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International Relations

Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law
Center in charge: Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences
Method of teaching: English
Double Degree with: Law (face-to-face)Law (blended)Protocol, Organization of Events and Corporate Communication
Credits: 240. Credits/year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first year 2012-2013
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Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Elena Carolina Díaz Galán    

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What will I learn by studying this degree?

The Degree in International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University has a study plan based on rigorous, quality criteria. This plan has been designed so that the student learns in detail how international relations are developed, what their main political and institutional assumptions are, in what way the international society is regulated, and what aspects have defined its historical evolution.

One fundamental virtue in the design of the study plan in this degree is its multidisciplinary character. Students will study questions relative to international relations from different and complementary perspectives that will allow them to become highly skilled: Law, History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Communication, and, of course, the concrete field of International Relations. 

Where will I be qualified to work upon graduation?

The Degree in International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University offers the student the necessary skills to work in various professions:  

  • Diplomatic career.
  • Civil Servant for the European Union Administration and other international organizations.
  • Civil Servant in agencies relations and the foreign trade of City Halls and Regional Governments.
  • Civil Servant in national organizations devoted to international cooperation.
  • Professor in social science areas in Secondary Education and University Studies.
  • Leadership and management of international areas in multinationals.
  • Journalist specialized in international relations.
  • Journalist specialized in international conflicts. War corresponding.
  • Expert in communication in the sphere of international organizations.
  • Analyst in international studies and aspects of security and defense.
  • Analyst in intelligence and State information services.
  • Consultant in international organizations and institutions.
  • Leadership and management in intergovernmental organizations.
  • Management of NGOs.
  • Technician of international cooperation programs.
  • Manager of international projects and programs.
  • Other branches of international cooperation.
  • Technician of international volunteer work

What topics will be covered in this Degree?

The general thematic areas in this degree are: Law, History, Political Science, Sociology, Communication, Economics, Business, Computers, and Language. 


The International Relations Degree from the University Rey Juan Carlos has been designed in order to prepare highly qualified professionals in the field of international relations. Its objective principle is to offer theoretical and practical training that allows students to successfully deal with all those professions that are directed at leadership, management, coordination and analysis in the framework of international society, its organisms, and its institutions.

The general objectives of this degree are:

  • To explain and analyze the characteristics, agents, and principle assumptions of international relations.
  • To offer students specialized training as well as complete and multidisciplinary knowledge of the different spheres that make up the international society, with its organizations and its main figures.
  • To prepare students so that they are capable of autonomously carrying out the analysis of international reality and its institutions.
  • To train students so that they can be excellent professionals in the different fields and organizations that make up the international society.
  • To offer students multidisciplinary training that allows them to understand the complexity and dynamic character of current international relations and its evolution. 
  • To get students to understand the functions and jurisdictions of States and of international organizations, as well as the role and relationships of other groups in the international context.
  • To spread democratic values ​​and respect for human rights from the perspective of international relations, security, and peace. Different subject matter in the study plan offers students the necessary content and tools to understand the evolution and current framework of international institutions, the relationships between nations, and the importance of the expansion of democracy and of human rights protection systems.
  • To enable students so that they can access further specialized and post-graduate study programs.


With the Degree in International Relations from the University Rey Juan Carlos, students:

  • Will know and understand the genesis, evolution, and current characteristics of the norms that regulate relations and legal institutions.
  • It will analyze the historical evolution of the processes, ideas, and political, social, and cultural movements with regard to what has been constructed by modern States and international relations.
  • Will be able to identify, understand, and analyze the origin, the foundations, and the development of the beginnings of democratic and pluralistic societies, and their confrontations with other models of coexistence.
  • Will be capable of identifying and analyzing the new actors, relationships, and institutions related to emerging regions.
  • Will acquire sufficient ability in a foreign language to allow them the acquisition of broader knowledge and will better prepare them for professional performance.
  • Will acquire the basic skills for the handling of new information and communication technologies.
  • Will be able to autonomously identify and analyze the principal aspects of security, defense, and threats in the international sphere.
  • Will acquire abilities to study and analyze autonomously the actors, relationships and institutional frameworks of the international society.
  • Will know and understand the basic features that characterize the globalization of social, economic, and political activity and the functioning of international organizations.   
  • Will be able to identify the essential features of human geography, economics, and politics and their impact on international relations.
  • Will be able to identify the process of formation of public opinion in the area of ​​international relations.
  • Will understand and know how to apply the proper norms of the relationships among international actors.
  • Will acquire skills for the understanding and analysis of economic relationships and their international dimension.
  • Will be able to study and analyze autonomously the ideas and political and social movements that are developed in the framework of international relations.
  • Will be capable of ethically and politically assessing human actions and their implications in different public and private spheres.
  • Will understand and analyze the proper characteristics of political and constitutional models from a comparative perspective.
  • Will be capable of looking for and finding adequate resources to uphold performance and undertake projects.
  • Will learn to identify and analyze foreign policy and its implications for cooperation and development.
  • Will acquire the necessary abilities for the exercise of professional activities within the framework of international relations and the systems of protections of rights.


Minimum requirements for stay

  • For full-time students doing an undergraduate degree, the maximum period of time allowed to complete the degree is eight years. Part-time students can request an extension of up to two years from the Rector.
  • In the degrees that have more than 240 credits (4 years), the maximum stated in the previous section will be increased by one year for each 60 ECTS that are added to the 240 ECTS.
  • Students have to pass a minimum of two subjects in the first year. Students who are studying part-time have to pass at least one subject in the first academic year.
  • Students who are studying an official degree at Rey Juan Carlos University have a maximum of four enrollments in each one of the subjects in the study program, without counting previous cancellations of said subjects.

For further information see: Permanence regulations

Minimum number of ECTS credits per type of registration and academic year

Full-time students:

1st year 48 ECTS 60 ECTS
other courses 48 ECTS 78 ECTS


Part-time students:

1st year 24 ECTS 47 ECTS
other courses 24 ECTS 47 ECTS


Access and Enrollment


Access to official degrees requires holding a high school diploma or equivalent and passing the exam referred to in Article 42 of the Organic Law 6/2001 of Universities, modified in the Law 4/2007 (12 April), taking into account other mechanisms of access Foreseen in existing regulations.
The maximum number of 1st year students accepted in the academic is:

 Madrid Campus (Vicalvaro): 65 places (including transfer admission places)


Double Degrees:

Madrid Campus    International Relations (English) - Protocol and Organization of Events   10 seats
Law (face-to-face) - International Relations (English)  10 seats
Law (blended) - International Relations (English)  10 seats



Enrollment in the Rey Juan Carlos University is online, using the computers on campus or any computer with web access. Dates and deadlines can be consulted in enrollment, as well as the requirements and necessary documents. If any questions arise, ask at the Student Telephone Assistance Center (TASTING).

Internship Placement

The subject Internships is a curricular subject whose fundamental objective is to encourage the comprehensive training of the student through the practical application of the knowledge acquired in the degree, which facilitates direct contact with the professional activity and offers the opportunity for students to incorporate themselves in the professional world with a minimum level of experience. All the internships are designed so that students who participate in them acquire professional experience in real situations and conditions, applying the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are acquired in the educational process during the degree. These internships are an important opportunity for the personal and professional development of the students.

The internships are activities that the students undertake in companies, institutions, and organizations; that is, in centers external to the university, and that have as their objective to enrich and complement their university studies, while also offering deeper knowledge related to the skills that will be needed once they graduate.  

The Internship subject has two phases:

  • First, doing the internship, which offers professional experience related to the profile of the graduate and that are shown in the Verification Report of the degree.
  • Second, preparation of the report.


Formative Project Qualification

For more information: Unit internships

Social Security Contributions for student interns as of January 1, 2024

Mobility Programs


The Erasmus Program offers URJC undergraduate and graduate students the possibility of taking courses for one or more semesters at one of the European universities where URJC has agreements.

These exchanges traditionally involve financial assistance thanks to the Erasmus grants that the EU and the Spanish Education Ministry provide.

ERASMUS (intranet)


The Munde Program manages mobility with universities that are not included in the Erasmus Program.

The possibility of obtaining a grant or financial assistance and the amount depend, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, the countries, or the entities that subscribe to said agreements. 

WORLD (intranet)

For more information:

URJC Mobility


SICUE is a national mobility program for GRADOS university students that allows them to carry out part of their studies at another Spanish university with guarantees of academic recognition, use and adaptation to their curricular profile.

SICUE Mobility

Student Support Programs

Future student orientation. The university has various orientation programs for future students: visits to high schools, guided tours of the campuses, visits to classrooms, and, at the beginning of each academic year, the university organizes a Welcoming Day in order to orient new students.

Academic tutorials. Each teacher offers, within his/her teaching plan, tutorial sessions related to his/her subject.

Comprehensive tutorial programs. These programs are aimed at improving the learning process of the students, helping them to plan and organize their efforts in order to obtain the best academic results.

Degree coordinator. The degree coordinator works to favor the coherence and balance of the different subjects and the workload of the students.

Mentor Program. URJC has a Mentoring Program, where students from previous academic years act as tutors.

Disabled students. The Assistance for Disabled Persons Office offers guidance and help to students with special needs.

Scholarships and financial aid. Rey Juan Carlos University processes the principle grants and annual financial aid programs, both their own and those from other official agencies such as ministries, the regional government of Madrid, international organizations, and other entities. The university also publishes and disseminates information about grants and financial aid of interest to students and graduates. During the year, students receive information about these through the established communication channels.

Labor insertion program. URJC, through the Internship Unit and the Graduate Office, organizes events, workshops, and diverse services directed at helping and supporting students seeking employment. This is designed to improve students' employability and to favor their incorporation into the labor market. The university has job listings, a platform at the disposal of companies and graduates where the organisms can carry out their selection process.




*The rates corresponding to double degrees with different degrees of experimentality will be applied as established in the new Decree 43/2022, of June 29, of the Government Council, which establishes the public prices for university studies leading to official degrees and services of an academic nature in the public universities of the Community of Madrid*



Validation, adaptation of studies, recognition of credits and homologation of foreign qualifications






Quality Guarantee

External monitoring report



Report on Results

Once the follow-up on the Degree is carried out, the quantitative information concerning the results of the follow-up for each academic year is shown.

Report on Results 

General information collection plan

Within the Quality Guarantee System at Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:

-New students

-Teacher assessment

-Student satisfaction

-Satisfaction of graduates

labor insertion

- Causes of abandonment

-Career path:

  • Second year after graduation
  • Third year after graduation
  • Fourth year after graduation

- Degree of satisfaction:

  • Faculty with campus and university
  • Teaching staff with degree
  • Of the evaluators
  • Incoming student mobility program
  • Outbound student mobility program
  • Administration and services staff with university

-External practices:

  • student satisfaction
  • External tutor satisfaction
  • Satisfaction of evaluators

Survey results:


Steps towards Improvement

The Quality Guarantee System at URJC establishes that the Quality Guarantee Commission of the degree analyzes the information derived from the different indicators of the degree and draws up a report which includes plans for improvement, if that is what the results so indicate.

Accreditation renewal

Accreditation renewal supposes the culmination of the implementation of the official undergraduate and Master's degrees registered in the University, Center, and Degree Register. The accreditation renewal of official undergraduate and Master's degrees is organized in three phases: self-assessment report, external visit, and final assessment.

In the first phase, the university describes and assesses the situation of the degree with respect to the established criteria and guidelines. The result is the Self-Assessment report that is presented. The second and third phases are carried out by a group of assessors who are external to the degree in question.


Recognition of quality

The Virtual Campus at URJC has the international  certification “UNIQUE” for quality in e-learning. UNIQUE is the most demanding seal of quality for the use of ICT in higher education.

In the framework of the celebration of the INNOVATION FORUM 2011 in the Portuguese town of Oeiras, the Foundation for the Quality of e-Learning gave three UNIQUe quality certifications to universities in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Spain, and Rey Juan Carlos University was one of those chosen.

UNIQUe is the first certification of quality in all of Europe, created to offer support to universities in order to achieve excellence in the use of ICT for innovation in learning. The provides certification points of reference for the field of higher education in order to increase the speed of implementation of the Bologna reforms in the field of technology. It is centered on innovation with the aim of improving learning. At the same time, the UNIQUe seal facilitates the incorporation of the existing good practices and the valid strategies for quality, presenting a wide institutional focus that goes beyond e-learning in order to validate the efforts of the universities with regard to innovation.

This process of quality certification is based on the broad participation of the interested parties with the aim of involving the entire community of higher education, including the government, students and professors, as well as the administration and management of universities.