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General entrance requirements

The admission of an applicant is principally based on academic merit, but the Admissions Committee will also take into consideration aspects such as the candidate's curriculum vitae and motivation.

The admission process is selective, choosing excellent students with a varied academic, geographical, cultural and linguistic background. 

Academic requirements

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Admission in the Master's programmes

Applicants are required to have completed an undergraduate degree or its international equivalent with good results from an accredited university or college. If the country where you pursued your undergraduate degree is not on the list of the minimum grade requirements, please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@ibei.org) for more information.

Those of you who apply for any of the master's programmes before having obtained your undergraduate degree will need to provide proof that they will have completed their studies.

*As the Master’s in International Security and the Master’s in International Development are advanced programmes, applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in social sciences (political sciences, international relations, economics, law or equivalent) with good results from an accredited university or college.

Languages

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Programmes taught entirely in English 

If you are applying for one of the programmes taught in English only, you must be proficient in English. Proof of proficiency in English is demonstrated as follows:

  • You are a native English speaker; OR
  • You have obtained your undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language; OR
  • You have studied for a minimum of a year in an institution of higher education in an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States) or you have earned your undergraduate degree in English in any country of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Turkey.

All other applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. IBEI accepts the following language certificates:

  • TOEFL: 90 iBT or 550 paper-based (IBEI code: 6567)
  • IELTS: 6.5 or more
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate or Cambridge Proficiency: A-C 
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Master's in International Relations bilingual o part-time

If you are applying for the bilingual or part-time track of the Master’s in International Relations you will have to demonstrate both your proficiency in English and Spanish, since classes are taught in both languages.

English

IBEI accepts the following language certificates:

  • TOEFL: 80 iBT, 560 paper-based (IBEI code: 6567)
  • IELTS: 6.0 or more
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: A-C o First Certificate: A-B

Applicants will be exempt from this requirement in the following cases:

  • You are a native English speaker; OR
  • You have obtained your undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language; OR
  • You have studied for a minimum of a year in an institution of higher education in an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States) or you have earned your undergraduate degree in English in any country in the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Turkey.

Spanish

Non-native speakers of Spanish have to submit the Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language Certificate (DELE o SIELE), Level B2 (http://diplomas.cervantes.es).

Applicants will be exempt from this requirement in the following cases:

  • If you are native a Spanish speaker; OR
  • If you have studied for a minimum of a year in a institution of higher education in a Spanish-speaking country; OR
  • If you have obtained a degree in Hispanic Literature or Studies.