Bachelor's Degree in International Relations


Submission of applications
Not offered as an individual program.


Duration: Four 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 240 ECTS
Spanish
 

The Bachelor's Degree in International Relations is designed to produce professionals who are capable of grasping the reality of international relations in an increasingly interdependent world and who can analyze, design strategies and make decisions in various associated professional fields.

Comillas does not offer this degree as an individual program, but rather in dual format combining a second Bachelor's Degree.

Each of the three combined programs is geared towards varying professional profiles and each one, therefore, comprises training that is more directly aimed at major professional environments.


The applicant profile of the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations corresponds to individuals who are interested in intercultural communication, history and current world affairs; who have an excellent level in the Spanish language and a high level in their first foreign language (English); who are interested in improving or learning another language and who  stand out for their intellectual curiosity and interest in the world around them.

The admissions tests involve sitting exams to assess the common knowledge acquired through secondary and pre-university education subjects and a language exam.

The admission of applicants is determined by the results obtained in these tests with the following weighting: the general knowledge exam, 33%; the English language exam, 33% (students are required to have the B1 level, corresponding to the Common European Framework (CEF)); and the weighted average grades of the last academic years studied by students in the 3rd and 4th years of Compulsory Secondary Education and the 1st year of pre-university education preparation courses.

Graduate Profile

The Bachelor's Degree in International Relations provides graduates with adequate personal and professional skills to understand the reality of international relations in an increasingly interdependent world and to analyze, design strategies and make decisions in various associated professional fields.

The skills acquired throughout the first cycle of studies, particularly the extensive and comprehensive knowledge of different factors that explain the complexity of current international relations, the skills to apply such knowledge to diverse circumstances and situations, and the training in the linguistic and cultural tools required in a labor world that, by definition, crosses borders, converts International Relations graduates into professionals with a profile that can be applied to all professional sectors akin to international relations - political and institutional, economic, legal or cultural.

The studies of the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations correspond, therefore, to a wide range of professional profiles. The degree training provides the necessary and adequate skills to pursue a future career in the following positions:

Public sector:

  • Diplomats (after passing the competitive exams for the diplomatic service. The skills required of candidates applying for diplomacy positions match those obtained by International Relations graduates who study the Law and Diplomacy concentration, which also increases their practical skills and command of foreign languages).
  • Executive positions and public officials of international and community organizations and institutions (after passing the relevant competitive exams).
  • Advisers of national organizations and institutions working in international and community areas.
  • Analysts and advisers of international and community organizations and institutions.
  • Analysts and advisers of organizations and institutions in the regional or local area that seek international outreach.

Private sector:

  • Professionals with executive skills that pursue their careers in companies with an international scope.
  • Analysts, advisers and consultants in private companies working internationally.

Mixed sector:

  • Analysts, advisers and executives of organizations representing interests and NGOs.

To bolster training in light of different professional prospects, the optional modules, which represent 52.5 ECTS, are organized in the following three study plans which, if 30 credits are obtained, lead to the corresponding Concentration being acquired:

  1. Law and Diplomacy
  2. Economics and Business
  3. Foreign Policy and International Security

Law and Diplomacy is designed to more intensely train those wanting to prepare for the access exams of Diplomatic Service and of community and international bodies; Economics and Business for those choosing to focus on roles in transnational companies or, likewise, on preparing to access economic-related international organizations; and finally, a Foreign Policy and International Security Concentration that directs the focus of the degree closer to Political Sciences and the associated professional prospects.

The 240 ECTS that comprise the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations are structured over four years, 60 ECTS assigned to each.

Specialization concentrations

Law and Diplomacy Concentration

The content structure of the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations largely corresponds to the knowledge areas covered through an interdisciplinary syllabus for the competitive Diplomatic Service exams (last held in 2010 with 201 subjects): Public International Law, Private International Law, Civil Law and Commercial Law, Socio-political Systems, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International and European Union Bodies, Economic Theory, the World Economy, the Spanish Economy, the Economy of the European Union and Development Cooperation, Sociology, Modern and Contemporary History, International Relations and Foreign Policy. The specific modules in this concentration reinforce the knowledge of the Spanish, community and international legal systems, in both their private and public strands. In addition, they encompass aspects directly related to the legal foundations as well as the theory and practice of diplomacy. The Law and Diplomacy Concentration therefore provides reinforced training for those who want to prepare for the access exams of Diplomatic Service and of community and international bodies, which also hold in high regard an advanced level of practical language skills in at least two foreign languages.

Foreign Policy and International Security Concentration

The modules covered in the Foreign Policy and International Security concentration address the most crucial issues on the current international agenda, directly or indirectly related to peace and international security matters. They cover the analytical skills of the complex realities that shape the so-called new points of conflict (jihadist/international terrorism, the competition and fight for energy and natural resources/marine communication channels, regional conflicts, migratory flows, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc.). They also include the foreign policy of the main international players, both regarding these conflicts and the analysis of their aims and the steps to achieve them in international negotiations, gearing this training towards the professional profile of international analyst.

The curriculum comprises 52.5 ECTS of optional modules. To reinforce the interconnection between the objectives of the degree and the training for different professional prospects, the modules are organized by study plans. To obtain the Concentration corresponding to "Law and Diplomacy", "Economics and Business" or "Foreign Policy and International Security", students must choose at least 30 credits from the same study plan.

Economics and Business Concentration

The modules that comprise the Economics and Business concentration, as well as the skills acquired in the compulsory part of the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, will prepare students to make an instrumental contribution when assessing the so-called political-legal, socio-cultural, economic and technological macro-environment that determines business activity anywhere in the world. In this context, the specific additional training on key elements of international business management that students acquire in this concentration will empower them to decisively participate in strategic and risk assessments, as well as business decision-making with regard to expansion into new markets, relations with foreign business associates or the management of international and institutional relations of companies in other countries. As such, the concentration focuses on preparing students for working in the field of transnational business or economic-related bodies and institutions.

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 - Teamwork.
  • 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 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 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.

In the fourth academic year, students carry out a compulsory external internship, representing 6 credits. The internships are academically supervised and undertaken in selected entities in the professional environment relating to the degree. These entities include public administration bodies with international outreach, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international bodies and those in the international business environment. This internship can be preceded by an optional internship in the third academic year, representing 6 credits.


The aim of this internship experience is not just to test the knowledge and skills acquired. The chance to meet future employers, to experience group dynamics and to learn in a company structure are all equally important factors. Comillas Pontifical University's tradition of gearing training towards practice and employment, along with an extensive network of contacts and internship agreements, makes it possible to offer fourth year students an extremely varied and attractive internship list, both in Spain and abroad. Some of the entities that offer internships to International Relations students, under the module framework of International Relations Internships of the 4th academic year, are:

 

The benefit of student exchange periods has been clearly evident, on both an academic level and a linguistic and personal one, throughout the long-running experience of the Sócrates-Erasmus program. This benefit is amplified in a training program that is defined as international, both in its content and professional profiles, as is the case of the Bachelor's Degree in International Relations.

The University offers students the option to study one academic year abroad in another European or Non-European university partner, where study programs are similar to those covered in this academically recognized curriculum.

Students will take advantage of exchange agreements with over 40 prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, America and Australia.

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