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International Relations and International Organization


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Can the EU survive the rise of euroscepticism and populism? Why has international cooperation on global environmental issues proven to be difficult? How can we address other issues in an increasingly globalized world?

IRIO in Groningen is a multidisciplinary English-taught degree programme in which you explore political questions on an international level. You focus on the place of politics, history, economics and law in international relations but also the role of international organizations. You also learn or improve your proficiency in a modern foreign language and choose a minor that fits your profile.

If you choose IRIO in Groningen, you choose:

  • a challenging programme with a strong theoretical focus as well as a variety of practical assignments
  • a programme with three decades of experience, that enjoys the support and expertise of many renowned international lecturers
  • a programme in which you will acquire analytical, practical and methodological skills that are highly valuable in fields as diverse as policy advocacy and consultancy, governmental and civil services, public affairs, risk analysis, journalism, international aid/development work and diplomacy.
  • an international environment and a global perspective: your lecturers and classmates come from all over the world.

Please note: IRIO is a quota study: only a limited number of students are accepted every year.




Bachelor of Arts


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 13,100

€ 11,500


Application requirements

The IRIO programme of the University of Groningen has a selection procedure. This means that the IRIO department selects the candidates to be admitted to the programme. It has been decided to select in this way because we would like to admit the most suitable and best motivated students.

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma (minimum score: 24), a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

The IRIO programme is taught in English. Dutch students with a VWO diploma do not need to submit proof of their English proficiency. For other EU candidates, the Admissions Officer will notify you if you need to provide test results. All non-EU candidates will need to provide test results. The minimum level of English proficiency is: TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 1

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 13,100
€ 11,500
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 15 Jan '24 15 Jan '24
1 Sep '25 15 Jan '25 15 Jan '25
1 Sep '26 15 Jan '26 15 Jan '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.


University of Groningen

Main address
Oude Boteringestraat 44
9712 GL Groningen
050 363 9011

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