Why study International Relations at University?

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Why study International Relations at University?

  • OISE England
  • Thursday, June 9, 2022

In a reality where economic, social, political and cultural relations between governments and people are becoming increasingly dynamic, it is essential to have experts who know how to understand and manage highly complex relationships.


If you are interested in a course of study that ranges from history to economics, from politics to sociology, demography or geography, then a course in International Relations is definitely the most suitable and complete course to explore these issues. In fact, not only will you be able to acquire a solid understanding of international issues, but you will also learn to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events using a wide range of concepts, approaches and theories, and focus on related experience and skills that will help you achieve your future career aspiration.

A typical undergraduate curriculum includes exams related to several subjects, including Sociology, International Economics, History, Constitutional Law, Political Economic Geography and Political Science, as well as an internships and other optional subjects, such as History and Institutions of Americas, Language and Translation - English and French languages and Chinese and Southeast Asian languages and literature. These are just some of the examples, as each programme depends on the individual institution, of course.

It is not new if, in fact, that most of the graduates in International Relations, according to the AlmaLaurea data, find work in the sectors of commerce (14%), public administration (12%), social and personal services (10%) and credit and insurance (9%).

Furthermore, international relations is a diverse field that allows you to investigate the complexities of relations between different countries and apply this understanding to the world of work. Possible career choices, in fact, include: executive in public or private bodies at national or international level, solicitor, specialist in political science for research activities, civil servant in the roles of first level official or consultant in multinationals or in banking or insurance group, as well as finding employment in important organisations such as international organisations and the European Union (UN, NATO, European Commission, etc.) or public administrations (such as Councils, Research Offices, External Relations Offices, etc.).

Not surprisingly, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), such as the United Nations and the European Union, offer volunteer opportunities for students interested in internships and traineeships during their International Relations course at the University. Numerous international organisations offer internships each year of 6 months (typically) and these are training experiences that allow you to get in touch with groups of people who deal with various issues related to the mission of the organisation. Generally, the requirements for applying are defined by each organisation, both in terms of origin and in terms of age and qualification required, but in any case knowledge of one or more foreign languages is required, to be perfected further with participation in the internship.

The main international organisations offering internship opportunities are: NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), WTO (World Trade Organisation), World Bank (World Bank), CERN (European Center for Nuclear Physics) and ESA (European Space Agency).