International Relations – Global Studies

Coordinator: dr hab. Jarosław Jarząbek

About the programme

Do you want to understand the way in which globalisation processes affect international political, economic or social relations? Are you interested in such issues as the functioning of international business, global environmental protection, security challenges, social policy or religious fundamentalism?

The two-year Master’s programme in Global Studies at the Institute of International Studies of the University of Wrocław will equip you with extensive knowledge of contemporary international relations, globalisation and regionalisation processes, the functioning of global political, economic and social actors, development economics, international commercial law, and human rights.

Thanks to these studies, you will stay up-to-date on the most important events on the international scene. You will understand the functioning and importance of supranational political institutions, corporations, non-governmental organisations and the activities of regional groupings. You will get to know political, economic and social conditions of international governance.

The Global Studies programme comprises more than 800 hours of obligatory and optional courses chosen pursuant to the student’s interests. You will gain knowledge and practical skills in the scope of the functioning of diplomacy, international communication, political forecasting and methodology of social research.

Equipped with such competencies and extensive theoretical knowledge, you will be able to take active part in the international debate on the globalisation challenges and to make essential contributions to the reflection on further development of the globalised world.

Graduating from the Global Studies speciality will give you opportunities to work in public institutions both at the national and European level. You will be an attractive candidate qualified for work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, international trade, business, multinational corporations and the media. Graduates of this speciality are specialists, journalists, analysts and experts highly valued on the market.

About the Institute

The Institute of International Studies at the University of Wrocław is one of the largest scientific research institutes of this kind in Poland. We are part of the University of Wrocław, which last year was the winner of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” competition organised by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. We carry out research in the area of international relations, communication, international security, climate protection, energy security, diplomacy and foreign policy.

We offer the possibility to attend classes run by outstanding experts in selected fields, both researchers and practitioners, as well as opportunities to participate in international exchanges and research projects. Students are supported in conducting research and pursuing their own interests. They will also have individual consultations with lecturers and support in planning and developing their careers.

Candidate’s profile

You are interested in international relations, development economics, international economic transactions, human rights, environmental protection, forecasting, etc. You want to understand how globalisation and regionalisation processes affect the most important social, political and economic processes.

You have graduated from a Bachelor’s programme. You have a good command of English (level B2) and have a certificate confirming your skills (IELTS score of 5.5 – 6, TOEFL score of 550 or other exam; this requirement does not apply to candidates who completed an English-language Bachelor Programme or English is their native language).

The Global Studies programme constitutes two-year supplementary Master’s degree studies. It is open to Polish citizens, citizens of other member states of the European Union and non-EU candidates. There are no age limits.

Learn more about criteria of admission to English-language studies and documents required.


The Master’s programme in Global Studies is an English-language speciality in the International Relations programme. You do not choose additional specialities.


Global Studies are a unique programme both on the Polish and European scale. They are focused on the analysis of globalisation mechanisms and their impact on international relations. Their purpose is to equip students with the skill of understanding interdependencies between local and global phenomena.

The programme of studies comprises courses on the theory of international relations, globalisation and regionalisation, development economics, human rights, international environmental protection, international economic transactions, forecasting, international security, social policy, etc. Students take part in workshops, seminars and discussions with experts. Education ends with the submission and defence of an MA thesis.

Full list of courses

Workshops, internships, conferences

Students of Global Studies have the opportunity to participate in international student exchanges and foreign internships within the Erasmus+ programme as well as numerous bilateral agreements with world-class universities. Each student has a scholarship guaranteed under the Erasmus+ programme.

Students may also take part in summer schools organised by the University of Wrocław and other European universities, as well as in international scientific conferences organised by universities and professional organisations. They may participate in lectures and classes run by lecturers visiting our university within the Visiting Professors programme and in activities of student scientific organisations.

In the inter-semester period, they have the opportunity to do an internship in international companies operating on the local market, organisations (e.g. the representation of the European Parliament, diplomatic representations, commercial and economic chambers, etc.) or think tanks.


After graduating from the Global Studies speciality at the Institute of International Studies of the University of Wrocław, you will obtain a Master’s diploma in international relations, Global Studies speciality.

Details concerning the application process

Students who are Polish nationals (with a PESEL number) register in the IRK system

Students who are not Polish nationals (without a PESEL number) register in the IRC system

In order to register, it is necessary to create an account in the recruitment system and to fill in the application form online.

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