Kandidatprogram i Internationella Relationer & Globala Affärer

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Grundnivå (Högskole- och Kandidatexamen)
3 år, 180 ECTS
Stipendium sökbart
University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Kandidatprogram i Internationella Relationer & Globala Affärer

International Relations and Global Affairs at Cattolica

Are you interested in learning about different societies, cultural traditions, and institutions around the world? Do you wonder why some countries are wealthier than others? Why some are in peace and others at war? Are you interested in learning how international disputes may be peacefully resolved? Would you like to understand how different regional civilizations have evolved, and how these characteristics continue to affect societies today? The Undergraduate programme in International Relations and Global Affairs (IRGA) is a unique programme addressing these topics. Combining history and political science, economics and law, sociology and psychology, the programme provides a coherent interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to develop their understanding of how people, groups, countries, and international organizations interact in different parts of the world.

To ensure close contact with the professional world, students enrolled on the degree will benefit from exposure to experts of institutions and organizations active in the political, social and economic areas of the international relations context. One or more international scholars will be part of the B.Sc. faculty on a “visiting professorship” basis. In 2018/2019, Ibrahim Al Marashi, visiting from California State University, taught International Relations and Martin Klein, visiting from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, taught International Economics.

Delivery mode

Our hope and intention for 2021/22 intake are to entirely restore in-person teaching, while respecting any health and safety requirements set by national and local competent authorities. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, should students not be able to attend classes in person, a hybrid format of in-person and on-line will be guaranteed to enable attendance from home, while guaranteeing full access to all learning opportunities and resources.

Applications for academic year 2021/2022 are now closed. Updates about applications for academic year 2022/2023 will be posted on Università Cattolica website starting from September 2021. You may also express your interest by contacting us.

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Admission requirements

IRGA’s interdisciplinary curriculum includes a wide range of disciplines: from History, Sociology, Politics, Psychology, Economics, International Relations, Law and Quantitative Methods. This curriculum thus requires entry students to already be familiar with world history, institutions and cultures and to master basic logical, quantitative and analytical tools.

The program contains a substantial quantitative component and candidates should have a solid grasp of mathematics. This can be demonstrated either by their transcripted Secondary School grades in Math or by taking a standardized test such as the SATs or the ACTs. International candidates are therefore encouraged to submit SAT (evidence-based reading, writing and math) or ACT (writing, reading and math) test scores, which will be considered by the admission board and strengthen their application.

Secondary School Diploma Requirements

The following requirements are based on the guidelines for admission published every year by the Italian Ministry for Education.

All candidates must:

  • complete high school studies and hold their Secondary School Diploma before August 30, 2021
  • hold a high school qualification conferred after a minimum of 12 years of previous global schooling and achieved after at least 2 years of attendance within the same national education system.

Qualifications obtained after 11 or 10 years of global schooling do not allow access to Italian universities, unless candidates satisfy one of the following additional conditions:

  1. They attended one (in case of 11 years) or two (in case of 10 years) years of university studies and took all the exams included in the relevant study plan. No transfer of credits can be requested for the university studies.
  2. They can provide evidence that they attended a pre-school year (this usually applies to some Latin American countries), which can be taken into consideration only if its attendance was compulsory, and its syllabus included development of reading and writing skills in the local language. Its validity must be certified by the relevant Italian Embassy.
  3. They successfully completed a Foundation Course from an Italian University. Foundations courses from non-Italian universities are not automatically accepted and their suitability as diploma integration will be evaluated case by case. 

Proof of English Proficiency

Candidates need to upload a recognized English language certificate to the online application. Students who apply to degree courses taught in English satisfy the language requirement if they provide one of the following certificates, issued starting from January 1, 2019:

Recognized certificates

Test administrator

Minimum score required

Academic IELTS


Cambridge: First, AP

Cambridge: BV, BH

Cambridge IGCSE FL

Cambridge IGCSE SL

Cambridge ELA


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Course content

First year:

  • Advanced English for international relations- 9 ECTS
  • History of political institutions- 9 ECTS
  • Political science- 9 ECTS
  • Principles of economics- 12 ECTS
  • Public law and governance- 9 ECTS
  • Quantitative methods for social sciences- 9 ECTS
  • Sociology- 9 ECTS

Second year:

  • Global ethics and restorative justice- 6 ECTS
  • History of international relations - 9 ECTS
  • History of political thought - 9 ECTS
  • International and European Union law - 9 ECTS
  • International economics - 9 ECTS
  • International relations - 9 ECTS
  • One foreign language among: French, Spanish, German, Arabic and Chinese - 6 ECTS

Third year:

  • Economic geography- 6 ECTS
  • Geo-politics and Geo-history - 6 ECTS
  • Global economic policies and institutions - 6 ECTS
  • International History: the wider Mediterranean area - 9 ECTS
  • Politics in media - 6 ECTS
  • Social psychology - 6 ECTS
  • Eligible courses * - 12 ECTS
  • Final examination - 6 ECTS

Tuition fees and scholarships

Please visit our website to learn more about the costs of attending University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Career opportunities

Holding a degree in International Relations and Global Affairs will allow you to consider a number of different options for your future career: your political, historical and economic skills will be the perfect base for an international career in governmental institutions and NGOs, or in journalism; your grasp of psychology and group dynamics will tailor you for the HR department of large organizations and firms, and your quantitative skills will suit you for consultancies as well as for international marketing research.


Degree awarded upon completing the course: Laurea in Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali. 

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