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A Guide to International Relations Degrees Abroad

Earning a degree in international relations abroad is an ambitious first step toward launching a successful career in the global arena. Whether your interests lie in public policy, economic development, or you simply want to travel and see the world, studying international relations abroad will enlighten you to the finer points of cross cultural interaction and diplomacy which are required to be successful in the field.

Why Earn a Degree Abroad

Earning a degree in international relations abroad might seem like a funny concept. Aren’t you supposed to be working for your home government? So shouldn’t you be attending a domestic university? In reality, earning a degree abroad in international relations can be an incredibly unique asset to bring to the table, and also grant you a greater perspective of how your home country fits into the global scheme. Plus it will open up numerous jobs in countries all over the world, not just your own!

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You can study international relations abroad at virtually every major college in the world, so take your pick! A good way to start is by thinking on the broad scale about major regions, such as Europe, South America, or East Asia. Then hone in on specific countries that are of most interest you and research the top universities and international relations programs in each.

Always keep the language barrier in mind, as most universities will use their native tongue as the medium of instruction. No matter what, if you plan on pursuing a degree abroad then learning the language should be a big part of your experience!

The content of your education about international relations and politics will vary significantly depending on where you choose to earn your degree. In wealthy and globally influential countries, such as the UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the focus may be on how to leverage large international organizations and institutions to best solve the big issues facing today’s global community. However, if you study abroad in a developing country, such as those in Southeast Asia, Central America, or Africa, the focus may be more on issues of sustainable development and macroeconomics.

Geography and the relative power balance is also something to keep in mind that will affect the scope of issues discussed during your education. Different countries face different regional disputes and this may greatly shift the focus between schools (for example, you will get a much different impression of international relations from studying in Canada vs. Japan). International relations is a deeply complex field with many factors determining the focus of individual countries, so it will be beneficial to have a good background knowledge of the country you plan to pursue an international relations degree in.

International Relations Degrees

International Relations is a very broad field which encompasses a lot of different subject matters. You will be able to enroll in classes which are focused on specific regions of the world, such as African Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, and Russian and Eurasian Studies, and you will also be able to enroll in programs or courses which are more conceptually focused, such as Political Economy of Development, International Relations Theory, Cultural Diplomacy, and History of International Relations.

Many students who major in international relations choose to tack on another major or minor in a particular area (i.e. European studies) or a specialization, thereby focusing their education around expertise in a particular region or subfield of international relations. Building up a focus about the country where you earn your international relations degree in seems like the logical choice, as this will set you up nicely for future employment between your countries upon graduation.

Language study should also be a part of your course plan when pursuing an international relations degree abroad, as being bilingual is an increasingly important skill to have when seeking work in today’s international community.

If you already have obtained your undergraduate degree and are looking to pursue postgraduate education, there are a ton of cool specialized programs out there that focus on mastering the important issues of our modern global era. An advanced degree abroad in international relations will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors. That being said, when choosing which specific international relations degree program to apply for it is important to have a good idea of what kind of work you would like to go on to do after graduation.

Benefits

Many students choose to study abroad for just one semester out of their college tenure; however, those who choose to leave home and pursue a full time degree abroad are the truly adventurous and will set themselves even further apart from their peers. There are perhaps no better pretenses to embark on such an endeavor than for obtaining a degree in international relations. Cross-cultural communication and understanding is vitally important to the stability of the world order, which is essential for those who work in international relations. Therefore, those optimistic ambassadors who begin breaking down barriers by earning a degree abroad will be the key to accomplishing our world’s peaceful ideal.

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Earn Your American Bachelor’s Degree in Rome, Italy at JCU

International experience is becoming increasingly valuable in the job market. Earning your degree abroad at John Cabot University will not only teach you flexibility, independence, and intercultural skills that are highly marketable to employers, but will also allow you to join our student community representing more than 70 countries. As an American university in the historic center of Rom...

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Mente Argentina: Master's in International Relations

Earn a Master's degree in International Relations in 15 months from one of Latin Americas most prestigious universities. Students will choose specific courses and define their concentrations based on their own goals and abilities. The program allows students the ability to gain a deeper comprehension of the international economy, global politics, and international trends with a specific foc...

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Study Abroad at Bangor University in Wales, UK

Many students choose to study at Bangor University, North Wales as visiting study abroad scheme students. Every year, well over 100 students from North, Central and South America, Asia and mainland Europe undertake a semester or a whole year at Bangor and transfer the credits achieved to the home University. This means that students who are taking a degree course at another university can vi...

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Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies at AUD

Through the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program at The American University in Dubai (AUD) students will develop an understanding of the environment, cultural, politics, and history of the Middle East. This understanding will serve any students well whether they are seeking employment within the Middle East (regardless of their profession) or have a strong interest in the region. P...

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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding a program in New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. TEAN is an official representative of the be...

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Earn your Master's Degree in Central London

Looking to gain your master’s degree abroad? Study at Richmond, the American University in London. We are a private, nonprofit institution of higher education with American accreditation and a range of excellent postgraduate programs. At Richmond, we deliver the very best of American and British higher educational systems. We offer programs that prepare you to think creatively, critically a...

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Public Policy MSc

Take a MSc in Public Policy, and learn to address questions related to policy decisions and implementation, relationships between private and public sectors, and the ways public policy can be used to deal with value conflict and cultural diversity. Programme participants acquire practical and theoretical insights into policy formation and implementation. They take part in lectures that enable t...

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School of Business & Management at Asia Pacific University

In an era of global transformation, the demands placed upon business leaders to provide leadership and insights have become imperative. The Business School at APU prepares students for a role that gives them an industry-relevant edge. At the School of Business & Management at APU, we continually demonstrate high-quality international curriculum through our portfolio of programs: Business Ma...

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Degree Programs at the University of Westminster, London

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic university located in the heart of London, England. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the university has a distinguished 175-year history. It offers a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, ranging from Business Management and International Relations to Conflict Resolution and Mus...

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Middlesex University, London UK

At Middlesex, no matter where in the world our students come from, we give them the tools and opportunities they need to make their own path to success, to grow as individuals and to stand out from their peers back at home. We offer a broad range of industry relevant courses and our academics draw on their experience and employ practical teaching techniques. We provide our students with the op...

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Study Full Time Degrees in England with Across The Pond

Whether you want to study undergraduate and graduate degree programs or shorter-term semester and year-long programs, Across The Pond can help. For over 10 years we have been helping students from the USA, Canada, Latin America and Norway to find and apply to over 40 of the top colleges and graduate schools in England and the rest of the UK. Our team of UK Study Experts, who have had first-h...

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Study Abroad in London at the University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton offers students the opportunity to live and learn on a close-knit collegiate campus just a stone's throw away from the sights and sounds of the capital city. Students can really experience the 'best of both worlds' at London’s only parkland campus. You will study for one semester or a full year alongside Roehampton students from over 130 countries worldwide. Guar...

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Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. The student body on the Madrid campus is a multicultural community of approximately 750 students from over 60 different countries. Students at SLU-Madrid can complete a fully accredited American degree abroad in Business, Communication, International Relations, Psychology and more. SLU-Madrid ...

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American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education. All entering undergraduate students are required to complete a number of general education courses that provide them with the opportunity to explore many different disciplines. The University's Faculties of Agricultural and Foo...

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University of Otago - Study Abroad

The University of Otago welcomes study abroad students from universities throughout the world, and enrolls international students in degrees from bachelors through to PhD. Live among local students of the university, all within 15 minutes walk of campus and the Dunedin city center in New Zealand. The two to six-bedroom houses or apartments typically have at least one local student living in the...