Program Title

BA in International Relations

Program Duration (Months)


Study Modes

Full Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Higher Secondary School

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Bachelor’s degree

Application Materials

a) Application form, duly completed

b) Declaration, on oath, that the candidate does not hold the Portuguese nationality;

c)Higher Secondary Examination certificate, including grades (Document certifying the holder of a qualification obtained in the origin country, may entitle the candidate to apply for admission in that country’s Higher Education, with classifications). This document must be recognized by a Public Portuguese High School

d) Document certifying the completion of the exams equivalents to students admitted under the general regime of admission and accession in terms of their level and contents tested, as well as with the respective classification;

e) Document certifying the level of knowledge of Portuguese or English according to the language used in the course the applicant is applying for;

f) Copy of the passport or another legally equivalent document;

g) Passport-type photograph;

If the diploma’s language is not Portuguese nor English, an official translation into one of these languages must be offered as well.

Program Description

Objectives and Programme Content

With the BA in IR, students will acquire and develop knowledge and skills corresponding to level 6 from the European Qualifications Framework and Life Long Learning. Those will allow them to:

  • Master the implementation of IR specific methods and techniques;
  • Understand, describe and critically assess the contemporary regional and international political, economic and sociocultural dynamics;
  • Analyse international events in the light of IR theoretical and conceptual frameworks;
  • Develop intercultural dialogue competences, negotiation techniques and diplomatic practice;
  • Critically and comparatively assess foreign policies and to know the structures and functioning of international organisations;
  • Match IR knowledge with other scientific domains, including Law, Economics, Management and Tourism, strengthening their transversal skills and valuing their profile for international professional contexts.

Why choose this course

In an increasingly globalized world, the contemporary international labour market requires specific expertise, valuing at the same time the flexibility and diversity of skills that make internationalists particularly suitable to enrich the organization where they enter and their international projection.

The degree in IR at UPT has considered this context and, through its structure, academic staff and complementary activities, it prepares internationalists who achieve the labour market with a set of skills that make their profile more attractive for employers.

A minor in Economics or Management can more easily join the staff of a multinational company, while a minor in Law enables for a more specialised work at an international organisation or state agencies. Alternatively, the option for the minor in Tourism combines expertise in this field with an important international dimension to those who are interested in this economic activity in constant growth and consolidation worldwide.

The variety of this training will also help those who are interested in pursuing their academic and professional career in the diplomatic area. The internationalist knows the political, social, economic and cultural realities of various regions of the world. This sensitivity is crucial for anyone who seeks to promote the negotiation and interaction between different cultures.

In addition, partnerships with external entities and the organisation of events, workshops and other additional training opportunities will enrich the profile of our graduates, who will be especially able to integrate the international labour market.

Career prospects

Employment Prospects:

  • Diplomatic career
  • International Organisations (incl. European institutions)
  • Multinational enterprises
  • Public Administration
  • Media
  • Research
  • Consultancy
  • Banking sector
  • Customs Agents
  • Foreigners and Borders Service Inspector
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Annual Tuition fee Non-EEA


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Application Deadline
  • 25/06/2021 12:00 am - 10/08/2021 12:00 am Ended
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