Bachelor in International Relations


Program Description

This program familiarizes students with the workings of the global architecture of decentralized governance that runs the world today. It gives our graduates a clear advantage in our complex and fast-paced world by arming them with the knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and make use of the inner logic of global relations, to anticipate the direction in which they develop, and to draw on the opportunities these changes bring.

This program empowers students to navigate with success and ease in a globalized world linked together and shaped not only by diplomatic relations between states but also by manifold transnational fields, forces, and actors.


The program is designed for individuals who:

  • Would like to be at home in global political and social relations
  • Would like to harness global forces and opportunities in pursuit of their goals
  • Are interested in the world of diplomacy, international organizations and transnational corporations
  • Want to be able to use foreign languages professionally
  • Want to acquire a sound understanding of how the world economy works, and of the opportunities it provides, but are not interested in the complex mathematics of statistics and econometrics

Core subjects

Applied Statistics, Informatics, Research Methodology for International Relations, Basics of Law, Cultural anthropology, Introduction to Political Theory, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Political Geography, Principles of Marketing, Social Studies, World History, Contrastive Cultures, EU Policies, Globalization, and World Economic Regions, History of Diplomacy, International Economics, International Law, International Negotiation Techniques, International Protocol and Etiquette, International Relations and Political Organizations, Introduction to EU integration,


  • Diplomacy and international communication specialization
    The specialization trains effective professionals in international politics who do not only possess the thorough knowledge and good theoretical grasp needed to understand complex challenges and to work out plans to address them, but also know how to communicate their ideas in a multicultural environment in order to be able to put their ideas into practice. The specialization offers courses in diplomacy, security policy, international organizations, foreign policy decision-making, political communication, and public relations. The specialization is especially recommended for those seeking a career in politics, in public administration, as diplomats, or as foreign policy experts.
  • International Development Cooperation specialization
    The specialization prepares professionals in the field of international development cooperation. Apart from specialized courses on the theories of international development and on the practices of international development cooperation, students acquire skills necessary for successfully navigating the broader context of international negotiations and economic relations, including familiarity with the international business culture and private international law. Students selecting this specialization will also learn how to create, manage, and finance their own projects, and will have an opportunity to put these skills into practice in a semester of project work.

Specializations are launched only if a minimum of 15 students wishes to join the specialization.

Why is our program unique?

The program is set up with the goal of providing students with the theoretical approaches, factual knowledge, and practical skills they need in order to become effective real-world problem-solvers in an environment where both the challenges we face and the frameworks to address them are increasingly global and multicultural in nature. Our graduates have a deep and comprehensive understanding of social, political, and economic analysis that enables them to understand the quickly changing nature of global policy challenges and political relations. Furthermore, the program also equips them with the communication and management skills that make them successful even when working in highly complex and demanding environments.

Career prospects

  • Officers and diplomats in the state sector
  • Actors in the business sector servicing the needs of actors in global governance
  • Analysts in think tanks and policy advisors
  • Public administration employees
  • NGO and international NGO sector employees
  • Officers in international organizations
  • Members of transnational advocacy groups
  • Employees of transnational private regulators
  • Further studies (MA, MBA) in English in the fields of international relations and business

Head of the program

Viktor Friedmann Ph.D. - Associate Professor

“Looking back it seems to be one of my best decisions to apply to Budapest Metropolitan University – BKF back then. As a student, I had countless opportunities to participate in programs and study trips related to my degree. During these activities, I had the privilege to see the work of different international organizations. I always come to campus with enthusiasm, because of the friendly atmosphere and professionalism. All seminars provide us with practical knowledge which we can apply not only during our studies but later on in our professional life as well. Both lectures and seminars are conducted by acknowledged and skilled professors, who are always ready to help our advancement. I am honored to be a member of our newly founded College for Advanced Studies in International Relations and take part in its activities. Besides the College, I had the chance to contribute to the work of the Marketing Student Team and the activities of our Erasmus Student Network as well. Through these programs, I met new friends and gained valuable experience.”

Pinto Diego Marton, student of our International Relations BA program from Italy

"I spent my high school exchange here in Budapest and instantly fell in love with the city and the culture. When I started to look for universities abroad, Metropolitan was one of the few in Europe to offer a bachelor's degree in International Relations. This inspired and motivated me to come back to this lovely city which had once captured my heart. Together, with our international students from all around the world I feel like we are one big family. Now three years later, since my exchange, I can proudly consider this as my second home."

Noora Emilia Saarelainen, student of our International Relations BA program from Finland

METU provides students with the skills needed to thrive in an interconnected world. With classmates from around the globe and a quality curriculum; METU bestows students with a thoroughly practical education both in and out of the classrooms.

James Thomas, student of our International Relations BA program from The USA

Last updated May 2020

About the School

We are inspired by creativity. The art of creative education is the core value of our University. It is embodied in our teaching methods, it is a central concept in our approach and our students’ atti ... Read More

We are inspired by creativity. The art of creative education is the core value of our University. It is embodied in our teaching methods, it is a central concept in our approach and our students’ attitude. Creativity is the force organizing everyday life at the University paving the way to the future success of our students. We offer a stimulating environment and a unique atmosphere that motivate our students to make use of a wide range of unparalleled opportunities and apply their knowledge in practice looking for new, innovative solutions. This inspiring world offers the key to creative thinking, which is the most immediate expectation in today’s labour market and a crucial issue of the future. Read less