International Relations and Organisations (BSc)
Are you interested in international organisations, issues of peace and security, or current changes in global political relations? Would you like to study the causes of terrorism and the resolution of violent conflicts? Develop your scholarship and skills in international affairs in The Hague.
Please note that as of 2019-2020, Leiden University’s BSc programmes in Political Science admit a restricted number of students. Make sure to consult the Admission and application pages for the practical consequences of Political Science: International Relations and Organisations becoming part of a programme with a numerus fixus.
Siebe de Roest
I have always found international relations very intriguing; it is a hot topic in the news and everyone likes to form an opinion of it.
Global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict
The international, English-taught 3-year programme of IRO is part of Leiden University’s Political Science curriculum and is based in The Hague, the city in which politics and international relations converge.
In this specialised bachelor’s programme you'll address transboundary issues from a social sciences point of view. IRO has a strong focus on diplomacy and current world problems, with particular attention paid to the role of major powers such as China, Russia, the USA and the EU, and organisations such as the IMF, NATO, UN, and the World Bank.
It is the right choice for you if you are fascinated by global affairs and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict. Themes such as war and peace, poverty, refugee crises, humanitarian cooperation, nuclear weapons reduction, and globalisation are covered in detail.
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.