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Bachelor in International Studies

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4 years (240 credits)


The Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies trains professionals specialized in rigorous in-depth understanding and analysis of today’s complex and constantly evolving world. The degree program is taught entirely in English and is multidisciplinary in nature, in line with the philosophy that inspires prestigious international degrees in International Studies.

Among its main contents are: processes of constructing supranational institutions and possibilities of global governance; the political economy of poverty and inequalities; maintenance of the welfare state; the loss of state sovereignty and the management of nationalism; causes and consequences of migratory flows; violent conflicts and international terrorism; the aging of the population in the wealthiest countries; democratization; corruption in and the poor quality of many new democracies; the exploitation of natural resources; and the economic and political consequences of climate change.

This program provides students with the tools necessary to research the contemporary world and assess possible future scenarios, while developing their analytical and communication skills.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Top 50 Under 50
Times Higher Education (THE)



  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobilty

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Student should have a solid education in history, geography, mathematics, economics and environmental sciences. Additionally, although there is no entrance exam, we recommend a B2 (MCERL) level of English, given that the courses are taught exclusively in English.

    We also appreciate students with initiative, flexibility, organizational working skills, a positive attitude to working in groups, ability to complete tasks under pressure, responsibility and curiosity to apply acquired knowledge in practice. Students should also have sensitivity and curiosity towards the legal, economic, political and social problems of the world today, interest to understand and discuss these problems and challenges from a critical point of view and using, both orally and in written form, distinct qualitative and quantitative skills.


    Application for a place in the degree

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    International Studies is oriented to preparing graduates to pursue careers in these professional fields:

    • Business intelligence and corporate strategy in multinational firms, nation brands, strategic planning for cities and metropolitan areas, etc.
    • Public administrations
    • International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations
    • Political parties
    • Think-tanks and national and international research centers and observatories
    • Political consulting and strategic communication
    • Investigative journalism
    • Education and research and consulting related to both

    The degree in International Studies will provide students with the necessary skills to pursue a dynamic and versatile career, with a high capacity to adapt to changes in the labour markets with the profiles we have indicated above and those that are still to be consolidated in the years to come.

    Competencias que otorga el Grado en Estudios Internacionales


    CG2 - Ser capaz de abordar y analizar los valores inherentes a la igualdad de oportunidades, el multiculturalismo, el pluralismo político, ideológico y cultural, y los Derechos Humanos, en la sociedad internacional.

    CG1 - Conocer la realidad económica, jurídica, política y social desde una perspectiva comparada.

    CG4 - Ser capaz de gestionar información, identificar, organizar y analizar información relevante de forma crítica y sistemática en el contexto de las relaciones internacionales.

    CG5 - Ser capaz de debatir y formular razonamientos críticos, empleando para ello terminología precisa y recursos especializados, sobre los fenómenos internacionales y globales, utilizando tanto los conceptos y conocimientos de las diferentes disciplinas como las metodologías de análisis, paradigmas y conceptos de las Ciencias Sociales.

    CB1 - Que los estudiantes hayan demostrado poseer y comprender conocimientos en un área de estudio que parte de la base de la educación secundaria general, y se suele encontrar a un nivel que, si bien se apoya en libros de texto avanzados, incluye también algunos aspectos que implican conocimientos procedentes de la vanguardia de su campo de estudio

    CB2 - Que los estudiantes sepan aplicar sus conocimientos a su trabajo o vocación de una forma profesional y posean las competencias que suelen demostrarse por medio de la elaboración y defensa de argumentos y la resolución de problemas dentro de su área de estudio

    CB3 - Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes (normalmente dentro de su área de estudio) para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética

    CB4 - Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado CB5 - Que los estudiantes hayan desarrollado aquellas habilidades de aprendizaje necesarias para emprender estudios posteriores con un alto grado de autonomía.


    CT1 - Capacidad de comunicar los conocimientos oralmente y por escrito, ante un público tanto especializado como no especializado.

    CT2 - Capacidad de establecer una buena comunicación interpersonal y de trabajar en equipos multidisciplinares e internacionales.

    CT3 - Capacidad de organizar y planificar su trabajo, tomando las decisiones correctas basadas en la información disponible, reuniendo e interpretando datos relevantes para emitir juicios dentro de su área de estudio.

    CT4 - Motivación y capacidad para dedicarse a un aprendizaje autónomo de por vida, que les permita adaptarse a nuevas situaciones.


    CE2 - Conocer y comprender los procesos de cambio político, social, económico y cultural en la sociedad y la política contemporáneas.

    CE3 - Conocer el sistema de fuentes del Derecho

    CE4 - Conocer el modelo de libertades públicas y derechos fundamentales en los ordenamientos jurídicos español e internacional.

    CE12 - Saber plantear y resolver problemas básicos de contenido económico, social, político y en el contexto internacional.

    CE14 - Saber diseñar y evaluar programas políticos y socio-económicos viables y sostenibles dirigidos a la mejora social.

Study in english

Studies in English only

This degree courses completely in English. No groups available in Spanish in any subject. You must take into mind that:

  • In groups in English, all work (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) shall be conducted in English.
  • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, passing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. 
  • After completing the studies, the DS mention of having carried out the studies in English will appear.

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