International Relations BA


International Relations BA


International Relations Expert


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6 semesters (3 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students



The goal of this programme is to offer to students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in international politics, security studies, EU politics, ethnic conflict, global justice and human rights. It enables them to understand and analyze complex political and social dynamics that go beyond state borders and cultural boundaries. The structure of the programme offers to students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of elective seminars, following introductory courses in the first academic year.

This programme is recommended to applicants who are interested in social sciences and politics, and are particularly keen to understand how the modern World works, also how globalization has affected our societies. The programme offers basic introduction to the social sciences, from Sociology to Law and Economics with a special focus on International Relations, and thereby prepares students to continue their studies for the MA programmes in the field of social sciences in general, also in international relations and politics in particular.

This programme enables students to pursue a carrier in fields where a good knowledge and comprehension of the globalized World is required, starting from journalism, public services and international organizations to private companies. 

Strength of program

In addition to giving students grounding in history and theory, the BA programme in International Studies teaches future graduates about international politics, the European Union and equips them with practical knowledge that can be used in almost all countries around the World.

The knowledge acquired during the undergraduate courses lays the foundation for the MA in International Studies and other postgraduate qualifications in social sciences. Applicants will ideally be interested in social sciences and in the links between different countries, peoples and institutions and be keen to use their language skills.

We encourage our students to work independently and to solve tasks in teams. We rely on modern methodologies – including simulations – and we believe that adaptability and self-reflexivity are crucial in today’s fast changing World. Our aim is to give our students skills that they can be readily used wherever they seek employment after graduation.

Find the structure of the program on this link.
Career opportunities

The Department offers courses in international studies with a special focus on the European Union and Central Europe. During the three years of studies we equip our students with the necessary theoretical and historical basics to understand the processes of global development. The skills our students acquire enable them to handle challenges in an increasingly globalized World both in private and public institutions. Our graduates may seek employment at financial and commercial institutions, in the public sector, in state and municipal administration, and also in the non-profit and non-governmental sector.

The undergraduate program enables students to apply for a master- level degree in International Relations or in any other areas of social sciences.

Job examples
  • Foreign Policy Analyst 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Project coordinator (public/private/non-profit) 
  • Political Advisor, and a variety of administrative jobs in the state bureaucracy and at private enterprises
  • Development Worker
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

1200 EUR

2400 EUR

Application fee

EUR 80 (non-refundable) between 01/10/2023-15/11/2023 EUR 100 (non-refundable) between 16/11/2023-30/04/2024 EUR 120 (non-refundable) between 01/05/2024-31/05/2024

EUR 80 (non-refundable) between 01/10/2023-15/11/2023 EUR 100 (non-refundable) between 16/11/2023-30/04/2024 EUR 120 (non-refundable) between 01/05/2024-31/05/2024

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2400 EUR

Application fee

EUR 80 (non-refundable) between 01/10/2023-15/11/2023 EUR 100 (non-refundable) between 16/11/2023-30/04/2024 EUR 120 (non-refundable) between 01/05/2024-31/05/2024

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

02, Sep, 2024

Deadline for applications - September intake

31, May, 2024

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants need to submit their secondary school certificate and record of the final two years in secondary school.

Additional documents to be submitted:

  • Motivation letter in English
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2
Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

IELTS Score: 5.5
TOEFL IBT Band: 46-59
Cambridge English Scale Score: 162

If the applicant does not have any of the above certifications, their English proficiency will be assessed during the admission interview. Any letter of acceptance issued by the Faculty of Social Sciences is based on the verified fact that the applicant’s command of English has been assessed; therefore, they are considered eligible to pursue their studies at the institution.
If the applicant can prove that they completed their former education entirely in English by submitting a notarized attestation and a detailed academic transcript, no proof of language knowledge will be required throughout the admission process.

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
Application form -
Record of the final two years in secondary school -
Secondary school certificate -
Motivation letter  
Copy of the main pages of the passport needs to be valid
Copy of application fee transfer  
Language certificate If the applicant has one.


Application procedure

The application starts on the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Students who (also) hold Hungarian citizenship must apply through Please note that if an application is submitted not according to the aforementioned, it will be rejected. 

Procedure of the entrance examination


The application deadline refers to the final submission of the complete application package through the online system.

For the September intake, there are three application periods:

  1. Early Bird Period: October 1, 2023, to November 15, 2023, 23:59 (CET)
  2. Regular Period: October 16, 2023, to April 30, 2024, 23:59 (CET)
  3. Last Call Period: May 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024, 23:59 (CET)

These distinct periods allow applicants the flexibility to submit their applications at their convenience. All applicants within each period have an equal chance of gaining admission to the program.

After each application deadline, the Admission Board reviews the applications. After the admission interview, applicants are informed of the selection outcome through the online application system within approximately one month. Admission letters are expected to be sent out through the online application system until the end of June. For February intake and Early Bird applications, admission letters are expected to be sent out through the online application system until the end of December.

Based on the results, certain students may be placed on a waiting list. Final results are expected by the first half of August.

Type of entrance examination: oral
Place of entrance examination: online

Further details of the entrance exam:

Applicants with a full application package will be asked to participate in an oral entrance exam. The institutional admission scores are based on a total evaluation of academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam. The entrance exam seeks to assess the general and professional knowledge and interest of the applicant.

A successful oral entrance exam is the prerequisite of getting admitted. If the applicant fails the oral entrance exam, the application will be rejected.

Applicants may receive points for the interview on a scale from 0 – 100 points.

Applicants who do not receive at least 50 points will not be considered for admission.

Recommended reading for the oral exam

John Baylis, Steve Smith, Patricia Owens: The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

Program leader

Andrew Richard Ryder
Director of Institute of Political and International Studies, Head of the program

Program coordinator

Departmental Coordinator
TEL: +36 1 372-2500/6856

Mr Benedek DÖRGŐ
Departmental Coordinator
TEL: 336 1 372-2500/ 6867(ext)

International Office, Faculty of Social Sciences
TEL: +36-1-372-2500/6779
Postal address:, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, Budapest, H-1117

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences