Dual Degree Program in International Relations (Bilingual) and Translation and Interpreting


Submission of applications
Admission not allowed.


Duration: Five years.
Full-time study.


Estudy in C. Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 3-5


Open Days
March 11, 2017 at 10:00h


Information session
January 27, 2017 at 17:00h


Credits 388,5 ECTS
Spanish
 

Our present-day globalized society has created the need for a new type of professional with solid interdisciplinary training, allowing them to work in a range of different environments all over the world. The Double Degree in International Relations - Translation and Interpreting was the first among Spanish universities to respond to this need and, since being introduced by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, it has acquired great professional and academic prestige. The double degree is designed to provide students with a broad foundation for moving into professional roles within fields such as diplomacy, international political management, law, or transnational business; all from the perspective of a fundamentally practical bilingual education process,which is fully orientated toward current labor market needs.

On completing their studies, students will be awarded two university degrees. With the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, they will acquire all the legal, economic, financial, or political knowledge required to work in an exclusive international environment - via a practical and interactive approach - designed to equip students with all the skills they will need in their professional careers. With the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, students will acquire the specific ability to work professionally with great skill and precision in any part of the world.


Duration:

Five years

Places for new admissions:

Admission not allowed.

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 at Cantoblanco.

Financial information

Course fees: €1,504.62 plus nine monthly installments of €1,221.48 each.

Information about study grants

Timetable:

Full-time.

Information points:

Information and Student Reception Office
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32
Fax: +34 91 559 65 69
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Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 13:30 and Monday to Thursday 15:30 to 20:00

Applicant profile

The student profile for the Double Degree in International Relations and Translation and Interpreting is a person interested in intercultural communication, history, and current affairs around the world, with an excellent level of Spanish and a high level in his or her first foreign language (English) and who is interested in improving or learning another language. Candidates will stand out because of their intellectual curiosity and their interest in the world around them. Likewise, they must also be aware of the high requirements in terms of dedication to studies required by a double degree and being willing to undertake an intense work-load over five years of university-level studies.

Admission requirements

Current secondary and pre-university education preparation courses or equivalent studies + University Admission Exam [Selectividad].

Students from foreign education systems.

University Admission Exam [Selectividad] for Foreigners, except for students who have studied under education systems in EU countries or countries which have agreements with Spain in this regard and who fulfill the academic requirements in their home education systems for access to university.

Students from other universities.

Students from other universities who wish to apply for the Translation and Interpreting program, must contact the Information and Student Reception Office at this email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining their academic situation and the reasons for which they wish to join this University. They will be informed of the application period and of the required documentation.

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

Admission process and criteria

The admission tests involve carrying out language-test type exams in Spanish language, English language, and French or German (if the candidate already has knowledge of one of these languages), and of general cultural knowledge of a national and international nature. Furthermore, candidates will prepare a short essay in Spanish, in English, and in their second foreign language, where appropriate: they will also undergo oral tests in Spanish and the foreign languages, and a personal interview about their reasons for applying.

The candidate's mark in the admission tests will be calculated using the following weighting:

  • Academic records from the last two years of compulsory and pre-university level of secondary education [3rd and 4th years of ESO and 1st year of Bachillerato] 25%

  • Spanish tests: 25%

  • English tests: 25%

  • General knowledge tests: 15%

  • Personal motivation interview: 10%

The results of the French/German tests will not influence admission. Their role is so candidates can be assigned to groups of the equivalent level in the first year.

Each application is presented and assessed conjointly by the School’s Admissions Committee, which comprises the following members: Dean, Deputy-Dean of Academic Affairs, Directors of Studies, and the interviewing professors. The committee will notify the Dean of its assessment, who will then proceed to accept the student.

If you want, you can download information about the admissions tests. (1Mb - PDF Format)

Structure of the double degree
  • The Double Degree in International Relations and Translation and Interpreting combines two independent degrees, each of which has a duration of 4 years. The level of shared content (91.5 ECTS) across the two degrees makes it possible to study both in just 5 years, with a greater than usual study load and level of effort by the student (average of 77.5 ECTS per year).
    In order to specialize in the specific professional profiles of the degree, from the third year students can choose to follow a study plan of modules that add up to 30 ECTS and that will lead to a special concentration as part of the official degree:
    'Economy and Business', cwith a profile featuring international business and international economic bodies.
    'Law and Diplomacy', specific training for the competitive exams to join the Spanish diplomatic corps.
    'Foreign Policy and International Security', for pursuing a career as an international analyst or policy manager.

Timetables and exam schedule
Credits
  • 388,5 ECTS

Curriculum
  • Time-line of the curriculum

  • Distribution of teaching hours

SKILLS ON 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 field of study.
  • CGI04 - Oral and written communication skills in the native language.
  • CGI05 - Foreign language knowledge.
  • CGI06 - Basic computer skills.
  • CGI07 - Information management ability.
  • 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 knowledge in practical situations.
  • CGS20 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CGS21 - Ability to generate new ideas.
  • CGS22 – Leadership.
  • CGS23 - Understanding the cultures and traditions of other countries.
  • CGS24 - Ability to work and learn independently.
  • 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 types of current government and political systems.
  • CE6 - Knowledge and critical understanding of the main debates in contemporary political theory and philosophy.
  • CE7 - Ability to connect 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 in professional settings.
  • 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 ON THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING

GENERAL SKILLS

  • CGI01 - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • CGI02 - Oral and written communication skills in the native language.
  • CGI03 - Foreign language knowledge.
  • CGI04 - Ability to organize and plan.
  • CGI05 - Information management ability.
  • CGI06 - Use and knowledge of information and computer technology.
  • CGI07 - Decision making.
  • CGI08 - Problem solving.
  • CGP09 - Ethical commitment.
  • CGP10 - Critical thinking.
  • CGP11 - Interpersonal skills.
  • CGP12 - Rigor and seriousness at work.
  • CGP13 - Team work.
  • CGP14 - Working in an international context.
  • CGP15 - Working in an interdisciplinary team.
  • CGP16 - Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • CGS17 - Ability for intellectual work.
  • CGS18 - Autonomous learning.
  • CGS19 - Ability to apply knowledge in practical situations.
  • CGS20 - Concern for quality.
  • CGS21 – Creativity.
  • CGS22 - Understanding the cultures and traditions of other countries.
  • CGS23 - Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • CGS24 - Adapting to new situations.
  • CGS25 – Leadership.
  • CGS26 - Communication skills.

SPECIFIC SKILLS

  • CE1 - Technical linguistic analysis skills.
  • CE2 - Spanish language syntactic analysis skills.
  • CE3 - Knowledge of the morphological processes of the Spanish language.
  • CE4 - Knowledge of descriptive and normative rules in Spanish.
  • CE5 - In-depth sociolinguistic competence.
  • CE6 - Active knowledge of the pragmatic features of spoken and written Spanish.
  • CE7 - A broad Spanish vocabulary.
  • CE8 - Knowledge of literature in Spanish.
  • CE9 - Information / documentation research skills.
  • CE10 - Written and spoken command of two languages other than language A at professional levels.
  • CE11 - Ability to analyze and summarize different types of text and discourse.
  • CE12 - Ability to recognize the distinct linguistic registers of (at least) one foreign language.
  • CE13 - Ability to resolve difficulties arising from the linguistic and cultural contrastivity between language A and the foreign language.
  • CE14 - Knowledge of the culture of the foreign working languages.
  • CE15 - Knowledge of the literature of (at least) one country being studied.
  • CE16 - Knowledge of the history and civilization of the working languages.
  • CE17 - Ability to understand specialist texts.
  • CE18 - Capacity to analyze different types of text and determine values in parameters of linguistic variation and textual function.
  • CE19 - Ability to draw up texts relating to the different professional profiles.
  • CE20 - Ability to express oneself orally and in writing in various professional areas.
  • CE21 - Command of the basic concepts of descriptive translatology.
  • CE22 - Translation skills.
  • CE23 - Knowledge of general culture and civilization.
  • CE24 - Knowledge of communication theory.
  • CE25 - Theoretical knowledge of translation.
  • CE26 - Project design and management.
  • CE27 - Knowledge of the general basic concepts relating to the areas of specialization (economics, law).
  • CE28 - Command of assisted translation techniques.
  • CE29 - Command of techniques and terminology from specialized translation.
  • CE30 - Ability to identify, reflect on and manage ethical conflicts, dilemmas, and problems, and create strategies to overcome them.
  • CE31 - Promote an intercultural mediation practice that develops within the framework of professional ethics, in the form of non-discriminatory practices that respect self-determination.
  • CE32 - Critically analyze social reality, as a form of identifying and preventing the appearance of new social problems.
  • CE33 - Know and evaluate the ethical codes of the work of intercultural mediation and their applicability in specific contexts.
  • CE34 - Develop social awareness based on identifying the causes of social problems to strengthen promotion of people.
  • CE35 - Command of editing, layout, and text revision techniques.
  • CE36 - Knowledge of the economic and professional aspects of the market.
  • CE37 - Managing and documenting translation projects.
  • CE38 - Adapting to the client.
  • CE39 - Handling pressure.
  • CE40 - Knowledge of didactics applied to second languages.
  • CE41 - Ability to transmit knowledge and skills.
  • CE42 - Ability to perform the documentation process.
  • CE43 - Ability to find information on-line.
  • CE44 - Knowledge of the foundations of documentation and terminology.
  • CE45 - Knowledge of national and international information centers.
  • CE46 - Ability to apply knowledge of terminology to the activity of translation.
  • CE47 - Ability to start and manage terminology projects.
  • CE48 - Ability to manage terminology databases.
  • CE49 - Ability to participate in the creation and updating of terminology standards.
  • CE50 - Ability to select CAT tools.
  • CE51 - Professional command of the IT tools used in CAT.
  • CE52 - Computer processing of corpora and automatic terminology extraction ability.
  • CE53 - Interpreting skills.
Cantoblanco

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Transport: (Timetable)
Local train: Station Universidad P. Comillas
Buses: Lines 827, 827A, 828, 714

In the fourth and fifth years, students will combine their studies with compulsory profession-specific internships both in the field of International Relations (fourth year) and in Translation and Interpreting (fifth year), through specific agreements with political and cultural institutions, professional practices, embassies, businesses, and NGOs.

 

The Double Degree includes a compulsory second year at foreign partner universities that include some of the world's most prestigious academic centers. With this interactive map you can see all the destinations and access the partner universities' web-sites.

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