Bachelor in International Relations Become an actor at a global level

IE School of International Relations is a member of APSIA.

The Bachelor in International Relations

Is for individuals who are…

able to understand and interpret complexity. You are proactive and feel at ease engaging in and debating challenging issues.

Looking for…

A comprehensive program that will position you to become an influential actor at a global level and equip you with the necessary hard and soft skills to make a contribution in society.

To become…

  • A member of your country’s Foreign Service
  • A consultant for a multilateral organization
  • An executive in a multinational corporation
  • A development expert in an NGO

The Bachelor degree in International Relations is a hands-on, practical and comprehensive program that prepares students for a career in the international public and private sectors, guaranteed by the expertise and know-how of IE School of International Relations, a member of the exclusive Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Our unique international environment and outlook shapes global citizens, able to adapt to diversity and engage in complex economic, political and social dynamics that go beyond borders and cultures.


Undergraduate Degrees


4 years




Madrid, Segovia


You can study the Bachelor in International Relations both in Segovia and Madrid. If you choose to start your international relations studies in Segovia, then you will study the first two years in Segovia and the last two years in Madrid. On the other hand, if you choose to start your international relations studies in Madrid, then you will study all four years in Madrid.



This concentration covers a wide range of disciplines, providing tomorrow’s leaders with a deep and holistic understanding of all the dimensions of international business functions and development. Students learn about challenges and obstacles encountered by international companies, including management, multinational governments, regulations and cultural context, and growth strategies. They also build informed perspectives on the issues faced by developing countries, for which they identify solutions and propose effective plans through an engaged, critical and innovative approach. Topics such as sustainable development, human rights, economics, global outsourcing strategy and new technologies will offer students a comprehensive outlook of what it takes to successfully operate on an international level.

This track, specific for students pursuing the Bachelor in International Relations, prepares innovators who are ready to succeed in a variety of internationally oriented careers, working in organizations such as multinational companies, NGOs, local firms involved in international activities (trade, licensing, financial arrangements, etc.), PR and communication, development banks and more. These professions span a variety of sectors on an international platform such as marketing, operations, public health, immigration and refugee services, human resources and cross-cultural relations.


Designed for students who want to stand up to current geopolitical challenges and identify solutions to the complex global conflicts we face today, this concentration will introduce you to the conceptual framework needed to manage international relations. You will become familiar with the important factors that drive political and social struggles, security challenges and the dynamics of global political stability.

The multidisciplinary approach of this concentration allows students to explore current political climates and sources of conflict at regional levels. They will develop skills in peacebuilding and crisis communication, and gain a thorough understanding of strategy, planning and negotiation techniques required to manage and resolve conflicts, as well as to identify and prevent threats. Core components of this program include country risk analysis, social conflict, strategic forecasting, terrorism control and international negotiation and intervention. This concentration offers a wide range of career possibilities with government and state agencies, international and multilateral organizations, think-tanks and research institutes, international non-profit organizations, consulting firms, the IT industry, and specialized journalism, to name a few.


Innovations in technology are an exciting and inevitable part of our world today, and they play a vital role in the formation and future of international business activities. In response to emerging technology trends and tools, this concentration teaches students how to anticipate and respond to technological disruptions, and how to generate business value from new technologies. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact and implications of emerging technologies on companies and society through an in-depth review of the history of science and technological innovations, as well as projections for how automation and digitalization will shape the work of the future.
Topics such as applied ethics of technologies, product and brand management, cybersecurity and law, internet of things, artificial intelligence and big data will prepare the student for the challenges, benefits, and threats created by technological advancements. Students will discover opportunities for dynamic careers in marketing, IT management and risk analysis, public policy, communications, project management, big data analysis and more.

Mars Conquest - Take the challenge

International relations are all about creating a balance between leadership and security. It’s all about engaging in difficult economic, political and social dynamics that go beyond borders and cultures to solve global issues.

Mars conquest is the game created by The IE School of International Relations in order to give you a taste of what it takes to be a negotiator. The main objective of the game is to colonize Mars, but in order to do that, you need the right amount of power and technology. You will have the possibility to decide to play as Russia, USA, Iran, Brazil, India, Japan, Pakistan, China and Europe as a continent. Each of these countries or United Nations has a space program, but some are more powerful than others. During the game, you will have to make decisions about sharing your technology, or in case you don´t have the technology yet, to steal it from your competitor, spy on them, or create a bilateral agreement with another country. You can also decide to isolate yourself from other countries and the UN and conquer Mars for yourself. Every action has a consequence which could strengthen the relationship with other countries and institutions or avoid any kind of collaboration and break international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty.

This is just an approach that demonstrates in which way the IE School of International Relations focuses in transmitting the importance of learning the ability of negotiation and the importance of keeping up with new technology trends.





The program employs a case study approach and seminar discussions in the IR Lab. These are semester-long courses which simulate real-life challenges and train students in critical areas such as conflict resolution, negotiation, strategy, and public speaking. Students also have the opportunity to participate in selective internship placements in a variety of institutions.


Our multi-disciplinary approach specifically trains students to understand complexity. The program takes a comprehensive look at International Relations as a global discipline, drawing on many fields such as political science, economics, law, and the role of multilateral organizations, states and the corporate world in shifting the international order.


You will acquire key skills sought after by companies needing professionals with a solid understanding of global affairs, as well as the ability to work in corporate settings. Students benefit from IE's world-ranked experience in management and business. These subjects are fundamental to your training in order to be a decision-maker and manage projects and policies at the highest levels.


International Relations is as much about thinking critically and understanding complexity as it is developing strong influence and negotiation skills. Essential for professionals in this field is the ability to work and think in complex, interconnected scenarios and bring solutions. You will be required to apply analytical & reasoning abilities together with the art of persuasion and diplomacy to address real-world issues.


The IE School of International Relations is dedicated to training students to become well-rounded professionals, capable of understanding complex global issues, managing real-world organizations, and holding leadership positions in the international public, private and non-profit sectors. Our programs combine a multidisciplinary approach to professional education with the application of theory to practical issues in global affairs.


The IE School of International Relations is a full member of APSIA, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. APSIA currently comprises twenty two schools from US universities, seven European schools, five from Asia, and two from Canada. The schools that make up this exclusive cluster are renowned for their academic offerings and their commitment to education in the field of international relations.



IE School of International Relations offers programs both at graduate and undergraduate level. The School offers full-time programs taught entirely in English that train internationally oriented students for successful multisector careers.


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