International Relations

 Are you interested in international security and the changing world order? Then International Relations at Tallinn University is for you! Our programme is provides flexibility to ensure that students are able to make the most of their education.  It is a great opportunity to learn from some of the top IR scholars in the field and to experience it in an international environment.  Best of all you’ll be able to gain valuable knowledge and improve your analytical skills in International Relations at Tallinn University. The programme unites traditions of Anglo-American and continental European IR scholarship and education in reflecting the changing international system and the security threats that are emerging.

Take the first step in fulfilling your dreams by studying at Tallinn University's School of Governance, Law, and Society!

Who are we looking for?

Students with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations or a related field are encouraged to apply.  Related fields include political science, economics, history, law, anthropology, and human geography.  We are looking for highly motivated and active students who can not only excel academically but also contribute to the study environment in a positive manor.  Students who do not have a relevant academic background are still permitted to apply and will be expected to demonstrate their ability to be successful in our programme. That will usually include IR relevant practical or employment experiences to make up for an IR academic background. 

Why study with us?
  • Internationally renowned and experienced and faculty from Canada, Finland, USA, and Estonia.
  • Innovative teaching methods.
  • International student body and study environment with students from all over the world.
  • Is the only IR curriculum in the region that gives an overview on contemporary security threats as well as the regionalization process.
  • Focuses on foreign and security policy (incl. the small-state perspectives) and regional cooperation in world politics.
  • Gives in-depth knowledge of state relations, international organizations and the role of non-state actors.
  • Has a mandatory internship to provide students with practical experience and networking before graduation.
  • Interdisciplinary approach, including an interdisciplinary project, which will broaden perspectives.


Tallinn University has a modern urban campus located in the center of the city. The beautiful view of the harbour is a constant reminder that students studing at Tallinn University are in the center of a major European hub. The airport, train and bus stations are also just a few minutes away by public transport. Our students have access to physical and online libraries, computer labs, cafeterias and cafes. Further, the university has all the facilities necessary for a productive learning environment and ample opportunities for leisure, sports, and social activities, all leading to an exciting and well balanced student life. Take a walk around our campus via the virtual tour!

Our IR program is taught entirely in the English language. Our student body is international, with students from many countries in Europe, as well as students from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, all studying IR at Tallinn University. Day-to-day student life is always international at Tallinn University, as our IR program is closely connected with other English language programs and among your classmates, you will also find visiting Erasmus students.

Before applying to the programme, you can learn more about School of Governance, Law and Society on our Summer School 2018 course: The Formation of Global Norms in a Changing World Order!

Important information

Duration: 2 years
Cost: € 1480 per semester.
Study form: Cycle studies

Contact us
  • Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the School of Governance, Law and Society:
    E-mail: anna-stina.kangro....at....tlu.ee
    Phone: +372 61 99 941
  • For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist:
    E-mail: admissions....at....tlu.ee
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Important information

  • Cost: 1480€ per semester
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Study language: English

Application Procedure

Find out how to apply for a programme at Tallinn University by following the step by step guide for international applicants. Application procedure may be different depending on the basis of your nationality and study language.

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