Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pre-University Honours Programme: International Relations

when 3 July 2022 - 14 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1400

The speed and scope with which international developments unfold is unprecedented. In order to make sense of the increased complexity of world politics, we need historical as well as theoretical perspectives. How can we understand contemporary international relations? How is globalisation changing the practice of international politics? Is the world becoming less or more peaceful, and how can we understand and promote international cooperation to achieve common goals? This online summer programme will bring together high school students from across the world to study an important topic at the university level.

Participants in this 2-week honours programme will explore the rich field of International Relations as a sub-discipline of Political Science. We will examine the history of IR, will take a look at different theoretical perspectives and explanations, and will address contemporary issues in world politics, such as climate change, development, and war.

Course leader

Roel van Engelen

Target group

For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in international relations and political science (broadly).

Course aim

Our summer programme gives students the opportunity to study in a digital international classroom: participants come from diverse backgrounds, creating an excellent space to explore the field of IR, and to develop intercultural skills. Benefiting from insights from political science, history, and anthropology, this programme provides students with an interdisciplinary exploration of a very exciting field in the social sciences. As our hyper-connected world draws closer together, it falls to present and future generations to understand how this affects the political climate and the practice of world politics. Every aspect of our lives is intertwined with political decisions, and decisions made in faraway places have the potential to affect us as well.

Over the course of two weeks, students will undertake a series of lectures that will delve into the heart of the issues at hand. We will offer a wide variation in topics and approaches, as well as many different discussion and work forms, which will enable you to position yourself and form an informed opinion on many topics in an increasingly complex international environment.

Students will experience studying in a supportive online international environment hosted by the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at university.

Fee info

EUR 1400: The tuition fee includes all course materials, excursions and events, lunch on class days and a public transportation card.
EUR 400: Approximate housing costs for the duration of the programme.


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