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This Bachelor of Arts program enables students to fully experience the cultural dynamism of Central Europe. Students can expect to gain a solid background in international relations and political theory, history, philosophy, nationalism or security.
The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations is a three-year undergraduate program offering a modern and interdisciplinary education in international relations. The program builds on knowledge of theoretical and philosophical concepts across historical contexts helping students better understand politics internationally as well as domestically. The curriculum offers a balanced mix of courses on political and international relations theory, economy, philosophy and history which provide students with a solid knowledge base for their further specialization in required and elective courses dedicated to international security, foreign policy or European integration. The curriculum is complemented by a range of skills-oriented courses on writing, research or classes increasing student’s proficiency in languages other than English.
Global Affairs concentration
This concentration is an answer to the trends pertaining to globalization of Western societies; the curriculum transcends disciplines and offers and interplay of courses in global governance, East-West relations, democracy, religion and security.
Upon completion, our students acquire the ability to critically examine and address the international/intercultural challenges of our time, such as global inequalities, economic dependency, conflict and security, or globalization including the evolving roles of organizations such as the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.
The International Relations program at Anglo-American University is delivered by a faculty of experts from all over the world. that bring the highest qualifications and professional experience to the classroom.
“AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don't necessarily connect to my coursework—conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. AAU has helped me and my club get in touch with event-organisers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organised by the famous Forum 2000 conference.”
Veronika Bartáková, IR student, President of Diplomatic Club
Graduates of the B.A. in International Relations can expect to:
Situate their arguments within the general ontological and epistemological frameworks of International Relations; discuss and debate basic theories, levels of analysis and empirical evidence used in relevant scholarly literature.
Apply, at a basic level, relevant theories to compare and contrast the meanings and functions of political institutions in different political systems and to explain the outcomes and performance of political processes.
Apply, at a basic level, relevant theories to understand the working of global economy, and to assess the role of various actors (businesses, governments, international organizations).
Apply, at a basic level, relevant theories to understand history, and current events in international relations.
Apply, at a basic level, relevant theories to understand European integration history, the working of the EU institutions, and selected European Union policy areas
Language Requirements for Studying at AAU
English proficiency at a level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are multiple tests that AAU recognizes as evidence of the B2 level proficiency, especially:
- TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
- IELTS (min. 6 – minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
- FCE (min. C)
- CAE (min 160)
- BULATS (min. 60)
- City & Guilds – IESOL (Communicator)
- Pearson PTE (min. 59)
- IGCSE First Language English (C or better)
- IGCSE English as a Second Language (B or better)
- IB (English A or B at HL/SL)
For applicants who completed a high school or gained no less than 30 university credits in a country where English is the language of instruction, or are nationals of a country listed below, the requirement to prove English proficiency may be waived by the respective Dean.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
The B.A. in International Relations is a full-time study program. Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Your Degree & After
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Master’s Studies
AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
International Relations is a 3-year study program. To graduate, students have to accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses. For exhausting information on the study program modular structure and study options, please click here. Or contact our admissions team.
Below, you can find a list of courses in the International Relations (major) with Global Affairs concentration module*.
- Composition I
- Introduction to Politics
- European History II / World History II
- Computer Information Systems
- Introduction to International Organizations
- Composition II
- Introduction to Economic Thought / Intro to Sociology
- Political Philosophy I
- Nations and Nationalism
- Open Elective
- Introduction to International Relations
- Political Geography
- Concentration course 1
- Concentration course 2
- Open Elective (recommended Language I)
- International Relations Research Methods
- History of the Cold War
- Concentration course 3
- Concentration course 4
- Open Elective (recommended Language II)
- (BA) Thesis Seminar
- Internship (with the AAU Career Center)
- Concentration course 5
- Concentration course 6
- Open Elective
- Topics in International Relations
- Concentration course 7
- Concentration course 8
- Open Elective
General Education Courses module
- COM 101 Composition I.
- COM102 Composition II.
- CIS 161 Computer Information Systems
- HIS 104 World History II. / HIS 122 European History II.
- ECO 105 Introduction to Economic Thought / SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
International Relations Major module courses
- POS 101 Introduction to Politics
- POS 201 Political Philosophy I.
- IRS 101 Introduction to International Organizations
- POS 204 Nations and Nationalism
- IRS 200 Introduction to International Relations
- IRS 250 Political Geography
- IRS 251 History of the Cold War
- International Relations Research Methods / POS 240 Social Sciences Research Methods
- IRS 222 Topics in International Relations
- POS 341 Internship
- POS 340 Thesis seminar
- POS 345 Thesis
Concentration module: Global Affairs
- COM 201 Intercultural Communication
- IRS 300 Global Security / IRS 379 Global Governance and International Institutions
- IRS 358 Global Migration / POS 230 Political Economy
- IRS 367 Islam and the West / Politics of Religion and Ethnicity
- HIS 381 Empires: European Imperialism and Colonialism
- IRS 361 Human Rights / US and Global Civil Rights
- IRS 383 Terrorism in Global Politics / IRS 380 Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
- POS 360 Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
- Open Elective course (could be courses offered by the School of IRD or courses offered by other AAU Schools)
- Open Elective course
- Open Elective course
- Open Elective course
- Open Elective course
School of International Relations and Diplomacy Electives
- French I., German I., Spanish I., or Russian I.
- French II., German II., Spanish II., or Russian II.
- American Foreign Policy in Film
- British Foreign Policy
- Central European History
- Culture Wars in the West – Politics of a Digital Era
- Democracy in the USA
- Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
- Editorial Cartoons in Political and Social Science
- (The) Emergence of the Modern Middle East
- Germany in the 20th Century
- Global Governance
- Human Rights
- Islam and the West
- (The) Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe
- Non-Violent Conflict: Theory and Application
- Political Parties and Party Systems
- Russian Foreign Policy
- Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
- Terrorism in Global Politics
- US – UK Special Relationship
- US in Global Politics (in the Age of Trump)
- US National Security Policy
*Please note we need approx. 12–15 students enrolled to run a “concentration” module.
Exam and Assessment Regulation
AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex.
The B.A. in International Relations program is accredited by the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education thereby qualifying thereby qualifying graduates to apply for admission to master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other countries of the European Union, the United States, Canada, and in many other countries.
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.
Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of International Relations & Diplomacy and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.
Required Application Documents
- English language exam certificate
- High School Diploma (only required after time of graduation)
- High School Transcript (current transcript upon application and final transcript upon graduation
- A copy of your passport
- A passport size photograph in colour
- A personal statement
- Consent to Making and Providing Copy of ID Card (Please fill this form and send it with the rest of your documents)
Please note: All documents should be in pdf formatting, named in accordance to the document content with your name included and sent as an attachment, not in the body of the email.
As soon as these documents are received and reviewed our Admissions team will be able to assist you with scheduling your Admissions interview with the Assistant Dean of the program you have applied.
If you are having trouble submitting any of the documents above, please let us know at [email protected]
How to Apply
*Please note that during the COVID-19 situation, the AAU Admissions team is still operating as usual, accepting applications and ready to support you through the application process as the situation develops.