Political Science: International Relations and Organisations

3 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)

Abitur; for more information please check theapplication website.

2083.00 € / Jahr

Bewerbungsschluss: 15. Januar

Worum geht's im Studium

You choose International Relations and Organisations (IRO) because you are fascinated by global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict, and you prefer in-depth analysis over unsubstantiated opinion. Your open mind, inquisitive and critical attitude, as well as your willingness to invest in acquiring new knowledge and skills, makes that you fit in perfectly with your fellow IRO-students.

Studying IRO means understanding the real story behind today's headlines; working with excellent academic teachers and researchers; developing skills in research, writing and presenting; and being part of an international classroom and community.

IRO is a 3-year BSc degree programme and part of Leiden University's Political Science curriculum. It is taught in The Hague, the city in which politics and international relations converge. The Hague is the third UN city and host to many international organisations, embassies, and NGOs. The city houses many nationalities; as an internationally oriented student you will feel at home.

Preparing you for a wide range of interesting MSc options, IRO is an excellent first step in your international career.

Studenten aus dem Studiengang International Relations and Organisations
You study IRO from a political science perspective, and apply insights from other disciplines such as law, history, and economics. There is ample opportunity to really dive into topics of your choice.

During the first year of the programme, you acquaint yourself with the basic concepts and theories needed to understand politics in general, and international politics in particular. Furthermore, you will study related subjects, such as economics and history. An important part of the programme is reserved for skills courses, where you practice text analysis, debating, and academic writing.

The second year offers you in-depth courses focusing on the following themes: global justice; international development; international security; international political economy; and international law and human rights.

In the third year, you zoom in on a specific topic of your choice, for example civil wars as part of the International Security theme. In addition, you can choose to do electives or a minor, study abroad, or do an internship.

Career prospects

The International Relations and Organisations (IRO) specialisation provides the ideal basis for continued academic education and a professional career. Typically, students with a bachelor's and master's degree in international relations/political science find jobs in the European Union, the United Nations, government, a multinational or non-governmental organisation, international organisations, or national organisations. They work in policy-making, strategic analysis, research and education, management, consultancy, diplomacy, administration and politics, for example.

Career opportunities

  • consultant
  • journalist
  • policy adviser
  • lecturer
  • diplomat
  • trainee
  • manager
  • researcher
  • civil servant
  • politician
  • lobbyist
  • editor

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The City of «The Hague»

You will be at the very centre of where it is all happening. As the seat of government, The Hague is the city when it comes to politics and diplomacy. Here you will find all ministries, the embassies and consulates, the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace, and the many UN tribunals. The Hague is not just a cosmopolitan city. It is also a city with history, a city of creative and enterprising students who look beyond their boundaries and who envision a role on the international stage.

About «Leiden University»

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!


The Studyline
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 11 11
E-Mail: study@bb.leidenuniv.nl
Website: universiteitleiden.nl/EN

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