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Bachelor's Degree in International Relations Madrid

The Bachelor’s in International Relations is a fully interdisciplinary education. Become a professional with a comprehensive view of the world, which will enable you to have a successful career path studying international relations.

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As an expert in International Relations, you’ll be able to explain the complexities of policy and global interests. You will provide ways and means for conflict resolution, from diplomacy, cooperation and communication to political and legal advocacy. At Universidad Europea, we are pioneers in offering the Bachelor’s in International Relations.

  • Face to face
  • Villaviciosa de Odón
  • Start: 20 sep. 2021
  • 4 years
  • Official degree
  • 240 ECTS
  • Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
  • School of Social Sciences and Communication.

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Isn’t it incredible to think that in your future career, you can be part of projects which may help to change global events? Or to be an active part of the decision-making process that may influence the international landscape?

The September 11 attacks, the 2008 economic crisis, Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the United States, the rise of populism in Europe, the health crisis of 2020... These are events and phenomena which determine global policy, something which society and large corporations need to understand.

You’re not just an observer, you want to provide answers. As an expert in International Relations, you’ll be able to explain the complexities of policy and global interests. You will provide ways and means for conflict resolution, from diplomacy, cooperation and communication to political and legal advocacy.

At Universidad Europea, we are experts in International Relations, as we were one of the first universities in Spain to offer it as a Bachelor’s Degree.


Face real challenges and learn about the interaction between the different powers which shape international society: States, multinational companies, interest groups and NGOs.


Participate in the European Law Moot Court, or in the Model United Nations (MUN). Our students are regularly recognised in international legal simulation competitions.


Write about current affairs in the International Relations Observatory, a digital journal and university forum for the analysis and research of international affairs.


More than 100 partnership agreements to carry out internships in the most relevant public and private organisations: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.



The IRClub has more than 160 members and carries out more than four monthly activities in collaboration with the B-Corps.



A digital magazine and university forum for analysis and research on international affairs.



Take part in an international experience thanks to our agreements with the best universities in Europe, the USA and Asia.



Our students find employment in less than 12 months. Set yourself apart and prepare to be a global professional.

What is our methodology?

The HyFlex experiential learning model responds to the digitalisation of higher education with a new educational ecosystem that combines in-person teaching with a virtual classroom in a flexible and frictionless way. In this model, all subjects feature a practical component, an extended classroom and a digital block. Experiential learning forms the basis of this model, in which you will learn by doing with an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that prepares you for a diverse and international world. Experiential learning allows you to acquire the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to thrive in your future profession and tackle any obstacles to social and digital transformation.

How will you learn?

Experiential learning is shaped by the challenge-based learning (CBL) methodology, whereby students collaborate with their professors to face real-life challenges and propose workable solutions. The model uses a cross-functional approach that pulls together all of the faculty’s subject areas, thereby encouraging business, law, communication and education students to collaborate across disciplines.

This methodology ensures our students can reap the benefits of a holistic and interdisciplinary education that allows them to develop the key competencies needed in the professional world, including critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and verbal communication skills. This method also encourages students to develop their talent as both an individual and as part of a collective.

Students address these challenges via the Challenge Based School as well as Universidad Europea’s close collaboration with over 100 partners ranging from institutions and NGOs to companies. This approach allows students to receive both internal and external evaluation from professors and professionals alike.

A number of clinics and labs are also available to help students explore methods for overcoming challenges. The Law, International Relations and Criminology fields feature the following labs and clinics:

  • The Legal Clinic, where students collaborate with professors and law firms on pro bono projects. Students will solve real cases facilitated by organisations such as the Fernando Pombo Foundation, the Pro Bono Spain Foundation, Hazlo Posible, and other municipal social services institutions with which Universidad Europea has collaboration agreements.
  • The Moot Centre, which houses the Arbitration Moot and MUN (Model United Nations), where students compete with other universities at a national and international level.
  • The Criminalistics Workshop, in which crime scene analysis, document authentication, ballistics and forensic anthropology activities are carried out. The Criminalistics Workshop is also offered in a virtual and immersive format, thanks to a new extended reality programme developed by Universidad Europea’s XR Lab.
  • The International Relations Observatory, which is part of the Europea Media laboratory.
  • The Consulting Lab, a specialised consultancy where large companies, startups, institutions and NGOs pose interesting challenges. Students work in often multidisciplinary groups to find answers to complex problems, working collaboratively with their professors to develop solutions.
  • The Financial Hub, where students will use the innovative data platform and global financial market tool Refinitiv, which offers financial solutions in the areas of trading, investment, advisory, risk and equity. Refinitiv compiles useful content and platforms used by professionals in finance, economics, marketing, accounting, CSR/sustainability, communication, tax and so on.

Besides challenge-based learning, the legal and international relations areas use other approaches including:

  • The case method, which allows students to apply theory to practice via cases that deal with real events. Thanks to teamwork with colleagues and the guidance of their professor, students improve their skills and better assimilate their knowledge by seeing theory put into practice.
  • Simulation environments powered by software that allow for the recreation of scenarios where the student is immersed in an interactive world of real learning, thereby inputting theoretical concepts into a visual reality. This allows students to test out theories and make mistakes in a safe environment, thereby increasing their confidence while learning for themselves what works and doesn’t. In addition, students develop cross-functional skills such as leadership, decision-making, teamwork and more.
  • Project-based learning is a learning strategy where students acquire knowledge and skills by completing a real project. This is usually a group project that is solved by integrating each participant’s unique skill set, immersing students in a similar environment to the one they will find later on in their professional careers. The project is assigned by the professor, but the student is given autonomy when preparing and presenting their project. This approach ensures the student is in charge of their own learning process.
  • Cooperative learning is a method that allows students to work together in the classroom to achieve common goals. Students learn in a social environment where they must agree how to solve tasks proposed by their professor.
  • Problem-based learning allows students to learn by researching and reflecting on a relevant problem within a professional context. The professors pose a problem, which the student will then investigate. Students will look for an adequate solution and, as a result, will develop critical thinking, decision-making, creativity, and verbal and written communication skills, as well as the best strategies for learning.

This approach will culminate with students completing professional internships at relevant companies in Spain.

Digital transformation in the classroom

Universidad Europea has digitally transformed its classrooms in a number of ways:

  • The extended classroom: The pandemic has transformed the way we teach. For this reason, technology including cameras, microphones and interactive whiteboards is present in all of our classrooms. This allows us to integrate in-person and virtual classrooms to create a new learning environment that facilitates interactions between in-person and remote students and their professors. This is an immersive experience that allows students and professors to fully interact and participate from wherever they may be.
  • Virtualisation of practical learning: Practical application is not limited to activities carried out in our laboratories and simulation spaces, and is complemented by virtual laboratories and simulations. With access to specialised software and virtual reality resources that allow you to continue practicing as many times as you like.
  • The digital block: This is a digital space where our students can access additional and complementary training. Students can access digital, exclusive and differential content such as workshops, webinars and interactive resources that are designed by our top professors along with the participation of renowned professionals in the sector.

Examples of work by previous students


If you are joining us from outside the Community of Madrid and wish to study a face-to-face programme, you can find accommodation that meets your needs—whether that be proximity to the campus, security, comfort, an academic environment, great service or quality furnishings, to name a few. Universidad Europea has two student halls on campus with capacity for over 550 residents. Our accommodations meet all of the domestic, academic and security needs that you have as a student. Our accommodation caters to both students and professors or staff members who may need to stay there throughout the year. This may be for scientific, artistic or cultural exchanges, or even for anyone whose stay may be directly, or indirectly, linked to the University.

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Student clubs and societies

Extracurricular initiatives organised by students, for students.

Here you’ll find the ideal spaces to develop and share your favourite hobbies with your peers.


Join the International Relations Club (IRClub) and share your passion for international relations with our students. At present, the club has more than 160 members and carries out over four monthly activities. One of the club’s recent highlights has been working with the B-Corps, a global movement of more than 2,500 companies in 50 countries with one shared goal: that one day, all companies will compete to make the most positive impact on our world.

Doble Grado en Derecho y Relaciones Internacionales
Julia Pulido
We train future professionals in the knowledge, skills and values demanded by international society.

Julia Pulido

Professor in the Bachelor’s in International Relations

José María Peredo
Younger generations want to understand the world in which they live. Our renowned teaching staff fosters progress and develops expertise.

José María Peredo

Professor in the Bachelor’s in International Relations

Open days

Join us at one of our Open Days and see for yourself how our advanced Hyflex educational methodology works, meet the faculty members who are already thinking of your future, get more information on the programs we offer, and find out how to begin your studies with us in the next academic year.


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A study plan designed by academics and lawyers that brings you closer to a career in International Relations.

During the first few years of the Joint Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Law + International Relations at Universidad Europea, you will acquire general knowledge so that, subsequently, with the guidance of your professors, you can discover in which area of law you would like to specialise. You will face real challenges and learn about the interaction between the different powers which shape international society: States, multinational companies, interest groups and NGOs.

Learn specific skills with subjects such as International Negotiation Workshops, International Cooperation Projects and the Observatory on Current Affairs, which bring you closer to your professional reality; or Investigative Technique, where you will learn how to design and practise strategies, analyse expert reports or interrogate witnesses, making use of our Courtroom.

You will attend seminars with security and defence specialists, global economics experts and diplomats. You will also visit international agencies and strategy spaces in order to understand International Relations and Law.


Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9978001101 Historia y Teoría de las Relaciones Internacionales 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
History & Theory of International Relations
9978001102 Concepto de Relaciones Internacionales: Actores y Factores 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Concept of International Relations: Players & Factors
9978001103 Comunicación para las Relaciones Internacionales 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Communication for International Relations
9978001104 Geografía Humana, Económica y Política 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Human, Economic & Political Geography
9978001105 Idioma C I 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Foreign Language C
9978001106 Fuentes Documentales 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001107 Política Exterior y Diplomacia 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001108 Derechos Humanos y Cooperación al Desarrollo 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001109 Técnicas de Investigación Sociológica 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Sociological Research Techniques
9978001110 Observatorio de Actualidad 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Current Affairs Observatory
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9978001201 Teoría del Estado y Sistemas Políticos 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001202 Derecho Internacional Público 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001203 Economía Global y Comercio Exterior 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001204 Diferencias Culturales e Interculturalidad 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Cultural Differences & Interculturality
9978001205 Inglés 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001206 Política Exterior de España 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001207 Sistemas Jurídicos Comparados 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Comparing Legal Systems
9978001208 La Orgnización de las Naciones Unidas 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001209 Teoría y Análisis de los Conflictos Internacionales 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001210 Gestión de Empresas Multinacionales 6 BASICA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Management of Multinational Companies
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9978001301 Alianzas de Seguridad y Defensa 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001302 Organizaciones Económicas y Financieras Internacionales 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
International Economic & Financial Organizations
9978001303 Opinión Pública Internacional 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
International Public Opinion
9978001304 Imagen Exterior y Diplomacia Pública 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001305 Idioma C II 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Foreign Language C II
9978001306 Conflictos Internacionales de Leyes 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001307 Grupos de Presión 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001308 Derecho Diplomático y Consular 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Diplomatic & Consular Law
Código Asignatura / Subject Code Materia / Coursework ECTS Tipo / Type Idioma / Language
9978001401 Prácticas Externas 9 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001402 Terrorismo Internacional y Crimen Organizado 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001403 Ética Profesional en las Relaciones Internacionales 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Professional Ethics in International Relations
9978001404 Taller de Negociación Internacional 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
International Negotiation Workshop
9978001405 Riesgos Medioambientales y Cambio Climático 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Environmental Risks & Climate Change
9978001406 Trabajo Fin de Grado 6 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
9978001407 Diseño y Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales 3 OBLIGATORIA Español (es), Inglés (en)
International Project Design & Management
9978001801 La Unión Europea en el mundo 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
The European Union in the World
9978001802 Política Exterior de los Estados Unidos de América 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Foreign policy of the united states of america
9978001804 Potencias y Mercados Emergentes 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Emerging powers and markets
9978001805 Oriente Medio y Magreb Middle east and maghreb 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Middle east and maghreb
9978001806 Geopolítica Global 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Global geopolitics
9978001807 Procesos de Integración Regional 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Regional Integration Processes
9978001808 Derecho de la Unión Europea 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Community law
9978001813 Planificación y Decisión Empresarial 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
Business Planning and Decision Making
9978001814 Actividades universitarias 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
University Activities
9978001815 Individuo y Liderazgo 6 OPTATIVA Español (es), Inglés (en)
The individual and leadership

Basic competencies
  • CB1: Students must have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in an area of study that is at the core of general secondary education and is often at a level that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge from the cutting-edge of their field of study.
  • CB2: Students must know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and possess the competencies that are usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem-solving within their area of study.
  • CB3: Students must have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data—usually within their area of study—to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  • CB4: Students must be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CB5: Students must have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.
Cross-disciplinary competencies
Specific competencies

Academic calendar



External Internship Rules

Internships are a key component of your training. Acquiring experience after what you have learnt in your degree is the best way to enter the employment market. There are two types of internships: curricular—which are included in your study plan—and extracurricular—which you can do on a voluntary basis.

In order to complete curricular internships in companies, you will need to have 50% of the credits approved and to register the subject before starting your internship. These internships are monitored by the company and the internship coordinator, and they are evaluated by midterm and final reports.

If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extracurricular internship. You can do them in any academic year, but keep in mind that internships are a formative complement to your studies; therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you will benefit from the internship experience.

Collaborating entities

The London School of Economics, the Department of Foreign Affairs, ESGLOBAL, the Elcano Royal Institute, EFE News Agency, UNICEF... these are just some of the institutions in which you can complete your internship, and in which members of the faculty that makes up the Bachelor’s Degree also work.




Our professors come from or have practiced professionally in companies and institutions in other countries.



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



This motivates students and helps them reach their full potential.

Aida Fonseca Díaz

The Individual & Leadership. Aida is a practising lawyer. She has developed her career as a lawyer in various law firms, in the Nursing Union and in the Legal and Social Consultation Services in Madrid since 2006. Internship Coordinator for the Bachelor’s in Law. She is a member of the Knowledge-Research Group on Social Issues at Universidad Europea.

Alana Moceri

Foreign Policy of the United States of America. Alana Moceri has worked for various political campaigns and NGOs, including Barack Obama’s innovative 2008 presidential campaign. Alana is an analyst and writer for Spanish, English and US media and a member of the board of directors of THRibune (the Tribune for Human Rights) and the UCLA Alumni Association in Spain.

Belén García-Delgado Giménez

Document sources. 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.

Cesar Lajud Desentis

Emerging Powers & Markets. With extensive experience as a consultant and commercial advisor for Mexico in different countries, César has acted as Consulate General for Mexico in California and has led projects for the World Bank in Equatorial Guinea.

José María Peredo Pombo

International Image & Public Diplomacy. Professor of Foreign Policy and Communication, José María has a PhD in International Relations and extensive experience in the analysis of international current affairs. At Universidad Europea, he is head of the International Relations Observatory and the Europea Media Lab.

Julia Pulido Grajera

Security & Defence Alliances, Diplomatic & Consular Law, Foreign Practices. In the field of research, Julia has been a research fellow at the London School of Economics/IDEAS and lead researcher of the research group, ‘International Security, Public Policies and Global Governance’ at UEM. Her lines of research focus on International Security, Strategic Intelligence, Asymmetric Warfare and Organised Crime.

Leticia Flórez-Estrada Chassauneaud

Cultural Differences & Interculturality. Throughout her professional career, which spans over 12 years, she has trained and worked in both research and social intervention in the field of migration.

Miguel Ángel Benedicto Solsona

Foreign Policy of Spain, The European Union in the World. Miguel is a member of the European Movement International Council and advisor to European institutions. He has extensive experience as an analyst of international current affairs, and as a participant in various media channels.

  • Almudena Vázquez
    Language C II
  • Aranzazu Otero
  • Elia Cambón Crespo
    International Relations: Players & Factors
  • Gloria Canales
    Environmental Risks and Climate Change
  • Hutan Hejazi
    Lobbying Groups, The Middle East & Maghreb
  • Julieta Espín Ocampo
    History & Theory of IR; Human, Economic & Political Geography; and Final Bachelor's Project
  • Laura Gauthier Blassi
    Foreign Language C II
  • Lorena Esmorís Galán
    Cultural Differences & Interculturality
  • Martín Anselmo Rocha Espíndola
    Theory of the State & Political Systems
  • Susana Bocobo
    Public International Law
  • Ted Liu / Gabriela Bronchner
    History & Theory of International Relations

Career opportunities

Bachelor’s in International Relations. With the Bachelor's in International Relations, you can present a multidisciplinary profile to companies and institutions, with in-depth knowledge, international experience and the necessary skills and abilities to for your own professional development in:

  • International organisations
  • Public and private companies


  • 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

Career Paths for International Relations Students (PDF)

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Our students have interned at the following institutions:

  • London School of Economics
  • Spanish Ministry of Foreign
  • Affairs and Trade (MAEC)
  • esglobal
  • The Elcano Royal Institute
  • Agencia EFE

Admissions process in Madrid

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Credit recognition and centre 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.


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Academic quality

Universidad Europea boasts a wide range of recognitions that guarantee its academic quality. For example, it has received the following prestigious awards: the European Seal of Excellence 500+, Quali-cert and Madrid Excelente. In the international QS Stars accreditation rating, Universidad Europea has obtained a total of four out of five stars. This external accreditation system determines the level of excellence achieved by universities in various areas. Universidad Europea has achieved the maximum score of five stars in Employability, Teaching, Facilities and Social Responsibility.


Internal quality assurance system

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complaints and suggestions system

Through the ‘Online General Enquiries’ service offered by Universidad Europea, students can send in any questions, requests and complains.

Main improvements to the Degree

Regarding the current academic year in the Bachelor’s in International Relations, the following improvements have been made:

  • Increased information sessions regarding the Global Programme’s international trips. Both in and out of the classroom, with representatives from top-tier exchange universities (London School of Economics, UC Berkeley or Pace University, among others) taking part in International Week.
  • Update of the exchange programme content at the London School of Economics.
  • Update and expansion of informational content on the Bachelor’s Degree webpage.
  • Improvement of the horizontal and vertical coordination of the Bachelor’s Programme via the Degree Coordinator and Subject Coordinators.
  • Enhancing university activities linked to professional skills thanks to the International Relations Club, which organises meetings with International Relations experts, as well as with alumni now integrated in the professional world.
  • Improved knowledge and service provided by international mentors.
  • Organisation and classification of international agreements regarding global programmes.
  • Revision of the content of Languages I, II and III to include Spanish and Chinese.

Process results

Main degree results

Result of verification process

Final follow-up assessment report

Final accreditation renewal report

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