International Work programme – Global Studies

What does it mean to live in a globalised world? What are the challenges and the opportunities? The International Work programme provides profound perspectives on globalisation and sustainable development. It also prepares students for work within sustainable development, integration and peacekeeping work.

International Work (with Global Studies as the specialisation) is a three-year programme leading to a bachelor’s degree (180 credits). The programme is based on three disciplines - sociology, political sciences and geography. In addition to knowledge in global studies, the programme provides competence in intercultural communication and project management.

Some courses in the programme are conducted in English and offered to exchange students.


  • Global economic and political institutions
  • Strategies for sustainable development
  • Migration and integration
  • Human rights in international development work
  • Leadership and Project management
  • Conflict transformation and intercultural communication
  • Bachelor thesis (in-depth study in one of the programme’s three disciplinary domains)

Exchange studies

In the 4th semester, each student has the opportunity to study one semester abroad at Jönköping University’s partner universities. The aim 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).


Internship is a 10-week course and qualifies for 15 credits. The course is offered in the 5th semester (weeks 42 – 51). The aim of the course is to give students the opportunity 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. 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 global goals and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.


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