Degree

Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and the European Union

School

School of Law

Campus

Moncloa Campus, School of Law

ECTS

240 ECTS

Language of instruction

Spanish, English

Places

90

PRESENTATION

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and the European Union provides training on the knowledge, skills and personal aptitudes necessary to have a professional career in European and international matters and profiles such as diplomacy, European institutions and international organizations, international analysis, journalism and international communication, consulting and international trade, international development cooperation, etc., both in the public and private sectors. We seek to provide students with a solid academic foundation from an interdisciplinary perspective that enables them to obtain excellent knowledge and understanding of the European Union and international relations from a political, historical, economic and legal perspective, as well as the skills necessary to operate in an international and multilingual environment.

This degree can be studied entirely in Spanish or English. Students must choose between two languages: English, French or German. They must also complete an international study period of one semester at a foreign university.

It is also possible to study this degree in conjunction with the Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 5 years. Students on the Double Degree in International Relations and the European Union and the Degree in Law can also access the program with Fordham University, New York. This requires taking a module in Madrid taught by professors from Fordham University in each of the three years in the Double Degree, and a six-month study period during fourth year at Fordham Law School in New York.

WHY CHOOSE THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE EUROPEAN UNION?

The globalization of politics and economics, as well as the development of regional integration processes, render the national perspective insufficient to understand the reality of the twenty-first century. It is therefore increasingly necessary to equip the job market with professionals in possession of in-depth knowledge of international issues and the exciting venture of the European Union; an international organization that had never before achieved such a deep degree of integration and such a solid and comprehensive institutional system. Nowadays, the scope of competence of the European Union covers a large number of areas and its actions affect the most diverse range of aspects of our daily and professional life: freedom of movement, energy, monetary policy, environment, trade policy or development aid, among many others. European institutions, bodies and agencies, as well as national, regional and local administrations, and public and private companies need experts in different policies to ensure they are successfully organized and implemented properly.

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and the European Union aims to respond to this need, providing students with specific and in-depth training, a solid academic foundation and clear professional career options in the future. The variety of subjects and content, its interdisciplinary nature, the academic excellence of the professors and the wide range of activities offered place this program high up in the field of international studies.

WHY STUDY THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT CEU?

The academic structure that we offer our future students has been developed through many years of experience of pedagogical innovation and adaptation to the constant demands of society. Therefore, our degrees and qualifications respond to a global world and follow the criteria of the new teaching model of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Nearly thirty years ago, after Spain’s accession to the European Community, the Universidad CEU San Pablo was the first in our country to offer the Law Degree in conjunction with the University’s Own Degree in Community Law, providing thorough insight into the process of European integration. Since then, the Universidad CEU San Pablo has trained hundreds of students, many of whom now work in European institutions and other international bodies.

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and the European Union is based on the long tradition and prestige of the University’s Own Degree in Community Law. At this critical time for European integration, the Universidad CEU San Pablo is once again committed to teaching and research in this field. The new Degree will approach the European Union from a multi-disciplinary perspective and in its international context, including the study of International Relations, an essential factor in understanding the challenges of the European Union of today and the future.

The Universidad CEU San Pablo also combines studies in International Relations and the European Union at postgraduate level through the official programs offered by the University Institute for European Studies, Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, chaired by Marcelino Oreja Aguirre.

The University Institute for European Studies is a European- and world-renowned research center specializing in the study and analysis of European integration and International Relations. Since it was formed in 1999, the institute has held numerous international seminars, conferences and congresses. It has also published five book collections and four series of working documents. Over the years it has conducted close to 40 research projects with public funding –European Commission, European Parliament, Ministry of Education, Community of Madrid– and private, in collaboration with European and international universities such as the Free University of Berlin, Oxford University, the European University Institute in Florence, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Free University of Brussels, Harvard Law School, University of Boston, Fudan University, Renmin University, etc.

This research activity earned it the European Excellence Award from the Community of Madrid. It should also be pointed out that one of its latest research projects in collaboration with Harvard University and Boston University received the award for Best Practice from the European Commission.

Since 2003, the University Institute of European Studies has offered a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and one on the European Union since 2010. Both official programs have the best ratings, standing in third and fourth place respectively among the best international programs in Spain in the latest ranking of El Mundo (the Master’s Degree on the European Union is first in Spain among those specializing in European issues). It is worth highlighting the excellent assessments of teaching staff conducted by students and the quality of the faculty, which has been acknowledged in particular by the recent report by the Madri+D Foundation on the renewal of accreditation: “High scientific and teaching quality of faculty staff. Long-established Master’s Degree with excellent external teaching collaborators. Wide range of internships”.

Bearing in mind that a large number of professors who teach on the degree are researchers from the University Institute of European Studies, professors on both postgraduate programs and the University’s Own Degree in Community Law, this comprehensive experience represents an important asset to begin this new project.

RECOMMENDED PROFILE OF NEW STUDENTS

To define the ideal profile of new students who wish to be accepted onto this degree, we consider the final educational objectives that we aim to achieve:

  1. Motivated, creative and open students. We want out students to be intellectually inquisitive and be willing to work individually and as part of a team. In this regard, in the selection process, we particularly focus on the interaction and communication skills of candidates. Furthermore, it is important that students are able to understand that the subjects are not compartmentalized, but rather form part of an overall plan or system of knowledge. We value a series of basic skills or abilities including: reading comprehension and the ability to interpret texts; writing or oral expression. In addition, emphasis is placed on the service vocation and on the values of democracy, respect for basic rights and social justice.

  2. Internationalization: Students on this degree must have a clear vocation towards internationalization. It is not possible to specialize in these European and international fields without a desire to learn about other cultures, countries and their legal and political systems. The ability to adapt to new environments, especially during international study programs, but also when welcoming the many foreign students who year after year choose our courses, is also a prerequisite. Therefore, during the selection process, we value a geographical balance of experiences abroad. We prepare students for professional careers outside Spain, harnessing their studies at CEU as a stepping stone to the international world of work.

  1. Multilingualism: In addition to the admission requirements (proficiency in languages other than English is valued positively), there is a need to learn second and third languages (French and/or German), as well as to participate actively in seminars, projects and activities that use foreign languages as a working tool in an environment that replicates the professional situations they will face at the end of their studies.

  2. Future professionals. Candidates must have a solid scientific background. At the end of their studies, students are expected to be proficient in the language of social sciences, with a focus on the language of international relations and the European Union. Likewise, they are expected to have a solid grasp of a basic concept map and tools and know how to apply them to solve the practical problems that arise.

  3. Comprehensive training. This training is integral, meaning that is has to be dogmatic –theory-based and systematic–, but also practical and engaging. In this context, dialog as a learning tool and the technique of debating are fostered. This training must be, and is, essential and systematic, ensuring that fundamental concepts can be clearly understood.

We ultimately develop a teaching model that ensures continuous and practical-oriented training, in order to facilitate access to the job market and social reality and successfully step into the European and international profile required.

Competences

The Degree in International Relations and European aims to prepare the students in the knowledge, competences and personal abilities that are necessary in order to develop a professional career in areas and profiles of European and international dimension, such as diplomacy, European institutions and international organizations, international analysis, international journalism and communication, international consulting and trade, international development cooperation..., both in the public and private sector. The aim is also to provide students with a solid academic base from an interdisciplinary perspective that will allow them to obtain an excellent knowledge and understanding of the European Union and international relations from a political, historical, economic and legal perspective, as well as the competences that are necessary to function in an international and multilingual environment. 

More information about the competences in Spanish 

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Admission and Scholarships

Prices Academic Year 2020/21
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Scholarships And Aids

The CEU San Pablo University offers diverse options of Scholarships and Aids for bachelor’s degree students. Consult the options below:


Consult the Admission Process

Regulations

Mobility

ERASMUS +

Students of this Degree can participate in an international mobility within the Erasmus + Program of the European Commission or through Bilateral Agreements of exchange agreed between the CEU San Pablo University and other foreign Universities.  

The recommended period for this mobility is usually at the end of the Degree, during the last years. Moreover, the number of international students who choose the CEU for their education is increasing, so there is an international environment throughout the University.  

OUTGOING STUDENTS    

The student of this Degree will have international relations coordinators, who will have the task of orienting the students about the existing agreements for their degree program and accompany them throughout the mobility process.  

Likewise, we will advise you on the convenience or non-convenience of travelling to certain destinations, according to the circumstances and context of the place, looking for an alternative of mobility, both virtual and face-to-face.

INCOMING STUDENTS: BLENDED MOBILITY  

Since the 2020-21 academic year, the equipment in our classrooms, the interactive teaching methodology and the new technologies allow the incoming students to take part in blended mobilities at the CEU San Pablo University, combining a virtual semester with a face-to-face one.  

All information regarding mobility is provided by the Vice-Rectorate of International Relations through its website and the mobility office.  

INTERNATIONALIZATION AT HOME: CEU GLOBAL CLASSROOM AND COIL METHODOLOGY  

An international university is also an interconnected university in its broader sense. Therefore, the CEU Educational Group is developing a new educational strategy, based on internationalization at home, through the innovative COIL projects.  

COIL is the acronym for Collaborative Online International Learning, a pioneer interactive methodology. It consists of digital classes between professors from two different universities and countries, which allows bringing the experience of global learning to a wider spectrum of students, regardless of their geographical location and without leaving home.  

The COIL modules are born from the collaboration of our Schools with other international centers for the development of common digital projects, integrated into the study plans, ensuring that they are adapted to the CEU methodology and to the academic needs of our students.  

We have international COIL projects in all the Schools, in our two campuses; partners in the United States, Europe, Latin America, etc. Our experience in pedagogical innovation and internationalization is our best guarantee.  

Contact us if you belong to a foreign university and want to be a partner of the USP-CEU in the design and implementation of COIL projects.  

coil@ceu.es 

Some of the main Universities with which we have agreements are the following:

País Universidad
Germany Universität Augsburg
Germany Universität Heidelberg
Germany Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences 
Germany Universität Tübingen
Argentina Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA)
Belgium Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Canada University of St. Thomas Fredericton
Chile Universidad del Desarrollo de Chile
Chile Universidad de los Andes
Chile Universidad Santo Tomás de Santiago de Chile
Croacia University of Zagreb
Denmark University of Copenhagen (Nivel alto de inglés)
United States Florida International University
France Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence - Sciences Po Aix
France Université de Caen Normandie
France Université Catholique de Lille
France Université d'Orléans
France Institute Catholique de Toulouse
France Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV  (Université de Bordeaux)
Holland Maastricht University
Holland Inholland University of Applied Sciences
Holland Radbound University Nijmegen
Hungary Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Ireland ITT Dublin - Institute of Technology Tallaght
Ireland National University of Ireland Maynooth
Italy LUMSA Università di Roma
Italy Università degli Studi di Firenze
Italy Università degli Studi di Verona
Italy Università del Salento
Italy Università di Parma
Italy Università di Pisa
Italy Università di Torino
Italy Università degli studi di Genova
Italy Università degli Studi di Messina
Mexico Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
Peru Universidad ESAN
Peru USIL
Poland Kozminski University
Poland University of Warsaw
Portugal Universidade do Minho
Portugal Universidade Fernando Pessoa
Portugal Universidade Lusíada Lisboa
Portugal Universidade Lusíada - Norte Porto
Portugal Universidade Lusíada - Norte Porto
United Kingdom Liverpool Hope University
United Kingdom Liverpool John Moores
Switzerland Université de Fribourg
Turkey Sabanci University

Facilities

At the CEU San Pablo University, the use and management of the material means and services are carried out under the principles of rationalization and sustainability, which is why several centres and degrees sometimes share them. 

In the School of Law, which is where the degree is taught, we have over 75,000 square metres of campus, where modern infrastructures and advanced equipment are located, allowing the correct development of our educational objectives as well as academic planning. 

We therefore offer the best facilities to our students Spacious classrooms. 

  • Large classrooms 
  • Aula magna, with 215 seats, where theoretical classes are given and evaluation tests are taken. 
  • 22 classrooms for seminars and work groups, with a capacity of between 30 and 70 seats each. 
  • 2 classrooms entirely dedicated to the teaching of modern languages. 
  • Computer laboratories and classrooms, where interesting and essential practical lessons are given. 
  • Technological and audiovisual resources necessary to achieve the training objectives in all classrooms. 
  • 100% wifi coverage in all corners of the campus. 
  • International Relations Office. 
  • Career Center

Faculty

Director of the Degree
Jerónimo Maillo González-Orús
Number Of Professors

25

Professors
% Of Professors with a Doctorate

84 %

Doctorates
% de doctores acreditados

62 %

Acreditados

Quality

As a result of the commitment to the Quality of the CEU San Pablo University, the Institute of Technology has developed a series of procedures that ensure the continuous review and improvement of all taught official Degrees and Masters, and has established an Internal Quality Assurance System (Sistema de Garantía Interna de la Calidad - SGIC) of the Center.

The body in charge of the monitoring and guaranteeing the quality of the Official Degrees is the Internal Quality Commission (Comisión Interna de Calidad - CIC), which guarantees the presence of the different interest groups in its composition.