Dreaming of working at the UN or in an NGO? Here is a list of schools where you can study international relations in Paris, for an undergraduate or for a graduate degree and in English! From the prestigious Sciences Po’s School of International Affairs) to lesser-known schools such as the ILERI, here is a comprehensive overview of the choices available in 2020.

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Study international relations in Paris at an graduate level and in English

Master in International Security (Sciences Po School of International Affairs)

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees:
  • For Non-EU students: €14,700/ year
  • For EU students: tuition fees depend on your family resources, and can go from 0€ to €14,700/ year. (Click here for more info)
Rank: 3rd University in the World in “Politics and International Studies” according to QS rankings 2019
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
4.5/5

Master in International Public Management (Sciences Po School of International Affairs)

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees:
  • For Non-EU students: €14,700/ year
  • For EU students: tuition fees depend on your family resources, and can go from 0€ to €14,700/ year. (Click here for more info)
Rank: 3rd University in the World in “Politics and International Studies”  according to QS rankings 2019
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
4.5/5

Master in Human Rights and International Action (Sciences Po School of International Affairs)

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees:
  • For Non-EU students: €14,700/ year
  • For EU students: tuition fees depend on your family resources, and can go from 0€ to €14,700/ year. (Click here for more info)
Rank: 3rd University in the World in “Politics and International Studies” according to QS rankings 2019
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
4.5/5

Master in International Development (Sciences Po School of International Affairs)

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees:
  • For Non-EU students: €14,700/ year
  • For EU students: tuition fees depend on your family resources, and can go from 0€ to €14,700/ year. (Click here for more info)
Rank: 3rd University in the World in “Politics and International Studies” according to QS rankings 2019
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
4.5/5

Master of Arts in Diplomacy & International Law (The American University of Paris)

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees: €38,880 for the whole program (48 credits)
Rank: Unranked
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
2.8/5

Master of Arts in International Affairs (The American University of Paris)

Duration: one-year program (English) or two-year program (English/French) 
Language: English/French
Tuition fees: €30,780 for the one-year program (48 credits), €50,220 for the two-year program (62 credits)
Rank: Unranked
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
2.8/5

Master of Arts in International Relations (Queen Mary University of London)

Duration: year, full-time
Language: English
Tuition fees: £9,950 for UK/EU students and £13,200 for other students
Rank: Unranked in “Politics and International Studies”, ranked 32 in “Law” according to QS rankings 2019
 
Paris Student Guide’s insider rating 
4/5

Sciences Po School of International Affairs  

study international relations paris

Master in International Security

This master’s aim is to give students the tools and knowledge to best apprehend and analyse issues in the international security field in the 21st century.

Admission requirements

To be considered, you have to meet a required minimum grade point average (it depends on your country of residence: eg: 65% for English students, 3.5/4 GPA for American students… Check the full list here). However, it doesn’t guarantee an offer of admission. Indeed, your online application must also include: 

  • A CV in English
  • Official academic transcript(s) for the entirety of your time in higher education (translated in English or in French if needed)
  • Proof of your undergraduate cumulative grade average proof
  • Personal statement in English
  • Proof of proficiency in English if you have nor  studied in an English-speaking country (TOEFL IBT with a minimum score of 100, IELTS with a minimum score of 7 or Cambridge English Advanced with a minimum score of C1)
  • 2 academic references in French or in English

➡ Find more information about Sciences Po’s international graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

This master will prepare you to work in national administrations and governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations as well as in private security and risk analysis companies. The main sectors of employment include defense, intelligence, consulting, peace-keeping, conflict resolution, and reconstruction.

Master in International Security

This master aims at training policymakers with the capacity to operate in a variety of cultural contexts in addressing issues of international range by providing students with a variety of tools for policy analysis.

Courses are focused on 4 fields of study:

  • Public Policy
  • International Organizations and Global Governance
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Policy Management and Leadership. 

Admission requirements

To be considered, you have to meet a required minimum grade point average (it depends on your country of residence: eg: 65% for English students, 3.5/4 GPA for American students… Check the full list here). However, it doesn’t guarantee an offer of admission. Indeed, your online application must also include: 

  • A CV in English
  • Official academic transcript(s) for the entirety of your time in higher education (translated in English or in French if needed)
  • Proof of your undergraduate cumulative grade average proof
  • Personal statement in English
  • Proof of proficiency in English if you have nor  studied in an English-speaking country (TOEFL IBT with a minimum score of 100, IELTS with a minimum score of 7 or Cambridge English Advanced with a minimum score of C1)
  • 2 academic references in French or in English
Also, having prior work experience in the field or having a specialised undergraduate course of study (law, business, engineering …) is an asset to be admitted in this program.
 

➡ Find more information about Sciences Po’s international graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

This master is for students who want to work in local and national administrations, such as the diplomatic corps, intergovernmental and governmental organizations or transnational firms. 

Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action​

This master’s goal is to give students the tools to understand the challenges, dilemmas, and stakes in the fields of human rights and humanitarian action. Depending on their career goals, students can specialize during their second year in either the field of human rights or humanitarian action.

Admission requirements

To be considered, you have to meet a required minimum grade point average (it depends on your country of residence: eg: 65% for English students, 3.5/4 GPA for American students… Check the full list here). However, it doesn’t guarantee an offer of admission. Indeed, your online application must also include: 

  • A CV in English
  • Official academic transcript(s) for the entirety of your time in higher education (translated in English or in French if needed)
  • Proof of your undergraduate cumulative grade average proof
  • Personal statement in English
  • Proof of proficiency in English if you have nor  studied in an English-speaking country (TOEFL IBT with a minimum score of 100, IELTS with a minimum score of 7 or Cambridge English Advanced with a minimum score of C1)
  • 2 academic references in French or in English 

➡ Find more information about Sciences Po’s international graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After this program, students can work in several fields: NGOs, the diplomatic corps/national administrations, international organizations, journalism…

Master in International Development

The master’s goal is to offer an in-depth introduction to multiple actors, to multiple instruments and to analytical and practical skills that graduates will use to implement the next generation of development policies and practices.

Admission requirements

To be considered, you have to meet a required minimum grade point average (it depends on your country of residence: eg: 65% for English students, 3.5/4 GPA for American students… Check the full list here). However, it doesn’t guarantee an offer of admission. Indeed, your online application must also include: 

  • A CV in English
  • Official academic transcript(s) for the entirety of your time in higher education (translated in English or in French if needed)
  • Proof of your undergraduate cumulative grade average proof
  • Personal statement in English
  • Proof of proficiency in English if you have nor  studied in an English-speaking country (TOEFL IBT with a minimum score of 100, IELTS with a minimum score of 7 or Cambridge English Advanced with a minimum score of C1)
  • 2 academic references in French or in English 

➡ Find more information about Sciences Po’s international graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After this master, students can expect to find jobs in both the public sector (formulation, management, evaluation of public policies…) as well as the private sector (project managers, consultants…) 

ILERI

Bachelor in International Relations  

The ILERI (Institut Libre d’Etude des Relations Internationales) is a school specializing in international relations since 1948, located in Paris La Défense. It offers multidisciplinary training in political science, geopolitics, international law, economics, and languages.

Admission requirements

To get into the ILERI, you need to send an online application with the following documents:

  • High school transcripts
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • An academic reference from a teacher or a previous employer

➡ Find more information about ILERI’s undergraduate admission process here

French proficiency

Even if speaking French is required to be admitted into this program, French courses can be offered to candidates that aren’t proficient in French yet.

Objectives and employment opportunities

To get into the ILERI, you have to submit an application online first (transcripts, CV, motivation letter) If you’re selected, you’ll then have to pass a geopolitics exam and have an online interview with a jury.

Queen Mary University of London - Paris campus 

Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

This program aims at giving students theoretical and applied understanding of specialist areas, including globalization and development, security and US foreign policy.

Admission requirements

To be considered, you first need a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Politics or related discipline if you’re from the UK (If you’re not from the UK, find out what is the equivalent of a 2:1 degree in your country here

You’ll also need to provide supporting documents:

  • Degree transcripts
  • Referee details
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • English Language certificate (if English is not your first language):  several tests are accepted (full list here)

➡ Find more information about Queen Mary University of London’s graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After the MA in Diplomacy and International Law, most graduates go on to pursue careers in the public sector (NGO’s, governments…)

The American University of Paris (AUP)

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Bachelor of Arts in International & Comparative Politics

This bachelor offers courses in political science, government, law, geopolitics, country, regional studies, and political economy to help students discover the best ways in which they can engage with and assume civic and political leadership.

Admission requirements

To be considered, students have to apply online and provide:

  • 500-word personal statement
  • 300-word supplemental essay
  • history of extracurricular activities and work experience
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts
  • English language test as all courses are taught in English.

➡ Find more information about AUP’s graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After this bachelor, most students pursue their studies in the several international masters of the AUP or in other institutions.

Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

This MA is an interdisciplinary program to enable students to think critically about complex diplomatic and international legal issues in real contexts.

Admission requirements

Admission is open to everyone. To be considered, students have to apply online and provide personal statements, history of extracurricular activities and work experience, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and results to an English language test as all courses are taught in English.

➡ Find more information about AUP’s undergraduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into this program.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After the MA in Diplomacy and International Law, most graduates go on to pursue careers in international law, in NGO’s or private companies.

Master of Arts in International Affairs

This MA aims to give its students a theoretical understanding of contemporary international affairs all the while letting students work alongside visiting professionals to take theory beyond the classroom.
You can choose to do the program in one year or opt for the two-year program in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development with the Sorbonne University. You will take classes at both institutions and earn a master’s degree in international affairs at AUP as well as a certificate from Paris I-Sorbonne. 

Admission requirements

To be considered, students have to apply online and provide personal statements, history of extracurricular activities and work experience, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and results to an English language test as all courses are taught in English.

➡ Find more information about AUP’s graduate admission process here

French proficiency

Speaking French is not required to be admitted into the one year program but for. For the dual program with the Sorbonne, you need to have a DELF B2 in French.

Objectives and employment opportunities

After the MA, graduates find jobs in companies, non-profits and government institutions around the world.

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