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.  

Concentration in Political History of Central and Eastern Europe 

Political History of the CEE region is an interdisciplinary specialization combining historical context with present day politics. The courses offered provide a deeper insight into imperial history of the CEE countries, its aftermath and especially into the legacies of authoritarian regimes, be it on general, Jewish population or on general post-Cold War socio-political transformation. 

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. 

obrázek“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 

Learning Outcomes

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

Language Requirements for Studying at AAU 

Undergraduate Programs

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
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

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

Degree Awarded

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Program Structure

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 Political History of Central and Eastern Europe concentration module*. 

Study Plan

1st Semester

  • Composition I
  • Introduction to Politics 
  • European History II / World History II
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Introduction to International Organizations
2nd Semester
  • Composition II
  • Introduction to Economic Thought / Intro to Sociology
  • Political Philosophy I
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Open Elective
3rd Semester
  • Introduction to International Relations 
  • Political Geography
  • Concentration course 1
  • Concentration course 2 
  • Open Elective (recommended Language I)
4th Semester
  • International Relations Research Methods 
  • History of the Cold War
  • Concentration course 3
  • Concentration course 4
  • Open Elective (recommended Language II)
5th Semester
  • (BA) Thesis Seminar
  • Internship (with the AAU Career Center)
  • Concentration course 5
  • Concentration course 6
  • Open Elective
6th Semester (final)
  • Thesis 
  • Topics in International Relations 
  • Concentration course 7
  • Concentration course 8
  • Open Elective


Study Modules

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: Political History of Central and Eastern Europe

  • Historiography and Its Methods
  • HIS 237 Central European History
  • POS 252 Central and East European Politics 
  • POS 373 Germany in the Modern World / HIS 400 Habsburg Empire: A Political and Cultural History (1526–1918)
  • HIS 236 Jewish Experience in Central and Eastern Europe / HIS 338 The Holocaust and Jewish Cultural Destruction
  • Europe after the Cold War / History of Dissent Thought in Russia and East-Central Europe / IRS 353 Russian Foreign Policy
  • POS 375 Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe / POS 360 Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
  • Historiography in the 20th Century

Electives module

  • 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.

More Information

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

Accreditation
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.

Study Abroad
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

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.

  • To apply simply follow the steps outlined here at www.aauni.edu/how-to-apply
  • Should you have any questions feel free to send an email to [email protected] and a member of the AAU admissions team will be happy to assist you!