Dual Degree Program in International Relations (Bilingual) and International Communication / Bachelor's Degree in Global Communication. (RRII-COM)


Submission of applications:
Start: November 24, 2017
End: May 4, 2018

Duration:
5 years (Full-time study)
 


Information session
November 17, January 26 and April 13, 2018

Credits: 360.5-362 ECTS
Places available: 40, Bilingual

Are you interested in International Relations and the big global challenges and questions such as politics, terrorism and climate change? Are you attracted to the world of diplomacy and international organizations, conflict resolution and foreign trade? Do you want to understand the complex world in which we live and help manage it... and improve it?

Do you like languages and believe that they are the gateway to an excellent professional future, and that with them you can make a big difference? Are you interested in strategic communication in global institutions and companies? Only with a solid training in several foreign languages and with advanced skills in intercultural and political communication can you aspire to be a leader in this world.

If the answer is yes, the Dual Degree Program in International Relations (Bilingual) and International Communication / Bachelor's Degree in Global Communication. (RRII-COM) is the course you're looking for. The RRII-COM provides you with a broad base for professional activity including diplomacy, international political management, strategic communication and the transnational corporation; all from a multilingual perspective with several periods abroad, the perfect integration of knowledge and soft skills, a high practical component including external internship and a clear focus on the needs of the global labour market.


  • Cutting-Edge Innovation
    In 2009, Comillas was the first Spanish university to introduce degree level studies in International Relations. Since then, another 14 universities have followed its example. Similarly, the Bachelor in Communication represents, cutting-edge training that is pioneering in Spain to respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals capable of managing the communication challenges of corporations and institutions in a globalized environment.
     
  • Recognition and Prestige
    Comillas's Degree in International Relations is the leading one of its kind in Spain. According to the Fundación BBVA Ranking of Spanish Universities, the Degree in International Relations sits in first place ahead of all the International Relations degrees in the country.
     
  • Plurilingual Training
    Languages are the key to an excellent professional future. 75% of teaching on the RRII-COM course is delivered in English. In addition, there is also intensive training in two other foreign languages to choose from between German, Arabic, Chinese, French or Portuguese. All oriented towards successfully communicating in four languages.
     
  • Two or more periods of study abroad
    With the Dual Degree in International Relations + Global Communications it is compulsory to spend the third year of your studies at an English-speaking partner university abroad. All of these are excellent universities that are home to some of the most prestigious academic centers in the world. See here

    In fourth and fifth year we offer the opportunity of a second exchange for one semester at a university for your second or third foreign language (Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, China and several Arab countries).
     
  • Summer Program in Brussels and Strasbourg
    In the summer between third and fourth year, you'll study subjects from the study plan - Institutions and Policies of the European Union and Regional Studies: Europe - at the European capitals, Brussels and Strasbourg, within the framework of a tailor made program for four weeks in collaboration with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
     
  • Concentrations from 4th Year
    Specialization concentrations provide added depth to degree training. In 4th and 5th year, over 30 ECTS credits are dedicated to the specific fields of Economics and Business, Law and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and Information Security, allowing students to choose those areas where they see themselves working in the future. Concentrations shall be reflected in the official degrees of International Relations graduates and are valued highly on the labour market.
     
  • Professional Internships from 2nd Year
    Our external curricular internships are intense, with 450 hours at organisations, institutions and companies over the course of 4th (in the field of international relations (and in the field of International Relations) and 5th years (in the field of strategic communication). It is a useful and valuable experience both for applying your knowledge to professional practice and for building a strong CV before graduating from the University.

    In addition to this, from second year on we encourage you to take advantage of the summer International Relations internships on offer, managed through our Faculty.
     
  • Excellent Insertion in the Labour Market
    The broad training combined with specialization and multilingual profile sees students developing highly successful professional careers in many professional areas and in the most diverse areas in the world. Follow them thorough their testimonials.
     
  • Tribuna Internacional
    With Dual Degree students in mind, Tribuna Internacional, the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences' forum for analysis and debate regularly organizes round table discussions and seminars on campus with ambassadors, academics, experts in political communication, business people and cultural managers.
     
  • University Life on Campus
    A dynamic and attractive campus. The Dual Degree RRII-COM is taught at the University's Cantoblanco campus. You'll be studying on a modern campus with extensive green areas and sporting facilities only 20 minutes from the centre of Madrid. You'll have an extensive library, multimedia classrooms, a recording studio, a latest generation video conference room and language labs.
     
Duration:

Five years

Places available:

40

Submission of applications:

November 24 to May 4, 2018

Information on documentation to be submitted

Open Days:

March 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Information Sessions:

November 17, January 26 and April 13, 2018

Timetables:

Full-time study.

Attendance mode:

Face-to-face.

Languaje:

Spanish/English.

Classes begin on:

September 3, 2018.

Applicant profile:

People

  • Those interested in current world events in international policy, in understanding how our globalized world works, in discovering other countries and their cultures and in being able to communicate with them.

  • Those seeking a professional career in an international environment, possibly beyond Spain.

  • Those interested in international and strategic communication in the broadest sense (business, institutional and political communication…and also in the journalism and advertising sectors).

  • Those with a high level of English and an interest in perfecting or learning two additional foreign languages (two chosen from between German, Arabic, Chines, French or Portuguese).

Admissions requirements:

To begin your studies is a prerequisite condition prove you accomplish with the legal requirements of access to the University.

Admission Process and Criteria

The decision on admittance depends 75% on the results of the entrance examination and 25% on academic record of 3rd and 4th year of Compulsory Secondary Education Junior Cycle and 1st year Bachillerato (Senior Cycle).

Entrance Examinations are held on 11 and 12 May 2018 and are structured as follows.

Written Tests

  • English tests.

  • Other language tests (in the event that the candidate has knowledge of German, Arabic, Chinese, French or Portuguese). It is not essential to have prior knowledge of these languages.

  • General cultural knowledge test

  • International current affairs test

  • Spanish language test

  • Brief essays in English, other foreign languages and in Spanish

  • Interviews in English, other foreign languages and in Spanish

  • Personal motivation interview

Oral Tests

  • Interviews in Spanish, English and also other languages offered on the Dual Degree program, provided the candidate has prior knowledge. The results of the foreign language tests other than English will not condition admission, but serve to assign the group equivalent to the candidate's level in 1st year.

    The results of the foreign language tests other than English will not condition admission, but serve to assign the group equivalent to the candidate's level in 1st year.

Every request is presented and evaluated jointly by the Admissions Committee of the Faculty, which is comprised of the following members: Dean, Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, Heads of Studies and interviewing teachers. The Committee informs the Dean of its evaluation, who will proceed with the admission.

Services for students with special needs:

Support Program for Students with Disabilities

Financial information:

Course fees: €1.511,25 plus nine monthly installments of €1.291,44 each.

Information about Study Grants

Information points:

Information and Student Reception Office
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid 
Tel.: 91 540 61 32
Fax: 91 559 65 69
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Office hours

STRUCTURE OF THE DUAL DEGREE

The Dual Degree in International Relations and in Global Communication is the combination of two independent 4-year degrees. A series of common contents between the two degrees allows them both to be studied in only 5 years with a higher than average study workload and student effort (average of 72 ECTS per academic year).

In the last two years of their studies, students will delve deeper into their training and enhance their employability through three Official Specialization Concentrations: Economics and Business, Law and Diplomacy, and Foreign Policy and Security. The modules on each plan correspond to specific professional profiles (diplomatic service, international business management, and security and defense analysis).

Graduate profile

On completing the studies, students will be awarded two university degrees. With the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, students will have acquired political, legal, economic and financial knowledge, which is essential for working in an international environment of excellence, via a practical and interactive approach that provides all the necessary skills and abilities to handle themselves professionally with ease and precision in any part of the world. Additionally, in the last two years of the degree they will have become specialized, via Official Concentrations, in the areas in which they want to pursue their successful professional careers (Law and Diplomacy; Economics and Business; Foreign Policy and International Security).

With the Bachelor's Degree in Global Communication, our graduates become professional communicators with the knowledge, skills and tools to successfully manage all the elements of institutional, political and corporate communication in a global, intercultural and multilingual environment.

As such, they are ideally prepared to embark on successful professional careers in the following areas:

  • Diplomatic service and EU External Action Service careers;
  • Executive and officials positions of international organizations and community institutions;
  • International analysts;
  • Country risk management;
  • Business internationalization consultants;
  • Foreign trade managers;
  • Analysts and advisers of organizations in the public, private and NGO sector.
  • International consulting;
  • Strategic communication managers and directors in business, institutional or political areas with global projects...

 

Related Postgraduate Programs:

Official Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation

Official Master's Degree in International Migration

Official Master's Degree in Marketing (MMKT)

Official Master's Degree in International Management (MIM)

Official Master's Degree in Conference Interpreting

Other Postgraduate Programs

 

One of the standout features of the RRII-COM is its orientation towards internships and specific international labor market demands. For that reason, our students carry out compulsory external internships throughout the 4th and 5th academic years. The entities in which our students experience their future professional reality are of the highest prestige and specialize in the areas of International Relations and International Communication.

•Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; •Ministry of Defense; •Foreign embassies in Madrid; •Security forces and intelligence services; •Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies; •Casa de América; •Casa Sefarad-Israel; •Casa Árabe, •ESglobal; •International Organization for Migration; •International Red Cross; •Spanish Congress of Deputies; •Repsol; •Carolina Foundation; •Rafael del Pino Foundation• and 21 other entities.

 

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RRII-COM is a highly international study program, not only for its content but also for its training and structure.

  • It is compulsory for the third academic year of the RRII-COM to be studied entirely in partner universities in English speaking countries, among which are some of the most renowned universities in the world of International Relations:
  • In the summer between the 3rd and 4th academic years, a 4-week intensive program takes place in the European capital of Brussels, in collaboration with the European Commission and Parliament.
  • In the 5th academic year a second academic exchange period can be embarked on in a country in which students' second or third foreign language is spoken.
  • International internships in International Relations and Communication take place in the summer between the 4th and 5th academic year.

For further information on the countries that have specific exchange agreements, you can see the map of universities

SKILLS OF THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL SKILLS
  • CGI01 - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • CGI02 - Ability to organize and plan.
  • CGI03 - Basic knowledge of the area of study.
  • CGI04 - Oral and written communication skills in the native language.
  • CGI05 - Knowledge of a foreign language.
  • CGI06 - Basic IT skills.
  • CGI07 - Ability to search for and manage information.
  • CGI08 - Problem-solving.
  • CGI09 - Decision-making.
  • CGI10 - Project design and management.
  • CGP11 - Critical and self-critical skills.
  • CGP12 - Team work.
  • CGP13 - Interpersonal skills.
  • CGP14 - Working in an interdisciplinary team.
  • CGP15 - Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • CGP16 - Working in an international context.
  • CGP17 - Ethical commitment.
  • CGS18 - Capacity for intellectual work.
  • CGS19 - Ability to apply theory to practice.
  • CGS20 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CGS21 - Ability to generate new ideas.
  • CGS22 – Leadership.
  • CGS23 - Understanding cultures and customs in other countries.
  • CGS24 - Ability to learn and work in an independent manner.
  • CGS25 - Concern for quality.
  • CGS26 - Understanding religion and Christian values.
SPECIFIC SKILLS
  • CE1 - Knowledge of basic terminology, theories and methodology related to the field of study.
  • CE2 - Understanding key factors and agents in International Relations.
  • CE3 - Knowledge and understanding of the modern History of International Relations.
  • CE4 - Knowledge and understanding of political ideas and their historical evolution.
  • CE5 - Understanding of and ability to compare the main current types of government and political systems.
  • CE6 - Knowledge and critical understanding of the main debates in contemporary political theory and philosophy.
  • CE7 - Ability to relate ideas and data regarding the contemporary international reality.
  • CE8 - Knowledge of economic theory and reasoning, and ability to apply this to international issues.
  • CE9 - Knowledge and understanding of the international political economy.
  • CE10 - Knowledge and understanding of the financial and commercial aspects of international economic relations.
  • CE11 - Knowledge of the basic terminology, theories and methodology of Law.
  • CE12 - Knowledge and understanding of the international legal framework and of international organizations.
  • CE13 - Understanding of the institutional system of the European Union.
  • CE14 - Ability to use analytical and interpretative skills in international matters and affairs.
  • CE15 - Knowledge and ability to critically analyze important matters and events on the current international agenda.
  • CE16 - Knowledge of Spain's foreign policy and its position and significance within the international system.
  • CE17 - Knowledge of international aid cooperation.
  • CE18 - Understanding the concept of Security and its sub-phenomena.
  • CE19 - Ability to analyze current structures, changes and challenges of the international security system.
  • CE20 - Knowledge of the historical, political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of the major geographical regions of the world.
  • CE21 - Advanced written and spoken knowledge of foreign languages for professional work.
  • CE22 - Ability to act effectively in intercultural communicative systems.
  • CE23 - Knowledge of the culture of the foreign working languages.
  • CE24 - Ability to understand texts relating to the different areas of study.
  • CE25 - Ability to express oneself orally and in writing in various professional areas.
  • CE26 - Ability to integrate IT, linguistic, organizational, and management tools in substantial academic work and professional practice.
  • CE27 - Ability to identify, reflect on and manage ethical conflicts, dilemmas, and problems, and create strategies to overcome them.
  • CE28 - Promoting an analysis practice for the international reality developed within the framework of professional ethics.
  • CE29 - Development of social awareness based on identifying the causes of social problems in order to strengthen the promotion of justice.
SPECIFIC CONCENTRATION SKILLS
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS CONCENTRATION
  • CE1 - Understanding the historical development of the global economy.
  • CE2 - Ability to analyze the economic problems of developing countries.
  • CE3 - Knowledge and analysis of the economic policies of the European Union.
  • CE4 - Knowledge and understanding of the Spanish Economy.
  • CE5 - Knowledge and understanding of the accounting issues surrounding each equity item and its impact on a company's financial statements, according to the general accounting and the SME rules, and the international accounting regulations.
  • CE6 - General business knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing and running a business.
  • CE7 - Knowledge and ability to analyze the financial system: participants, financial markets and products, and applicable regulations.
  • CE8 - Knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and tools used in Strategic Marketing Management.
  • CE9 - Knowledge and understanding of the different areas of corporate finance as fundamental aspects that are closely interrelated with business strategies aimed at creating value.
  • CE10 - Knowledge of the role of staff in organizations and of HR planning strategies.
  • CE11 - Knowledge and application of management support tools for planning, implementing and controlling business strategy.
  • CE12 - Knowledge of international contracts, their legal scope and use of resolution methods in contract-related disputes.
  • CE13 - Knowledge of the fundamental legal concepts of legal-business institutions on an international scope, adequately applying such knowledge to practical, complex cases.
  • CE14 - Knowledge, understanding and assessment of the territorial distribution of fiscal authority on a national and international scale.
LAW AND DIPLOMACY CONCENTRATION
  • CE1 - Understanding the legal system as a whole and its complexities, with the ability to identify basic legal sources in Public Law and apply them to specific cases.
  • CE2 - Knowledge and understanding of general aspects of Private Law and the role of the Spanish Legal System, with the ability to identify its basic legal sources and apply them to specific cases.
  • CE3 - Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental legal-private issues regarding legal liabilities, contracts and interests.
  • CE4 - Critical understanding of the international systems of human rights protection.
  • CE5 - Knowledge of situations that arise from private legal relationships in the international field and identification of foreign matters that exist in legal problems.
  • CE6 - Knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon of diplomacy, acquiring in-depth knowledge of the International Treaties that govern it and of the regulations that govern diplomatic and consular relations.
  • CE7 - Knowledge of legal foundations, the evolution, the current state and the main principles of diplomacy.
  • CE8 - Command of the means with which to organize and manage official international events.
  • CE9 - Knowledge of international contracts, their legal scope and use of resolution methods in contract-related disputes.
  • CE10- Knowledge of the fundamental legal concepts of legal-business institutions on an international scope, adequately applying such knowledge to practical, complex cases.
  • CE11 - Knowledge, understanding and assessment of the territorial distribution of fiscal authority on a national and international scale.
  • CE12 - Knowledge and understanding of the key institutions of international Criminal Law systems.
  • CE13 - Understanding the historical significance of diverse systems of Church-State relations, as well as the regulation of the general system of religious freedom.
  • CE14 - Understanding the phenomenon of migration on a regional and global scale, its causes and consequences on the international system.
  • CE15 - Knowledge of policies that form action outside the European Union and ability to analyze the impact on the individual interests of EU member states.
FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY CONCENTRATION
  • CE1 - Ability to analyze the fundamental characteristics of US foreign policy.
  • CE2 - Understanding the relationship between religious beliefs and modern international politics.
  • CE3 - Assessment of the role of the media in International Relations.
  • CE4 - Understanding the phenomenon of migration on a regional and global scale, its causes and consequences on the international system.
  • CE5 - Knowledge and understanding of the international geopolitical situation in the Globalized environment and the specific current circumstances that characterize geopolitical scenarios of special interest.
  • CE6 - Understanding the international scope of environmental problems in their political, scientific, economic and legal aspects.
  • CE7 - Knowledge of policies that form action outside the European Union and ability to analyze the impact on the individual interests of EU member states.
  • CE8 - Understanding and having the ability to analyze the phenomenon of international terrorism.
  • CE9 - Understanding the current European security policies.
  • CE10 - Ability to analyze the relationship between natural resources and the development of current international policy.
  • CE11 - Understanding and analyzing the concepts and instruments of international conflict management and resolutions.
  • CE12 - Knowledge and understanding of the complex peace processes, their stages and key elements, as well as the international instruments to manage them.

 

SKILLS OF THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN GLOBAL COMMUNICATION
GENERAL SKILLS
  • CG01 - Ability to think analytically, synthetically and critically way in the context of international communication.
  • CG02 - Ability to put the knowledge about international communication into practice.
  • CG03 - Ability to work in international communication environments.
  • CG04 - Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, in four languages.
  • CG05 - Ability to appreciate diversity and multiculturalism.
  • CG06 - Ability to think and manage strategically within the context of international communication.
  • CG07 - Ability to learn and be constantly updated in the field of communication.
  • CG08 - Ability to manage information in communication environments.
  • CG09 - Criticism and self-criticism ability.
  • CG10 - Ability to adapt to the international environment and to new situations.
  • CG11 - Problem-solving ability within the context of international communication.
  • CG12 - Ability to make decisions in the international communication context.
  • CG13 - Ability to work in an international team.
  • CG14 - Ability to apply interpersonal skills to the communication professional environment.
  • CG15 - Leadership abilities for international communication contexts.
  • CG16 - Entrepreneurial and innovation abilities in communication-related professional areas.
  • CG17 - Ability to plan and manage time.
  • CG18 - Knowledge of foreign cultures, religions and traditions.
  • CG19 - Ability to work autonomously within international communication contexts.
  • CG21 - Ability to put  social awareness into practice for the promotion of justice.
  • CG20 - Ethical commitment in the development of their professional activity.
SPECIFIC SKILLS
  • CE01 - Knowledge of the origin and historic evolution of communication and of the main trends and theories on which the concepts and methodologies of communication processes are based.
  • CE02 - Ability to distinguish the different forms of communication and their functions.
  • CE03 - Ability to understand and analyse the facts and issues which are relevant for communication from a "global" perspective (multicultural, multilingual and transnational).
  • CE04 - Knowledge of world issues, and ability to understand its basic political, social, cultural, economic parameters and analyse them critically, especially from the perspective of global communication impact.
  • CE05 - Understanding the structure of main global means of communication and being aware of the way in which communication contents are prepared, produced and disseminated in a global context.
  • CE06 - Knowledge of the theoretical and practical basis of marketing, and ability to apply them for managing communication in their professional contexts.
  • CE07 - Knowledge of theoretical fundamentals of public relations management.
  • CE08 - Ability to design and assess sectoral communication projects and comprehensive communication plans.
  • CE09 - Ability to use communication and public relations techniques in corporate, institutional and political contexts (dealing with media, management of corporate identity, sponsorship, lobbying, organisation of events, protocol...) to achieve certain established goals.
  • CE10 - Knowledge of the theoretical and practical fundamentals of communication management and moments of crisis, and ability to make suggestions on how to solve them.
  • CE11 - Knowledge of the main communication tools in a digital environment and of social networks for their professional context.
  • CE12 - Basic knowledge and application of technologies to manage the contents of the communication process in different multimedia environments.
  • CE13 - Knowledge of the main theoretical fundamentals of advertising management.
  • CE14 - Ability to articulate relationships between images and sounds, from the aesthetic and narrative points of view in the different audiovisual supports and technologies available.
  • CE15 - Knowledge of the structure of digital media, new trends and elements of digital storytelling or non-linear writing, and ability to communicate following certain formal and aesthetic aspects and the language of digital media.
  • CE16 - Ability to understand and appreciate the importance of communication from the interpersonal relationship (verbal and non-verbal communication).
  • CE17 - Knowledge and application of the basic parameters of intercultural communication to their work in different cultural contexts.
  • CE18 - Ability to analyse communication messages, as well as to write informative, persuasive texts depending on the media used and target audiences.
  • CE19 - Knowledge and application of framing and storytelling techniques for international communication.
  • CE20 - Knowledge of rhetoric and its application for effective communication in four languages with interlocutors and audiences in different situations and contexts.
  • CE21 - Ability to communicate (C1) both orally and in writing, in Spanish and English.
  • CE22 - Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing (minimum B2) in two languages to be chosen by the students between German, Arabic, Chinese, French and Portuguese.
  • CE23 - Ability to design management proposals for strategic communication within the professional field of the degree.
  • CE24 - Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods in social sciences, especially those concerning communication sciences.
  • CE25 - Knowledge and understanding of the reality of communication in organizations, institutions and the political arena, by applying the theoretical-practical skills achieved by the student in the class.
  • CE26 - Knowledge of the legal framework and ethical principles of communication.
  • CE27 - Knowledge of basic processes and organizational structures of companies and institutions.
  • CE28 - Knowledge of external and internal communication principles and practices of companies and institutions.
  • CE29 - Knowledge of the principles and practices of political communication.
  • CE30 - Knowledge of the techniques for the assessment of public opinion, audiences and similar ones and ability to interpret the respective technical reports to add their results to the strategic planning of communication.
  • CE31 - Understanding of the dynamics and scope of the lobby and knowledge of the instruments available to engage in their processes.
  • CE32 - Knowledge of the world's main religious and cultural traditions and their involvement in the field of communication.
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