It makes sense to head to central Europe to earn a degree with an international-relations focus. Geographically, this is a natural nexus of continents – equidistant between Los Angeles and Shanghai. Along those lines, Germany’s Jacobs University is ideally located for international students seeking degrees in international relations.
In all, there are just over 1300 students enrolled at Jacobs University, which spells ample opportunity to get to know fellow classmates and forge powerful networks that are carried into professional world. The university’s alumni association is small but powerful. It launched in 2004 and enjoys 80 percent enrollment.
Small classes make for engaging discussion, and they allow for more personal interaction with instructors. Couple this with the fact more than 100 nationalities are represented on the Bremen campus, and it’s easy to see why Jacobs’ programs in International Politics and History and Integrated Social Sciences are getting so much attention.
International Student Body
Jacobs is especially attractive to students from overseas looking to gain an international perspective while earning their degree. Take a walk across Jacobs University campus, and three out of every four students you meet is going to hail from abroad. Given the strong international undercurrents, English is the language of instruction, discussion and everyday life on campus.
This small university has a record for being fiercely selective. Only the most talented and motivated students are given an opportunity to study here, and they become part of a student body that represents 110 different nations. It’s difficult to imagine a better environment in which to explore cultural differences, grapple with multinational problems and innovate 21st-century solutions to age-old political quandaries.
With people from so many national backgrounds convening on this 80-acre campus, students with an international relations background will find they are in their element. Learning occurs out and about in daily life as often as it does in the classroom. Meanwhile, your in-class discussions and research projects will take on higher levels of relevance.
At Jacobs University, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in three years, setting them up for further study or immediate employment. There are several courses related to international affairs on offer here, and each of them provide students with plenty of opportunity to grapple with case studies, engage other students and develop their own viewpoints. A consistent transdisciplinary thread runs through the coursework.
These are three of the most successful international relations programs offered at Jacobs University.
Integrated Social Sciences
This multi-disciplinary program combines elements of economics, mass communication, political science and sociology. This is one of the university’s stand-out programs. It scored well in the 2011 German CHE rankings – receiving particularly high marks for its international orientation and research
In the Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) program, your instructors will focus on bridging the disciplines mentioned above. You’ll grapple with problems related to developing contemporary societies. In the process, you’ll consider the challenges of globalization, the role that electronics play in shaping consciousness or of the push for individualism among large communities.
Intercultural Relations and Behavior
Globalization is shortening the distance between nations, and this presents new challenges for businesses and institutions that operate in multiple nations. Many of these firms are in desperate need of analysts and public relations specialists who can understand and even cater to the values, thought patterns, behavior and cultural identities of international clients and liaisons. Graduates of the International Relations and Behavior (IRB) program make excellent candidates.
This course differs from others in the department in that students analyze societies while taking into account individual psychology. You’ll learn to manage diversity, communicate effectively, analyze social systems and prevent stereotyping. Graduates are well-qualified to work in fields where people from various backgrounds are interacting on a regular basis.
International Politics and History
The way disparate nations interact is constantly changing, and the 21st century has seen significant developments in international politics. One of the most significant developments is the role that international structures and institutions play in shaping world events and international policies. The International Politics and History (IPH) program explores this dynamic.
The curriculum combines elements social and political sciences, layering in historical perspectives where relevant. You’ll learn about the concepts, mechanisms and institutions that inform modern intercultural communication, transnational law and finance. Given the diverse student body at Jacobs University, this program is particularly rewarding.
As mentioned, much of the learning accomplished at Jacobs University takes place outside of the classroom. Multiculturalism pervades the clubs, activities and student activities at Jacobs. Hosted by the Campus Activities and Intercultural Affairs department, these include a range of community events, the student government, arts and sports organizations and the university’s host family program.
Off-campus, Bremen is a small but beautiful town, known for its red-brick architecture, compact city center and connection to the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Bremen Town Musicians. Markets, cafés and atmospheric bars and pubs abound, leaving students plenty to see and experience when the workload permits.