Top International Relations Colleges

As an international relations major, you’ll gain an understanding of diplomatic relations on a world stage through the study of foreign cultures, leaders, history, military, and economic factors. At many schools, students will pick a geographical region of concentration. For example, Tufts University offers students five areas of focused study: Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, or the Middle East and South Asia.

Earning a degree in international relations will prepare students for careers in a wide array of careers including working for the Foreign Service or the United Nations or pursuing options in international business or post-secondary teaching (with advanced degrees).

What do you need to make it in an International Relations program?

International relations majors need to possess strong research, writing, and analytical abilities. The development of abilities in at least one foreign language as well as interpersonal skills will greatly aid students when they enter the job market.

Your International Relations College Checklist:

  • For those who wish to pursue advanced degrees, how do graduate programs in international relations view your prospective undergraduate institutions?
  • Doe your school's location provide advantages for internships and future employment (i.e. a cosmopolitan city like Washington D.C. or New York)?
  • Do they have an active and extensive alumni network?
  • Do they offer any particular concentration area of interest within the international relations?
  • Do professors allow undergraduates to assist them with research projects?
  • Is a senior thesis/research project required?
  • What type of study abroad options are available? Do they match your geographical area of interest?

The Top International Relations Colleges & Universities

While international relations is a major that can lead to a myriad of employment opportunities, those that wish to work in high levels of government or academia will find heavy competition. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include Princeton, The University of California-San Diego, and NYU. For a complete list of College Transitions Top International Relations Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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