Bachelor On Campus

International Relations

The University of Iowa

48 months
31793 USD/year
31793 USD/year
9830 USD/year
Tuition fee
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International relations is the study of relations between states and relations among other actors that extend across state boundaries. The bachelor degree in International Relations is offered by The University of Iowa. 


These relations comprise multiple phenomena that shape today’s world: trade and finance, armed conflict, migration, law, environmental issues, health challenges and more. International interactions and globalization have never been more extensive, making international relations a critical area of study and the major uniquely valuable to students with a wide array of interests.

At The University of Iowa we offer a bachelor degree in International Relations. Students graduating with a degree in international relations (IR) have the skills and knowledge to grasp international events from theoretical, empirical, and historical perspectives. For example, IR majors can conceptualize protests in the Middle East using theories of coercion and politics within authoritarian governments, while placing current protests in context with the history of protests in the Middle East and elsewhere. In addition to gaining skills and knowledge with broad applicability, each IR major gains an in-depth understanding of a particular aspect of international relations.

Career Development

  • Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.
  • Because international relations and the international community are so important, a major in international relations is an excellent choice for any student considering a career in either the public or private sector, including the diplomatic service, intelligence organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, think tanks, public health agencies, the media, and numerous other professions.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Conflict
  • Politics of International Economics
  • Western Civilization III, World Since 1945, or History of International Conflict & Cooperation since 1900
  • Understanding Political Research
  • International Relations Senior Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit an application
  • Pay the $80 application fee
  • Upload your academic records
  • If your first language is not English: Have the testing agency send us your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score, if applicable, based on our English Proficiency Requirements.
Have your ACT or SAT score sent to us by the testing agency if:
  • You completed secondary school in the United States
  • You are applying for direct admission to the Tippie College of Business, the College of Engineering, or the University of Iowa Honors Program
  • You plan to apply for scholarships (some awards require an ACT or SAT score)
  • Our institution code for ACT is 1356; our institution code for SAT is 6681

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31793 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31793 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    31793 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31793 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9830 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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