International Relations (separate major within Law programme)
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA)
Workload: 180 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years
Pre-Requisites: secondary education
Tuition fee: €3300 per academic year 2017/2018
Number of places available (Law programme): 100
Number of full tuition fee waiver scholarships (Law programme): 2
The programme is directed at those with an interest in foreign relations, international affairs and law. The students obtain a good basic knowledge of international politics, security and law. Studies also include regular lectures by visiting Professors from top foreign universities. Cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many others.
- Develops in-depth policy analysis;
- The faculty professors come from a large variety of different regions of the world, e.g. USA, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, China and Ukraine;
- Staff does not only include theoreticians, but also practitioners, who have extensive experience in diplomacy, policy making, corporate business and many other fields, and who are frequent presenters and participants in international forums and conferences;
- Basic knowledge in law;
- Possibility to specialise on Asia-Pasific region.
The graduates can be employed by the public sector as foreign affairs specialists, in the foreign service, by private companies as specialists and experts of foreign relations.
Graduates can also continue their education at the master’s level in universities all over Europe (and the World). We have former students continuing their studies at Maastricht University, University of London, Lund University and many other prominent universities.
International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science typically consist of international politics, international law and international economy. These fields are in the main focus of our programme. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. Language based area studies are becoming an important research focus of the department. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world. Our students have the requirement to learn at least two foreign languages.
The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. They can work in different types of institutions ranging from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to several kinds of international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors..
Motivation letter/statement of purpose
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- Describe your professional goals. How does the degree programme you are applying for will support your professional profile? (0-2 points)
- Why do you apply for the chosen programme? Which of the courses offered in this programme are particularly beneficial in pursuing your professional goals? (0-2 points)
- Why do you think you are the right person for this programme? Previous experience, interest in the special field (0-2 points)
- Why do you want to come to study at a university in Estonia? (0-2 points)
- In which way do you intend to contribute to the social, political or cultural development of your home country once you are in a respective position? (0-2 points)
Grading scale: 0-10 points.
Positive scale: 5-10 points.
The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2017/2018 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
PS! Non-EU students must pay in advance for 60 ECTS (yearly load) before starting their studies.
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
For scholarship options please check www.ttu.ee/scholarships.
Tallinn Law School contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) by providing high-level research and studies. This allows the university to offer contemporary higher education and knowledge services in the area of law, as well as international relations.
Besides local Professors, the faculty comes from a large variety of different regions of the world, i.e., the USA, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and Ukraine. The faculty members have solid academic background and substantial teaching experience. In addition, we have interesting practitioners with a background in diplomacy, foreign office and other areas of political activity as part time faculty. Our cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Uppsala University and many other outstanding centres of social sciences all over Europe. Our studies also include regular lectures by visiting Professors from top foreign universities. Cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many others.
Consultant for International studies
Mr. Archil Chochia
e-mail: archil dot chochia at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2425
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
room: SOC 325
Mrs. Jelena Sõrmus
e-mail: jelena dot sormus at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 4121
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
room: SOC 254
"Choosing to study International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology was an easy choice. TTÜ offers a truly international environment to study international relations and to establish important connections and friendships for the future. The rather flexible curricula allowed me to focus on my greatest areas of interest - security and Asia. Today, I am finishing up my postgraduate studies on Asian Politics at SOAS, University of London, with plans to pursue a PhD in Hong Kong."
Olli Suorsa, Finland
Alumnus of the International Relations programme
"Our programme aims at providing students with the in-depth knowledge and skills that will be of immense importance for them in the process of taking professional opportunities in the broad field of international relations, with special emphasis on Europe, Asia, Asia-Pacific, the EU Law, political economy, and Europe-Asia interactions. Academically, ‘International Relations’ has become a discipline of its own kind and might in the globalised world. History as well as the contemporary are not forgotten in our classes, and our students are taught how to make a proper linkage between the “what was before” and “what we have now”."
Lecturer of the Department of Law, Managing Coordinator of the Tallinn Tech-based Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies. Vlad is also former Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand NR. Inc. and a member of the editorial panel of the Estonia-based Baltic Journal of European Studies