Studying at the CEU UCH means choosing a University which is different both in the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. We offer a combination of experience and innovation. It is about being truly international and yet with strong local roots. In short, we can offer you everything you need to be whatever you want to be.

What makes us different?

1. Bilingual training

If you would like to study both in English and in Spanish and enhance your future professional profile, you can study the first year of your degree in English and then complete the rest of your degree in Spanish. There are particular learning itineraries to meet different needs:

  • For students who are not native Spanish speakers: the study program for the first year is entirely in English, except for 15 ECTS credits (which these students will undertake in the second year). Instead of undertaking these 15 ECTS credits in the first year, you will undertake a Spanish language module to help you prepare for undertaking your studies in Spanish.
  • For native Spanish-speaking students: the study program for the first year is entirely in English, except for 15 ECTS credits, which will be undertaken in Spanish.

2. IEF: International Expert Focus

This program offers an intensive focus on international relations. This can be seen in:

  • The international character of much of the study program: European Institutions, History of International Relations, Theory of International Relations, Public International Law, International Organizations, International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, Foreign Affairs, Spain's Foreign Policy, Europe's Foreign Policy, and Comparative Politics.
  • Courses taught in English: Public International Law (3rd year) and Humanitarian Aid (4th year) are taught in English. In this way, students will acquire the specialized terminology of these areas in English - we will support you during your first and second year to improve your English so that you can take these courses without any problems.
  • Language learning: As a CEU Cardenal Herrera University student, you will be able to take part in all the educational activities provided by the Languages Service. Some of these are free of charge such as online learning of up to seven languages; seminars and workshops in English, French, and Spanish for specific purposes; Chinese culture and language seminars; and our language exchange events.

3. An international experience

With the Erasmus exchange agreements in place with institutions in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, you can study for a semester or an entire academic year in another country.

Our international placement program gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in Brussels, or at the Legislative Assembly of Umbria in Italy, or at the Federación Comunidad Valenciana-Región Europea, an institution representing the Valencia region in Belgium.

4. A boost to your employability

If you wish, while studying for your degree, you can also, free of charge, study for the Certificate in Political Marketing and Communication (Título de Experto en Marketing y Comunicación Política), which builds on some of the transferable skills acquired as part of your degree and notably enhances your employability. You will hone your public speaking and political communication skills by using our television studios and political marketing tools, and by planning electoral campaigns.

5. The international dimension

Every day at CEU UCH you will be surrounded by students from more than 70 countries. In the globalized world we live in, this a big advantage for all our students - you can build relationships and synergies with people from across the world and broaden your horizons. And if you are looking for a way to perfect your international profile, remember that as a CEU student you can access the language training activities offered by the University's Languages Service.

6. Dual degrees from a University specializing in them

You can study for two degrees at the same time, with compatible timetables and lectures all in the same facilities and, of course, you will not have to pay double the price.


General competencies

  • To have well-founded and rigorous knowledge of history, society and contemporary culture. Students who achieve this competence will be able to understand and assess contemporary society and culture by means of rigorous consideration of current affairs and their historical background, from the perspective of constitutional principles and the Social Doctrine of the Church. Graduates will then be able to participate responsibly in society, working for peace and the common good.
  • To express oneself and communicate successfully, both orally and in writing. Students who achieve this competence will be aware of the resources available for both public speaking and writing. Verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • To express oneself fluently and effectively in at least one foreign language. Students who achieve this competence will be able to employ the appropriate skills to be able to express themselves, orally and in writing, in English, and, optionally, in another language. Ability to work within a national or international setting.
  • To understand, critically analyze and transmit complex ideas, while taking into account the context in which they are presented. Students who achieve this competence will be able to distinguish, define and establish the relationship between the basic concepts and premises upon which any argument is based, while also being able to summarise and rephrase such content in a critical fashion, setting them within the scientific, political, organizational or media context in which they occur.
  • To resolve problems via the application of knowledge. Students who achieve this competence will be able to use the knowledge they have acquired to resolve problems or state an opinion on them, whether the issue in question is of a theoretical, practical, moral or technical nature; and they will be able to do so in a reasoned, prudent, and effective manner.
  • To gather and interpret relevant data on which to base an argument. Students who achieve this competence will be able to establish a hypothesis and plan how to test it: obtaining, interpreting and selecting the appropriate data, describing the method undertaken and the results obtained and then providing a reasoned argument based on these results.
  • To communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions. Students who achieve this competence will be able to plan a communicative process, taking into account the subjective and objective environment in which this is to take place and to implement this in a professional manner, with regard to both content and presentation, while making effective use of a range of communicative resources.
  • To possess an entrepreneurial spirit to ensure the success of different projects, working in an autonomous, professional and skilled manner. Students who achieve this competence will be able to design a project plan and to implement it in a timely fashion, showing both perseverance and flexibility, by anticipating and overcoming the obstacles to its success and making changes to the original plan as necessary, while acting with skill and professionalism.
  • To possess a comprehensive vision of humanity in its inherent and transcendental dimension. Students who achieve this competence will possess a disposition to seek out the truth, via different fields of knowledge, regarding human nature and personal dignity, as shared by all men and women, with a particular concern for the ethical and moral implications.
  • To form an effective part of a team and to lead such a team. Students who achieve this competence will be able to perform effectively in teams, and lead them, by contributing assertively and respectfully to the definition, planning, and implementation of objectives. Commitment to ethics, service and public life.
  • To negotiate and administer agreements. Students who achieve this competence will be able to negotiate, administer and mediate in the implementation of agreements in situations of conflict, or where there is a clash of opposing interests, in order to reach the fairest and most appropriate solution for all. They will do so while seeking mutual comprehension and acceptance of legitimate points of view and ensuring that all parties can assert their rights. Commitment to ethics, service and public life.
  • To be willing to undergo personal sacrifice for the sake of the quality and excellence of one's work. Students who achieve this competence will have taken on board the ethical concept that personal sacrifice is necessary for the work of real quality.
  • To recognize diversity and multiculturalism. Students who achieve this competence will be able to assess difference with an outlook which is based on emotional intelligence, an acceptance of a variety of opinions and types of thought, and an ability to process information effectively. This will enable them to analyze a given set of issues from a wide-ranging and multicultural perspective.
  • To create study and/or research materials and to use them systematically to build an argument for presentation to an audience. Students who achieve this competence will be able to construct their own study materials from a range of available resources (notes, manuals, monographs, databases, the internet, etc.) and give a reasoned and well-structured presentation on a given issue. Being able to do this will require the ability to organize information, to examine such information critically, and to learn autonomously.
  • To acquire self-discipline with regard to study habits, based on planning, rational use of resources, and time and space management. Students who achieve this competence will know how to manage their time, by means of the continuous assessment system of their degree, contributing to their personal maturity with regard to self-discipline and study habits.
  • To know how to share skills one possesses with others, and to request help where this is necessary to complete certain tasks. Students with this competence will be able to: appreciate diversity; manage their time and available human resources as part of a team effort or while working as an individual; employ leadership strategies, empathy and emotional intelligence; create a team spirit; and be able to identify personal resources and areas for growth with regard to the sharing of information.

Specific Competencies

  • To know the historical foundations, theories, and approaches to political science. Students with this competence will be able to identify the foundations of political science, through knowledge of its history, and will know the conceptual structure, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches of the discipline. They will know the key theoretical assumptions, methods, and problems of different approaches, the nature of the object of study and the theories and techniques of power. As for professional knowledge and know-how, they will be able to identify documentary sources and to recognize and apply the discipline's theories, paradigms, concepts, and principles.
  • To know and understand the structure and operation of political systems and institutions. Students with this competence will be able to identify and understand such systems and institutions. They will know the theories and doctrines of political systems, the theories of democracy, and the types of political systems. They will understand the organizational structures and activities of political institutions.
  • To understand political thought at a general level and Spanish political thought in particular. Students will know the main trends within political thought at a general level: formal and material sources and sources of knowledge. They will be aware of the main trends and authors of political thought in Spain and will be able to interpret political texts. Students who achieve this competence will be aware of the major international theories at a national and international level and of Spanish political thought.
  • To understand the basics of public law (administrative law and constitutional law). Students will be aware of and understand the sources of public law, the administrative legal system, public stakeholders, the Constitution, the territorial organizational structure of the Spanish State within its constitutional framework, fundamental rights and public freedoms, how these are guaranteed, and the Constitutional Court.
  • To understand the basics of administrative science, public ethics, and administrative ethics. Students will be aware of and understand the basic tools of public administration and public ethics. They will be aware of the theoretical and practical aspects of the planning and management of public resources. They will know how to design, implement, analyze and assess public policies. They will know how to manage the administration's human resources.
  • To understand, assess, criticize and discuss issues of political theory in their context. Students who achieve this competence will be able to interpret and discuss political texts, issues, and theory in the appropriate historical, social, philosophical, legal or economic context, putting forward opinions grounded in knowledge of the discipline of political science.
  • To reason and put forward arguments in a manner appropriate for a member of the political science community, being able to present analysis both orally and in writing. Students who achieve this competence will be able to formulate a reasoned political argument, using the rhetorical and logical resources of the discipline, and present this either orally or in writing.
  • To understand the different methodological approaches which are possible for research in the social sciences and to understand the basics of general sociology. Students who achieve this competence will be aware of the theoretical and practical foundations of methodological approaches in the social sciences. They will be able to use the approaches they have studied in applied research. Political Science graduates will also be able to understand and distinguish between social and collective action, and social and collective agents. They will understand social movements, the historical forms these have taken, and contemporary forms of civil association. They will be able to undertake and interpret sociological analysis. They will know how to implement human resource management policies. They will be able to employ their organizational, managerial and leadership skills.
  • To understand the basics of political economics and public economics. Students who achieve this competence will be able to explore society from the perspective of economic analysis, the effects of national and international economics, the production and distribution of wealth, the effects of public sector intervention on the economy, political economics and the functions of the public sector, public budgets taking into account revenue and spending, and taxation.
  • To understand the political and economic integration processes, structure and operations of the European Union. Students will understand the European Union's integration processes, the motivation, and theories behind this, and its legal and institutional framework, policies and mechanisms for cooperation and action.
  • To understand international politics, international public law, and international relations. Students who achieve this competence will be able to understand the sources of international public law and the contemporary international legal framework. They will also be able to understand the complex international scenario, being able to identify key political players, the relevant institutional, organizational and political structures, and the way in which they act and interact. They will know the theories which lie behind international politics and the structure and activities of the major international organizations. They will be able to analyze and assess international political scenarios and draw up and implement foreign policy positions and diplomatic action.
  • To view the rule of law and the Declaration of Human of Rights as general principles on which the activity of the political science community should be based. Students who achieve this competence will be able to interpret and use political knowledge on the basis of the fundamental principles, rights, and duties which are enshrined in the Spanish Constitution, with far-reaching respect for the universal doctrine on human rights and a culture of peace and democratic values.
  • To understand the psychology of those active in politics and electoral processes. Political Science graduates will be able to distinguish the various stakeholders who act and interact in public life. They will understand the way in which these stakeholders behave and they will know how to interpret the relationship between political culture and the stability of political regimes. They will also know how to interpret and analyze the electoral results.
  • To understand and develop political leadership strategies. Political Science graduates will know how to develop political leadership strategies, by applying political techniques concerning electoral marketing, public speaking, and communication.
  • To understand Spanish and world history. Political Science graduates will be able to understand the historical development of Spain and the world, by means of the study of Spanish and world history. They will be able to distinguish the main approaches and theories for historical analysis, they will know the factors that can cause social change, and they will be able to interpret and analyze the historical processes which have produced the contemporary world.
  • To understand social and political anthropology. Students who achieve this competence will understand the nature of the sources of anthropology, human beings, their relationships, and human diversity. They will be able to examine anthropological texts and to analyze and understand the essence of humanity.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of career opportunities open to Political Science graduates, in both the public and private sectors.

Specialists in politics work at a diverse range of international bodies (NATO, UNESCO, the European Union, embassies and consulates, chambers of commerce, etc.) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Graduates in this area are also employed in companies, foundations and research centers with a focus on sociological issues and electoral marketing. This area tends to be the exclusive domain of political and sociological analysts, whose work consists of creating, carrying out and analyzing electoral surveys, opinion polls, the creation of election campaign material and other sociological studies.

Examples of careers for graduates include the following:

  • State civil administrator
  • Local development agent
  • Rural development agent
  • Equal opportunities officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Political activist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Political analyst
  • Public relations consultant
  • Political behavior consultant
  • Employment advisor
  • Fundraiser
  • External consultant (international)
  • Aid worker
  • Diplomat
  • Public opinion expert
  • Security expert
  • Director of autonomous organizations, public bodies, or public foundations
  • A representative for business with government agencies
  • Cultural representative
  • Project manager
  • Researcher
  • Arbitrator
  • Intercultural mediator
  • University lecturer
  • Graduate roles at government agencies, at the state, regional or local levels (in a range of areas in specialisms)
  • Graduate roles at constitutional organizations
  • Expert in development
  • Expert in applied social research and studies concerning public opinion
  • Graduate roles at international organizations
  • Expert in public policy
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
  • Spanish

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