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International Studies (BA)

After graduation

Graduates of International Studies are attractive candidates for international employers in a wide variety of fields – think NGOs, multinationals, humanitarian or governmental agencies. Your deep region-specific knowledge and language, academic and practical skills prepare you for a Master, as well as employment.

What are your skills after graduation?

The three year bachelor in International Studies provides students with the tools to investigate globalisation and its regional effects from a humanities perspective. These effects are studied through the prism of four perspectives: culture, history, politics and economics, coupled with in-depth knowledge of one of eight world regions.

Your career prospects

Do you want to follow a full academic programme? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can continue with a master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed your master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA). Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.
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Your future workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you’ve made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of sectors and occupations.
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Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

Alumna International Studies

Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

"I felt very well prepared to work in an international environment, because I had already been in contact with people from different countries every single day during my studies. You get social skills as well as professional skills, like doing presentations and finding a job."

Career Service

The Faculty of Humanities Career Service provides all humanities students with professional advice and guidance concerning (international) internships and jobs. Humanities Career Service also holds courses on career planning and job applications, and organises regular workshops in, for example, interview skills and how to create an effective CV. Their role is to prepare you for the job market. And our Job market survey shows: Preparation works!

Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event 2017!