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Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Economics

estudios internacionales y economía
5 years (330 ECTS credits)


The Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Economics combines the education and training that studies in economics offers together with the multidisciplinary nature that inspires degrees in International Studies at outstanding world universities.

The goal of this program is to create specialists who wish to add an international dimension to their career. Graduates will be able to understand and analyze increasingly complex economic situations and process and interpret large quantities of data that companies and institutions generate. The education is rounded out with other content that is especially important at an international level. This might include the functioning of the world economy, the economic policy of poverty and inequalities, causes and consequences of migration, the exploitation of natural resources or climate change policy, among other topics.

This program is taught entirely in English and includes all the basic content that is taught in both degrees separately. At the end of their program, students will receive two degrees, one in International Studies and another in Economics, with the professional advantages that this entails.

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 mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Student should have a solid education in history, geography, mathematics, statistics 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 and Economics is oriented to preparing graduates to pursue careers in these professional fields:

    • Managers in international companies or national firms working in international markets
    • Research departments of finacial and non financial institutions.
    • Business intelligence and corporate strategy in multinational firms, nation brands, strategic planning for cities and metropolitan areas, etc.
    • Public administrations related to foreign relations
    • International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations
    • Think-tanks and national and international research centers and observatories
    • International auditing, consulting and strategic communication
    • International finances

    This double degree 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.

    General skills in Economics

    Competence and Authority:

    • Understand the functioning of the economy as the efficient assignation of scarce resources without forgetting the importance  of fairness.
    • Identify economic problems and provide creative solutions, based on a theoretical and rigorous empirical analysis.
    • Ability to relate the results of the analysis with public and private policies, taking into account the incentives and institutions.
    • Entrepreneurship and readiness to assume risks.

    Description of the skills and competence:

    Through the descriptive report content and the tutor's assessment, the committee will seek to evaluate the following skills and competence:

    • Ability to  analyse and synthesise.
    • Ability to organise, plan and manage information.
    • Ability to resolve problems and make decisions.
    • Critical reasoning
    • Creativity
    • Motivation for a job well done
    • Ability to motive the relevance of the problem which is the subject of the study.
    • Knowledge of statistics, business mathematics and IT, relevant to the work carried out.
    • Identification of relevant information for problem solving.
    • Ability to devise and construct models.
    • Data analysis
    • Knowledge, identification and selection of statistical sources.
    • Interpretation of results
    • Drawing conclusions and drafting reports.
    • Identification of relations or associations.
    • Quantitative thinking and reasoning.
    • Development of capacity of abstraction.

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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