BA in International Relations


Program Description

BA in International Relations

International relations are discussed, analysed and assessed from a political and socio-economical point of view within the course of study. A logical sequence of Politics, Economics and Law, as well as Social Sciences and teaching of sound methodological skills, enables graduates to think internationally and transnationally, to analyse problems in a sophisticated way, to abstract and to integrate acquired expert knowledge and methodological knowledge in related fields.

So they can easily acquaint themselves with numerous and complex subject areas and independently develop strategies to solve the problems. Furthermore, students acquire a near-native fluent command of English including relevant technical terms during all courses since it is a course of study exclusively taught in English. Multidisciplinarity of the course of study provides for the complex connection between aspects of Politics, Economics and Social Sciences of international relations in times of globalisation. Profound knowledge of international relations with local, regional, international as well as the global focus is taught with regard to current developments and challenges.

Graduates of the undergraduate degree programme possess sound knowledge of basic concepts and methods of Politics, Economics and Social Sciences and are conscious about the requirements of socially responsible action.

In total, the course of study includes seven semesters of standard study duration. In the first three semesters, besides fundamentals of Politics and Economics also the analytical capacity and basic knowledge of relevant related disciplines are taught.

Subsequently, the consolidation of knowledge that has already been acquired in the fourth and fifth semester and practical semester work or studies abroad in the sixth semester will follow. Students are able to sharpen their profile concerning a desired field of activity by attending compulsory optional subjects and creating their semester or practical work semester abroad. In the last semester, the undergraduate topic will be prepared and the final thesis will be written. Here the course also distinguishes itself through its practical relevance. Graduates write the undergraduate thesis with highly practical orientation supported by extensive cooperations with the private sector.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The Rhine Waal University has been in existence since the 1st May 2009, and is an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly modern international university, with Kleve as the main seat of learning and ... Read More

The Rhine Waal University has been in existence since the 1st May 2009, and is an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly modern international university, with Kleve as the main seat of learning and Kamp-Lintfort as a second location. In Kleve, until we can move to the new buildings being built at present alongside the Spoy Canal, you can study as an interim solution in our buildings in Landwehr Straße, or in Emmerich at the former Army Barracks. The Kamp-Lintfort location in Südstraße is also an interim solution, where courses are taking place until moving into their own new buildings in the centre of the city. From 2013, a total of 5000 students from Germany and abroad will be able to enjoy both academic sites whilst completing attractive courses in an open, friendly and personal atmosphere. Our teachers, professors and staff and the pleasant environment of our university also contribute significantly to making our students feel really at home. The subjects covered by our courses are scientific and application-oriented, of the highest standards and of high practical relevance, both in instruction and research. We offer degree programmes in natural, economic and engineering sciences, as well as subjects oriented toward the social and health sciences. On 21 September 2009 we commenced with the winter semester 2009 / 2010 offering our first three Bachelor degree programmes: BioScience and Health, B.Sc., Faculty of Life Sciences in Kleve International Business and Social Sciences, B.A., Faculty of Society and Economics in Kleve E-Government, B.Sc., Faculty of Communications and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort In the four Faculties – “Technology and Bionics” (Emmerich), “Life Sciences” (Kleve), “Society and Economics” and "Technology and Bionics" (Emmerich) and “Communications and Environment” in Kamp-Lintfort – a total of 16 courses have been available at Rhine Waal University since the winter semester 2010 / 2011, 70 percent of which are taught in English. And these numbers are growing each year. Read less