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"In my country questions are not allowed at the university, people simply don´t know how to deal with inconvenient questions. But here we have discussions all the time, and I really love it! I learned how to be patient and how to address different issues."- Abdul Rehman, student.
World politics is constantly evolving. The preconditions for international peace and security as well as human security are changing. New patterns of cooperation and conflict are developing on the regional as well as the global level. The bachelor's programme in International Relations develops your skills in analysing and reflecting upon central questions in current international relations.
Inside Gäddan 8, the building for the Faculty of Culture and Society.
During the programme you will learn about the current workings of international relations as well as recent key trends. You will also learn about predominant theoretical perspectives and central concepts upon which the International Relations discipline rests, and develop your ability to use these for independent analysis.
In addition to compulsory courses, you will also have the opportunity to do an internship or take optional courses in Sweden or abroad. This means you are able to get valuable practical experience in international relations, as well as the possibility to develop and create networks and contacts with relevant organisations. Former students have interned at emabassies, the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.
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Read about the course Internship
Abdul Rehman came from Pakistan in 2009 to study International Relations. The meeting with the Swedishculture and the way of studying was a whole new experience.
"I love studying at Malmoe University, there is no stress, it´s a very relaxing environment and everybody are very friendly and want to help. That is why I am still here!"
The other thing that Abdul appreciates in Malmoe University is the freedom of speech.
"In my country questions are not allowed at the university, people simply don´t know how to deal with inconvenient questions. But here we have discussions all the time, and I really love it! I learned how to be patient and how to address different issues."
In Pakistan he studied political science and journalism.
"We had a lot of discussions about inferior and superior states, meaning the states in the third world. These states usually have little money and power and depend on powerful states like the US for instance. So if an inferior state wants contributions they have to compromise and do what the superior state tells them to do. In Sweden you discuss things from a totally different point of view."
During his studies in Pakistan, Abdul decided to take a break and work. But after two years when his job contract ended as customer services officer, he found out that education was free in Sweden. So he continued his studies at Malmoe University.
"Here it is so nice, the teachers and the administrational staff are so friendly, they even remember your name, I appreciate that a lot."
Abduls most memorable moment during the four years of education was when he was elected to the student union parliament, FUM.
"That was my best day! I was the member of the student union parliament for two years and had the possibility to give a voice to student problems. That was great!"
Abdul Rahman recently completed his bachelor degree. He is working part time with the helpdesk at Malmoe University and hope to find a job in customer services in the future.
Name: Mithun Manojkumar
Study: International Relations
About studying in Sweden
I had always wanted to study abroad and I have many Swedish friends back home in Singapore that provided advice on the education in Sweden. Furthermore, Swedish universities are held in prestigious regard internationally. Many people complain about the climate here, but I must say that I really do like the weather.
About studying at Malmö University
I would say that Malmö University is unique in its way of practicing a multidisciplinary approach. Malmö bridges Scandinavia to continental Europe and it is an international city with many different nationalities. And should you step into my classroom, you would come across at least 30 different nationalities. This opportunity wouldn´t be found in any other university in any other part of the world. And then there is the fact that there are no other Swedish universities that offer full undergraduate programmes in English.
About the living situation in Sweden
Sweden as a country is very orderly and clean. Socially, people are very friendly and helpful. I like the fact that the architecture is traditional and medieval as well as progressive and futuristic, with Malmö being a prime example with interesting buildings such as the Turning Torso.
About studying International Relations
The programme is conducted by highly qualified teachers with excellent teaching capabilities. We learn various concept about the manner by which nation-states operate with each other in the international realm. We have seminars to discuss historical and contemporary issues pertaining to these concepts.
About the future
Professionally, I´m aspiring to become a diplomat and hopefully I will be able to pursue a Master’s programme within the region. Perhaps I will seek out a job here in Sweden first before I decide on which Master I intend to pursue, though I´m definitive going into politics. There is always the language question when it comes to job application here, but having personally learnt Swedish I can duly say that it´s not impossible. Furthermore, there are many multinational companies that use English as the language of profession.
This programme provides a good foundation for further studies at the master's level. You will also be able to work with a whole array of issues related to international relations, such as foreign policy, international aid, development, international cooperation, conflict prevention and human rights. Potential employers could be the diplomatic service, local and national administrations, non-governmental organisations and international organisations.
At the Department of Global Political Studies, students have the opportunity to undertake an internship during one semester.
Read more about the course Internship
For students admitted autumn 2014
The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.