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Global Bachelor's Degree in International Relations Madrid

Connect with the international professional world. Experts in world knowledge from an international, political, economic and legal perspective.

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Highlights

You will become an expert with global knowledge from an international, political, economic, social and legal perspective. Our programme is 100% in English and you’ll be able to do international exchanges at a variety of universities abroad. You will acquire new knowledge and skills that will boost your employability in public and private institutions.

The full-time mode implies the enrollment of a minimun of 60 ECTS, with a maximum of 60 ECTS in the first year and 72 ECTS in the remaining years, and the part-time mode involves the enrollment of a minimum of 24 ECTS and a maximum of 36 ECTS.

Campus-based
Villaviciosa de Odón 240 ECTS
Start: 19 sep. 2022 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
4 years School of Social Sciences and Communication.
Official degree

20% discount on the reservation fee for the 2022/23 programmes. Apply before june 30st, 2022.

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Why study International Relations at Universidad Europea?

Moot court

In the context of legal arbitration, lots of academic initiatives are carried out for fostering practical use of the students’ theoretical knowledge in simulation environments. Apart from the students of the Degree in Law, the activities of Moot Court involve pupils from other degrees where legal concepts are relevant.

As Moot encourages experiential learning through interaction with environments similar to professional realities, it reflects the philosophy of Challenge-Based Learning (CBL).

International Relations Observatory

Also following the philosophy of Challenge-Based Learning, professors in the BSC Degree in International Relations will play the role of political analysts thanks to the International Relations Observatory, focusing on international politics. Conceived as a meeting space for professors and students, it is a digital agency whose members describe the main conflicts and geopolitical challenges in present-day society.

The main tools for studying the current geopolitical scenario are analytical articles, in which students and professors contrast information from different sources to write a trustworthy chronicle; info graphic reports, aimed at presenting facts in a synthetic and easily accessible way; and a large group of web resources that allow readers to broaden their sources of information about precise events.

Facilities

If you come from out of Madrid and you wish to study a face to face program, you can find lodgings that meet your requirements: near the Campus, security, comfort, academic atmosphere, good service, modern furniture, etc. Thanks to the two student residences at the Universidad Europea, within the Campus, which can take in up to 550 people, all your necessities will be met and answered. Students and professors can find housing in them, contributing to scientific, artistic, and cultural exchange. People linked to the University can book a room here, too.

Study Plan

Discover our experiential learning method, where individual and collective work are necessary tools for successfully overcoming the real challenges posed to you every day. In addition, you will participate in the face-to-face programme (F2F). Taught by active professionals, this programme allows you to take a closer look at the world of International Relations. During the last year of your studies, you will complete a mandatory internship in public and private institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, esglobal, Acción Contra el Hambre, the Helsinki Foundation and World Vision. During this internship, you will put into practice everything you have learned throughout your studies and strengthen skills such as teamwork, leadership and adaptability.

Study plan offered in the current course

COURSE SUBJECT CREDITS FORMAT LANGUAGE
1 History and Theory of International Relations 6 UCR EN
1 Concepts of International Relations: Actors and Factors 6 DR EN
1 Communication in International Relations 6 DR EN
1 Human, Economic, and Political Geography 6 UCR EN
1 Foreign Language C 6 UCR EN
1 Documenting Sources 6 UCR EN
1 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 6 DR EN
1 Human Rights and Development Cooperation 6 UCR EN
1 Sociological Research Techniques 6 UCR EN
1 Current-Day Observations 6 DR EN
2 Theory of State and Comparative Political Systems 6 DR EN
2 Comparative Legal Systems 6 UCR EN
2 Global Economy and Foreign Trade 6 UCR EN
2 Cultural Differences and Interculturality 6 DR EN
2 Spain’s Foreign Policy 6 DR EN
2 Public International Law 6 DR EN
2 English 6 DR EN
2 The United Nations 6 DR EN
2 Theory and Analysis of International Conflicts 6 DR EN
2 Management of Multinational Companies 6 UCR EN
3 Defense and Security Alliances 6 DR EN
3 International Economic and Financial Organisations 6 DR EN
3 International Public Opinion 6 DR EN
3 International Legal Conflicts 6 DR EN
3 Image Abroad and Public Diplomacy 6 DR EN
3 Foreign Language C II 6 DR EN
3 Diplomatic and Consular Law 6 DR EN
3 Lobbyists 6 DR EN
3 Required Elective 12 RE EN
4 Internship 9 DR EN
4 International Terrorism and Organised Crime 6 DR EN
4 Professional Ethics in International Relations 6 DR EN
4 Design and Management of International Projects 3 DR EN
4 Seminar of International Negotiations 6 DR EN
4 Environmental Hazards and Climate Change 6 DR EN
4 Required Elective 18 RE EN
4 Graduation Project * 6 RE EN
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Rules for internships:

Internships are key to your formation at the University, as they provide you with the chance to apply theoretical knowledge to practice, and they are a first approach to the labour market. You will find curricular and extra curricular internships. Curricular internships can only be carried out when you have already passed 50% of the Degree’s credits, and you need to be enrolled in the “Practicum” course before starting them. The company and your professor will schedule your tasks during internship, and their conclusions will appear in a final report for your assessment.

If you wish to enhance your professional experience before finishing the Degree, you will have the chance to undertake extra curricular internships. You can carry them out in any course; nevertheless, as internships reflect theoretical knowledge that you have acquired, it is advised that you have finished most part of the Degree before starting them. The London School of Economics (LSE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ESGLOBAL, the Real Instituto Elcano, EFE Agency, UNICEF… are some of the institutions with whom the university has agreements so you start your internship.

The London School of Economics, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, esglobal, the Elcano Royal Institute, Agencia EFE and UNICEF are just some of the institutions where you could intern. Many of these organisations are also represented on campus as faculty professors, ensuring you learn from individuals with real-world experience.

Key competencies on this programme

Basic competencies
  • CB1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in an area of ​​study that is based on general secondary education, and it is usually found at a level that, although it is supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of their field of study.
  • CB2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through preparation and defense of arguments and resolution of problems within their area of ​​study.
  • CB3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant issues of social, scientific or ethical nature.
  • CB4. To allow students to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions both to a specialized and non-specialized audience
  • CB5. That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy
Cross-curricular competencies
  • CT1: Self-learning skills: ability to choose the strategies, tools and moments we consider most effective for learning and putting into practice independently what we have learned.
  • CT2: Self-confidence: ability to assess our own results, performance and capabilities with the inner conviction that we are capable of performing the tasks and meeting the challenges we are faced with.
  • CT3: Capacity to adapt to new situations: being able to assess and understand different positions, adapting one's approach as the situation requires.
  • CT4: Analysis and synthesis skills: being able to break down complex situations into their constituent parts, and to evaluate other alternatives and perspectives to find optimal solutions. Synthesis seeks to reduce complexity in order to better understand it and/or solve problems.
  • CT5: Capacity to apply knowledge: ability to use the knowledge acquired in the academic environment in situations as similar as possible to the reality of the profession we are preparing for.
  • CT6: Oral and written communication skills: ability to transmit and receive data, ideas, opinions and attitudes in order to gain understanding and act, oral communication being based on words and gestures, and written communication on text and/or graphic aids.
  • CT7: Ethical values: ability to think and act according to universal principles based on the value of the individual that seek full personal development and which entail a commitment to certain social values.
  • CT8: Information management: ability to find, select, analyze and integrate information from different sources.
  • CT9: Interpersonal skills: ability to engage positively with other people by verbal and non-verbal means, through assertive communication, meaning the ability to express or convey what we want, what we think or what we feel without upsetting, attacking or hurting the feelings of the other person.
  • CT10: Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit: ability to undertake difficult or hazardous actions with resolve. Ability to anticipate problems, suggest improvements and persevere in carrying them out. Preference for undertaking activities and seeing them through.
  • CT11: Planning and time management: ability to set goals and choose the means to achieve them, using time and resources effectively.
  • CT12: Critical reasoning: ability to analyze an idea, phenomenon or situation from different perspectives and take a personal approach to it, based on rigor and reasoned objectivity, and not on intuition.
  • CT13: Problem solving: ability to find a solution to a confusing issue or a complicated situation without a predefined solution, which makes it difficult to achieve a goal.
  • CT14: Innovation and creativity: ability to propose and develop new and original value-added solutions to problems, including from areas other than the one in which the problems usually arise.
  • CT15: Responsibility: ability to fulfill the commitments we make to ourselves and to others when performing a task and trying to achieve a set of goals within the learning process. Any individual’s ability to acknowledge and accept the consequences of a freely performed action.
  • CT16: Decision-making skills: ability to choose between existing alternatives or ways to effectively resolve different situations or problems.
  • CT17: Teamwork: ability to integrate and collaborate actively with other people, areas and/or organizations to achieve common goals.
  • CT18: Use of information and communication technologies (ICT): Ability to effectively use information and communication technologies as a tool for finding, processing and storing information, as well as for developing communication skills
Specific competencies
  • CE1: Ability to know and understand the historical evolution of international society.
  • CE2: Ability to know the international legal framework, and its regulation through treaties, agreements, covenants, and resolutions.
  • CE3: Knowledge to use research techniques to identify different problems.
  • CE4: Ability to know and understand the role of international organisations in current society: their mission, goals, and internal structure.
  • CE5: Ability to know and understand the economic repercussions of globalisation, linked to the internationalisation of companies, foreign trade, and global economy.
  • CE6: Ability to communicate proficiently in two languages, when it comes to general aspects, and to specific concepts in the professional scenario of International Relations.
  • CE7: Knowledge to report and discuss about issues that cause international instability, such as conflicts, inequalities, exclusion, environment, pressure groups, and public opinion, among others.
  • CE8: Ability to identify and explain general theories in International Relations.
  • CE9: Ability to identify global, universal, and cosmopolitan perspectives in the study of actors, institutions, structures, and transactions that constitute International Relations.
  • CE10: Knowledge to understand the basic concepts in International Law.
  • CE11: Knowledge to understand how international legal institutions work.
  • CE12: Ability to understand the dimension of Human Rights as inspiring values for international society, and for the legal framework on which it is built.
  • CE13: Ability to define and implement development goals in agencies and organisations that promote international cooperation.
  • CE14: Ability to carry out research and studies about international affairs and the main areas related to them: economics, society, politics, and culture.
  • CE15: Ability to use different information sources and channels.
  • CE16: Ability to identify and analyse the different geopolitical, geo-economic, and sociocultural areas, as well as their peculiar features.
  • CE17: Knowledge to identify similarities and differences between different actors in international relations.
  • CE18: Ability to generate, to develop, and to consolidate projects at basic level.
  • CE19: Ability to make interpretations and analysis of legal texts.
  • CE20: Knowledge to analyse, to understand, and to develop programs and projects oriented towards the improvement of aspects related to international security.
  • CE21: Ability to design politics for sustainable development that favour equality, reduce poverty, foster citizen participation, and encourage democratisation processes.
  • CE22: Ability to participate in the finding out of solutions about specific problems and conflicts, regardless of the geopolitical area where they occur.
  • CE23: Ability to participate in the promotion of peace and peaceful solutions to conflicts.
  • CE24: Ability to develop a critical attitude for analysing the past and the present.
  • CE25: Ability to make predictions about the evolution of current international affairs.
  • CE26: Ability to mediate in the resolution of conflicts in hostile environments.
  • CE27: Ability to identify and to interact with different international actors.
  • CE28: Knowledge to report, to assess, and to evaluate facts and situations in current international affairs.

Employability

Career oportunities

Being an international relations expert helps you develop sought-after skills that can be applied to any field, from research and administration to critical analysis, scientific method and intercultural awareness.

  • International organisations
  • Public and private companies

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  • International consulting and advice
  • Diplomatic corps
  • International organisations
  • Supranational organisations
  • Defence
  • Intelligence services
  • Diplomatic missions, consulates or customs agencies
  • Diplomatic corps public exam for civil service in Spain
  • International cooperation programmes
  • Global organisations like the UN, regional organisations like the EU, or sectoral like NATO
  • Expert in international trade
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGO), in cultural, educational or humanitarian cooperation programs; political, economic, tourism or environmental consultancies
  • Chambers of commerce
  • International business
  • International consultancy analyst
  • Media: advice on cultural, political, historical, ethical and economic matters
  • Research institutes
  • Lobbies
  • Think tanks
  • Public sector
  • Private sector

Admissions

Start your future at Universidad Europea

Choosing what to study is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. That’s why we have an advisory team who will guide you every step of the way. You can become a Universidad Europea student in three easy steps.

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Entrance exams

Start your admissions process by calling +34 917407272 or completing the admissions form via the link attached below.

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Reserving a place

Once you have been admitted, guarantee your place by paying a reservation fee.

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Enrolment

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Scholarships and Grants

We want to help you. If you choose to study at Universidad Europea, you will have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of UE and official scholarships.

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Credit recognition and transfers

You don’t have to stick with something you don’t like. That’s why we’ve designed specific plans for credit recognition and transfers. Request your online credit recognition review free of charge, transfer your academic file and start studying at Universidad Europea.

This program is taught entirely in English by an international faculty. Almost half of the students who take this course are from outside Spain. If you decide to, you can study a second language during the degree. You can study abroad in the third or fourth year of your studies and, in the fourth year, you will take part in an obligatory exchange at a top international university including: London School of Economics, Pace University in New York or McGill University (Canada).

Students enrolling the Global Bachelor in English should acreditate a level B1 of language in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Higher Education Area.

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Faculty

70% of our professors are doctors of great prestige in the educational field.

  • Almudena Vázquez
    Language C II
  • Antonio Jesús Pinto Tortosa
    History and Theory of International Relations, Human Geography, Economics and Politics Antonio's doctoral thesis focused on the impact of the Haitian slave revolution (1791) in the Hispanic Caribbean. As part of his doctoral training, he completed three research stays at international centres of excellence in the cities of London, New York and Pittsburgh (USA).
  • Aranzazu Otero
    English
  • Belén García-Delgado Giménez
    Document sources
    Belén's specialties include applied documentation as well as research methodology. She has collaborated in various research projects and is the author of a range of book chapters, articles in high-impact journals and papers that she has presented at various conferences. She began her professional experience in libraries and documentation centres, combining this work for some time with teaching before finally fully dedicating herself to education. Since 2007, she has taught documentation and research methodology in English and Spanish for different bachelor's degrees.
  • Gloria Canales
    Environmental Risks and Climate Change César was previously at London International College and the University of Sunderland in London (taught in English); Saint Louis University in Madrid; Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Miami Dade College in Florida, USA (taught in English); Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (taught in Spanish); and, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (taught in Portuguese).
  • Guillermo Rocafort
    The European Union in the World Guillermo is the author of more than 20 books on history, economics and law. His books on economics are related to topics such as tax havens. Guillermo has worked as an analyst of political and economic news in Latin America, and has participated in numerous national and international university congresses.
  • Hutan Hejazi
    Pressure Groups
  • Julieta Espín Ocampo
    Final Degree Project, Middle East and Maghreb
  • Julio Guinea
    Diplomatic and Consular Law
    A doctor of law who graduated 'cum laude' in Legal Articulation of Common Foreign and Security Policy and Common Security and Defense Policy.
  • Laura Gauthier Blassi
    Language C II
  • Ricardo Rodríguez Arribas
    Public International Law
  • Sara Grandio Tierno
    Language C II
  • Gabriela Bronchner
    International Relations: Actors and Factors, Security and Defense Alliances

Academic quality

As part of its strategy, the University has an internal quality plan whose objective is to promote a culture of quality and continuous improvement, and which allows it to face future challenges with the maximum guarantee of success. In this way, it is committed to promoting the achievement of external recognitions and accreditations, both nationally and internationally; the measurement and analysis of results; simplification in management; and the relationship with the external regulator.

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Internal quality assurance system (SGIC)
Monitoring the quality of the degree

Members of the degree quality committee

  • Vice-Rector of the Bachelor's Degree
  • Degree Programme Coordinator
  • Department Director
  • Students
  • Professors (Graduation Project Coordinator and Internship Coordinator)
  • Quality Manager (Quality Management Department)
  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Director
  • Learning Assessment Officer

Key degree improvements

The main aspects that have been improved in the Degree in the current academic year are:

  • Increasing the number of workshops about stays abroad in the Global BSC Degree in International Relations. The University will participate in the International Week for Representatives of Premium Exchange Universities (London School of Economics, UC Berkeley, Pace University, among others).
  • Renewing the content of the exchange program with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
  • Updating and broadening the information about the Degree in the website.
  • Improving horizontal and vertical coordination through the Degree Coordinator, and the Course Coordinator.
  • Fostering university activities linked to professional skills, thanks to the IR Club, which organises meetings and workshops with IR experts, alumni, etc.
  • Improving the attention of international mentors to students.
  • Ordering and classifying international agreements linked to the Global BSC Degree.
  • Reviewing the syllabus of Foreign Language I, II, and III, to include Spanish and Chinese.

Main degree results

  • ATTRITION RATE: 28,85%
  • EFICIENCY RATE: 90%
  • GRADUATION RATE: 48,57%
  • EMPLOYABILITY RATE: 89%
  • STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH THE DEGREE: 3,76 SOBRE 5
  • PROFESSOR SATISFACTION WITH THE DEGREE: 4 SOBRE 5
  • STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH THE PROFESSOR: 4,05 SOBRE 5
  • SATISFACTION OF THE PAS WITH THE FACULTY: 3,64 SOBRE 5
Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions

A career in international relations is varied, exciting, and constantly changing. With a Degree in International Relations, such as the one on offer at Universidad Europea you can work in various sectors on the global stage.

International relations could be for you if you:

  • Have a desire to change the world in some way
  • Enjoy networking and building connections with people from other countries and cultures
  • Value diversity
  • Want to have a career in politics, NGOs or global businesses.
  • Enjoy data and statistics
  • Have good interpersonal and communication skills

A degree in international relations will open doors to numerous career opportunities. Graduates of our programme have enjoyed roles across the world in a variety of sectors. Some examples are:

  • Management roles in public or private organisations
  • Diplomatic corps
  • Intelligence services
  • International consultancy
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Expert in international trade
  • Research and teaching

Studying international relations will ensure you develop key skills such as leadership, teamwork, management – all of which are in demand and can be used in whatever sector you go into after graduation.

Should you choose to study international relations at Universidad Europea, you’ll will be exposed to a truly global experience – with opportunities for international exchanges in the USA, Europe and Asia. In addition, as we place huge importance on experiential learning, you’ll be working on real case studies from day one, as well as carrying out internship periods.

You’ll learn from the very best in the field too – our faculty is made up of leading international relations experts from around the world, all willing to share their experiences and knowledge to ensure you succeed in solving the different global challenges we face today and tomorrow.

The study plan on the Degree in International Relations at Universidad Europea is designed to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge so that you can choose whatever career you wish to go into after graduation.

Some of the subjects you will study include:

  • Concepts of International Relations: Actors and Factors
  • Human, Economic, and Political Geography
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Theory of State and Comparative Political Systems
  • Global Economy and Foreign Trade
  • Theory and Analysis of International Conflicts
  • International Economic and Financial Organisations