International relations – Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's Degree Programs
3 years (6 semesters)
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THE DESCRIPTION OF THE MAJOR
Globalization is the concept which becomes increasingly meaningful every year. We live in the times when the flow of finances, information and specialist migrations are on a daily basis. The exchange of experience and knowledge enriches us culturally and thanks to that we develop as inhabitants of the global village. The world was never as small as now but nevertheless we have to know how to move in it. You can learn that in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula on International Relations.
If you are interested in international policy, as well as in the way it is created in relations between countries or organizations, the International Relations bachelor’s program will help you to become an expert in this field.
Studying International Relation in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, you will gain knowledge of international politics, international economic relations, law, culture, philosophy and ethics. You will learn how to analyze in practice complex global and international problems. Subjects related to management, marketing and public relations will prepare you for work both in diplomacy and non-state sector.
At Vistula University, you can earn your BA degree in International Relations online.
If you are interested in international politics and the world economy, and at the same time you work intensively, take care of children, or live abroad, then the online International Relations studies are just for you. You will study in Polish and receive a diploma from a Polish university.
The program of International Relations aims to prepare you best for the work in diplomacy, international organizations and private sector. It was created to decrease the number of lectures and increase the number of practical interactive classes. Carefully selected specialties and staff, which is composed of the former ministers, ambassadors and the workers of international “think-tanks,” make you choose reliability and practical knowledge while studying International Relations (bachelor’s program).
International Relations Programme at Vistula has been appreciated by Polish Accreditation Committee and has been recognized as best International Relations Programme available at Polish private universities according to prestigious Polish “Perspektywy” Ranking.
In the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, we focus on passing the knowledge practically, also in the case of International Relations. The studies are perfect occasion to gain not only theoretical knowledge, but also valuable experience. It is a chance to make first acquaintances, which are very important, among others, in the work of a diplomat. Therefore, during three years, each student will be able to undertake an internship in partner organizations of our Academy.
See facilities in which you can undertake an internship:
- Centre for International Relations,
- German Marshall Fund of the United States,
- THINKTANK magazine,
- The Open Dialog Foundation,
- The Polish Institute for International Affairs,
- The Robert Schuman Foundation,
- The Pulaski Foundation,
- Center for European Policy Analysis,
- WiseEuropa Institute,
- Institute of Public Affairs,
- The Heinrich Böll Foundation,
- Atlantic Council,
- Community of Democracies.
Studies in the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula provide you with the knowledge, which will quickly make you become a specialist in the field of International Relations.
Check the obligatory subjects
- Fundamentals of economics
- The history of international relations
- The theory of the state and politics
- Foundations of law
- The theory of international relations
- International political relations
- International economic relations
- International organizations
- Current political systems
- Current political doctrines
- The basic knowledge about the EU
- The fundamentals of management
- Intercultural communication
- Public international law
- National and international security
- International cultural relations
- European Union as a global actor
- Diplomacy protocol
- Polish foreign policy
- Public relations and political marketing
- The lastest world history
- Philosophy and ethics
- Social psychology
- BA Seminar
- Foreign language
- Second foreign language
- Physical education
While studying International Relations (bachelor’s program), you can choose one of the three specialties: international business relations I, national and international security or global, regional and civilization studies.
SPECIALTY: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS I
This specialty will prepare you for the work in international business environment or for conducting your own business activity – also abroad. You will gain practical skills related to foreign investments, international marketing as well as political risk in business relations. You will learn how to use modern technologies in politics and global economy.
Check the subjects realized within the specialty international business relationsI
- Different types of capitalism
- Economic and social transformation of Central and Eastern Europe
- International dimension of the contemporary business
SPECIALTY: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
This specialty will provide you the knowledge of the processes which ensure security as well as about the threats which influence these processes. You will learn also how to react and resolve possible problems with the use of modern tools and techniques. Moreover, you will gain knowledge related to international and internal conditions of the security policy.
Check the subjects realized within the specialty national and international security
- Strategic studies
- Religion and identity in international politics
- Contemporary security problems
SPECIALTY: GLOBAL, REGIONAL AND CIVILIZATION STUDIES
You will learn about different regions of the world, their culture, politics and economy. You will see how transnational cooperation looks like and is conducted in regional and global dimension. By choosing this specialty, you will also learn how to manage international problems efficiently.
Check the subjects realized within the specialty global, regional and civilization studies
- World’s civilizations
- Globalization processes in South-East Asia
- Eastern Studies
Małgorzata Bonikowska, PhD
Since 2013, she has been a president of the Centre for International Relations – one of the oldest Polish think tanks specializing in foreign affairs; a co-founder and a president of the THINKTANK centre; she attended universities in Poland and in France (Sorbonne) and is a graduate of doctoral studies in two fields, as well as a graduate of specialist studies of the Columbia University in New York (political sciences, Fulbright scholarship); in years 1995-1998, she worked for the Polish Television as an opinion journalist for domestic and foreign affairs; in 1998, she became a director of the European Information Centre of the Committee for European Integration, where, among other tasks, she developed a network of regional centres and the governmental programme for informing the society about the EU; in years 2001-2007, she was an expert, and later a head of the Programme for Information and Communication of the European Union – first in Poland and then in Bulgaria, preparing these countries for their accession to the EU; she worked for the governmental Centre for Development of Human Resources as an advisor for EU affairs; an author of more than 150 works and a promoter of almost a hundred diploma theses; she has managed international projects (including in the Visegrád Group, the Eastern Partnership and EU – India cooperation); she has participated in scientific conferences and think-tank debates and she has commented on international affairs in the domestic and foreign media.
Przemysław Piotr Damski, PhD
Head of the Education Program International Relations. Historian of diplomacy and international relations, holder of a PhD degree in humanities, member of the Polish Historical Society and the British International History Group; holder of two scholarships of the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies in Middelburg in the Netherlands; he conducted research in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany; author of a book Najbliższe narody. Stosunki brytyjsko-amerykańskie w dobie prezydentury Theodore’a Roosevelta (Closest nations. British-American relations during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt) (1901-1909) and many articles on the history of international relations of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prof. Marek Artur Grela, PhD
Ombudsman at Vistula University. A diplomat, an economist and a former Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs; in years 2002-2012 an ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the European Union and later a director for trans-Atlantic affairs in the Council of the European Union and a chief advisor in the European External Action Service (EEAS); at present, he cooperates with Polish and foreign institutions for international studies; a diplomatic advisor to the Polish Chamber of Commerce, member of the Council of the Amicus Europeae Foundation and a member of the Euro-Atlantic Association; ambassador ad personam.
Anna Grzywacz, PhD
Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the Warsaw University; she received the scholarships at the Nottingham University, England 2012/2013 and Xiamen University, China 2015/2016; an author of: Transitional Justice in East Timor: Timorese political pragmatism and its effectiveness, in: The Legacy of Crimes and Crises. Transitional Justice, Domestic Change and the Role of the International Community, Bachmann K., Heidrich D.(eds), Peter Lang 2016, pp. 81-92; Tożsamość narodowa i polityka zagraniczna Indonezji.
Tomoyuki Hashimoto, MA, LL.M., FHEA
He specializes in the post-communist period, and his current research focuses on Warsaw as an international securities trading centre (compared to Prague, Budapest and Vienna); he conducts research based on financial geography as well as on economic analysis of law; recently he was the editor of the “Reviewing the European Union Accession” magazine (Brill, Leiden / Boston); currently he is preparing a doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford on Warsaw as a financial centre.
Prof. Wawrzyniec Konarski, PhD
Rector of Vistula University. Associate professor at Vistula University, formerly lecturer of the Jagiellonian University, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw and Warsaw University; researcher of ethnocultural and political and system issues in democratic and authoritarian systems as well as selected issues within the latest political history and ethnopolitics, including nationalisms and regionalisms against the background of a modern historical perspective; participant of nearly 200 national and international conferences and guest lecturer at several dozen universities and educational institutions in Poland and Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Great Britain and Hungary, as well as in Chile, the North Korea and the USA; member of scientific associations, among others: the “Poland 2000 Plus” Forecasting Committee Department at Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Society of Political Sciences (during 2007-2010 – deputy president of the Main Board by election), Polish Society for the Cooperation with the Club of Rome (since 30.01.2012 – deputy president of the Main Board by election), International Political Science Association; political commentator in Polish and foreign media; author of nearly 200 publications in the field of political science, cultural studies, media studies and international relations (published in Polish, English, Croatian, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian), including: A Legacy of Hatred: On the Conflict in Northern Ireland (1991); Nieprzejednani: rzecz o Irlandzkiej Armii Republikańskiej (Irreconcilables: The Story of the Irish Republican Army) (1991); A Predominant Party System: The Case of Ireland (1994); Pragmatycy i idealiści: rodowód, typologia i ewolucja ugrupowań politycznych nacjonalizmu irlandzkiego w XX wieku (Pragmatists and Idealists: Origins, Typology and Evolution of the Political Parties in the Twentieth Century Irish Nationalism) (2001); System konstytucyjny Irlandii (The Constitutional System of Ireland) (2005); Bałkany: Etnokulturowe podłoże konfliktów (The Balkans: Ethnocultural Roots of the Conflict) (co-author and co-editor, 2006); Niemcy-Polska: Coraz bliżej: Perspektywa polskich i niemieckich studentów (Germany-Poland: Coming Closer: the Perspective of Polish and German Students) (co-author and editor, 2007); Kryzys przywództwa we współczesnej polityce (The Crisis of Leadership in the Contemporary Politics) (co-author and co-editor, 2011); Politolog o polityce. Wywiady, komentarze, opinie i ekspertyzy (Political Scientist on Politics: Interviews, Comments, Opinions and Expertise) (2008-2014) (2014); Partyzanci, doktrynerzy, terroryści. Chronologiczne studium fenomenu Irlandzkiej Armii Republikańskiej (Partisans, Doctrinaires, Terrorists. Chronological Study of the Phenomenon of the Irish Republican Army) (2019).
Prof. Wojciech Kostecki, PhD
Research Coordinator. A political scientist, specialist in International Relations, graduate of Warsaw University; an author of many scientific works on the contemporary international issues, the problems of security, media, conflicts and theory of politics; in years 2007-2011 he was a chairman of the Team for threats to security of the society and state of the Committee for Research of Threats of the Polish Academy of Sciences; a member of domestic (NCN) and international research programs (including at the Cambridge University, the University of Copenhagen and Berghof Research Centre); a member of the European International Studies Association and a participant of the Global Security Fellows Initiative; since 2018 a member of the Managing Committee of the COST program entitled “EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities: Perceptions, Contestation, Communication and Relations”.
Prof. Agnieszka Legucka, PhD
Analyst of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), where she is the chief specialist for foreign policy with regard to the Russian Federation; she was involved in such projects as development of the state national security of the Republic of Poland; she was a prorector for student affairs at the National Defence University, and she has trained public officers in the SENSE program, aimed at countries, which have been involved in armed conflicts.
Marek Madej, PhD
Holder of a PhD degree in legal sciences since 1986, specializing in international law. He was an assistant professor at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in the years 1979-1987, an assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University (1987-1992). From 1992 until 2018, he performed several functions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working as a legal advisor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the UN New York (1992-1997 and 2001-2006), Minister-Advisor at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the UN and the OSCE Vienna (2013-2017), Minister-Advisor at the Department of Law and Treaty (2011-2018). Lecturer at Collegium Civitas (2008-2013). At the UN, among others, vice-chairman of the Legal Committee of the General Assembly (1994), vice-chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the International Criminal Court (1995-1996). In 2011, he was a chair of the COJUR-ICC working group of the European Council.
Juliusz Maliszewski, PhD
Head of the Education Program in the field of Journalism and Social Communication. Doctor of humanities in political sciences, MBA, journalist, diplomat; he has performed numerous managerial functions in the public media – the Polish Television and the Polish Radio, including the director – editor-in-chief of the Polish Radio External Service and a member of the Board of Supervisors of TVP SA; he was a member of the Ethics Committee of TVP; he was a director of the Polish Institute in Leipzig; he specializes in German and European affairs. He is an author of the monograph “Deutsche Welle in the media system of the Federal Republic of Germany” and many titles on international relations and media.
Janusz Mrowiec, PhD
A diplomat, ambassador ad personam, PhD in humanistic sciences, a specialist in international relations, Polish representative at international conferences, i.a. of the Organisation of African Unity, African Union, Arab League Councils, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Economic Community of West African States; former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Gambia and Algiers; for many years he has been a lecturer for the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH); an author of numerous publications on international relations, Arab world, Islam, terrorism and cultural differences.
Bartłomiej E. Nowak, PhD
Director of the Research Institute in the discipline of political science and administration. Political scientist, holder of a PhD degree in economic sciences. Formerly, head of the Department of International Relations at Vistula University (2014-2017) and executive director of the Centre for International Relations (2010-2013). Holder of scholarships from the European University Institute in Florence (2018), Transatlantic Academy in Washington (2013-2014), as well as the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (non-resident 2014-2017). He also performed executive and advisory functions in the European Parliament (Brussels-Strasbourg, 2004-2009) and at the Convention on the Future of Europe (Brussels, 2002-2003). Prior Poland’s accession to the EU, he was a co-founder and member of the Program Board of the Initiative “YES in the Referendum” (2002–2003), and the National Council for European Integration (2002–2004).
Prof. Jerzy M. Nowak, PhD
Retired professional diplomat with 50 years of experience (e.g. ambassador in Spain and NATO), negotiator of many international agreements, specialized in multilateral diplomacy and international security, he wrote about 90 scientific and popular-scientific papers (including a monograph on the Warsaw Pact, a script on multilateral diplomacy, memories), he obtained his doctorate and postdoctoral degree at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń; former president of the Euro-Atlantic Association (currently vice president).
Justyna Olędzka, PhD
A literary scholar, doctor of humanities in political sciences; in years 2014-2017, she worked on the basis of a grant received from the National Centre of Science, being hired as an academic employee at the Faculty of History and Sociology of the University of Białystok; she is a theme editor of the periodical „Kavkaz – Przeszłość – Teraźniejszość – Przyszłość” and an expert on the Post-Soviet area and a coordinator of the “Northern Caucasus” program at the El-Karama Foundation.
THE BEST IN PRACTICE
Bachelor’s program in International Relations offers a well-thought-out program, which meets the expectations of the contemporary labor market. The classes are conducted by experienced experts – the former ministers and ambassadors who have sound knowledge. During the studies, you will be able to gain first experience during the internship in Poland or abroad thanks to the Erasmus Plus program.
See for yourself that Vistula is the best University in practice. Find the benefits of studying International Relations.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
You will learn about the relations between countries and the processes which shape foreign policy. You will learn two foreign languages. You will make many international acquaintances with other students. This will make you an attractive candidate not only on the Polish but also on the foreign labor market.
Understanding of the world
Learning about new cultures as well as about the specificity of the policy conducted by countries in different regions will help you to understand the world.
Flair for diplomacy
The knowledge acquired from the former ministers and ambassadors as well as internship undertaken in international facilities will help you to make your first steps into diplomacy.
International Relations (bachelor’s program) give you the opportunity to work not only in diplomacy, but also in non-state sector.
The following facilities will be interested in your candidacy:
- International organizations of global cooperation (UN, The World Bank),
- International organizations of regional cooperation (European Union, ASEAN),
- Diplomatic services,
- National parliaments,
- Institutions of the European Union,
- Analytics institutions,
- International and national non-governmental organizations,
- International companies.
Tuition fee for studies in Polish
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time 120 € 1 450 € 775 €
Tuition fee for studies in English – EU and other countries citizens*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 2 500 € 1 350 €
*Citizens of North, Central, South America; Caribbean; Northern, Western, Eastern Europe; Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia)
Tuition fee for studies in English – citizens from non-EU countries
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Full-time studies 200 € 3 500 €
This does not apply to citizens of North, Central, South America; Caribbean; Northern, Western, Eastern Europe; Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia)
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