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.
  • PSY 223 – Social Psychology This course analyses 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. It also critically analyses development and maintenance of social prejudice, persuasion and propaganda, and the application of social psychology to different areas of management, health, environment and international peace and conflict.
  • 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 125 – 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 331 – 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 316 – 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.
  • LAW 205 – International Commercial Law The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to international business and commercial law. The study of torts, contracts and business organizations are covered, together with sales transactions, licensing and foreign direct investment (notably franchising and joint ventures). Key concepts of international litigation and trade/WTO law are included, with current controversies in Intellectual property and digital media regulation highlighted.
  • COM 215 – Crisis Management This course will examine the variables involved in issue and crisis management and how to manage facets of communication, which have a bearing on corporate reputation, during and after crisis. By establishing how to identify potential risk issues and how to cope with crisis situations, students will learn how companies manage their reputation. We will consider the organization's vulnerabilities, the environment in which it thrives, the stakeholders who can influence its operation and the strategies best suited to maintaining or enhancing its reputation.
  • COM 220 – Communication Skills This course examines the strategies and skills necessary to make successful business presentations. Students will develop their communication skills and examine the components of informative and persuasive presentations, both written and oral.
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.
  • 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.
  • COM 314 – Social Media and Blogs The course will provide students with an overview of developments in new media, how communications managers use technology to communicate and how technology affects the way we communicate. Students will learn how concepts such as digital media, cyber culture and web communities work.
  • 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.
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 321 – 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.
  • MGT 340 – 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.
  • CSC 115 – Website Development and Management This course provides a comprehensive overview of website design and management. Students explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools, and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets and multimedia function together in today's web environment. The course provides a solid web design foundation, focusing on content and client-side development. Students learn the basic principles behind Usability and User Experience, how to manage a web project and how to evaluate its success. Finally they gain hands-on practice by producing an interactive website.
semester 6 Credits
  • 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.
  • TEC 205 – Managing Digital Innovation The course examines the current wave of digitally driven innovation and its implications on the economy and society at large. In this module students look beyond the hype and learn the important concepts behind latest innovations.
  • COM 208 – Public Relations and Persuasion The course focuses on the importance of public relations as a management tool for communicating with media and internally with employees and shareholders. Specific techniques for influencing people are presented in this course.
  • POL 314 – Political Communication 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.
  • 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.

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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