International University in Geneva

Become a specialist in international relations and pursue a decision making career in international organizations, diplomatic services, corporate business and non-profit organizations.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA-IR) is designed for high school graduates interested in studying politics and global governance. 

  • Durée
    3 ans
  • Début des cours
    Septembre Janvier Avril
  • Cours
    43 Cours

Bénéfices

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty from academia and international institutions, diplomatic services and field missions
  • Providing knowledge and skills to evaluate international political issues today
     
  • Exploring state’s foreign policy and regional cooperation, assessing current and identifying future political issues and trends
  • Gaining insight into United Nations system while attending international conferences and meetings in Geneva.
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Détails du programme

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations program will take core international relations courses with a focus on: the United Nations, international organizations and regional cooperation; globalization and the nation state; security, peace and conflict resolution; sustainable development and environmental diplomacy; the role of civil society, media and non-profit organizations in the 21st century.

The BA-IR is comprised of 43 courses taken over 3 years on a full time basis.

Description des cours

Trimestre 1 Credits
  • MKG 115 – Principles of Marketing The goal of this course is to provide students with vocabulary, theories and methods related to marketing. The course looks at the terminology and strategic concepts of marketing and its role in organizations.
    3
  • ENG 116 – Academic Writing This course provides the basic building blocks for effective university-level writing skills in English. Students learn the mechanics, usage, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence, paragraph structure and advanced grammatical structures necessary for a more sophisticated writing style. Several types of essays are examined throughout the course.
    3
  • HIS 123 – Contemporary Themes in History This course provides an introduction to contemporary history - essentially events of the 20th century. The course is taught thematically and covers six major areas - megatrends, war and peace, the end of empires, revolutions, ideologies and national histories. The course is designed as a bridge between knowledge of contemporary history and an understanding of the basics of international relations. An important element of the course is a discussion of national histories and an analysis of how they fit into the wider themes of world history.
    3
  • TEC 202 – Application of Information Processing This course covers advanced information technology concepts and terminology and introduces students to the use of software tools for business applications. It provides a thorough presentation to the use of spreadsheets from basic navigation to building financial models including introduction to database management systems.
    3
  • FR1 – French The objective of the course is to acquire a basic knowledge of French (pronunciation - reading - listening - speaking and writing). This class is for students not having any knowledge of the French language. At the end of term, students should be able to understand basic conversations in French and to be in a position to communicate in a simple way.
    3
Trimestre 2 Credits
  • POL 114 – International Relations Theories This course introduces students to the main issues and concepts of international relations. It discusses major theoretical approaches - liberalism, realism, constructivism, critical theories, feminism, the English School, Marxism and the Green Theory - and their application and limits in analyzing international events. The students will review and critically debate these theories during the course.
    3
  • ECO 125 – Micro-Economics This course introduces students to the role of supply and demand in determining market prices. The importance of consumers and firms on supply and demand is emphasized.
    3
  • RES 130 – Research Methods and Report Writing This course assists students to develop their research skills. Different research methods, tools and techniques for effective report writing and presentation are examined.
    3
  • STA 243 – Statistics The course builds upon and expands the knowledge acquired in mathematics by introducing statistical methods such as inference, intervals of confidence, hypothesis testing and multiple regression technique. Application of statistics to real life problems in a broad range of subject matters are discussed and practiced using spreadsheets and advanced computer based technology.
    Prerequisites: Applied Maths II (MTH 122)
    3
  • COM 202 – Introduction to Mass Communication The course examines the different phases of development of various media. Students study the sociological and economic impact of mass media. Students are expected to analyze media events and provide comments.
    3
Trimestre 3 Credits
  • MGT 100 – Principles of Management The course introduces the basic concepts, theories and principles on how a company/organization functions today. Students will learn the challenges modern managers face in running their departments and the company overall. It emphasizes how to make decisions, set objectives, budget and allocate resources, recruit the right people, plan and control in a modern company/ organization.
    3
  • POL 132 – Globalization and Global Governance This course explores how economic globalization is shaping international relations. An overview of economic globalization and its influence on trade, culture, gender relations, democratization, the structure of the nation state and the inequality among states is provided. Can it be said that globalization is either good or bad? Do the diverse forms of global governance answer this question? Arguments from both sides of the globalization debate will be critically examined. The nature of global institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the G8 and G20 is also covered.
    3
  • COM 114 – Communication in Politics and Society This course focuses on the history, evolution and contemporary aspects of communications in politics and society. Particular emphasis is placed on the influence of media in modern societies, political movements and international systems. Theory and practice are combined through case studies and examples from recent and historical political and global events.
    3
  • PSY 223 – Social Psychology This course is an analysis of the structures and properties of human groups. Topics include: group formation, development of role relationships, intragroup and inter-group conflict, and factors influencing group effectiveness.
    3
  • ENG 242 – Business Writing This course prepares students to write successful business correspondence. Basic grammar, style, and rhetorical strategies will be examined. Students will be responsible for writing and editing numerous forms of writing.
    3
Trimestre 4 Credits
  • ENV 200 – Global Environmental Issues Environmental issues are among the most profound challenges of the 21st century. The widespread degradation of the earth's air, water, soil and diversity of species is compromising the quality of life of future generations. The course will address the issue of climate change and reveal how transnational cooperation may shape global governance, state sovereignty and human security.
    3
  • COM 220 – Communication and Presentation Techniques This course examines the strategies and skills necessary to make successful business presentations. Students will develop their oral communication skills and examine the components of informative and persuasive presentations.
    3
  • ECO 235 – Macro-Economics The aim of this course is to examine the impact of national income, monetary policies, interest rates and prices on the global economy. Different economic models and theories are analyzed.
    3
  • POL 241 – Contemporary Issues in International Relations This course examines a range of current issues and risks in world politics today. A foundation in international relations is provided through discussing and debating concepts such as peace, war, international institutions, cooperation, norms, gender, human security, non-state actors, human rights violations, migration, environmental risk, drugs, terrorism and weak states. The effectiveness of political and policymaking efforts to address these issues in world politics is considered, in addition to the future trends that will shape international relations in the next decades.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3
Trimestre 5 Credits
  • LAW 204 – International Public Law This course explores the breadth and diversity of contemporary public international law. It examines the history and theory of international law, its fundamental sources and principles, its applications, and issues surrounding its enforcement. An overview of the international legal system and its constituent bodies is also presented.
    3
  • COM 215 – Issues and Crisis Management The public is increasingly aware of local and global issues that effect their life, work and society. Companies and institutions need to be able to manage these issues and interact with the public in a constructive manner before crises emerge. Consequently, active issues management and crisis planning have become key priorities for companies. In this course, students learn through case studies how to analyse issues, design appropriate responses and manage crises when they occur.
    3
  • MGT 305 – Human Resource Management This course provides an introduction to key HRM functions found in modern organizations such as: effective job design, staff selection, evaluation, reward systems, management development and organizational training.
    3
  • MGT 324 – Contemporary Ethical Issues This course explores the ethical and philosophical basis for making decisions in business. Students review precedent-setting cases and analyze the effect of government control and legislation on economic and business enterprises, and reviews the use of the law as a tool for generating policy and decision-making.
    3
  • CPS 207 – Creative Problem Solving Creative Problem Solving is a course designed to assist students in analyzing case studies and complex problems of all types. Using a variety of problem solving techniques, students will learn how to arrive at a range of possible solutions, and how to finally arrive at the optimum solution given the available data. The course uses a large number of practical exercises and is highly participative - the overall objective being that the student will be provided with techniques that can then be applied in other courses throughout the period studying for a degree and in later work situations.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3
Trimestre 6 Credits
  • POL 203 – Peace and Conflict Studies This course explores the concept of war and peace, outlining the major theories of security studies and international relations. International crises are analyzed as an opportunity for problem solving by using multilateral diplomacy. The course focuses on peace operations and actors such as states, international organizations and civil society.
    3
  • POL 317 – International Organizations and NGOs This course offers an in-depth view of international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The course reviews the history of these organizations, the challenges they encounter and their relationships with states and stakeholders. The changing roles of NGOs and international organizations in such fields as human rights, international peace and security and economic and social development is examined. This course also considers the special role that international organizations and NGOs play today in international relations, the internal organizational challenges as well as the changing policy contexts in which they operate.
    3
  • POL 321 – Geopolitics and Analysis Contemporary international relations have been characterized by the increased involvement of non-state actors, rapid technological advances, resource competition, identity conflicts and tensions caused by contradictory effects of globalization. To deal with these challenges, geopolitics takes into account history, geography, strategy, economy and culture in explaining the complexity of current and potential future conflicts.
    3
  • NEG 342 – Career Planning The goal of this course is to develop interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with others. The issues of power and influence, corporate culture and group dynamics are studied. Students learn selected negotiating strategies and tactics and apply them through practical cases in a global setting.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3
Trimestre 7 Credits
  • POL 318 – The Art of Diplomacy This course provides students with an introduction to diplomacy: how it functions within international relations, both today and historically. The development of diplomacy, the influence of politics and its central role in international relations is considered. The course reflects on key questions including: is there a 'diplomatic method'? Can a 'iplomatic personality' help states find a compromise? Are strong personages vital to diplomacy?
    3
  • POL 331 – National and International Security Studies This course explores the concept of international security from national, cultural and international perspectives. It reviews how definitions of security have changed over time and how they are reflected in the development of international relations. The debate over the continuing dominance of military and state-based approaches to security is considered in the context of the widening of the security agenda. In addition to this conceptual approach, the course looks at specific case studies of security issues in the modern world.
    3
  • POL 403 – Emerging Markets and Regional Cooperation This course offers a comprehensive look at emerging markets and their role in the new global economy. The students examine conceptual theories and historical cases to consider their potential, weaknesses and strengths. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the business, political, and social/cultural issues of emerging markets and how they compete with developed countries, markets and regions. The growth of regional political and economic alliances in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Eastern and Central Europe is discussed.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3
Trimestre 8 Credits
  • POL 319 – Foreign Policy and Decision Making This course provides both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to analyze international events using foreign policy concepts. Decision making practices are examined by exploring the foreign policy processes at national and regional levels. Special emphasis is placed on the role of decision makers and civil society. With the use of case studies, students learn how decision makers define an issue, evaluate risk, prioritize options and take action.
    3
  • TRA 408 – International Trade & Policy The goal of this course is to study the determinants of trade and to examine how trade affects the distribution of real income in the economy. Students will become familiar with terms related to international trade and gain understanding about international trade policy in developed and developing nations. The course presents various theories, trade barriers, their instruments and impact on social welfare, the political economy of trade barriers and the evolution of trade organizations. Students will study the role and function of the World Trade Organization in the global context of free and fair trade agreements.
    3
  • MGT 490 – Corporate Governance This course studies the system by which companies are directed and managed. The aim of this course is for students to understand that corporate governance is a framework for accountability and a vehicle which encourages companies to create value. Students will understand that establishing the roles of the board and management are fundamental to any corporate structure. Students will also understand how corporate governance influences the setting of objectives, their achievement, how risk is monitored and assessed and how performance is optimized.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3
Trimestre 9 Credits
  • POL 316 – Comparative Politics in the Nation State The nation state is a relatively recent institution. The course will trace its origins and evolution over the past four centuries. It will look at antecedents to the nation-state and the contemporary state system with its strengths and weaknesses. It will examine the varied political systems that are found in over 200 nation-states today. The nation state is also analyzed in terms of how it relates to transnational actors and processes – the corporate sector, world trade and migration flows, terrorist networks and military interventions.
    3
  • BUS 402 – International Business This course develops the knowledge required for conducting business successfully in an international setting. Issues relating to the design and implementation of foreign entry strategies, the organizing and controlling aspects of a multinational corporation, and the role of global financial markets in doing international business are analyzed through case studies.
    3
  • ENV 421 – Sustainable Development Sustainable Development is a course that demonstrates the need for examining the linkages among economic, social, technological, and environmental issues in achieving a sustainable global society. Building on the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental studies, the course incorporates various aspects of economics, social engineering, ethics, politics, and science. The course discusses strategies, legislations, innovations and best practices for more sustainable economies in the future.
    3
  • POL 498 – International Relations Capstone Course This capstone course reviews key issues in international relations with an emphasis on economic relations and foreign policy, international organization and multilateral diplomacy. It focuses on global governance in areas such as peace and security, energy and environment, human development and human rights, regional integration and cooperation.
    3
  • E – Elective

    To complete a Minor, students must complete two elective courses in their second year of the Bachelor program, from one of the tracks below. To complete a Major, students must select three additional electives in their third year.


    Marketing and International Business: Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Services Marketing, E-Commerce, Market Research
    International Relations: Global Environmental Issues, Peace and Conflict Studies, Foreign Policy and Decision Making, National and International Security Studies, Comparative Politics and the Nation State
    Media and Communications: Global Communication, Digital Media Production, Introduction to Journalism, Identity and Reputation Management, New Media
    Finance and Accounting: International Money and Banking, International Finance, International Investment Management, Risk Management, Auditing
    General Management: Organizational Behavior, Application of Information Processing, Entrepreneurship, Business and Commercial Law, International Economics
    3

Why IUG

Nationalities of Bachelor Students
  • 1. Europe (45%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (17%)
  • 4. Africa (10%)

Orateurs invités

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Ancienne Présidente de la Suisse. Cérémnie de remise des diplômes  2012

H.S.H. Prince Albert II de Monaco

Cérémonie de remise des diplômes 2008

Faculty

The Bachelor of Business Administration program draws on the wealth of international know-how and resources of its faculty, visiting speakers.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.
 

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your BA-IR

BA-IR graduates engage in decision-making careers in international organizations and diplomatic services, corporate business and non-profit organizations.

Career Services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Prérequis d'admission

  • A completed application form with an essay (200 to 300 words on one of the following topics:
  • Describe your biggest achievement in any aspect of your life and the reasons for this success.
  • Select a current issue of national or international importance which you think will have an impact on society. Explain why.
  • A certified copy of a secondary school diploma in English
  • Certified High School transcripts in English for the last 3 years
  • Two passport size photos
  • A Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • A copy of the student’s passport
  • A recommendation letter from a guidance counselor or school official (principal or teacher) in English
  • A minimum score of 80 (Internet based test) or 213 (computer based test) on the TOEFL test or another equivalent English proficiency test (IELTS or CAE from Cambridge). *
  • A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 150.-, Euros €120.- or US Dollars USD 140.-
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