Undergraduate Course

The undergraduate course in International Relations (IR) at PUC-Rio was created in 2003 and reflects an experience accumulated by the institute for over 30 years in research and postgraduate teaching.

The undergraduate pedagogical project combines three dimensions:

  1. The articulation between theory, methodology, and professional practice;
  2. curricular flexibility;
  3. specialization for professional practice in the field of IR.

The curriculum’s structure offers a solid background in the fundamental areas of the discipline of International Relations; a wide range of elective courses in basic and advanced subjects, as well as courses on politics and economics from different regions.

Within this framework, students can develop different learning pathways by delving deeper into diverse areas such as International Cooperation and Development, International Trade, International Conflicts, and Scientific Research

Research and Internships

During our undergraduate course, students have several opportunities to deepen their knowledge in the field of International Relations, as well as to develop skills related to scientific research, project management, and professional practice.

Learn more about some of the programmes and opportunities available at IRI/PUC-Rio.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants are undergraduate students hired as interns to develop auxiliary teaching and research activities, under the direct supervision of University faculty. Opportunities for assisting in undergraduate courses are disclosed at the beginning of each academic semester.

The Institutional Scientific Initiation Program (PIBIC) is a CNPq grant that aims to awaken a scientific vocation and encourage new potential talents among undergraduate students through their participation in research projects.

According to CNPq guidelines, the PIBIC should be seen as an incentive and preparation for entering postgraduate studies. For that matter, it should be distinguished from other types of internships and jobs, which have their focus on professional training.

More information can be obtained from the PIBIC website.

The Tutorial Education Program (PET) is financed by Ministry of Education’s Department of Higher Education (SESu) with the objective of promoting the broad and high quality training of the undergraduate students who are part of it in order to encourage the improvement of undergraduate education, aiming to qualify its participants for future academic and/or professional performance.

To this end, PET members develop, individually and collectively, a set of study, research and scientific activities. The commitment to such activities is financed by receiving a monthly scholarship (currently R$ 400.00).

The PET/IRI, entitled 'GLOBAL BRAZIL’: CHALLENGES TO BRAZILIAN INTERNATIONAL INSERTION IN A CHANGING WORLD, aims to train students with the critical aptitude to analyze issues and problems central to Brazil's international insertion process. It aims to contribute to the implementation and consolidation of new teaching and learning methods linked to IRI’s curriculum development program. Teaching, research and extension activities will be developed in the following priority areas: a) Institutions and Governance – Brazilian participation in the new architecture of the international system; b) Development and Cooperation – the Brazilian international development agenda, especially concerning South-South cooperation strategies c) Platform on Social Rights and Issues – emphasis on the Brazilian position on Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and migration issues.

The pedagogical training of scholarship holders is structured around basic training activities, conducting research, teaching assistances, orientation groups, activities with specialists, and dissemination of products developed by the scholarship holders. It’s expected that the group will articulate a space for collective production, ensuring training that guarantees better use of the curriculum students, in addition to promoting the development of resources and products related to central themes of the Brazilian international agenda for public consultation.

IRI professors develop various research projects that offer scientific initiation grants and technical support. The selection of scholarship holders takes place throughout the academic year and grants normally last for one year, and may be renewed for an equal period.


Future Students

The Professional Profile of a PUC-Rio Degree Holder

Each student in the International Relations undergraduate course will acquire knowledge and skills that will allow them to articulate information in order to understand the workings and dynamics of the contemporary international system; analyze problems that affect the balance of international relations, and critically reflect on their ethical implications; apply their knowledge in the debate and formulation of public policies related to the country’s international insertion; apply their knowledge in the development of international strategies for private agents; contribute to and carry out studies and research in different areas of international relations; articulate the knowledge acquired with other areas of the social and human sciences. In this way, the course proposes to offer both a humanistic formation committed to the search for the common good and to professionally train the student to conquer spaces in an increasingly competitive and diversified labor market.


What is the potential job market for an International Relations professional?

The course aims to train qualified professionals to work in different areas of the labour market in which knowledge of this discipline is increasingly important for the development of a wide range of professional activities. The undergraduate in International Relations will be able to work in international institutions, private companies, communications sector (press), government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting companies and national and international financial institutions that, day-by-day, increase their demand for professionals capable of analyzing the economic, political and legal relationship between States. Likewise, the demand for advisory work on international issues to ministries, political parties, state and local governments, unions and other entities has grown. The course also offers an excellent qualification for a diplomatic career.


Alumni Survey – 2016

In 2016, the Institute of International Relations (IRI) carried out a survey of all its undergraduate students (2006-2016). The questionnaire sought to map their trajectories after graduation, with information such as employment by market sector, position within the institution, salary range and daily use of knowledge and experience acquired during the degree. The research also identifies alumni’s opinions on the curriculum, as well as the areas in which these students sought to improve their studies after completing the course. Research is of fundamental importance for the improvement of teaching at the Institute, especially with regard to the training of its students and their incorporation into the labor market. The 2016 survey results can be accessed here.

Grupos de alunos