BA International Relations and International Organization

University of Groningen
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2024
Application deadline: 15 January 2024

About this program

BA International Relations and International Organization

IRIO in Groningen is a multidisciplinary English-taught degree Program in which you will explore political questions on an international level. You will focus on the place of politics, history, economics, and law in international relations but also the crucial role of international organizations. You will also learn or improve your proficiency in a modern foreign language and will be able to choose a minor that fits your profile.

If you choose IRIO in Groningen, you choose:

  • a challenging Program with a strong theoretical focus as well as a variety of practical assignments
  • a Program with three decades of experience, that enjoys the support and expertise of many renowned international lecturers
  • a Program in which you will acquire analytical, practical and methodological skills that are considered highly valuable in fields as diverse as policy advocacy and consultancy, governmental and civil services, public affairs, risk analysis, journalism, international aid/development work and diplomacy.
  • an international environment and a global perspective: your lecturers and classmates come from all over the world.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

  • VWO Nature & Technology - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.
  • VWO Nature & Health - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.
  • VWO Economy & Society - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.
  • VWO Culture & Society - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.
  • HBO propaedeutic year - Language requirement English: minimum TOEFL requirement iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all components), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 for all components).Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

International diploma

Previous education -Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

Other admission requirements -English language requirement: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • History of International Relations 1
  • International Politics
  • Introduction to International and European Law
  • Academic Skills for IR
  • History of International Relations 2
  • Political Science
  • International Organisation 1
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Language Course 1a
  • International Organisation 2
  • Language Course 1b
  • Statistics for IR

Year 2

  • Language Course 2a
  • Policy and Governance
  • Theory of International Relations
  • Language Course 2b
  • European Law
  • Language Course 3a
  • Methodology and Research Practice
  • IPE of Monetary Relations
  • Language Course 3b

Year 3

  • Minor
  • IPE of Trade
  • Core Module IRIO and Bachelor Thesis
  • International Law

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 11,200 per year


Credits: 180 ECTS

BA in International Relations and International Organization

Continuing studies

As a graduate of International Relations and International Organization, you may choose to continue your studies, as most students do, by enrolling for a Master's Program. With a Bachelor's degree in IRIO, you have direct access to the following Master's tracks at the University of Groningen:

  • East Asian Studies
  • European Politics in a Global Perspective
  • Geopolitics & Connectivity
  • International Relations and International Organization
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security

If you are in possession of an excellent academic record, you are also eligible to apply to the following Master’s tracks that are offered at the Faculty of Arts (please note that a selection takes place):

  • Modern History and International Relations (research)
  • International Humanitarian Action (Erasmus Mundus)
  • Euroculture (Erasmus Mundus)

Career paths

Just like most other university Bachelor and Master Programs, the IRIO Program does not train you for one specific job. The IRIO Program prepares its students for professions and research careers where knowledge of international-political developments and the ability to analyse and assess complex issues and to form grounded judgements are relevant.

Many graduates become policy advisors for national governments, NGOs, and international organisations in international politics. An increasing number of graduates also use their analytical skills to advise international businesses. Research, media and communication are also prospective fields of employment.

Job examples

  • International policy adviser
  • Lobbyist
  • International executive
  • Press officer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.


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I am currently in my third year of IRIO and I would have that say the diversity is what I like most about the program. You really learn how to look at an international issue or process from all different perspectives like the juridical, economical or political.

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