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International Studies (BA)

Career prospects

In this time of globalisation, the job market offers plenty of opportunities for people with a global view. Graduates of our International Studies programme not only have expert knowledge of a specific world region, but also possess professional and consultancy skills that are much sought after. With your International Studies diploma you are fully equipped to either continue your studies with a master’s or to start your career in the public or private sector.

Your starting position on the labour market

As a graduate of International Studies you have a lot to offer. Your language and intercultural skills are extremely valuable for organisations working in, or with, the region in which you have specialised. The career orientation of the programme, in which the third-year PRINS consultancy course is a key element, provides the foundation for your future.

Our alumni choosing to enter the job market immediately upon graduation (31%) have very good career prospects. 76% find employment within 2 months after their graduation, and 100% are employed within 6 months.

Pim Teeuwisse


Pim Teeuwisse

“I graduated in 2015 and in less than a month I found a job as a consultant in the financial sector. In my first job interview I was able to tell them about the consultancy experience I obtained during my study and that proved very useful. The presentation and intercultural communication skills that I acquired were also a big advantage. Alongside my current job, I’m now following a part-time MBA programme.”

Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė


Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

"I really enjoy living in China and love the community that I live and work in. China offers many opportunities. The whole societal environment is very innovative. There are many new organisations coming up, which try to improve the society. The Chinese society is very active, outward looking and open to expats."

Where our alumni work

Our alumni have gone on to follow a wide range of career paths. While some of them went on to pursue a master’s degree, others started their career after graduation. Many of them began working as an intern with an (international) organisation, gaining extra work experience, before taking their next step on the job market.

Examples of careers pursued by our alumni:

  • Policy officer
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Advisor on diversity issues
  • PhD position at university

Are you curious about our alumni’s career paths? Read more on this website.

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