BA in International Relations: Politics and History


Program Description


The problems and threats facing the world today are complex. Navigating the international political arena and creating sustainable solutions require both a nuanced and multi-faceted approach. Thus, the International Relations: Politics and History (I.R.P.H.) program teaches students concepts and methods from a number of fields, including political science, history, law, and philosophy. The overall aim is twofold: first, to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills required to explore the historical emergence of, and remedies for, pressing global ills. And, second, to prepare our students so they can succeed either in the job market or in graduate school.

Upon graduating, about 60% of our students enter prestigious graduate schools, such as Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics (L.S.E.), Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Sciences Po. About 40% of our graduates opt for the job market and secure positions in traditional international relations fields, public policy, or development work as well as in the business sector, consulting, and in many other areas. The success of our students attests to the excellence of the I.R.P.H. program, which is also confirmed by the program’s outstanding rankings from the Centre for Higher Education (C.H.E.).

Career Perspectives

A holistic, interdisciplinary study program with a strong focus on employability

The I.R.P.H. program provides students with the foundations for a variety of careers. By equipping them with an in-depth understanding of international relations and history, from both empirical and theoretical perspectives, they gain the knowledge and the analytical tools required for fields like politics and diplomacy, public policy and administration, communications, and journalism.

Best prepared for successful career positions in various fields

Our students have thus secured internships and career positions in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the European Parliament, the UN, the World Bank, Doctors Without Borders, the German Development Agency and Foreign Ministry, Amnesty International, the Nobel Institute, Forbes as well as a variety of government ministries, think tanks, and foundations. Because our students gain highly transferable abilities, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills, they also can attain positions in the business and management sectors. Our students have thus landed in management consulting, banking and finance, and logistics and project management. Specific employers include PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, CapGemini, Accenture, Citigroup, Google, EON, and Daimler.

Excellent academic standards prepare for acceptance at top universities

Our students also acquire the academic training that enables them to continue in graduate and postgraduate research and IPRH has a solid track record of placing students at top-flight graduate schools around the world. To name just a few, our graduates have gained acceptance to Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, King’s College, Imperial College London, Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, John Hopkins, Georgetown, Duke, WHU School of Management, Cass Business School, ETH Zurich, College of Europe, Graduate Institute of Geneva, and Sciences Po.

A World of Opportunities

For personal and professional developments and a lot of support to do internships or research, that is what Leonoor Cornelissen found at Jacobs. She studied International Politics & History and currently works for Doctors without Borders.

The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette, and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.

Key Facts

  • Program Start Date 2021: last week of August (orientation week), the first week of September (classes)
  • Tuition: € 20,000 per academic year + € 8,000 living expenses
  • Scholarships: All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.
  • Application Deadlines 2021: June 1 (global) and July 25 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Financing Options: Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study International Relations: Politics and History at Jacobs University:

  • Study with a transdisciplinary perspective on political science, history, law, and philosophy;
  • Benefit from a study program with top ranks in T.H.E. and C.H.E.;
  • Train your intercultural skills by studying with students from more than 120 countries;
  • Benefit from excellent career perspectives and individual career services at Jacobs University;
  • Profit from top track records: upon graduating, about 60% of our students enter prestigious graduate schools.

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T.H.E. Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked in for its politics study program on position 16 out of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years and on position #5 for teaching that program.

C.H.E. Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the C.H.E. ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves. Thus politics and social sciences – represented at Jacobs University by the programs “International Relations, Politics and History” achieved top results in almost all categories.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

A private, English-speaking campus university in Germany with the highest standards in research and teaching following an interdisciplinary concept. With the aim to strengthen people and markets with ... Read More

A private, English-speaking campus university in Germany with the highest standards in research and teaching following an interdisciplinary concept. With the aim to strengthen people and markets with innovative solutions and advanced training programs. Read less