International relations and international organization (BA)

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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

All study options

About International relations and international organization at University of Groningen

Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explorepolitical questions on an international level. You will focus oninternational relations, especially on the role of internationalorganizations.
During the programme, you will approach issues in the field ofinternational relations from three perspectives: political,economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough trainingin a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broadunderstanding of international relations.
Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosingoptional modules. This offers many options to dive into an aspectyou may be especially interested in, for example by choosing aminor. You can also opt for courses at other Faculties orUniversities, in the Netherlands or abroad.
As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the Englishlanguage is essential!
The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and InternationalOrganization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that onlya limited number of students are accepted every year.

Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explorepolitical questions on an international level. You will focus oninternational relations, especially on the role of internationalorganizations.
During the programme, you will approach issues in the field ofinternational relations from three perspectives: political,economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough trainingin a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broadunderstanding of international relations.
Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosing aminor. This offers many options to dive into an aspect you may beespecially interested in, for example Development Studies. You canalso opt for courses at other Faculties or spend a semesterabroad.
As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the Englishlanguage is essential!
The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and InternationalOrganization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that onlya limited number of students are accepted every year.

After your studies

Job prospects

After finishing the Bachelor's programme in IRIO, most studentschoose to continue their studies in a related Master's programme,which will enhance their employment possibilities. You can eitherchoose a general Master in International Relations or choose tospecialise in a specific field of IR.

Witha Bachelor's degree in IRIO, you have direct access to allsix tracks of the Master International Relations at the Universityof Groningen: East Asian Studies, European Integration, Geopolitics& Connectivity, IRIO, International Political Economy, andInternational Security.

Justlike most other university Bachelor and Master programmes, the IRIOprogramme does not train you for one specific job. The IRIOprogramme prepares its students for professions and researchcareers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to formgrounded judgements are relevant.

Manygraduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs,and international organisations in international politics. Anincreasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills toadvise international businesses. Research, media and communicationare also prospective fields of employment.

For some examples of where our graduates work, please check ouralumniflyer
We would also like to direct you to the IRIO Alumni Network Mitrany for asurvey they conducted among IRIO alumni.

After finishing the Bachelor's programme in IRIO, most studentschoose to continue their studies in a related Master's programme,which will enhance their employment possibilities. You can eitherchoose a general Master in International Relations or choose tospecialise in a specific field of IR.

Witha Bachelor's degree in IRIO, you have direct access to allsix tracks of the Master International Relations at the Universityof Groningen: East Asian Studies, European Integration, Geopolitics& Connectivity, IRIO, International Political Economy, andInternational Security.

Justlike most other university Bachelor and Master programmes, the IRIOprogramme does not train you for one specific job. The IRIOprogramme prepares its students for professions and researchcareers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to formgrounded judgements are relevant.

Manygraduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs,and international organisations in international politics. Anincreasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills toadvise international businesses. Research, media and communicationare also prospective fields of employment.

For some examples of where our graduates work, please check ouralumniflyer
We would also like to direct you to the IRIO Alumni Network Mitrany for asurvey they conducted among IRIO alumni.

Job examples

  • International policy adviser
  • Lobbyist
  • International executive
  • Press officer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    Students with a Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma need to meet thelanguage requirements mentioned below.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The IRIO programme is taught in English. Dutch students with aVWO diploma do not need to submit proof of their Englishproficiency. For other EU candidates, the Admissions Officer willnotify you if you need to provide test results. All non-EUcandidates will need to provide test results. The minimum level ofEnglish proficiency is: TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1)..

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma (minimum score: 24), a European Baccalaureateor another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutchuniversity.

other admission requirements

The IRIO programme of the University of Groningen has aselection procedure. This means that the IRIO department selectsthe candidates to be admitted to the programme. It has been decidedto select in this way because we would like to admit the mostsuitable and best motivated students.

For details about the selection criteria and applicationinstructions for the programme, please visit: http://www.rug.nl/(...)o-bachelor-admission.Participation in this selection is required for all candidates!

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The IRIO programme is taught in English. Dutch students with aVWO diploma do not need to submit proof of their Englishproficiency. For other EU candidates, the Admissions Officer willnotify you if you need to provide test results. All non-EUcandidates will need to provide test results. The minimum level ofEnglish proficiency is: TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. ERK levelB2 (preferably C1).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma (minimum score: 24), a European Baccalaureateor another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutchuniversity.

other admission requirements

The IRIO programme of the University of Groningen has aselection procedure. This means that the IRIO department selectsthe candidates to be admitted to the programme. It has been decidedto select in this way because we would like to admit the mostsuitable and best motivated students.

For details about the selection criteria and applicationinstructions for the programme have to, please visit: http://www.rug.nl/(...)o-bachelor-admission.Participation in this selection is required for all candidates!

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 260 attendees a year.

For more information on the mand atory selection procedure for these places: www.rug.nl/let/irio-bachelor-admission

More information on admission: http://www.rug.nl/(...)o-bachelor-admission

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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