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A Guide to Studying International Relations and Security Studies in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in International Relations and Security Studies at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.
International Relations and Security Studies

What are my options?

77
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
125
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

Is the way nations interact with one another more like a game of chess or like poker? Are the rules of conduct different for weak and powerful countries, and if so how? To what extent is a country's foreign policy determined by idealism, and how much influence does simple self-interest have?

Any of these questions can provoke a vibrant or even acrimonious debate. Students of international relations and security studies therefore need to have (or develop) excellent communication and reasoning skills. Much of this field involves understanding and expressing intricate, nuanced ideas that cannot be simplified beyond a certain point. Anyone without an innate talent for analyzing and mentally organizing complex information would be better off with another major.

Some of the subjects taken during the course of a bachelor's degree in international relations and security studies include history, philosophy, political theory, international law, and military history. In this interdisciplinary course of study, a student will often have to incorporate elements of several of these fields into a single line of reasoning. This means that successful graduates tend to have exceptional research and critical thinking abilities.

Careers options in this area of study.

These skills, as well as others picked up while getting a degree in international relations and security studies, translate well to various other careers, including marketing, public relations, and law. 

International relations and security studies majors can also find work as political consultants, with investment and financial trading firms, in international non-governmental organizations, at the State Department, and in intelligence agencies. People with an international relations and security studies degree make an average of $60,500 per year.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3400+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8000+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
€293,558
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
€55,098
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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