International University in Geneva

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

The students have an option of achieving two bachelor degrees simultaneously in 3 years in Geneva: a BA in International Relations from IUG and the BSc (Hons) Business Management degree awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK.

  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Starting
    September February
  • Courses
    30 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Gaining insight into the United Nations system while attending international conferences and meetings in Geneva.
  • Exploring state’s foreign policy and regional cooperation, assessing current and identifying current and future international political issues and trends.
  • Making the best use of the unique opportunities offered by its location in Geneva. IUG draws on the wealth of international resources for speakers, adjunct faculty, networking with international organizations and internship opportunities.
  • Having the option of achieving an additional BSc (Hons) Business Management degree awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK in Geneva in 3 years.
  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty from academia and international institutions, diplomatic services and field missions.
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Program Details

Course Descriptions

semester 1 Credits
  • POL 115 – International History and Political Thought Through the reading of classical texts of major political thinkers including Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Kant, Locke and Rousseau students will examine the origins and development of contemporary political concepts such as power, conflict, state, freedom, justice, equality, peace, representation or legitimacy. The focus is both theoretical and historical as a key objective of this course will be to place ideas and concepts in their historical context. This course will also broaden students' intellectual horizon in analyzing non-Western traditions of thought. The course will also seek to show the links between political philosophy, the theory of international relations and international politics.
  • FR1 – French The objective of the course is to acquire a basic knowledge of French. At the end of term, students should have a basic understanding of French and be in a position to communicate in a simple way.
  • ACC 105 – Fundamentals of Accounting This course describes the fundamentals of accounting, the objective is to familiarize students with the use of financial statements, journals, ledgers and business transactions.
  • MKG 115 – Principles of Marketing The course provides students with an introduction to all basic principles and concepts of Marketing. It covers the marketing mix, the value creation, customer satisfaction and loyalty. It also covers direct and on-line marketing.
  • ECO 235 – 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.
semester 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.
  • RES 130 – Research Methods in International Relations This course assists students to develop their research skills. Different research methods, tools and techniques for effective report writing and presentation are examined.
  • 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.
  • POL 132 – Global Governance This course will focus on politics and processes of Global Governance with a particular reference to the major roles played by International Organizations and WTO. A particular focus will be on the United Nations system and its agencies as centrepieces of Governance at the International level. The course will conclude with the need for new approaches to Governance and future Challenges.
  • 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.
semester 3 Credits
  • POL 215 – International Security 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.
  • POL 150 – Comparative Politics The course will examine the varied political systems that are found in over 200 nation-states today. It will seek to examine the main institutional similarities and differences across regions and states, and how they are impacting the structure of politics at the domestic level. This course provides insights into the main debates, research questions, methodological issues and key findings of the scholarship.
  • CSC 210 – Management Decision Making The goal of this course is to introduce students to how decision analysis and processes are carried out in businesses and how data is used to improve performance and make better decisions at all levels of organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to practice the concepts/methods learnt through hands-on exercises using some commercial applications/tools.
  • MGT 240 – Organizational Behaviour This course provides an introduction to individual and group behavior in organizations. Topics include organization theory, organizational culture, team building, power, motivation, commitment and productivity, as well as the dynamics of conflict and change in organizations.
  • MGT 415 – Entrepreneurship Students will be exposed to all aspects of the entrepreneurial process. This will include a discussion of what makes an entrepreneur – external environment and personality characteristics. Assembling resources, launching the business and harvesting rewards will also be discussed. Several sessions will be devoted towards writing the business plan.
semester 4 Credits
  • POL 310 – International Political Economy This course is an introduction to international political economy, the study of how and why international economic policies are formed, and how the international economy influences regional and domestic politics. The course will discuss the varying explanatory power of different approaches by applying them to contemporary issues such as the rise of emerging economies, trade and development debate or regionalism. This course will provide the background and the necessary perspectives to understand the politics of global economic relations.
  • MGT 210 – Project and Operations Management This course provides the knowledge and skills required to manage complex global supply chains. Global supply chain management involves coordinating and streamlining the flow and transformation of goods, services, information and funds within companies around the world to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
  • MGT 305 – Human Resources 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.
  • CPS 207 – Creative Problem Solving Creative Problem Solving is a course designed to assist students in analyzing case studies from simple to complex. Using a variety of problem solving techniques, students will learn how to reach the best solution using the sixth step problem solving process.
  • LAW 204 – International Public Law This course is an introduction to public international law, which covers both its historical development and its application to contemporary controversies. Students will examine the sources of international law, how it continues to be created today and its relationship to national systems of law. The course also covers the law applicable to armed force, international tribunals and treaty law. Case studies will be used to illustrate the legal theories and concepts examined.
semester 5 Credits
  • POL 225 – Foreign Policy Analysis This course is an introduction to Foreign Policy Analysis, a subfield of International Relations. How are foreign policies crafted? What are the options and constraints that political leaders face in shaping their decisions in international affairs? This course will examine foreign policy decisions at different levels of analysis, ranging from the individual, the state to the system level. Students will discuss and apply different theories and concepts in foreign policy analysis through a series of case studies.
  • POL 251 – Geopolitical 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.
  • IUG 3004B – Project Management Report Quantitative Methods (Plymouth) Students are required to undertake independent quantitative research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate research methodologies techniques. The module aims to provide final year Business Management undergraduates with an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of a key management issue or research problem. And, through a critical evaluation of the extant literature, quantitative primary research and/or a consultancy role, either to demonstrate how management theory can be developed further or produce a set of recommendations to ameliorate an organisational problem. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
  • IUG 3001 – Current Issues in Management (Plymouth) This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates. The module aims to facilitate knowledge and understanding of the full scope, complexity and responsibility of the management role, to critique the social, political, environmental, structural and technological processes and relationship that impact on management and to explore the range of individual, organisational and societal responses. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
  • IUG 3002 – Global Enterprise (Plymouth) A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory. The module aims to compare and contrast the practice of strategic management in different cultural and economic contexts, to identify key trends in the core data on the international business environment and consider the implications for international businesses and to focus on the changing world order, the emerging economies and the impact this is having on dominant business management paradigms. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
semester 6 Credits
  • IUG 3004A – Project Management Report Qualitative Methods (Plymouth) Students are required to undertake independent qualitative research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate research methodologies techniques. The module aims to provide final year Business Management undergraduates with an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of a key management issue or research problem and, through a critical evaluation of the extant literature, qualitative primary research and/or a consultancy role, either to demonstrate how management theory can be developed further or produce a set of recommendations to ameliorate an organizational problem. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
  • POL 498 – International Relations Capstone 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.
  • IUG 3000 – Organizational Leadership (Plymouth) This module examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels, adopting multiple perspectives. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change. The specific aims of the module are to facilitate knowledge and understanding of corporate leadership, to critique the multi-dimensional (social, political, cultural, structural and psychological) role of leadership and to explore the ethical and moral foundation of the leadership role. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
  • IUG 3003 – Strategic Management Theory and Practice (Plymouth) The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of strategic management in facilitating enterprise sustainability and growth. The module provides an integrative perspective on business development and experience of this through the use of an online simulation game. The module introduces key strategic issues and frameworks and develops students’ abilities in applying appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making. The module aims to apply appropriate methodologies and techniques to the analysis of strategic management issues, to develop an understanding of the cross-disciplinary integrative nature of the subject material and to use the principles covered in the programme to analyse issues in a variety of markets and contexts, including within a simulation game. This module is taught jointly by the faculty of the University of Plymouth and IUG.
  • ENV 200 – Sustainability and Development This course provides students with the background knowledge to understand today's key environmental challenges examining their linkages with economic, social, technological and cultural development. Students will get familiar with the origins, evolution and practices of the concept of sustainable development. The course will discuss and critically assess various policies, legislations, business tools and practices related to sustainability.
  • POL 350 – Migration in World Politics (Elective) This course will explore all the complex dimensions related to global migration. It will look at the history and theories of transnational population movement. Students will reflect on the various causes of migration and understand the different legal frameworks applied to distinct groups. They will study the economics of international migration looking at the consequences of these population movements on countries of origin and countries of destination. Finally the course will address how different countries manage migration through various emigration and immigration policies and what role can international cooperation play in migration management. Students will develop their critical thinking on fundamental issues surrounding multiculturalism, citizenship and democracy.

Distinguished Speakers

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Former President of Switzerland, Graduation ceremony 2012

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Graduation ceremony 2008


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


The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations program draws on the wealth of international know-how and resources of its faculty, visiting speakers and researchers. The academic curriculum includes visits to major international organizations in Geneva.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • An English Proficiency test of your choice between IELTS (min. score 6.0), TOEFL (min. score 80 internet based; min. score 550 paper-based; min. score 213 computer-based) or Cambridge Advanced Certificate (min. grade C).
  • A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 150.-, Euros €140.- or US Dollars USD 150.-
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