Everything you need to know about the Bachelor in International Relations and Political Science offered by HEIP in Lyon

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HEIP (Hautes Études Internationales et Politiques) has been offering its expertise to its students for several years. Are you a post-bac student interested in international relations? Opt for the Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science at HEIP. It is an academic as well as a professional training that allows you to take advantage of an international curriculum and to benefit from many advantages. HEIP or Hautes Études Internationales et Politiques is a school under the control of the rectorate.

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The objectives of this Bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Political Science are

HEIP’s Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science is a diploma awarded by the school after a 3-year course of study. This degree is equivalent to a public university degree. Like international relations and political science, it touches on several fields, includingeconomics, law, geopolitics and geoeconomics. Therefore, this bachelor’s degree allows you to deepen your understanding of the various issues (political, economic, social and societal) arising from the relations between several regions or countries around the world. It has a double objective.

An international experience

In the first and second years, students enrich their fundamental knowledge of the various subjects. HEIP offers students opportunities to develop their language skills. In fact, from the first year, depending on the geographical location of your campus, they start studying 3 modern languages of their choice, among French sign language plus English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese. The study of these modern languages allows them to integrate more easily into the professional world and to be immediately operational.

Then, in the third year, students can begin to gain international experience by continuing their studies at a location other than our Lyon campus. To do so, they have the choice of spending their first semester on our London campus or leaving for the second semester in a foreign university partner of HEIP.

Professionalize yourself through internships

HEIP strongly encourages its students to do internships, starting in their first year. HEIP offers its students a career center to help them find internships and set up their professional projects. To do this, they are assisted in writing their CV and cover letter.

In addition, in the third year, the end-of-course internship is mandatory in the second semester, whether in France or abroad.

HEIP students can do their internship in many institutions:

  • Embassies (either at French Embassies in foreign territories or at foreign Embassies in France);
  • National and international institutions: National Assembly, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Foreign Affairs Ministries of other countries, among others;
  • international organizations: Unesco, Unicef;
  • agencies from the private sector: Areva, Société Euro Confluence, Centre Français d’Information sur les Entreprises.

What are the opportunities after a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science?

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science, graduates can begin their careers in the professional world. They can work in exciting positions, such as:

  • geopolitical analyst, communication officer or administrative attaché to a ministry ;
  • institutional affairs manager, media consultant or events and public relations manager in a private group;
  • development or security manager in a consulting firm ;
  • Director of public affairs or technical advisor to a local authority;
  • administrative manager or cooperation assistant for cultural action in an embassy.

Continuing your studies after a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science

The third year of the Bachelor’s program allows students to obtain a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a public university and to prepare for specialization in the MSc program. This can be combined with the RNCP level 7 title, allowing you to become a “Manager of Institutions and Public Affairs”. This cycle lasts 2 years. However, it is only available on the Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon campuses.

Our bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations on the Lyon campus

The Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Lyon campus is reserved for holders of a BAC with a major in History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science. The program is also open to holders of a post-baccalaureate degree in the following fields: humanities, legal, social or economic sciences. For those with a post-baccalaureate degree in other specializations, they must demonstrate a strong interest in international relations and political science.

It is possible to integrate the Bachelors 2 and 3, but you must meet certain conditions:

  • for the Bachelor 2: hold or be in the process of obtaining a Bac+1 or 60 ECTS credits (in humanities, politics, economics, law and social sciences at a French or foreign university or institute of higher learning).
  • for the Bachelor 3: to have or be in the process of obtaining a BAC+2 or 120 ECTS credits in the above-mentioned specializations.

The strengths of the training

The bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations has many advantages:

  • it allows you to benefit from numerous scholarships divided into several categories, for example the excellence scholarship and the sibling scholarship;
  • It is a professional training that guarantees an easier professional insertion (83% of the students find their first job) and faster (within 6 months after the diploma);
  • it offers many opportunities for cultural exchanges with foreigners and for opening up to the international scene;
  • it is presented as an open door to other trainings;
  • it allows you to acquire a double degree;
  • it promotes participation in civic engagement programs;

It allows the development of socialization through various activities: humanitarian, journalism defense and public speaking;

Updated 12 March 2024