The International Work Programme – Global Studies is a three-year programme that prepares students for qualified work within global issues in various organisations in Sweden and/or abroad.

The programme combines both practical and theoretical experiences to give the students an understanding of the development of society and how it has changed the conditions for people and the environment.

Global studies consist of the disciplines cultural geography, political science and sociology and focus on three central global challenges - sustainable development, peace and conflict and migration and integration.

The programme also includes leadership, project management and organisational theory.


  • Development Studies
  • Strategies for Sustainable Development
  • Migration and Integration
  • International Relations
  • Human Rights in International Development Work
  • Conflict Transformation and Intercultural Perspectives
  • Project Management and Leadership
  • Bachelor Thesis (In-depth study in one of the programme’s three disciplinary domains)

Exchange studies

In the 4th semester, the students have the opportunity to study one semester abroad at one of Jönköping University’s partner universities. The purpose is to either deepen the student’s knowledge of global studies or to enrich the programme with other academic courses (e.g. language, marketing, or finance).

Some courses in the programme are conducted in English and offered to exchange students. For more information about the courses we offer for incoming students, please visit the International Office website:


Internship is a 10-week course that qualifies for 15 credits. The course is offered in the 5th semester (weeks 42 – 51). The purpose of the course is to allow students to put into practice the theoretical knowledge and skills they have acquired. At the same time, they can establish contacts and networks for the future.

In Sweden and abroad, the programme has well-developed collaborations with foreign aid organisations, government agencies, non-profit organisations, and private companies.

Minor Field studies

Students can take part in the MFS programme. The MFS programme should be used to gather material for the bachelor thesis on-site, in a developing country. This provides the opportunities to engage in global issues, develop intercultural competence and broaden (with an international perspective) knowledge within each student’s field of study.


The programme leads to a Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in global studies (180 credits).

Career prospects

International Work provides a solid education in social sciences and gives students tools for high-level work in many different fields such as migration and integration, international development, peacekeeping and sustainable development. The programme is intended to appeal to students who want to pursue a career in an international environment in Sweden and/or abroad. This includes working with global issues in government agencies, private companies, or NGOs. There are also a range of job opportunities within the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.