Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy
You will study the entire degree in English, have the opportunity to do it at your own pace with a flexible program, and opt for a double degree by completing this program along with the BS in International Business or the BS in International Economics.
January, February, May, JuneSeptember, October
40 months / 4 academic years*
120 American credits
Heidelberg, Madrid, Paris and Online
Why study at Schiller International University?
130NationalitiesOur campuses are home to students from more than 130 countries. Current Schiller International students are from Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. This diversity creates the international learning environment and personal experiences that Schiller International students are looking for!
50Years of historyFor over 50 years, the Schiller International University faculty and staff have brought the credentials and expertise needed to support the foundations of international learning. This supports our continuous goal of developing the world leaders needed for the future!
20000AlumniSchiller’s International learning community includes a network of more than 20.000 graduates in over 200 cities who remain committed to the University. This commitment reflects support to current students and fellow graduates beyond graduation.
New Scholarship Plan 2022
1. Nine different options (Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees)
2. Increased award amounts (Up to 50% Tuition Fees covered)
3. Revised criteria and simplified application process
4. NEW Academic Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship (Up to 90% Tuition Fees covered)
5. Valid for all intakes (Jan., Feb., May, June, Sep., Oct.)
Start your degree this January of 2022 and begin your unique educational journey (spots still available).
Political and economic problems often transcend national boundaries and encompass scientific, technological, cultural and humanitarian concerns. The Schiller program in International Relations and Diplomacy prepares student to pursue careers in government, international organizations, law, business, journalism, or for graduate study in political science and related areas.
Political Scientists Job Outlook 2020 - 2030*
+9% Expected Growth
7,6K Projected Employment
Career Areas: Diplomat, Intelligence Specialist, Political Analyst, Lobbyist, and Communication Specialist
* US Market. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program
Graduates of this Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy will be able to:
Assess emerging political trends and practices relating to international organizations and the non-governmental sectors (or actors) in view of current events and future developments.
Propose solutions to questions of public concern based on analysis of data and application of theories relating to International Relations.
Evaluate theories and concepts of International Relations and their applicability to current and historical events.
Critically analyze the importance of multilateralism as it relates to multiculturalism and global diversity on the practice of International Relations and Diplomacy.
Demonstrate a solid understanding of current and historical events that have shaped International Relations.
Justify the need to be aware of and respectful to ethical issues and responsible citizenship as applied in the professional context of international relations and diplomacy.
Integrate transferrable skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, guided learning and independent study.
Foster scholarship and research in advancing international relations and diplomacy.
Discover, design, and develop the professional profile that best suits your goals. Based on a solid academic structure aligned with the current reality we provide students with specific learning tools, methodologies, and immersive experiences to personalized their path.
Solid academic basis connected with reality
Learning by doing methodologies
Strong presence of Tech, Digital and Sustainability
International immersions to explore and experience
Challenges with real organizations
Personalized Academic & Career Advising
Classmates: A multicultural, diverse, and inclusive community with more than 130 nationalities.
Faculty: Referred professional that share updated knowledge and challenge students with real cases.
Academic & Career Advisors: SIU figures to support you from day one in reaching your goals.
Alumni: A network of more than 20,000 alumni around the world to be connected with.
The International Experience of Your Life
Live a truly 100% international experience by studying your program on up to 4 different campuses without losing any credits and without difficult transitions*.
*Campus transfers subject to local program availability and personal visa process.
Start studying in your own personalized way
Establish your own roadmap and choose how you want to study thanks to Schiller’s personalized path structure.
To learn more about studying an international degree based on the US higher education system, go to our "Academics" section on our FAQ page.
Required General Education Courses
European History – Napoleonic Period to Present
Beginning Foreign Language 1
Beginning Foreign Language 2
English Composition: Expository Writing
Introduction to International Relations
English: Research and Writing
Science and Society
Introduction to Political Science
Required Core Courses
Concepts of International Relations
Writing For Foreign Affairs
Resources & the Environment
Economy of Developing Countries
The European Union
American Foreign Policy
Introduction to International Business
The Political Economy of North South Relations
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Selected Topics in International Relations
Cross Cultural Communications
International Economic Policies & Institutions
American Political System
International Relations of the Pacific Region
International Business Policy
Entrepreneurship & New Ventures
Principles of Marketing
Principles of Business Law
Monetary Theory and Comparative Banking Systems
Intermediate Foreign Language 1 (or any 200-400 electives)
Intermediate Foreign Language 2 (or any 200-400 level electives)
Applications of Computers
The Middle East
Introduction to Sustainable Development
European History to 1815
International Trade & Finance
Intermediate Economic Theory
* Curriculum subject to changes. Each campus and program may have extra requirements and exceptions. Final Thesis may be required for graduation. ** Course with double evaluation system (SIU and UoR) if applying for Dual Degree.
We care about your academic needs. We offer instructional delivery adapted to meet your learning style.
Courses are delivered in English and focused on international environments.
Our course format consists of studying one subject per month so you can put all your efforts into learning the knowledge and skills of a specific course topic at a time.
If you maintain a good Grade Point Average, you may study more than one subject per month and complete your program in less time.
Schiller International University is focused on preparing students for a professional career. Be confident that you will know how to combine theory with practice.
You will work collaboratively with classmates on such projects as case studies and prepare presentations with professional from the field.
You will earn an international degree valid in both the US and the EU from an accredited American university and a TOP British university.
Our faculty is international and brings a diverse array of professional experience.
Remember that you can study this program online or in-person on any of our campuses.
Because of the current situation caused by the COVID-19, you may begin taking courses in an online or hybrid format and then move to your chosen campus when possible.
You will have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice.
If you are interested, we will provide you with an internship in an international organization, embassy, law firm, government agency, business organization or journalism enterprise.
You will combine classes with your internship and solve real case studies with your Advisor.
Our Career Services Department can assist you with the voluntary placement of an internship to enhance your learning.
We provide the flexibility you need to complete your degree
At Schiller International University, our students come first, and we are always ready to adapt to your circumstances in this fast changing world. If you need a change of location, you can continue on another campus of your choice if your program is available there, or study Online.
We offer two ways to make your studies and payments more flexible:
Enroll and pay for the first subjectYou can do this if you are particularly interested in deepening your knowledge of a subject or if you need to find out if you like this field of knowledge.
Try and pay for the first 4 monthsRegister for 4 subjects (equivalent to 12 credits), take the subject month by month and see if it is the path you want to follow.
After this time, evaluate if you want to continue and we will help you formalize your situation. We will help you with everything you need!
This program is eligible for financial aid for those who qualify.
Enrolling in a university has never been easier
Follow the step by step and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team.
This step is usually completed with your Admissions Representative after the interview process.
Complete the interview
The interview with your Admissions Representative provides a great opportunity to ask questions, define your educational and professional goals, and discuss whether a Schiller degree will meet your needs.
Send all required admissions documents
This includes transcripts, passport documentation, proof of English proficiency, letter of motivation, etc.
Once accepted, you will receive an acceptance package
In the case of students needing a VISA, you will receive a scanned copy of a conditional letter of acceptance, along with the invoice for your first semester’s tuition. Once it is paid, you will receive the official copy of your acceptance letter and acceptance package.
You are now part of Schiller’s learning community.
Start your Bachelor's Degree now and benefit from our New Scholarship Plan 2022
At SIU we encourage you to press the START button again in a big way. Therefore, we are happy to present you with our New 2022 Scholarship Plan.
Apply now for any of our Bachelor's Degrees and obtain up to 90% Tuition Fees covered.
Ask our admissions team for help. They’re here for questions you may have while making your decision, including information about scholarships available, financial aid, etc.
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Cost of the BA in International Relations and Diplomacy *
* Standard price not including additional possible scholarship discount. Average academic year – 10 courses/months – 30 credits
Tuition fees for European campuses
Tuition fees for Schiller Online (Distance Learning)
Prepared for the unpredictable: COVID-19 response
Our priority remains to provide you with an uninterrupted and safe educational experience despite the current circumstances. That is why we have taken the necessary measures focused on three lines of action tailored to the guidelines of each country’s situation to meet safety requirements, academic requirements, and our student’s needs.
We've disinfected all the campuses and increased the frequency of deep-cleaning of all spaces. We’ve also adopted social distancing to ensure that students, faculty and staff are as safe as possible. Students will need to wear masks on campus and may not gather in common areas.
Online classes that are always available
We have reduced our on-campus attendance requirements, combining them with attendance via synchronous online classes thanks to the latest hybrid technology installed on all our campuses. As always, a fully Online option will be available as well. In any case, the campus will be open (if possible according to the regulations of each national and state government) and the staff available to students in person as well as virtually.
All the necessary flexibility you need to face uncertainty
We adapt to you and the current situation. No matter what format you choose, we will provide you with the quality education you deserve.
We offer two ways to make your studies and payments more flexible: enroll in a single subject to deepen your knowledge or take 4 different courses to figure out the best path forward for you.
Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from studying an international degree. Start now and get ahead at home on our Campuses, and travel to one of our campuses abroad when it is safe to do so. We will help you transfer with ease.
Start your career at Schiller International now!
Do not wait any longer! Contact our Admissions Team for further details. We will be happy to help you achieve your goals.
Discover your Career Opportunities
If you are a person with an interest in Politics, Management, or Business, this program is your fit. This degree focuses on the international framework of Politics, Economics and Diplomatic Issues within the international context.
Our goal is that you learn how the world works in this respect, and you ultimately know how to do Business and thrive Professionally at an International level.
The Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy will afford you many opportunities to work in both national and international contexts in areas such as:
Public institutions with departments focused on promoting business internationalization.
Law firms and more!
We believe in you
Schiller International University is committed to fostering community growth through people like you who strive for self-improvement and a strong sense of purpose.
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SIU shaped my character and helped me discover my passion. I met a professor who recognized my potential and redirected me to focus on international affairs.
Earn a double degree and go even further
If your ambition is to go one step further, have a fulfilling and successful international career and know everything about international business and management, complete your degree by studying an additional program. You can choose between the BS in International Business or the BA in International Economics. The only requirement needed is to complete the first degree before starting the second one. Ask our teams about the details, we will be glad to help you!