Short Course in International Relations


5 locations available

Program Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of foreign affairs and introduce you to the fundamental principles of international relations within the political science framework.

These principles will serve as the foundation for more advanced study in the International Relations field and will help you not only develop the critical thinking skills you need in order to analyze conflicts between states but the human relations skills you need to proactively avoid them.

The difference between international relations and global diplomacy is that while traditional international relations is a study from afar, diplomacy will prepare you to actively pursue solutions that will serve to ensure and project a world where unity and security prevail.

Diplomacy, in its purest form, is not the art of prevailing over one’s rivals to make a change, but the orchestration of perfection of communication skills to build understanding and harmony in the world as it is.

The creation of a more harmonious world depends on the individual, his level of responsibility, his creativity, his ideas, his vision.

Key Features of the International Relations Programme

  • Three intakes per academic year January, April and September
  • 3 Months + 3 Months (Optional) Internship
  • 4 Modules: Each module requires 3 in-class hours per week, for a total of 12 /15 weekly hours (Monday-Friday)
  • ESE’s competitive Internship Programme providing international work experience in the sector of specialization
  • Compact class sizes which help faculty cultivate a mentor relationship with students and provide the individual attention needed to discover their special skills and succeed in their chosen pathway

What makes ESE a great place for students?

  • A personal and tailored learning experience - at ESE you get an individual and exciting experience thanks to the small class size and excellent student/teacher ratio
  • “The Dream is the most real thing there is” – ESE students develop a unique academic and professional pathway through their selected course specialisation and internship placement
  • Pragmatism – hands-on experience in contemporary business practice through the comprehensive internship programme
  • Internationality – student body originating from more than 60 nations and study abroad with ESE centres worldwide
  • Specialisation in cutting-edge business sectors, including fashion, events, music, sport, art, media and human resources among others
  • Great internships – ESE students can select from more than 1500 leading organisations around the world

Course Programme

Course Participants will have two of the following three modules in addition to their choice of two modules from the available business and management courses. E-Business and E-Commerce and International Business Decision Making are shown here as they have the broadest application spectrum, but students are encouraged to choose based on already acquired skills and aspirations.

  • International Relations
  • Economics of Work, Leisure and Consumption
  • Diplomatic Methods and External Policy

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  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • International Business Decision Making

Course Duration:

  • 3 months = 120 in-class hours + revision/ reading week + exam week
  • Internship (optional): 3 months

Language of Instruction:


Level of Instruction:

Undergraduate (A High-School Diploma or equivalent is required to access this course).

Course Assessment:

Written Examination

Credits & Recognition

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded an ESE Certification of successful completion of the programme.

* Modules may be subject to change

ESE's Internship Programme

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants may opt to take a 3-month internship fitted to their profile and career objectives. Students will undergo an assessment with the ESE Placement Officer, so as to determine their eligibility for an internship placement*. The placement office will assist eligible students in obtaining an internship fitting their profile and career objectives.

Working in collaboration with more than fifteen hundred leading international companies, including some of FORTUNE’S 100 Best Companies to Work For, the European School of Economics offers one of the most competitive university internship programmes available today.

* Visa Regulations Permitting

Entry Requirements

Entrance to the ESE Short Course programmes requires the Completion of the Online Application form and submission of the following documents to the Admissions Office at the ESE centre of interest:

  • Last academic certificate
  • Resume’ / CV (including reference to all previous education)
  • Personal Statement if not attached to the application form
  • Good command of the English language (IELTS/TOEFL scores are a plus)
  • Photocopy of Passport/ ID document
  • Four photographs (passport-sized)

Maximum Number of Attendees: 20

(In order to provide a unique learning experience with a ratio between Professor to students, no more than 20 students will be admitted into this programme)


Milan, Rome, Florence and Madrid Campuses
Short Course
Registration: € 600,00
Tuition: € 5.000,00
Internship (optional): € 1.000,00

London Campus
Short Course
Registration: £ 600,00
Tuition: £ 5.000,00
Internship (optional): £1.000,00

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

The European School of Economics (ESE) is a private College of Higher Education without borders, multicultural and pragmatic, fully accredited in the UK and in the order of listed bodies. ESE offers B ... Read More

The European School of Economics (ESE) is a private College of Higher Education without borders, multicultural and pragmatic, fully accredited in the UK and in the order of listed bodies. ESE offers Bachelor's Degree, Masters, MBA, and short programmes at its centres in London, Rome, Milan, Florence, and Madrid. Read less
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