• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Are you interested in learning about different societies, cultural traditions, and institutions around the world? Do you wonder why some countries are wealthier than others? Why some are in peace and others at war? Then this International Relations and Global Affairs course at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is perfect for you.
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The Undergraduate Program in International Relations and Global Affairs (IRGA) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is a unique program addressing these topics. Combining history and political science, economics and law, sociology and psychology, the program provides a coherent interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to develop their understanding of how people, groups, countries, and international organizations interact in different parts of the world.

Learning objectives

IRGA allows students to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge of political, economic, historic, sociological and legal aspects of complex international issues. Studying how these disciplines approach, define and analyze international relations gives undergraduate students a sound basis for graduate studies. It also provides students with essential skills to conduct interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and the tools to understanding real world situations.

The program’s interdisciplinary approach goes beyond the language of economics and law, and addresses the historical, social and political concerns that are really at stake, and vice versa.

Career Opportunities

Holding a degree in International Relations and Global Affairs will allow you to consider a number of different options for your future career: your political, historical and economic skills will be the perfect base for an international career in governmental institutions and NGOs, or in journalism; your grasp of psychology and group dynamics will tailor you for the HR department of large organizations and firms, and your quantitative skills will suit you for consultancies as well as for international marketing research.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Law and Governance 
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology 
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences 
  • History of Political Institutions 
  • Advanced English for International Relations

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Although applications will be evaluated in submission order, high school performance will be one of the main factors in the admission board’s decision.
  • IRGA’s interdisciplinary curriculum includes a wide range of disciplines: from History to Sociology, from Politics to Psychology, from Economics to International Relations, from Law to Quantitative Methods. This curriculum thus requires entry students to be already familiar with world history, institutions and cultures and to master basic logical, quantitative and analytical tools. International candidates may also wish to submit SAT or ACT test scores, which will be considered by the admission board and strengthen their application 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8040 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8040 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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European Residents

A student may pay from a minimum of about € 3500 to a maximum of about € 8700 per year.

Living costs for Milano

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Università Cattolica in order to foster the access of international student to the degree programs. The discount covers about 37% of the total cost. Applicants are notified of the award by e-mail when they receive an offer for admission.

This scholarship is automatically extended from year to year for the normal duration of the degree program. Successful candidates must maintain full-time enrolment status in order to finish their degrees on time. Should the candidate be unable to graduate on the expected date, all additional costs will be at the student’s expense.

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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