Degree in International Relations

Length of program 4 years
Timetable Morning
Internships Mandatory, Elective, Extracurriculars
Credits 240 ECTS
Application February 7th
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Degree in International Relations at Blanquerna

Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations offers the Degree in International Relations to meet the growing demand for specialized professionals in international affairs in the public and private sectors, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, foundations, think tanks and in the field of communications. The degree in International Relations is a pioneer in Catalonia, and benefits from our School’s more than twenty years of experience in the world of education. The degree course is fully accredited internationally, our university being recognized as a Campus of International Excellence, Aristos Campus Mundus.

Knowledge of foreign languages is an essential part of this degree program. The Degree in International Relations is taught in English, worldwide lingua franca, with the exception of a small number of first year subjects which are taught in Spanish to help new students adapt. In addition, taking into account the importance of languages in International Relations, undergraduates study a second foreign language. Currently, students can choose between French or Arabic, both of which are official languages of the United Nations and are spoken in our geographical, political and economic environments.   

Our students acquire a solid training in International Relations based on plurality – of theories and methods – and an interdisciplinary approach. We aim for students to understand and deal with international affairs from a historical, political, economic, cultural, legal, sociological and communication perspective. This degree equips our students with the professional skills and competences necessary to develop and manage projects in the area of international relations. It provides the analytical and methodological tools needed to understand and act within the complex framework of international relations in today’s world and its many stakeholders.

We train professionals and researchers in international relations to work in the foreign policy, economic, cultural and communications sectors of governments, in multilateral organizations, in multinational corporations, in business internationalization projects and in development cooperation agencies.

We train specialists

In the third year, the Degree in International Relations offers three specialization tracks:

  1. Foreign Policy and the European Union.
  2. International Economics and Development
  3. International Corporate Communication

It also offers specialized training in four geographical areas of international relations, as well as the European Union system:

  1. Middle East and North Africa
  2. Asia
  3. Latin America and the Caribbean
  4. Sub-Saharan Africa

We train professionals

Students of the Degree in International Relations have a wide range of career prospects thanks to the knowledge and competences acquired during their studies and Blanquerna’s unique methodology.

Public sector: Local, regional and national public administration, either at a political level within the diplomatic service or in the different political areas with an international dimension, such as trade, economics, development cooperation, the environment, education, tourism, culture, immigration, domestic affairs and security, as well as in political parties.

Private sector: international trading companies, international trade departments, multinational corporations, the media, international consultancy firms, foundations, and in associations and networks of different international professional sectors.

Knowledge sector: in think tanks and study services, in university teaching and research in the different areas of international relations.

Multilateral organizations: in the different institutions of the European Union, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council, in its numerous specialized agencies, in the different bodies of the United Nations system, such as the Secretariat and its specialized agencies.

Non-governmental organizations: organizations in the fields of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Teaching methodology with a professional orientation

The Degree in International Relations provides students with a solid theoretical foundation through lectures and master classes, and the principles of a humanistic education necessary to understand the complexity of a globalized world currently undergoing change. In addition, however, we introduce a highly participative methodology aimed at training professionals through our Seminar classes.

In small groups with a maximum of twelve people, our students devote six hours a week to the development of specialist knowledge and the competences necessary in the area of International Relations, under the guidance of a tutor/lecturer who is also a professional in this field.

In the case of the Degree in International Relations, the seminars aim to provide students with an in-depth, practical and global view of the subjects studied during the first two years.

In the third year, the seminars of the Degree in International Relations are divided into regions and specializations. This is when students choose what they prefer to study and in which specific area they wish to specialize.

Throughout this process, the lecturer is responsible for preparing and tutoring the students, closely following the progress of each student in a context of rigor and commitment.

This approach allows students unique direct contact with professionals in the field of International Relations, who are also trained teachers, and who will help them successfully navigate the move from university to the workforce (you can see the full program of subjects of the Degree in International Relations  in Barcelona here).

It should be pointed out that the majority of our lecturers combine their teaching and academic work with their professional activities in different sectors of international relations.

You can consult the complete list of Faculty members of the Degree in International Relations in Barcelona here.

Latest generation equipment

The School has latest generation equipment and amenities, including two radio studios, two television studios, fifteen sets of professional camera equipment, twelve digital video post-production rooms and a multi-media lab.

Students on the International Relations Degree can incorporate the communication tools necessary in the international arena into their learning process and feel comfortable using them. For this reason, our students carry out televised debates throughout the degree, in which they have to demonstrate the ability to present their arguments concisely, a skill which is characteristic of television.

Study abroad

Blanquerna also offers students in their third year of the Degree in International Relations the chance to take part in different international programs, vital for any student who wishes to specialize in this subject.

The School has bilateral agreements with the best European universities in countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands, among others.

We also take part in other exchange programs for students, faculty and administrative staff in different parts of the world, particularly in the US and Canada, and in some countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Internships

The final-year internship is an essential element of the Degree in International Relations. At our School, we view the internship as the student’s first contact with the world of work.

The student combines his or her classes with the work placement, under the guidance of a member of the public institution, company, think tank, multilateral organization or non-governmental organization to which he or she is assigned. Throughout the internship, there is direct, regular contact between the internship tutor and the seminar tutor, who is responsible for following the student’s progress and ensuring that the objectives of this professional learning experience are met.

The students work alongside prominent professionals in the field of international relations. They have the possibility of doing the internship in Barcelona or abroad, in bodies such as delegations of the Catalan Government abroad, Spanish embassies, CIDOB, Casa Asia, Association of Industrial Export Companies (AMEC), Metropolis, GSF Secretariat, Oxfam Intermón, CAN Europe and PEN International, among many others.

You can consult the full list of internships of the Degree in International Relations .

Final Degree Project

The Final Degree Project (FDP) of International Relations is an assignment undertaken in the final academic year. This project, which should meet professional standards, is also coordinated by a lecturer.

In itself, the FDP constitutes a fundamental training tool for students. It aims to enable students to integrate what they have learned throughout the degree and to deepen their knowledge of the different areas of international relations and recognize their cross-disciplinary nature. In addition, it should allow students to develop a series of skills, including communication and argumentation skills, critical analysis, use of information and documentation sources, communication, initiative and autonomy.

Scholarship Program

Undergraduates on the Degree in International Relations have different means, both internal and external, of obtaining funding for part of the cost of the degree. There are different possibilities: through grants or scholarships, by means of economic or financial aid, or with the help of School’s job opportunities service. You can find more detailed information here.

Why study International Relations in Barcelona?

Studying International Relations in Barcelona now makes more sense than ever, as Barcelona and its surrounding area form the nucleus of intense international activity. This translates into a city, Barcelona, which is the third-largest consular center in the world, and the first public authority at a sub-national level to sign agreements with organizations in the United Nations system. Barcelona has one of the leading ports in the Mediterranean, which is the city’s economic, tourist and cultural gateway to the world.

Barcelona is the seat of a large number of high-level international delegations, such as the Delegation of the European Parliament and the European Commission, the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), the UN Habitat Office, and the WHO Office for Health Systems Strengthening, among others.

In addition, Barcelona has a long tradition of hosting organizations and events related to economic cooperation, development aid and international trade, such as the Mobile World Congress, which has led to Barcelona becoming the world capital of mobile phone technology.