BA in International Relations


Programme Description

  • Department responsible for the program: Institute of International, Political and Regional Studies
  • Programme instructor: dr. Gálik Zoltán
  • Bachelor's degree program: International Relations
  • Specialization: Social Science
  • Programme time in semesters: 6 semesters
  • Programme language: English
  • Site/Location: Budapest
  • Division: Full time
  • Programme Type: Normal

This is a three-year English-language program that will give you a comprehensive understanding of world politics and international relations and form you as a future specialist in regional and international affairs. The course offers you an ideal preparation for pursuing a career in public administration, international and regional institutions, NGOs, or multinational companies based or operating within Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, the program has a multidisciplinary scope with strong IR, international legal, historical, and world economics dimensions, together with a solid background in the social sciences and a special focus on the European Union. Aim high and join us! Apply now!

Tuition fee: 560 000 HUF (≈1600 EUR) per semester for EEA applicants, 2400 EUR per semester for non-EEA applicants.

The level of qualification attainable in the Bachelor's program, and the title of the certification

  • Qualification level: bachelor (baccalaureus, abbreviation: BA).
  • Qualification in Hungarian: nemzetközi kapcsolatok szakértő.
  • Qualification in English: International Relations Expert.

The number of credits to be completed for the Bachelor's degree: 180 credits

  • Degree orientation: balanced (40-60 percent).
  • Thesis credit value: 10 credits.
  • The minimum credit value of optional courses: 10 credits.

International Standard Classification of Education field of education code: 313

Bachelor's degree training objectives

The objective of the international relations undergraduate program is the training of intellectuals who are capable of navigating the world of international relations, of appropriately representing national and regional interests, sensitive to global issues, capable of handling the challenges of the European integration process, and open to learning about other cultures who can work in Hungarian or international corporate, governmental, and non-governmental organizations in international communications, creative problem-handling, and the flexible solution of complex tasks, and are prepared to continue their training at the Master’s level.

Attained professional competences

The International Relations Expert has knowledge

  • Is knowledgeable regarding the generally accepted tendencies, characteristics, and data of Hungarian and international political, economic, and cultural phenomena.
  • Interprets the field’s international, European, and regional political, legal, economic, and civilizational knowledge and events in their context.
  • Is knowledgeable regarding the current research questions and analytic and interpretive methods of social sciences.
  • Knows the basic terms and the important concepts of the various fields of the profession and understands interrelationships.
  • Knows the ways, tools, and techniques of international communications.
  • Knows the operations, scopes, and policies of the European Union Institutions

The International Relations Expert has skills

  • Is capable of learning and systemizing information independently in historical, social, economic, legal, and political issues.
  • Reads the literature, especially the technical terminology, in at least two foreign languages.
  • Is capable of navigating international contexts, of the following, understanding, and processing processes and changes, it's efficient and successful sharing and practical use.
  • Is capable of interpreting international relations from the viewpoint of at least one non-European culture.
  • Is capable of project-based work has the ability to share work and cooperate, recognizes individual contributions to shared successes.
  • Is capable of performing written analyses independently and of presenting completed tasks in written or oral form to a professional audience.
  • Is capable and able to perform tasks related to an appearance in international cooperation in small and medium enterprises, and of performing tasks from international cooperations in the multinational and corporate sectors.
  • Is capable of performing tasks related to the planning and execution of EU-supported projects.
  • Is capable of performing tasks of the international, European, and regional cooperations in the private sector, at non-governmental organizations, at local governments and government organizations, and at state institutions.

The International Relations Expert has autonomy and responsibilities

  • Takes responsibility for his/her professional publications in any language, is aware of their possible consequences.
  • Uses the knowledge attained in his/her field in self-education and self-awareness.
  • Consciously represent methods used in the field and accept the methodological diversity of other scientific fields.
  • Cooperates efficiently with the Hungarian and international scientific communities of the field.
  • Answering professional questions, solving problems independently or in cooperation with others, taking responsibility independently, and maintaining the ethical norms of the profession.
  • Is independent, constructive, and assertive in forms of cooperation inside and outside the institution.
  • Performs complex tasks according to the workplace’s professional standards.
  • Knows the ethical norms and rules of his/her field, and is capable of maintaining them while performing professional tasks, in personal relationships, and in communication.
  • Constantly develops his/her writing skills in relation to his/her tasks.

Professional properties

The scientific fields and areas that the training is based on are:

  • General social science knowledge and competences.

 [Economics, Introduction to Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, History (Modern Hungarian and World History) Informatics] 20-60 credits;

  • Methodological and skills development knowledge.

 (Statistics, Social Statistics, Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology, Terminology Exercises) 20-30 credits;

  • Professional skills related to international relations: 50-100 credits, including the credit value of the thesis, as per the following:
    • the history of international relations [The History of International Relationships from 1815 to 1989, The History of Hungarian Foreign Policy, The History of Diplomacy, International Relations in the New World Order (from 1989)] 5-40 credits;
    • the theory and practice of international politics (The Main Schools of International Political Theory, The Theory, and Practice of Diplomacy) 5-40 credits;
    • international law (International Public Law, International Civil Law, International Treaties, International Institutions, and Organisations) 5-40 credits;
    • international economics (International Economics, Foreign Economic Policy, International Finance, World Economy, International Business Economics) 5-40 credits;
    • regional-civilizational studies (History of Civilization, History of European Civilization, Regional Studies) 5-40 credits;
    • the European Union (The Developmental History of the European Union, EU Institutions and Decision-making, EU Law, EU Jurisdictions and Policies, Hungary in the European Union, European Union Tender Writing and Project Management) 5-40 credits;
    • the practice of international relations (Techniques of International Communication, International Events, Diplomatic Protocol, Negotiation Techniques) 5-40 credits.

Specialization recommended by the educational institution constitutes theoretical and practical knowledge that is capable of working on the given field, improves personal abilities, and results in specialized competencies relevant to individual interests. In the entirety of the program, trade-specific knowledge accounts for 30-35 credits.

Foreign language requirements

For obtaining the bachelor’s degree, state-recognized intermediate (B2) complex language examination from at least two living foreign languages is required, of which at least one is a language examination in the technical language of social sciences, law, economics or political sciences field of study (international relations, diplomatic, economic management, economic, tourism, tourism-hospitality, legal and administrative, military, trading, economic, finance, business) and the other is a general examination or equivalent high school graduation certificate or diploma.

Internship requirements

The internship is at least a four-week-long, contiguous internship as defined in the program syllabus.

Last updated Jun 2020

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