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International Relations degrees abroad

International relations is the study of foreign policy and diplomacy between countries. It has a large focus on politics and incorporates some aspects of economics and law, giving students who study it a well-rounded understanding of global affairs.

Studying international relations abroad provides a new perspective on global issues and relationships between locations across the world.

International relations can be studied as a major in the US or in universities that use a liberal arts model, and elsewhere in the world there is the opportunity to study it as the sole subject of a bachelor’s degree, as well as at master’s (taught and research) and PhD level.

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International Relations program structure

A bachelor’s in international relations will last between three to four years, and may include a year studying at a partner institution abroad. A taught or research master’s in international relations will be between one and two years of study. Some universities will encourage you to study a language alongside international relations.

Most of your time doing an international relations degree will be learning from books, lectures, and other resources with time to discuss this with classmates in seminars or smaller group lessons. You may need to use presentation or debate skills too as part of your assessments.

As part of your degree you may need to produce a piece of personal research in the form of a dissertation, which you will be guided through with tutorials. Dissertations require a large amount of personal study.

The structure and content of an international relations program will change depending on the country and specific university you are studying in. Some of the modules or electives that may count towards an international relations degree will surround topics such as:

  • Global debates
  • International history
  • Political theory
  • Foreign policy
  • International security
  • International organizations

International Relations study abroad programs

International relations undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in international relations

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    Accounting & Finance and International Relations - BA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,608 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Political Science and International Relations - BA Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,050 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,050 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    International Relations - BA Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,091 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,600 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    International Relations and Diplomacy - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,248 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    International Relations - BA EU Business School Barcelona, Spain

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,338 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,100 EUR

    Start date
    October, January, May, July
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Associate in international relations

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    International Studies - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    International Studies - AA Columbia College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,881 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,550 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    International Studies (for Transfer) - AA Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,000 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: International Studies - AA Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,743 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Studies: International Relations - AA CIS - The College For International Studies, Spain

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,235 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,440 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in international relations

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    International Relations - Cert University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,190 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Pathway in international relations

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    International Relations and International Development, International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,231 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,750 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
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    International Year One: International Relations - FD University of Leeds, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,744 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
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    Politics and International Relations (International Year One) - UGP University of Essex International College, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,487 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,950 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, May
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International relations graduate programs

Master's in international relations

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    Arts (Thesis): Political Science and International Relations - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
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    Business Administration: International Studies - Dual MA/MBA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,872 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    International Relations - MA University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,062 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,062 USD

    Start date
    September
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    International Relations - MA Webster Vienna Private University, Austria

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    33,287 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,600 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    International Relations - MA Marbella International University Centre, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,900 EUR

    Start date
    October, February
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Doctorate in international relations

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    International Relations and European Studies - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,448 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,120 EUR

    Start date
    September, February, June
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    Political Science and International Relations - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
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Future international relations careers

You gain a lot of transferable skills when studying international relations including critical thinking, storytelling, writing, and knowledge of media law. There are loads of options for future careers, including:

  • Political researcher
  • Diplomat
  • Political analyst
  • Political journalist

The skills and knowledge you gain from an international relations degree abroad can be useful in a wide variety of industries and sectors, including:

  • Global not for profits
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Government

While you are studying at university you will also have access to a wide range of student organizations and social clubs. You may find that some, such as a debating society, complement your program and allow you to meet other like-minded students. The experience gained from being in these extracurricular groups can be an appealing addition to your resumé.