International relations – Master’s Degree Programs
Master's Degree Programs
2 years (4 semesters)
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DESCRIPTION OF THE MAJOR
If you’ve only kept up-to-date with the international policy so far, but you would now like to have a real influence on shaping such a policy, then the International Relations (Master’s programme) is for you. During four semesters, you will learn how to design a strategy in international policy, and carefully manage global problems, making at the same time, ethical decisions.
The Master’s programme in International Relations is also an opportunity to broaden knowledge and skills, which are required in world diplomacy. This means that the studies will present you with global opportunities. After finishing the studies, you will be able to fulfil yourself in the region of the world, which most interests you.
In the Perspektywy University Rankings 2021, the field of International Relations conducted by Vistula University, received the highest rating, when compared to all non-public universities, responsible for such studies in Poland.
The International relations field of study at Vistula University is accredited by CEEMAN IQA (International Quality Accreditation). It is one of the most prestigious and respected international accreditations in the field of managerial education. Obtaining it confirms Vistula’s compliance with the highest international standards in the crucial areas of efficient operation, high-quality education and research, and a good level of teaching. Thanks to CEEMAN IQA’s accreditation, brand recognition and the value of the Vistula University diploma, in Poland and abroad, is growing. Students, therefore, have a better chance of satisfactory employment, and graduates can be sure that their knowledge and highly developed social and managerial competencies will be appreciated in the business environment.
At Vistula University, you can earn your MA degree in International Relations online.
If you want to expand your knowledge in the field of 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 do 50 percent of your classes online, 50 percent – at the University. You will study in Polish and receive a diploma from a Polish university.
The International Relations programme was created on the basis of international standards. It takes into account the latest trends and changes in politics and the world economy. The studies balance the theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The classes are conducted by experts, such as the former ministers, ambassadors, and the employees of “think-tanks”. This makes the International Relations (Master’s programme) a guarantee of solid knowledge.
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 on knowledge practically, as in the case of International Relations. The studies represent the perfect opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and valuable experience, as well as to make first acquaintances, which are very important in the work of a diplomat. Therefore, during the Master’s programme, each student will undertake an internship within partner organisations of our Academy.
See the 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 inclusive knowledge, which will help to make you a specialist in the field of International Relations.
Check the obligatory subjects
- Theory of International Relations II
- Democracy and International Relations
- Case of climate change in International Politics
- Compendium of Knowledge of Economic Sciences
- History of Diplomacy
- Introduction to Public Policy
- Academic skills and social competences in the Internet age
- Actors in International Politics
- International Law: advanced course
- Economic Doctrines
- International Economics
- Ethics and Human Rights in international relations
- Globalisation and Regionalisation
- International Forecasts and Simulations
- The Methodology of writing the MA thesis
- Research seminar
- MA Seminar
- Foreign Language
While studying the International Relations (Master’s programme), you can choose one of three specialisms: International Business Relations II, Transatlantic Studies, or International Security, Migrations and Terrorism.
SPECIALISM: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS
This specialism will enable you to learn how to conduct serious international projects on your own. You will deepen your knowledge related to the activities within the international business environment, as well as foreign investments. You will acquire skills in global marketing, and see the value of political risk in business relations. You will learn the role of modern technologies in politics and the global economy.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - international business relations
- Varieties of Capitalism
- Contemporary International Business
- Modeling in International Politics
- Processes of political, social and economic transformation in Europe and in the world
SPECIALISM: TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES
This is a completely new specialization, aimed at deepening the knowledge of American-European relations, increasing the political and economic aspirations of some Latin American and African countries, and the interests of Asian powers. Graduates of this specialization will be prepared for analytical work for non-governmental organizations, public institutions, and international corporations.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - transatlantic studies
- Traditions of Transatlantic Relations
- Contemporary issues of USA, Canada, and UE in Transatlantic Area
- Africa and Latin America in Transatlantic Area
- Russian and Asian activity in Transatlantic Area
SPECIALISM: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, MIGRATIONS, AND TERRORISM
This new specialization is a response to the growing migration problems and the activity of terrorist organizations that threaten both the security of individual countries and the international community. Graduates have the competencies necessary to work in organizations and companies dealing with national and international security and risk assessment, as well as in intelligence services.
Check the subjects realised within the specialism - international security, migrations and terrorism
- International Aliances
- Migrations in International Relations
- Energetic Security
- Terrorism and cyberterrorism
Małgorzata Bonikowska, PhD
Holder of PhD in European history, specialist in European studies, expert in the European Union problems (member of Team Europe), president of Center for International Relations (www.csm.org.pl) and editor of the ‘Think-Tank’ quarterly (www.think-tank.pl)
She specializes in foreign policy and EU security, with particular attention to the neighborhood policy, global European strategy and EU-Asia relations. Graduate of Warsaw University (Italian Studies), Academy of Dramatic Art (history of culture, diploma with honors) and Paris Sorbonne (history), she completed two doctoral studies as well as specialist studies at Columbia University in New York (political sciences and international relations, Fulbright scholarship).
In the years 1995-1998, she worked for TVP as a journalist specializing in national and international issues. In 1998, she became head of the Centre for European Information of the Office for the European Integration Committee, creating, among others, a network of regional centers and a government Program for Informing the Society about the EU. In the years 2001-2007, she was first an expert and then head of the European Commission Information and Communication Program – first in Poland and later in Bulgaria. In the years 2007-2016, she worked for the government Center for the Development of Human Resources as an adviser for EU matters. She worked as an adviser, among others, to the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Development.
She authored over one hundred publications. She conducts didactic and scientific activity. She also comments European and international issues in Polish and foreign media.
Przemysław Piotr Damski, PhD
PhD in world history since 2013 (Łódź University). Two scholarships of Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (Middelburg, the Netherlands). He conducted research in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Participant in international educational projects Comenius CoDec “Colonisation and Decolonisation in National History Cultures and Memory Politics in European Perspective” (Giesen Universität, 2014) and EUnderground (Social Academy of Sciences in Łódź, 2019)
Since 2013, he has been working for Vistula University. Since 2015, assistant professor at Vistula University, in the years 2018-2021, Director of the International Relations Educational Programme.
Specialist in the field of international relations in the 19th and 20th century. He published, among others in ‘Dzieje Najnowsze’, ‘Klio’ and ‘International Affairs’. He is the author of a book entitled ‘ The closest nations’, British-American relations during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909).
Member of British International History Group.
In the past, he commented historical problems and contemporary international affairs in the media (‘Polska. The Times’, ‘Polskie Radio 24’, ‘TokFM’, ‘TVN24’, etc.
Anna Grzywacz-Gawrycka, PhD
Anna Grzywacz holds a PhD in Political Science (International Relations). She graduated in international relations from the Institute of International Relations (East Asian specialty), Warsaw University. She studied international relations at Nottingham University and Xiamen University. She is a NCN Miniatura 4 grant-holder, a member of the Boym Institute, and a fellow of the EANGAGE Think Next, Act Next – The Next Gen EU-ASEAN Think Tank Dialogue funded by the European Union (2021–2022).
Recent publications: ASEAN’s narratives of non-compliance with norms: shaming and escaping a narrative trap, Media, War & Conflict, 2021; The authoritarian turn of middle powers: changes in narratives and engagement, Third World Quarterly, 2021 (with z M. F. Gawryckim); Indonesia’s (inter)national role as a Muslim democracy model: effectiveness and conflict between the conception and prescription roles, The Pacific Review, 2020, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 728–756.
Zygmunt Janiec, PhD
Graduate of Warsaw University. He studied political sciences and management. He spent the year following his graduation improving his English language knowledge at Central School of English in London (academic year 1974/75). In 1994, he took part in a prestigious training for young entrepreneurs and politicians from Central Europe conducted in Great Britain, Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium (European Union bodies, NATO forces command) and in the Czech Republic. He completed training for candidates for members of supervisory boards of state treasury companies.
In his long professional career, he has joined scientific-didactic work with activity in the economic area. He worked at Warsaw University (assistant intern), Warsaw University of Life Sciences (assistant and assistant professor) and in the Polish Institute of International Relations (assistant professor). For many years he was president of the PLON Construction-Housing Cooperative in Warsaw (1985-1995). In the Polish Parliament, he dealt with economic legislation and organization of MPs’ international contacts. Twice, he represented Polish economic interests abroad. He headed the Commercial Councilor’s Office in Kuwait (territorial competences: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain) and the Economic-Trade Division of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. In the years 2000 – 2003, director general of the Chamber of Foreign Investors in Poland. Prior to leaving for Los Angeles, member of the Supervisory Board of the Cracow Resorts Group.
He was actively supporting Poland in its attempts to join the European Union (participation in international conferences, discussion meetings with high-ranking EU officials and MEPs, statements for the media). Member of the National Board of European Integration for Economic Environments.
Twice, he was conferred 1st degree awards of rectors of Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Warsaw School of Economics. He conducted lectures in Slovenia, Turkey, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Prof. Wawrzyniec Konarski, PhD
Associate professor at Vistula University in Warsaw, formerly at the Jagiellonian University, SWPS University and Warsaw University; researcher of ethno-cultural and political-system issues in democratic and authoritarian systems as well as selected issues within the modern political history, as well as ethno-politics, including nationalisms and regionalisms against the background of the modern historical perspective; participant of over 200 national and international conferences, seminars and panels as well as guest lecturer at several dozen universities and educational institutions in Poland and in Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine , Great Britain and Hungary, as well as Chile, DPRK and the USA; member of scientific associations, including: the “Poland in the 21st century” Forecasting Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (in 2003-2012), the Polish Political Science Association (in 2007-2010 – vice-president of the Main Board), the Polish Association for the Club of Rome (from 30 January 2012 – vice-chairman of the Main Board), the International Political Science Association; political media commentator in Poland, in the Americas and Asia; author of over 200 publications in the field of political science, cultural studies, media studies and international relations (published in Polish, English, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, 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 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 political parties in the twentieth century Irish nationalism) (2001), System konstytucyjny Irlandii (The constitutional system of Ireland) (2001), Bałkany. Etnokulturowe podłoże konfliktów (The Balkans. Ethno-cultural background of conflicts) (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 (Leadership crisis in contemporary politics) (co-author and co-editor, 2011), Politolog o polityce. Wywiady, komentarze, opinie i ekspertyzy (Political scientist on politics. Interviews, comments, opinions, and expert evaluation) (2008-2014) (2014), Partyzanci doktrynerzy terroryści. Chronologiczne studium fenomenu Irlandzkiej Armii Republikańskiej (Partisans, doctrinarians, terrorists. Chronological study of the Irish Republican Army phenomenon) (2019).
Piotr Kościński, PhD
• Journalist, lecturer, international affairs analyst, author of numerous publications, including: “Praca ideologiczna wśród mniejszości polskiej w Białoruskiej SRR. Wydawnictwa polskie w latach 1927 – 1937” (Ideological work among the Polish minority in the Byelorussian SSR. Polish publishing houses in the years 1927 – 1937)
• Chapter in a monography “Polacy na Białorusi. Od końca XIX do początku XXI wieku” (Poles in Belarus. From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century) Volume II, SEW UW, Warsaw 2018
• “Jak sfałszować wybory” (How to rig an election), Warsaw 2018 ISBN 978-92-64979-61-1,
• “Bolszewiccy Polacy i faszystowska Polska. Obraz Polaków w II Rzeczypospolitej w polskojęzycznej prasie w ZSRR w latach 1925 – 1936” (Bolshevik Poles and Fascist Poland. The image of Poles in the Second Polish Republic in the Polish-language press in the USSR in 1925-1936), Vistula Publishing House 2018
Author of several novels: “Przez czerwona granicę” (Across the red border), “Przez czerwony step” (Across the red steppe), “Przez czerwony wir” (Through the red turmoil), “Obrońca Grodna” (Defender of Grodno), “Zapomniany bohater” (Forgotten hero).
Prof. Agnieszka Legucka, PhD
Vistula University professor in international security science since 2014. Analyst in the Eastern program at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), where she deals with the internal and foreign policy of the Russian Federation, NATO-Russia relations, hybrid conflicts and threats, and Russian disinformation. In the years 2015-2016, Rector for student affairs of the National Defence University of Warsaw, a long-term coach of the SESNE program, as part of the development aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed to countries recovering after armed conflicts.
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the periodical “Sprawy Międzynarodowe” dealing with international relations. She graduated in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Warsaw University and specialized Eastern Studies at the Centre for East European Studies at Warsaw University. She was awarded three medals in recognition for her involvement in national defence. In the years 2018-2021, she carried out a research project under Horison2020 titled EU-LISTCO (Europe’s External Action and the Dual Challenges of Limited Statehood and Contested Orders), no. 769886.
Her scientific research comprises international relations in post-Soviet countries, Russia’s internal and foreign policy as well as disinformation.
Author of about 100 scientific publications in the field of international relations and foreign policy of states.
Bartłomiej E. Nowak, PhD
President of the Vistula Group of Universities, and a political scientist, he holds a PhD in Economics. Formerly, he was Chair of International Relations at Vistula University (2014-2017), and Executive Director of the Centre for International Relations (2010-2013). He was a fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2018), Transatlantic Academy in Washington (2013-2014), and 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 to Poland’s accession to the EU, Dr. Nowak was a co-founder and member of the Programme Board of the Initiative – “YES in the Referendum” (2002–2003), and the National Council for European Integration (2002–2004).
Krzysztof Nowakowski, PhD
Graduate of sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at Warsaw University (1995); scholarship holder from the International Research & Exchanges Board in 1996, an American organization supporting democratic changes in Central European countries; he completed internships and broadened his didactic experience during stays at Cornell University (School of Industrial and Labour Relations – USA), at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium – 1997) and Rutgers University (Human Resource Department, USA – 1999), which provided grounds for the dissertation in the field of human resource management and the subsequent defence of the doctoral thesis in 2002 (Warsaw University).
Zdzisław Rapacki, PhD
In the years 2004-2010, he held the position of Polish ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva, the Disarmament Conference and other organizations. Between 2008 and 2009, chairman of the Administrative Council of the International Labour Organization and the Committee of the Whole negotiating a resolution on the global financial and economic crisis. In 2006, chairman of the Disarmament Conference. In the years 1996-2004 and 2010-2012 – adviser to the President of the Republic of Poland; 1994-1995 President of the Polcard Company (dealing with credit cards). Earlier, Director of the Cabinet of three successive foreign ministers, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the International Tourism Organization in Madrid, Secretary of the Embassy in Tokyo, FIFA liaison officer at the World Cup in Mexico. Co-author of the book Gospodarka światowa (World economy), author of articles on credit cards, globalization, financial and economic crisis, disarmament, diplomacy and socio-economic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Awarded with, among others, the Great Crosses of Merit of Chile and Peru, the Commander’s Cross of the French Legion of Honour, the Commander’s Crosses of Merit of Belgium, Japan, Lithuania and Hungary.
Prof. PhD Agata Włodkowska
Graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at Warsaw University. In 2014, she obtained her habilitation in social sciences in the field of political sciences. Her scientific research comprises international relations in post-soviet countries, Polish foreign policy and the theory of international relations, as well as gender issues in international relations. Project coordinator: Kobiety w polskiej politologii. Od diagnozy do współpracy [Women in Polish political science. From diagnosis to cooperation] (http://kobietywpolitologii.pl/). Member of the Polish Society of Political Sciences. Founder and member of “Sekcja stosunków międzynarodowych” [International Relations Section] and the “Gender & Queer Politics Section”. Author of numerous publications.
THE BEST IN PRACTICE
The Master’s programme in International Relations offers a well-thought-out programme, which meets the expectations of the contemporary labour market. The classes are conducted by experienced experts – former ministers and ambassadors who have solid knowledge. The classes will help you to gain professional knowledge, which will strengthen your competences. During your studies, you will be able to enrich your experience via an internship in Poland, or abroad, thanks to the Erasmus Plus programme.
See for yourself that Vistula is the best University in practice. Find out the multiple benefits of studying International Relations.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
You will find out more about relations between the most important participants of global policy and world business, as well as the processes which shape them. You will be able to test yourself during the Erasmus Plus internship abroad. You will make many international acquaintances. This will make the road to a global career wide open for you.
During the Master’s programme, you will have a chance to meet many international figures of note. The classes are conducted by former ministers, senior employees of international organisations, and ambassadors. These experts will pass onto you, the knowledge and skills used on an everyday basis in the world of business relations.
In the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, we focus on the usefulness of the knowledge we pass onto students. Therefore, we not only teach the theory, but we also offer narrow specialisms and interactive classes, which develop our students to the maximum.
International Relations (Master’s programme) will give you the opportunity to work in diplomacy and global business. The graduates of this major can apply for work in:
- international corporations,
- the representations of foreign organisations and institutions,
- foreign trade offices and export departments,
- the mass media, which deal with international affairs and public administration,
- international organisations with a registered office in Poland (OSCE, OdiHR, the Community of
- Democracies, UNDP, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, as well as the UN, ILO, and the WHO).
Tuition fee for full-time and part-time studies in Polish – students from outside the EU
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 1 450 € 775 €
Tuition fee for full-time 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 €
*The group of citizens of other countries paying the same fees as EU citizens includes: Citizens of North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia).
Tuition fee for full-time studies in English – citizens from the remaining countries*
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester)** Full-time studies 200 € 3 800 € 2 000 €
*This does not apply to students from the countries of North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia).
**The semester fee payment is available only for students with a valid visa or a residence permit in Poland.
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