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International Relations

“I want to study International Relations because …”

I would like to be able to solve conflicts that occur locally or internationally by using an interdisciplinary approach, analysing these matters historically and multi-dimensionally and analyzing the global roles of governments.

The Content of Education

The main objective of the International Relations Department is to provide students the knowledge to enable them to resolve both national and international conflicts and to analyse the changes theoretically. The changing dynamics of international relations are interpreted multi-dimensionally by up-to-date discussions on the phases of international relations and co-operation in the globalised world. Our curriculum, updated to incorporate international relations and disagreements, uses techniques that involve discussions of problems using both national and global approaches. It is supported by courses in International Organisations, Comparative Politics, International Security and the Theory of International Relations. In the fourth year, students study the solution of problems and unsolved conflicts in current international systems by attending courses in International Conflicts, Turkish Foreign Policy and Seminars. Starting in the third year, students have the opportunity to take five chosen specialist courses from Middle Eastern Policy, Globalization, Media and International Conflicts and the Law of European Union. The students can choose to take courses in foreign languages such as Italian, French and German in order to support their foreign language learning.

What are the career opportunities?

The Department of International Relations at CIU aims to train students not only to become experts in their chosen field, but also to be able to work with an international vision. In short, using their ability and background they are able to put their theoretical and professional knowledge into practice in such organisations as:

  1. International and National Organisations (United Nations, European Union, IMF, etc.)
  2. Public Institutions
  3. Multinational Companies
  4. Visual and Printed Press
  5. Non- Profit Organisations
  6. Universities
  7. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

International Relations branches of national, international and global institutions have also employed our graduates.

Research and Practice

Aiming to improve its students’ ability to provide analytic knowledge, the International Relations Department studies the changing systems of international relations by coming up with research topics and collective work groups. Our Department employs many researchers and foreign policy experts to help students follow recent and national matters. It holds global and national conferences and workshops on ‘Diplomacy Days’.

A Social and Strategic Politics Research Centre has been founded in order to centralise the academic studies carried out in the department.


The education that I received in the International Relations Department has changed my philosophy so that I was focused on my career development starting from the first day.
Büşra Çelik (Student)
Receiving education in this Department enabled me to see the matters multi dimensionally and analytically.
Gökhan Sipahi (Student)
Graduating from the International Relations Department has not only enabled me to be aware of the developments occurring in the society that I live in and in the global world, but also improve my analytical skills on international relations basis by building a theoretical and practical background.
Ebru Küçükşener (Graduate)

Academic Program