September 21 will mark the official launch of IE University’s new Bachelor in International Relations program with a 35-member inaugural class.

The first Bachelor in International Relations class is a thriving and truly international group of 35 students representing over 16 countries around the world: Argentina, Austria, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and the USA. Students admitted to the program have excellent academic records and valuable international experience. The program faculty is as international as the overall student body, with 19 professors coming from 8 different countries, such as the United States, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Canada, etc.

The Bachelor in International Relations – Class of 2016 – By the Numbers:

35 Students

17 Nationalities

54% International Students

60% Women

3 languages spoken on average

The Bachelor in International Relations is a rigorous and innovative degree taught fully in English, and aimed at satisfying the rising worldwide demand for highly-skilled, well-informed graduates, who are capable of meeting the professional challenges of a rapidly changing global environment. Like the IE Master in International Relations, the bachelor program focuses on the intersections between the public and private sectors on a range of international politics and business issues. In addition to mandatory language training and hands-on practical learning, the program will also require students to gain significant international exposure through study abroad programs and internship opportunities.

The new four-year degree is designed to provide undergraduate students with a thorough knowledge of international affairs, combined with solid foundations of business and management, in order to help them bring breadth and depth of understanding to the workplace. This broad multidisciplinary background is intended to produce graduates with an integrated global vision of fields like political science, foreign policy, economics, business, management, international law, international security, history, philosophy, and language. The program aims to produce global leaders with a profound understanding of the complexity of world affairs, who are capable of applying critical thinking and effective leadership skills to a wide range of issues in both the public and private sectors alike. It employs a unique practice-based approach and seminar-type discussions in the IR Lab. Students will learn to analyze interconnections between peoples, societies, governments, corporations, and multilateral organizations beyond the classroom, while being trained in conflict resolution, crisis simulation, strategic thinking, policy-making, public speaking, and news writing.

IE University is a private, international university that branched out of IE Business School, recognized as one of the top ten business schools worldwide by international publications like the Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, or Forbes. IE University houses all of IE’s undergraduate programs, offered in the areas of Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, Law, and Architecture. It is a contemporary, international center of education, where business management, technology, and humanities form a core part of our programs.   IE University is also committed to preparing the next generation of global leaders who can meet the challenges and seek the opportunities of the 21st century, by fostering among them an entrepreneurial spirit, an international focus, and a humanistic mindset.  IE University students come from diverse backgrounds (over 60 nationalities on campus), are well-rounded, multilingual, have lived abroad several years, and have been exposed to a variety of cultures.

IE University’s main campus is in the city of Segovia, housed in a historic building, the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, declared a national heritage site in 1931. This privileged location comprises lecture halls, laboratories and conference rooms, where modernity and the latest technologies have been integrated into historical backdrop from the 15th Century. The Madrid campus, strategically located in the center of the city, is the alternative campus for some undergraduate programs.

IE University extends its warmest welcome to the first class of the new Bachelor in International Relations. Welcome to IE!


IE School of Arts & Humanities is as a Member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), comprised of over 60 member schools in North America, Asia, and Europe. These members promote the enhancement of professional education in international relations and the advancement of international cooperation, cultural tolerance and peace. APSIA serves as an active platform for the exchange of valuable expertise in the international affairs arena. For further information, please visit http://www.apsia.org .


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