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International affairs

International Affairs

120 ECTS - MA degree

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The scope of international affairs and the work of international organizations and associations has grown greatly in recent years. The program is intended to meet the growing need for well-educated staff with knowledge of international affairs, whether in companies, interest groups, public institutions or municipalities.

About the studies

MA in International Affairs is designed as a two year full time studies programmes (120 ECTS). Students complete 90 ECTS in courses and write an MA-thesis that carries the weight of 30 ECTS. 

Diverse studies

The program emphasizes the position of Iceland and other small states in the international system and their foreign affairs. A wide variety of electives is offered to students, including internships.

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

BA, B.Ed., BS degree or equivalent with First Class grades. All international applicants, whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL (79) or IELTS (6.5) tests as evidence of English proficiency.

Students' comments

Lindsey Mitchell
Student in International affairs MA

I chose the program after having completed the Small State Studies graduate diploma. I really enjoyed the coursework in this program and was eager to extend my time studying at HI. Because my bachelor's degree is in a similar field, I was also seeking more advanced study and given that the program is essentially free in comparison to programs in the US, the choice was easy.

Vala Bjarney Gunnarsdóttir
Student in International affairs MA

After completing my BA in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, I wanted to further deepen my understanding of relations between states and different cultures and to better understand how the world actually works and what Iceland's position is in an international context. That is why I think International Affairs is ideal and I do not regret choosing this program.

Yeonji Ghim
Student in International affairs Postgraduate Diploma

I am interested in receiving a Master's degree in international affairs and with my degree, I am interested in serving as one of the few Asian language speaking experts in Iceland and the Arctic region studies, pursuing careers relevant to North Korea research, Nordic politics and society research works and other international organizations or research institutions or think tank works that requires an advanced degree in this field.

Social life

Students at the Faculty of Political Science run strong student associations that protect the students' interests and organise various events during the academic year.

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Contact us

Student service at the School of Social Sciences
Email: nemFVS@hi.is

Gimli, Sæmundargata
102 Reykjavík, Iceland
Open weekdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tel. +354 525 4500