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Internationale Betrekkingen en Internationale Organisatie

Programma

  • 1e jaar

    The first year, the propaedeutic phase, will consist of introductory modules in the fields of international relations, law and economics. You will also start language acquisition modules in the foreign language of your choice.

    The first year, the propaedeutic phase, will consist of introductory modules in the fields of international relations, law and economics. You will also start language acquisition modules in the foreign language of your choice.

  • 2e jaar

    In the second year you will deepen your knowledge of international relations, economics and law. Attention will be paid to decision-making processes on an (inter)national level; international relations will be placed in a theoretical and philosophical framework; you will study international monetary issues; and you will broaden your knowledge of the law of the European communities and European Union. Furthermore, you will complete your language modules.

    In the second year you will deepen your knowledge of international relations, economics and law. Attention will be paid to decision-making processes on an (inter)national level; international relations will be placed in a theoretical and philosophical framework; you will study international monetary issues; and you will broaden your knowledge of the law of the European communities and European Union. Furthermore, you will complete your language modules.

  • 3e jaar

    In the final year of the programme, you can specialise by choosing a minor in a field of your interest; for example on Development Studies. You can also choose to spend a semester abroad. You will complete an International Law module and you will study international trade theory. Finally you will choose a core module: a tutorial that will examine a specific theme through literature and source research. You will conclude the core module by writing your Bachelor's thesis..

    In the final year of the programme, you can specialise by choosing a minor in a field of your interest; for example on Development Studies. You can also choose to spend a semester abroad. You will complete an International Law module and you will study international trade theory. Finally you will choose a core module: a tutorial that will examine a specific theme through literature and source research. You will conclude the core module by writing your Bachelor's thesis.

Programma-opties

  • Minors (minor)

    The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree programme or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a pre-Master's Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.

  • University of Groningen Honours College (honoursprogramma)

    The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

    The Honours College consists of a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points on top of the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Academic Skills for IR (5 EC)
International Politics (5 EC)
Introduction to International and European Law (5 EC)
History of International Relations (10 EC)
Statistics for IR (5 EC)
Introduction to Economics (5 EC)
Language Course 1a (5 EC)
Political Science (5 EC)
International Organisation (10 EC)
Language Course 1b (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Language Course 2a (5 EC)
Theory of International Relations (10 EC)
Language Course 2b (5 EC)
Policy and Governance (10 EC)
European Law (5 EC)
Language Course 3a (5 EC)
Methodology and Research Practice (10 EC)
International Monetary Relations (5 EC)
Language Course 3b (5 EC)
VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Minor (30 EC)
International Trade Theory (5 EC)
Core Module IRIO and Bachelor Thesis (20 EC)
International Law (5 EC)

For course descriptions of the courses in the programme you can check the university's Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-irio

For course descriptions of the courses in the programme you can check the university's Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-irio

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 16 weken
  • Maximaal 30 EC

(Bindend) studieadvies

  • Minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden (bindend)

You will be offered a binding study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned 45 ECTS or more out of a total of 60 ECTS. If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative binding study advice, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

You will be issued a binding study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned 45 ECTS or more out of a total of 60 ECTS. If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative binding study advice: you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

Waarom in Groningen?

IRIO in Groningen is a bachelor programme where international relations are not a specialization but core business. The main emphasis is on the functions of international organizations and the process leading to their creation. Attention is paid to research skills, language training, methodologies, historical context and theory. Last but not least: in Groningen you study IRIO with Dutch and international students!

IRIO in Groningen is a bachelor programme where international relations are not a specialization but core business. The main emphasis is on the functions of international organizations and the process leading to their creation. Attention is paid to research skills, language training, methodologies, historical context and theory. Last but not least: in Groningen you study IRIO with Dutch and international students!

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program, Minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme, minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problem

  • 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.’

     

    Sluiten
    – 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.

    Sluiten
    – 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 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.

    Sluiten
    – Casper de Boer
  • 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.

    Sluiten
    – 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.

    Sluiten
    – Alumnus Felix Neugebauer, Germany
  • 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 .

    Sluiten
    – Isabell Burmester
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