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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.

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

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International Relations study abroad programs

International relations undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in international relations

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    Social Work: Political Science and International Relations - BSW (Hons) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

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    International Relations with Languages - BA (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,465 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

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    Global and International Studies - BA State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,627 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,627 USD

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    Politics and International Relations - BA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,913 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,280 NZD

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    International Relations - BA (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,316 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

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Associate in international relations

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    Intercultural and International Studies - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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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

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    International Studies (for Transfer) - AA Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,290 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,290 USD

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: International Studies - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

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Diploma in international relations

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    Advancing University Studies: Political Science and International Relations - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,038 NZD

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    International studies - Dip (Arts) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,360 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

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    Politics and International Relations - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

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Certificate in international relations

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    International Studies - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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Pathway in international relations

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    International Relations (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,990 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

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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
    23,654 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,200 GBP

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International relations graduate programs

Master's in international relations

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

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    Leadership/International Studies - Dual MA 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

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    Business and International Affairs - MBA Keyce Business School, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,941 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,290 EUR

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    Comparative International Relations: Global Studies - MA Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    1,395 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,200 EUR

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    Politics/International Affairs - MA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,857 USD

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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
    5,232 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

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    International Relations Joint Degree - Dual MSc/PhD Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's/Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,950 USD

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    International Studies Law - Dual JD/MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

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    Political Science and International Relations - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,039 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

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Diploma in international relations

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    Arts: Political Science and International Relations - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,307 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

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    International Relations - PGDip Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,821 NZD

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    Politics and International Relations - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,878 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

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    Public Policy and International Relations - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

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Pathway in international relations

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    Global Studies & International Relations (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

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    International Relations Pre-Master's Programme - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

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    Politics and International Relations: Pathway in US Politics - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,004 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

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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.