International Relations discipline examines states as main actors within the international system, international organizations and non-governmental actors within the scope of all of their qualifications, their historical backgrounds and mutual interactions. With increasing globalization being experienced all around the world, to have an awareness and understanding of current international affairs has become more and more important.
Besides the relations among the states, the relationships between states and other international actors such as nongovernmental organizations or transnational bodies and the relations among these non-state organizations form the focus of the discipline. In this program the main conceptions of international relations; power, security, foreign affairs and claims of authority and liberty; are critically analyzed by students enabling them to make new explanations and comparisons. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the scope is not limited to these issues and knowledge on history, economics, political science, law, philosophy, sociology, psychology and statistics is also aimed to be generated at the end of an undergraduate degree in the department. Besides the abilities of explaining, comparing and analyzing, the students are trained to attain the ability of questioning; that is asking about ‘how’s and ‘why’s when they confront a certain situation.
The primary aim of İKU International Relations Department is to equip its students with the fundamental knowledge and scientific perspective of the field of international relations and to train them as experts who can understand international developments analytically and interpret them. Equipped with this abundance of knowledge and such enriching qualities, the graduates of the program will be able to easily obtain job opportunities in different areas such as diplomacy, media, academia or private and government sector.
The Depatment of International Relations in Istanbul Kultur University was established in 1998 by Prof. Dr. Esat Çam. Master program was established by Prof. Dr. Ülkü Demirdöğen. Master program of International Relations began to education in 2004-2005 Academic year.
Students are required to have minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00, have obtained 240 ECTS and no failing grades.
Language of Instruction
All the courses given in the Department of IR have been conducted in English
Mode of Education
Admission and Registration Requirements
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For International Students, please contact with International Office to learn about application procedures.
Double Major–Minor Programs
The double-major program means education in both of the departments at the same time and hence proficiency in a wider scope and job opportunities in a wider market. Istanbul Kultur University offers the opportunity to attend the double major program for its high up students.
The students who successfully accomplished the double major program have the both of Bachelor of Art degrees.
Students of International Relations Department have opportunity to attend minor programs. The students who successfully accomplished the minor programs could receive Minor Program Certificate.
Students of IKU International Relations Department can pursue the double major or minor program with any program in University.
The students of IKU International Relations Department are not obliged to do intership.
According to requirements, students who accomplished 240 ECTS could have right to receive their undergraduate diploma.
The Erasmus Exchange Program which enables students to spend a semester or two in a university in one of the European Union countries as a part of their undergraduate studies. This exchange program provides students with the opportunity of broadening their educational and cultural horizons through the different courses they can attend abroad and through interaction with new people and cultures.
Who should you contact for Erasmus Program?
The Erasmus Coordinator of IKU International Relations Department is Ali Murat Aydın. Applications for Erasmus Program are handled twice in every academic year.
What are the application requirements for Erasmus Program?
GPA must be minimum 2.00. The student is evaluated on the basis of his/her score from English Proficiency Exam and interview. He/she is then sent to one of the Erasmus participating universities for a one- or two semester period.
Are you alone in Europe?
Our answer is ‘no’. Students and the Erasmus coordinator remain in contact during the period of study abroad. The Department’s Erasmus Coordinator contacts the Erasmus Coordinator of the other university on matters such as course selection, accommodation and any other problems. Consequently, our student is not deprived of the support and concern of our department.
Erasmus Coordinator of the Department: Dr. Ahmet Cemal Ertürk
Phone: 0(212) 498 4141 / dahili:4462
Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Graduates of IKU International Relations Department can work in foreign politics bureaucracy of Turkey (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Development Institutions, International Relations Offices of State Institutions), as academicians in the universities, as researchers in think tanks. in international organizations such as the United Nations or in Institutions of European Union, in international non-governmental organizations, in media, most of all local and multinational companies, in banks and finance institutions as well.
Access to Further Studies
Detailed information can be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.
The IKU International Relations has a close interaction with the Global Political Trends Centre (İKU-GPoT) which provides possibilities for students to follow studies in the fields. Additionaly, our students can participate the Center’s events, projects and publications as well.
Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution established under the auspices of Istanbul Kültür University in January 2009. The aim of the Global Political Trends Center is to discuss Turkey’s attitude in the presence of global trends while creating a platform for examining global developments in the international politics arena through the different activities accomplished by the center and its publications.
Our mission is to conduct high quality, independent and innovative research and education, acting as a link between policy-making institutions, academia, civil society and the media. The Center aims to achieve this by routinely bringing together opinion leaders, government officials and other policy-makers, analysts and members of the media from Turkey, the region and elsewhere.
Besides, international organizations, international meetings and various visits are organized. In this context, it is ensured that the theoretical knowledge students learn with their departmental courses is reinforced with practical experiences.
Thanks to the dynamic and competent academic staff of our department, the students are ready for their professional lives with the scientific knowledge and theoretical background they have in their education life.
The students of our department have the opportunity to study abroad for 6 months and 1 year, besides the Erasmus program, thanks to bilateral agreements made by our school. For bilateral agreements, see http://www.iku.edu.tr/eng/14/358/ogrenim-hareketliligi.html
The interest in the discipline of international relations has been on the rise with the impact of rapidly globalizing political and economic relation on the world in the last quarter of the last century and in the first two decades of the 21st century. One of the factors that make our department attractive for our students is the presence of publicly recognized strong academic staff, universally built undergraduate and graduate level courses and the existence of diplomats and media members who shed light on our students with their experience. In addition to these features, there is no doubt that the increase in the worldwide interest in international relations in theory and practice has played a role in this attraction. In the list of attractive and promising professions of our age, ‘international relations expertise’ has already taken its place among the leading ones.
The courses included in the IKU International Relations Department education program demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of our field. After following the introductory courses in the first two years, we encourage our students to specialize in specific areas through lectures and seminars aimed at specializing in subjects such as European Union, Middle East and Turkish Foreign Policy. In this context, the richness of the elective courses offered to our students paves the way for specialization in the regions they are interested (such as European Union or Middle East) or in problem-oriented issues (such as terrorism or security).
Although the language of instruction in our department is English, it is possinle that our students choose courses of French or German as a second foreign language. The successful students of our department are also encouraged to graduate with 2 diplomas within the double major program. In addition those students who are interested find the possibility to obtain a certificate in the various programmes by making minors. Another option offered to our students in our department is to have the chance to study one or two terms of their education in one of the universities in EU countries by using Erasmus exchange program which is a European Union program. Another opportunity is that they will have the chance to do internship in an EU institution for three months in summer thanks to Erasmus internship scholarships and thus they will have the opportunity to get to know the professional areas they want to work in while they are still students.
The students of the department are highly encouraged to participate in social and cultural activities. We attach great importance to the participation of our students in the extracurricular activities of our department with an approach to support our academic program through practical studies. Our students have the opportunity to improve themselves by attending conferences, panels and seminars organized by the Global Political Trends unit of IKU International Relations Department. As actors in International Relations Club, they can also organize conferences and seminars, with participants from other departments, to enhance their participation in knowledge production and exchange.
Prof.Dr. Mensur Akgün
T: +90 212 498 44 41
Assist. Prof. Nazlı Çağın Bilgili
Tel:+90 212 498 44 61 Dahili:4645
Assist. Prof. Ahmet Cemal Ertürk
Tel:+90 212 498 44 61 Dahili:4462