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During September, before the beginning of the Master's in International Development, students admitted to the programme have to study one subject depending on their educational background. Each course has a duration of 12 hours and its aim is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of the disciplines which the Master's is built on. The courses offered are:

  1. Introduction to Economics
  2. Introduction to Politics and International Relations
  3. Introduction to ​Social Research

Career Skill Workshops

During the year, IBEI offers a number of technical workshops to help develop both students' applied analytical skills and their communication and interaction abilities. To support their education, students are required to participate in at least two of the technical workshops.

  1. Public Speaking
  2. The role as a practitioner in situations of company/community conflict in developing countries
  3. Resilience and Protection re-wired
  4. How to win at a job interview
  5. Communication work in International Organizations
  6. Traineeship at the EU institutions and Other EU-Related organizations
  7. Introduction to Project Management principles

Seminars and Conferences

Throughout the year, IBEI offers both students and teaching staff a series of conferences and seminars carried out by high-profile international specialists as well as well-known professionals and politicians. The following is a list of some speakers who have participated:

Adrienne Heritier  (European University Institute)  • Alberto M. Fernandez  (Middle East Media Research Institute)  • Alison Brysk (University of California at Irvine)• Antoni Estevadeordal  (Inter-American Development Bank) • Antonio Cosano (Embajador de España en Australia)• Antonio de Lecea (Comisión Europea) • Antonio Missiroli (European Union Institute for Security Studies) • Barak Mendelsohn  (Haverford College) • Bernardino Leon (Secretario de Estado Política Exterior) • Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (New York University) • Bruce Jentleson (Duke University) • Carles Boix (Princeton University • Carlos Closa (Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales) • Carlos Westendorp (Embajador de España en los Estados Unidos de América) • Christian Wagner (Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit)  • Christine Silvestre  (Lancaster University) • Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge) • Christopher Knill (Universität Konstanz)• David Held  (London School of Economics) • David Rueda (Oxford University) • Eleni Tsingou (University of Warwick) • Emanuel Adler  (University of Toronto) • Eva Borreguero (Casa Asia) • Francisco López Segrera (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) • Garry Nordlinger (Nordlinger Associates Consulting USA) • George Edwards (Texas A&M University) • Gøsta Esping-Andersen (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) • Hans Jürgen Puhle  (Goethe Universität) • Henry Shue (Oxford University) • Hill Hough (Institute of Social Studies) • Ian Shapiro (Yale University) • Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca  (Juan March Institute) • Irene Rodríguez Manzano (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) • Iver Neumann (London School of Economics and Political Science) • James Alt (Harvard University) • Javier Solana (ESADEgeo & former NATO Secretary-General ) • Jean-Philippe Thérien (Université de Montreal)  • Jeffrey Checkel (Simon Fraser University) • Jennifer Erickson (Boston College) • Jennifer Ghandi (Emory University) • John Ikenberry (Princeton University) • John Latsis (Oxford University) • John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) • Jonathan Kirshner (Cornell University) • Jordi Bacaria (CIDOB) • Jordi Vaquer (Open Society Foundations) • Jorge Bravo (University of California, Los Angeles) • José Luis Machinea (Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos) • Joseph G. Wright (Pennsylvania State University) • Keith Krause (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) • Luigi Graciano (Università di Torino) • Luigi Manzetti (Southern Methodist University)  • Marco Verweij (Jacobs Universität Bremen)  • Margot Light (London School of Economics)  • Mats Berdal (King’s College London)  • Matthew Evangelista (Cornell University)  • Meltem Müftüler Baç (Sabanci University)  • Michael Hechter (Arizona State University)  • Michael Hiscox (Harvard University)  • Michael Woolcock (World Bank’s Development Research Group)  • Miguel A. Centeno (Princeton University)  • Milja Kurki (Aberystwyth University)  • Noé Cornago (Unviersidad del Pais Vasco)  • Norman Ornstein (American Entreprise Institute)  • Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University)  • Philippe C. Schmitter (European University Institute)  • Ramin Jahanbegloo (University of Toronto)  • Raphael Minder (New York Times)  • Richard English (University of St. Andrews)  •  Robert Bouzas (Universidad de San Andrés)  • Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University)  • Stephanie Hofmann (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)  •  Stephanie Walter (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)  • T.V. Paul (McGill University)  • Thomas Christiansen (European Institute of Public Administration) • Thomas Risse (Free University Berlin) • Tom Farer (University of Denver) • Walter Mattli (St. John's College Oxford) • Wil Hout (Institute of Social Studies)  • Yorizumi Watanabe (Keio University)