BSc International Relations and Organisations

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Program Description

You choose International Relations and Organisations (IRO) because you are fascinated by global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict, and you prefer in-depth analysis over unsubstantiated opinion. Your open mind, inquisitive and critical attitude, as well as your willingness to invest in acquiring new knowledge and skills, makes that you fit in perfectly with your fellow IRO-students.

Global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict

Studying IRO means understanding the real story behind today's headlines; working with excellent academic teachers and researchers; developing skills in research, writing and presenting; and being part of an international classroom and community.

International Relations and Organisations is a 3-year BSc degree programme and part of Leiden University's Political Science curriculum. It is taught in The Hague, the city in which politics and international relations converge. You will be at the very centre of where it is all happening. As the seat of government, The Hague is the city when it comes to politics and diplomacy. Here you will find all ministries, the embassies and consulates, the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace, and the many UN tribunals. The Hague is not just a cosmopolitan city. It is also a city with history, a city of creative and enterprising students who look beyond their boundaries and who envision a role on the international stage.

You study International Relations and Organisations from a political science perspective, and apply insights from other disciplines such as law, history, and economics. There is ample opportunity to really dive into topics of your choice.

Preparing you for a wide range of interesting MSc options, IRO is an excellent first step in your international career.

Studying International Relations and Organisations means:

  • understanding the real story behind today’s headlines;
  • working with excellent academic teachers and researchers;
  • developing skills in research, writing and presenting;
  • being part of an international classroom and community;
  • experiencing The Hague: the third UN city and host to many international organisations, embassies, and NGOs.
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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