International Relations (Diplomacy)

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  • Cooperation vs. Conflict

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Sveučilište Libertas - upoznajte studij Međunarodnih odnosa i diplomacije

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    University study programme

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    Full time: September

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    Part time: September

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    Where? Zagreb, Dubrovnik!

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    6 semesters / 3 years

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    180 ECTS

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    3.000 €

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    univ. bacc. rel. int.


Contemporary world is characterized by both globalization and integration processes which affect almost all areas of human life. The issues foreign policy makers deal with today influence more and more lives of ordinary people. The governments are no more able to solve some problems individually, such as international terrorism or climate change. This new situation has lead to increased importance of international relations, and at the same time created the need for experts who will not only be able to understand those issues, but also find solutions and answers to contemporary challenges. The aim of the school is to provide students from Croatia and abroad with education in various academic disciplines of international relations and diplomacy. Being aware of the importance of an academic exchange, Libertas has established cooperation with some of the world’s most prestigious universities teaching those disciplines.

The program has been designed in accordance with similar academic programs at other international universities. Students will earn 180 ECTS points and will be able to continue their studies at university degree programs at Libertas International University or other institutions of higher education in Croatia, Europe or the rest of the world. Our alumni study diplomacy at the graduate level in China, Russia, America, Austria, and Croatia. Students can adapt their study program to their personal interests in the field of international relations. This provides them with the opportunity to work more intensely on some specific areas of the field of diplomacy and international relations.

Where: In the fall semester of 2020, all lectures will be online, per the existing program. All classes will be conducted through live online classes (synchronous) in periods adapted to students, with the possibility of student involvement. This form of teaching is adapted to the current epidemiological situation while aiming to follow modern technological trends.

Renowned lecturers from Croatia and other countries (USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia), many of whom have respectable academic careers and practical experience as holders of political or diplomatic functions, will participate in teaching classes. Seven active ambassadors to the Republic of Croatia, including the USA Ambassador Robert Kohorst, will participate in teaching. To mention some of the lecturers:

Janice McCormick – Former Director of PhD at Harvard University, Graduate School of Business

Jack McConnell – Former First Minister of Scotland and former member of Scottish Parliament, Scottish politician and life peer in the House of Lords

Ivan Grdešić – associate prof. at Libertas University, former Ambassador of Republic of Croatia in USA and United Kingdom


1st year
1st semester (winter)
Writing SkillsJanice McCormick
Ana Radovic Kapor
Political Concepts and IdeologiesIvan Grdesic
Damir Mladic
Comparative ReligionsBarry Tomalin
Stipe Buzar
Principles of EconomicsLjubo Jurcic
Josip Lucev
2nd semester (summer)
Communication Skills30306
History of Diplomacy30306
Introduction to Methods of Social Research30306
Introduction to International Relations30306
Introduction to History of Civilization30306
TOTAL IN 1st YEAR30030060
2nd year
3rd semester
World Political HistoryVladimir Filipovic
Tvrtko Jakovina
Theories of International RelationsDejan Jovic
Damir Mladic
Introduction to Theory of LawCostas Stratilatis
Sanja Gongeta
Elective course -- specialist30306
Elective course – general30306
4th semester
Comparative Political Systems30306
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Social Research30306
International Organizations30306
Elective course -- specialist30306
Elective course – general30306
TOTAL IN 2nd YEAR30030060
3rd year
5th semester
GeopoliticsStefano Pilotto
Jadranka Polovic
Svjetlan Berkovic
European UnionAndrej Krickovic
Marko Trnski
Elective course – specialist30306
Elective course – general30306
Thesis 130306
6th semester
Ethics and International Relations30306
Elective course – specialist30306
Elective course – general30306
Bachelor’s thesis/606
TOTAL IN 3rd YEAR27033060
Current issues in international affairsJack McConnell
Jadranka Polovic
H. E. Madam Misako Kaji, The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. Robert Klinke, The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. Aly Omar Sirry, The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. Andrew Stuart Dalgleish, The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. Josef Markus Wuketich, The Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. Ilan Mor, The Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Croatia
H. E. Mr. William Robert Kohorst, The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Croatia
Economics of developmentJanice McCormick
Iva Adzic Kust
Political philosophyJacob Dahl Rendtorf
Stipe Buzar
Southeastern EuropeVladimir Filipovic
Ana Radovic Kapor

Learning outcomes

LO 1 concisely present attitudes, knowledge, ideas, problems and solutions supported by arguments

LO 2 estimate the analysis of economic problems

LO 3 recommend and value written forms in business, academic activity and diplomacy

LO 4 predict and assess the models of descriptive and inferential statistics

LO 5 revise current political issues and valorise the religious context

LO 6 apply principles of written and oral academic and diplomatic communication in their respective situations

LO 7 rank the historical continuity of civilisations and key aspects of diplomacy

LO 8 critically evaluate current issues in international political relations within the theories of international relations

LO 9 rank the actors of international political relations in international political relations within the context of comparative political and legal systems of sovereign states in international organisations

LO 10 revise international political relations with consideration to their geopolitical dimension

LO 11 valorise the actions of actors in international relations with consideration to normative ethical framework and political philosophy

LO 12 identify motives, causes and consequences of events in the history of diplomacy and the political history of the world

LO 13 critically evaluate the historical course of events in modern history of the region (South Eastern Europe and the area of former Yugoslavia)

LO 14 make conclusions on the current issues in international political relations considering the culture-civilisation and religious context of the historical development of modern countries

LO 15 identify motives, causes and consequences of creating big international political, economic and security organisations

LO 16 estimate the impact of actors in existing international institutions and regimes

LO 17 make conclusions on the causes of diplomatic activity of countries considering their affiliation and participation in different international organisations, institutions and regimes


Admission to undergraduate study programmes

Full time study – Academic year 2016/2017

Apply to International Relations and Diplomacy study program – Dubrovnik – Study program entirely in English
Apply to International Business study program – Dubrovnik – Study program entirely in English

All applicants who have completed secondary education are eligible to apply for our undergraduate programs. In addition, the following categories are entitled to enrolment:

  • Applicants from Croatia over the age of 24 (who did not complete state graduation exam)
  • Applicants enrolled (or who were enrolled in the past) in some other institution of higher education

Required application materials:
High school transcripts
State graduation exam certificate for Croatian students (original or a certified copy – if taken )
Certificate of nationality or other relevant document proving nationality (original or a certified copy)
Birth certificate (original or a certified copy)
Photo for a student transcript book (4x6 cm)
Photo for the Register of Students (4x3 cm)
Certification of payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee
*Note: Upon submitting application materials, applicants may be invited for an interview.


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