are fully compliant with the Bologna Process and accredited by the Spanish Government and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Passionate about understanding the complexity of the global economy in a highly interconnected and digital world. You want to become a leader who creates sustainable impact through data-driven decision-making and a multidisciplinary approach that includes economics, history, politics, and international relations.
A rigorous program that will equip you with a solid economic foundation combined with broad geopolitical and social understanding, and powered by advanced analytical skills and state-of-the-art technological tools.
Dual Degree in Economics & International Relations
Bachelor in Economics & Bachelor in International Relations
Centro de Estudios Superiores IE (Madrid)
Bachelor in Economics – 60 places
Bachelor in International Relations – 160 places
Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y de Comunicación (Segovia)
Bachelor in Economics – 50 places
Bachelor in International Relations – 60 places
Total number of credits: 480 (240 + 240) ECTS*
Distribution of credits and subjects**:
Core subjects – 120 ECTS
Mandatory subjects – 234 ECTS
Elective subjects – 102 ECTS
Final Project – 24 ECTS
Economic Sciences, Business Administration, Marketing, Trade, Accounting and Tourism
Social Sciences, Social Work, Labour Relations and Human Resources, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations
*European Credit Transfer System
**The character of the subjects is defined by the Spanish legislation
***Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León
Five reasons to take the Dual Degree in Economics & International Relations at IE University.
Once you are equipped with a profound understanding of different cultures, pressing economic challenges, and politics, you will be ideally positioned to solve complex global economic and social problems on every level. You will be able to pursue a career in a wide variety of fields spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including banks, private firms, governments, international organizations, consulting firms, and research centers.
Our faculty brings real-world expertise into the classroom through their experience holding prominent positions in governments or in international banks, companies, and multilateral institutions (the EU, the UN, etc.). Today’s pioneers in economics and international relations include top researchers and influential voices in the political arena as well as authorities who have driven economic policy from within governments and international organizations. You will interact with these world leaders in the academic, political, and business world and receive their support and feedback as you develop connections with the real world.
You will combine economic and technical knowledge with an understanding of complex global interactions to develop innovative solutions to pressing challenges such as climate change, migration, and sustainable and inclusive growth. By pairing geopolitics with economics, you will develop a holistic skill set to better analyze and solve problems in both the public and private spheres.
Students in this program benefit from a high component of United Nations activities and content. Complete courses designed for UN staff through an IE University tailor-made online platform and receive certified diplomas from the United Nations System Staff College. Take part in numerous professional opportunities with the UN throughout your studies, including summer research programs, mentoring sessions with select UN staff and capstone projects. Furthermore, gain practical skills by participating in our customized simulations: experience how international negotiations work in our US-EU Trade Simulation and our Middle East Peace Simulation, or understand humanitarian crises and responses by taking part in our Refugee Camp Simulation. In addition, compete with other world-renowned universities in Model United Nations conferences or organize our own student-led IE University Model United Nations competition.
This groundbreaking program will help you see the world from a new perspective. With an emphasis on diversity and a multicultural experience, our classes offer you the chance to engage in insightful discussions with classmates and colleagues from all over the world. This will enrich your understanding and your approach to global economics and relations. You will also have the opportunity to explore the world and grow personally in our IE University Transformational Leadership Journey. Spend a semester abroad at one of our prestigious partner universities in over 50 countries across all continents and enrich your academic and personal development. Learn other languages and open a world of possibilities.
In this program, you will be taught by United Nations experts and practitioners and will gain cutting-edge insights into political, social, economic and environmental issues in order to create innovative solutions to tackle the world’s most complex challenges. You will be able to get involved in many different UN initiatives such as international competitions, career workshops, simulations, UN conferences and webinars, internships, research projects and much more.
Learn to approach global complex problems from a holistic point of view and prepare to face today’s international challenges as you explore the dynamics that underpin our economic reality. By merging economics with international relations, you will be well-positioned to understand the complex interconnections between geopolitics, human behavior and economic policy and learn to respond to the key challenges impacting our world today.
Get to grips with real-life challenges through our practical methodology. Throughout the program, you will take part in mock debates and simulations and attend conferences, networking events and research programs. Additionally, you will gain expertise through selective internship placements at various institutions. By bridging the gaps between theory and practice, you will acquire a broad perspective of how global issues and economic matters merge, on a global scale.
New economic models, cryptocurrencies, data banks and digital trade are changing the way public and private organizations operate around the world. You will learn the fundamentals of big data, machine learning, programming and emerging tech to take advantage of new economic opportunities. You will apply the latest platforms and tools to everything you learn to graduate as an established analytical and tech-proficient professional capable of harnessing the power of technology for global organizations.
At IE University, more than 75% of our student body comes from outside Spain, representing an average of 130 nationalities on campus each year. We take great pride in these numbers—and in the individuals behind them.
Our students are natural go-getters with a global outlook and a dream of a better future. Regardless of their degrees or passions, they strive every day to unleash their innovative potential and reach their goals. Driving this shared vision are people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. They are both united and entirely unique. These are our students. Discover their stories.
Borja Santos, Executive Director of Undergraduate programs at IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs, and Patricia Gabaldón, Academic Director of the Bachelor in Economics explain in-depth the Dual Degree in Economics & International Relations.
Our 500-strong faculty guides students to unleash their potential day in, day out. Their influence across all five Schools can’t be overstated, inspiring young, energetic minds as they define their personal and professional trajectories.
But what kind of person does it take to create such impact? The individuals that make up the IE University faculty are special. 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.