In a world that is becoming more interconnected, there has never been a better time to study international relations and learn about the complicated problems facing the world today.
An international relations degree is a branch of political science that looks at states, transnational organizations, and important issues like rising inequality, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and climate change.
If you want to make a difference in the world, studying international relations could be an option for you. You could work as a political affairs officer at the UN or as an international development worker at an NGO.
At the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Spain, the Master in International Relations is a highly customizable program that is made to meet the needs of the international job market, especially for students who want a unique cultural experience in the heart of Europe.
Here’s what you’ll get out of going to a well-known school to study international relations:
Enjoy a trip around the world
To study international relations well, you need to be able to see things from different countries’ points of view. What better way to do this than to go to a school known for its diverse student body?
Giancarlo Falguera Silva, a graduate of the program, moved from the US to Spain because he wanted to learn about Spanish culture and see how different the school was.
He said, “The program has people from almost 30 different countries, and each of them brings a new and different point of view to every discussion we have in class.”
Rebecca Zlatkin, who used to study political science and economics in the US, also talked about her time on the program. “It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to talk to my peers from all different political and cultural backgrounds,” she said.
“At IE University, I’ve been able to learn from people from very different cultures than mine. In an international setting, I am always asked to question my views and how I see the world.
A top education in the world
Students can focus on what they are most interested in because the program is flexible. The three main tracks are:
Geography and foreign relations
Economics and business on a global scale
How the world is run and how countries work together Bryce Johnston, who finished the program, said, “The different modules were made to fit everyone’s unique experiences. In one class, I would learn about bond pricing from an expert, and in the next, my friends would talk to me about legal problems in Latin America.
Because of its excellent faculty, IE School of Global and Public Affairs is now a full member of the most prestigious academic organizations and networks: the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
Chances to learn outside of the classroom
In addition to a strong academic program, students will also go on a fieldwork trip to Brussels, where they will meet regional and global players in the field of international relations and learn from them. The European Commission, the European Parliament, and NATO, as well as private-sector and civil-society groups, work with the school on these trips.
KC Anderson, a graduate of the Dual Degree International MBA and Master in International Relations, said, “Standing in the European Parliament with a representative from Spain and talking about transatlantic security cooperation with officials at NATO are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will always be highlights of my time as a student at IE University.”
Students can also do an exchange at one of the universities that IE works with around the world. Science Po, the University of St. Gallen, the University of Pittsburgh, and many more are all examples of possible universities.
IE University works with institutions around the world to help students get valuable hands-on experience. As part of the capstone project, Giancarlo talked about how great it was to work with the UN and NATO. He said, “These kinds of partnerships show how IE Talent & Careers goes out of its way to help students with their career goals.”
KC said, “My experience at IE University helped me get my job as a Senior Consultant for Government and Public Services at Deloitte.
“The university gave me a lot of chances to meet people and make connections, and my peers were so smart that they pushed me to be the best student I could be. Because of my international experience and the variety of programs at IE University, I stand out from the other applicants.”