The Department of International Relations and European Studies is focused on equipping students with the requisite knowledge in the two related, yet distinct, disciplines of international relations and European studies. These two disciplines include the fields of classical and contemporary philosophy, constitutional and international law, diplomacy, EU politics, European integration, foreign policy, international security, languages, micro- and macro-economics, and political science. Once they master theoretical concepts and gain the necessary knowledge, students intern in a governmental, international, or nongovernmental organization for a semester in tandem with other courses (students enjoy lecture-free Fridays in order to be able to intern) and may (but are not required to) write an undergraduate thesis. In addition, students become immersed in the practice of international relations through various activities organized by Burch Diplomacy Club, which closely cooperates with the Department throughout the academic year.
The Department of International Relations and European Studies aims to train students in the fields of classical and contemporary philosophy, constitutional and international law, diplomacy, EU politics, European integration, foreign policy, international security, languages, micro- and macro-economics, and political science to enable them to innovatively contribute to their chosen career, whether it be in academic, business, nongovernmental, policy or other sector. To that end, it aims to equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills to be competitive candidates for a variety of job prospects and/or to continue their education.
The Department of International Relations and European Studies offers a six-semester / three-year academic degree, after which students will earn the degree "Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and European Studies", along with equivelent degrees from the University of Pula Jurja Dobrile in Croatia and the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in Austria. All instruction is conducted in English by a team of experienced instructors who obtained their academic qualifications and who have worked both in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. The program consists primarily of general courses that introduce students to a subject matter and create firm foundations in the disciplines of international relations and European studies, allowing her/him to investigate further while writing her/his undergraduate thesis or during graduate studies.
The program combines theory and practice, both in class as a compulsory part of most courses and outside of class during the internship. Furthermore, the best students have opportunities to work with renown academics from various fields in International Burch University's Social Sciences Research Center and publish articles in one of International Burrch University's in-house journals, as well as contribute to the Department blog and participate in the activities of Burch Diplomacy Club. Students are expected to graduate from the Department of International Relations and European Studies with solid theoretical foundations and having applied them to real-world situations, both simulated and otherwise, which allows them to pursue careers, further study, or both simultaneously. In addition, all students should master English and be proficient in another language, which provides them with an additional competitive edge compared to their peers at other study programs.
Career and Job Prospects
A Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and European Studies degree from International Burch University, due to its hands-on approach and interdisciplinary structure, makes graduates uniquely positioned to seek employment in a variety of fields, including in the academia, (political) campaigns, civil service, international organizations, multinational corporations, news organizations, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks. Graduates' joint degree and ample experience from their internship and work with the Social Sciences Research Center provides them a further competitivenss in the job market.