IEU Experience


For most of our students, coming to IE University is already an international experience—more than 80% of our student body joins us from outside Spain

However, as we believe in the power of hands-on learning, we offer a wide range of unique experiences across all our programs. The Bachelor in International Relations is no exception. At its core, the program aims to give students a truly international perspective, and there are many exciting and diverse opportunities to look into.

Among these opportunities are international internships, field trips, and summer research programs with global organizations like the UNSSC and the OECD. Students also have the chance to participate in an exchange program with one of our prestigious partner universities. Exchange programs are a great way to grow not just academically, but also personally and professionally.

There are plenty of benefits to participating in an exchange program as part of the Bachelor in International Relations program. We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions about our exchange programs and brought you the answers. Read on to find out where, when and how you can do an exchange, and hear from students who have already done it.

Why is it important to do an exchange?

The Bachelor in International Relations is all about gaining a global perspective, and going on an exchange is a great way to do that. On top of the opportunity to see what life is like in another country and immerse yourself in a different culture, you can also expand your global network—and maybe even add another language to your repertoire. 

Where can I go on exchange as part of my Bachelor in International Relations program at IE University?

As a globally renowned institution, we have built relationships and formed partnerships with several prestigious institutions around the globe. Some of the universities that offer exchange opportunities are Sciences Po in France; Bocconi University and the University of Bologna in Italy; Tilburg University in the Netherlands; University of St. Gallen in Switzerland; Warwick University and The University of Sheffield in the UK; Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (TEC) in Mexico; and in the US, Cornell University, Northeastern University, the University of Georgia, the Unversity of Miami and The University of Texas at Austin.

You can add the credits you earn on your exchange program to your final transcript from IE University—all you have to do is send your exchange transcript to us after your exchange ends.

When can I do an exchange program?

Exchange programs last an entire semester. As a Bachelor in International Relations student, you can opt to go on an exchange program in either the second semester of your third year or the first semester of your fourth year. If you can’t narrow down your choice to just one location and want to spend even longer abroad, you can apply for two separate exchanges for those two semesters.

If you’re a Dual Degree international relations student, you can apply to go on exchange in either the first or second semester of your fourth year, depending on the specific program. Check out this document for more details.

How do I apply for an exchange program?

Before applying for an exchange, it’s important to do your research and find out which options would best suit your profile and interests. When you have that clear, the application process is quite simple:

  1. Submit your preferences. When the application period opens, submit your options in order of preference.
  2. Accept your spot. Results are published, and you will find out which partner university you have been assigned to. You must confirm your acceptance online. After that, we will send your details to the host university, and they will send you the application instructions.
  3. Submit your application. Complete and send your application to the host university.
  4. Get ready! You will be admitted by the host university, and they will send you further information. Now it’s time to start preparing for your overseas adventure.

Keep in mind that you will need to submit various documents—and in some cases, you may need to apply for a visa—and there may be other costs involved. You can visit our going abroad page for more details.

If you’d like more information, you can attend IE University’s International Mobility Week, which is held in November of each year. The event is full of exciting and informative information sessions, and you’ll also have the chance to meet exchange students and representatives from some of our partner universities.

Don’t just take it from us—read the stories!

Deciding to study abroad is exciting, but can also seem a bit daunting. So, there’s nobody better to hear from than the people that have already done it.

Anselme Charleslouis Ticquet spent a semester at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. For him, the attraction was to be able to study for a period in another institution “while traveling and spending some time in a completely new cultural environment.” He encourages everyone to do an exchange program: “Your exchange semester abroad will help you find your path and strengthen your personal and professional profile.”

Justin Morgan is from the US and opted to spend a semester at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He was drawn to the location by his love of the outdoors and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the experience. “The semester gave me the chance to do the things I love, pushing me to rediscover how important they are to me.”

Eva Monzón jumped at the chance to do an exchange in Italy at the University of Milan. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity and highlights the personal growth aspect of the whole experience: “I think it makes you more independent because you have to manage it yourself. It’s an important part of your learning journey and another benefit of the way in which IE University does things.”

The benefits of adding an exchange to your academic journey are endless. If you want to continue growing your global perspective while experiencing a new culture and meeting new people, a semester abroad could be just the answer.