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“Interaction among students and teachers is very extensive both during lectures and within the University. We learn about what is happening in the world both politically and socially. Education is the most powerful tool we can use. Houses, cars, objects can be taken away from you, but no one can take away your knowledge. It is the best investment you can make.” - Telmen Tamir, 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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Telmen Tamir came from Mongolia in 2013 to study International Relations. Meeting Swedish culture and the way of studying was a whole new experience.
“The studies are very interesting. It´s all very new to me. Interaction among students and teachers is very extensive both during lectures and within the university. I like that the teachers are like our friends. We learn about what is happening in the world both politically and socially. Education is the most powerful tool we can use. Houses, cars, objects can be taken away from you, but no one can take away your knowledge. It is the best investment you can make.”
He likes studying at Malmö University but says that since he is only 19 years old he has no other university to compare with. The reason he started studying International Relations is partly his ambition.
“I have always wanted to go deeper into what happens in the world.”
Partly, it is also Telmen´s parents' influence. Both his brother and mother have studied International Relations.
“Globalisation has such a big impact on the whole world, so it is very important to have knowledge about the outside world. Take, for instance, the situation in the Ukraine; it is important to have background information on how the problems started in order to provide a solution.”
Telmen Tamir plans to do his internship at the Mongolian Embassy in Stockholm, in January 2015. He has already met the representatives of the embassy.
“They are very open and welcoming. They told me that they really need a person to help them out since they are so few and have a lot of work. For me it will be a great opportunity to apply theories to real life.”
After he receives his Bachelor degree in 2016 Telmen would like to return to his native country, Mongolia. But before that he will continue with further studies for a master’s degree in the field of IR.
“I love Sweden, but Sweden doesn´t need me. But my country is a developing country and they need people with knowledge in this field. Mongolia needs me! And I aim to look for work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia. Perhaps later I will return to Sweden and work as ambassador of Mongolia, improving relations between Sweden, Scandinavian countries and Mongolia.”
Abdul Rehman came from Pakistan in 2009 to study International Relations. The meeting with the Swedish culture and the way of studying was a whole new experience.
“I love studying at Malmö University, there is no stress, it´s a very relaxing environment and everybody is 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.
Zeynep Erdal has certainly come a long way since embarking on her studies at Malmö University back in 2006.
The 27-year-old, who is now based in Shanghai where she works as an analyst and consultant, studied International Relations for three years graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Having travelled the world since then, the multilingual Erdal cites her time in Malmö as being crucial on her path to professional success.
“After finishing high school I worked in sales for an international company. I enjoyed working in a cosmopolitan setting and was keen to enhance societal development. The unique elements of the course, along with the multi-cultural environment the city has to offer, made Malmö an attractive place to study,” says Erdal.
Erdal was particularly impressed with the teaching standards and diversity offered on the International Relations course at Malmö University.
“The interdisciplinary nature of my program enabled me to meet professors from a variety of academic backgrounds and philosophical standpoints, which provided us with a comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted nature of our discipline,” says the Swede.
The Skåne native adds; “Malmö has the best food in Sweden. I’m biased but it’s true! A student can eat out in town for a decent price.”
Many of the students on the courses taught in English a Malmö University come from overseas. Going abroad is something Erdal highly recommends having spent a year as an exchange student in Istanbul.
“It’s a great opportunity that should be seized whenever such a possibility is presented. Meeting great people from around the world and experiencing my first culture shock were the things that turned this exchange into one of the most valuable experiences in my life,” says Erdal who later spent a year respectively at Fudan and Jiaotong Universities in China.
A glance at Erdal’s CV reveals a whole host of accomplishments. Her time in Turkey was courtesy of being awarded an Erasmus scholarship. Before going to Shanghai she was President of the Red Cross Youth Association in Malmö, a time when the organisation received an integration award.
After graduating from Malmö in 2009 Erdal continued her studies at Lund before China came calling. The nation’s growing strength internationally swayed her decision to go further east and she is busy learning Mandarin which she balances with her work commitments.
“I am involved in several projects that cover a wide range of issues including employment sector development, the Sino-Africa economical cooperation and geopolitics in the Arctic region. I am also engaged in a local NGO where we set up libraries in schools at the Chinese countryside,” says the 27-year-old.
She concludes; “Upon completing my Mandarin studies, and gaining some more working experience, I am planning on pursuing a Phd degree in Development Studies.
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 2015
The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.