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Internationale Betrekkingen en Internationale Organisatie

Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explore political questions on an international level. You will focus on international relations, especially on the role of international organizations.

During the programme, you will approach issues in the field of international relations from three perspectives: political, economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough training in a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broad understanding of international relations.

Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosing optional modules. This offers many options to dive into an aspect you may be especially interested in, for example by choosing a minor. You can also opt for courses at other Faculties or Universities, in the Netherlands or abroad.

As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the English language is essential!

The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Organization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that only a limited number of students are accepted every year.

Are you interested in international issues? Would you like to study and work in an international environment? The IRIO Bachelor programme is a great stepping-stone to an international career.

In this three-year Bachelor's degree programme you will explore political questions on an international level. You will focus on international relations, especially on the role of international organizations.

During the programme, you will approach issues in the field of international relations from three perspectives: political, economic and legal. In addition, you will receive thorough training in a modern foreign language. You will acquire a broad understanding of international relations.

Within the programme you can compile your own profile by choosing a minor. This offers many options to dive into an aspect you may be especially interested in, for example Development Studies. You can also opt for courses at other Faculties or spend a semester abroad.

As the programme is taught in English, a good grasp of the English language is essential!

The Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Organization is a quota study (numerus fixus). This means that only a limited number of students are accepted every year.

To study IRIO, you need to have a broad interest in international news and the different perspectives on international issues, as well as a critical personality - you ask questions until you have all the answers. Also, independence and flexibility are assets useful in dealing with the curriculum.

Meer over deze opleiding
  • Opleidingsvideo

    IRIO student participates in Thumbs Up Africa

    Second-year IRIO student Christiaan Triebert talks about his adventures and how he experienced first-hand some of the themes he studies in his Bachelor programme.

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    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Alumnus Felix Neugebauer, Germany

    Very accessible and supportive lecturers

    I had always been interested in international politics, economics and law with a focus on conflict management and humanitarian action. Since I was eager to study abroad and International Relations is almost exclusively taught at the graduate level in Germany, I decided to enrol on the IRIO Bachelor program at the University of Groningen.

    Given how the program is designed, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a wide range of subjects, including international human rights law, monetary and trade theory, history of international relations as well as research tools and methods in social sciences. While there were a number of compulsory tutorials, students were encouraged to organize themselves and required to read and study a lot by themselves. While this “freedom” proved to be challenging at times, my lecturers and professors were always very accessible and stood ready to answer any questions. They were also very supportive of my professional plans.

    Looking back, I have no doubt that it was the right decision to come to Groningen for my Bachelor studies. What I learnt during my time here has been extremely valuable in terms of both my academic and professional development. In fact, it proved to be a crucial stepping-stone to realize my personal goals. After completing my studies in May 2012, I was fortunate to obtain a scholarship to pursue a Master's degree in Washington, DC and subsequently started working for the UN in the US and the Middle East.

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    – Alumnus Felix Neugebauer, Germany
  • Testimonial van Balint Horvath

    This programme combines my interest in history, geography and politics

    After finishing school in Hungary, I took a gap year and was looking for programmes that combined my interest in history, geography and politics. The possibility of studying in English, along with the reputation and competitiveness of the university, convinced me to choose IRIO in Groningen.

    So far, the programme has lived up to my expectations. The biggest differences between secondary school and university are freedom and self-responsibility. Most of the students in the programme are passionate about their studies. Groningen is the best place to be a student: the city is always buzzing, and I love the way everyone cycles. It gives a really friendly feeling to the entire city.’

     

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    – Balint Horvath
  • Testimonial van Emi Visser

    This programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy

    I chose IRIO as I am passionate about making the world a better place. The course units that interested me most were those dealing with policy or theory. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme gives you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to enter the world of policy-making at an international level.

    The IRIO programme helps you understand how a policy should work and how an organizational structure should facilitate this policy. If you can comprehend how these function, you will be equipped to work in this world.

    The knowledge I have gained during my degree has come into play in various parts of my life. For example, I am Chair of the Board of Clio and Treasurer of our alumni association, Mitrany. These board posts have enabled me to develop practical skills and learn to work in a team. After I graduate, I would like to work for a consultancy or the government.

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    – Emi Visser
  • Testimonial van Femke Dam

    I want to know what makes the world go round and how to improve it.

    – Femke Dam
  • Testimonial van Student Ambassador Melanie Veltman

    At the open day I heard about IRIO from a student ambassador, and I was immediately hooked

    Hi! My name is Melanie Veltman and I am 19 years old. I originally come from the Achterhoek region, but two years ago I left the countryside to move to the most beautiful city in the Netherlands: Groningen! After the summer I will be starting on my third year at IRIO. Alongside my studies I also work for AIESEC, I am a member of the Albertus student association and I have been actively involved in Clio, the IRIO study association.

    Why IRIO?

    As a child in primary school I could never choose a favourite subject: I loved everything! As I reached the end of secondary school and began to think of what I wanted to study, I was stumped as to what direction to take. I noticed that I was most interested in degree programmes with an international orientation, so I decided to focus on those. A few weeks before my final exams I still had not found anything, but then I attended the Open Day in Groningen. At the open day I heard about IRIO from a student ambassador, and I was immediately hooked. The broad orientation, the international aspect, and the fact that the degree programme is taught entirely in English: this was everything I had been looking for! I immediately enrolled and although this was an impulsive decision, it turned out to be the perfect degree programme for me.

    Read more about Melanie and why she chose to study IRIO in Groningen

    Questions? Send Melanie an email

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    – Student Ambassador Melanie Veltman
  • Testimonial van Casper de Boer

    IRIO is not just a single subject as such, but rather a mosaic of different disciplines

    Hi there! I’m Casper de Boer, a second-year IRIO student. I’m also following the UG’s Bachelor’s Honours College programme. This year, I am also the Editor-in-Chief of Checks&Balances, a magazine published by the IRIO study association, Clio. Finally, I am also a student ambassador for the IRIO programme, which means that I spend time trying to give prospective students an inside look at the world of IRIO.

    Why IRIO?

    So, how did I end up in Groningen in the first place? Quite spontaneously, actually. I decided to join a friend of mine on an open day, where I found out about the IRIO Bachelor’s programme. The programme’s multidisciplinary approach immediately struck a chord with me. IRIO is not just a single subject as such, but rather a mosaic of different disciplines, from history to economics and from law to political science. In Dutch we have a famous saying – ‘kijk verder dan je neus lang is’ – which, literally translated into English, means ‘look further than the length of your own nose’. I think that this is exactly what needs to be done in contemporary public debate. It is no longer sufficient to only present your point of view, to think only from the perspective of your profession and/or specialism. The globalized world of the 21st century requires us to push back the boundaries of our knowledge by combining different areas of knowledge, by listening to others and by developing as individuals through these experiences. IRIO has offered me the tools to do just this, by focusing on the various different aspects that constitute the world of IR. I learn something new about the ever-changing world around me every day, which gives me the feeling that I’m participating in an up-to-date, relevant programme.

    Read more about Casper and why he chose to study IRIO in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Casper an email.

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    – Casper de Boer
  • Testimonial van Student Ambassador Dylan Bos

    The programme is both broad-based and in-depth

    It wasn't easy choosing a degree programme. The main problem was that there were too many subjects I thought I'd like to study. I seriously considered Law, International Business, Social Geography, History and Middle Eastern Studies. But then I met some students taking IRIO, a programme I had never really thought about. I took a closer look and knew almost immediately that this was the subject for me. The programme is made up of political, legal and economic course units, making it both broad-based and in-depth. You learn to look at the world through different coloured glasses. The world, made up of numerous states, organizations and individuals, is precisely what IRIO is all about.

    Read more about Dylan and why he chose to study IRIO in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Dylan an email

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    – Student Ambassador Dylan Bos
  • Testimonial van Isabell Burmester

    Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge

    I came to Groningen because I was interested in a study program that was not offered at universities in Germany at that time. I knew little about the Netherlands and the Dutch education system, let alone the language. More importantly, I did not know anything about the city that I would call home for the following three years and yet I immediately felt at home..

    Most of the inhabitants are students that gather on innumerable patios to enjoy a drink in the sun during a study break or spend a day in the Noorderplantsoen (Groningen’s most crowded park in the summer). Many of the university buildings are spread over the city center and so it is not unusual to be greeted by a fellow student or a professor while you are biking to your next class. In fact your bike will be your most valued companion throughout your time in Groningen.

    All of this is of course an important part of the student life in Groningen, but what struck me most about my time here in Groningen was the quality of my academic experience. Experienced and renowned professors supply high quality academic knowledge and ignited my passion for academic research in my field of study. They provided me with important tools and skills that will be very valuable for my future career and personal life. Moreover, learning in a multicultural environment not only enhanced my academic performance; it also changed my view on many study-related topics and led me to become a more tolerant and open-minded person.

    Read more  about Isabell and her student life in Groningen .

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    – Isabell Burmester
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
BA in Internationale Betrekkingen en Internationale Organisatie
Croho code
50627
Type opleiding
Bachelor
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
36 maanden (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Vorm
voltijd
Faculteit
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Web Class

Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students. Get to know IRIO by doing some reading and answering some essay questions or multiple choice questions. The course takes about 10 hours in total.


If you are interested in an IRIO web class, register here.

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