On Monday 19 January IE University hosted a delegation of 170 students from Sciences Po for the Opening Ceremony of their Winter School in Spain. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Cyrille Rogeau, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of France to Spain, Dr. Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, and Mr. Tilman Turpin, Director of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po.

Professor Daniel Kselman delivered the keynote conference on the challenges of democracy in the 21st Century. After the conference the students visited IEU Campus in Madrid and joined the IEU International Relations students in our Segovia campus to attend several workshops on social entrepreneurship, armed conflicts and international intervention, the European economic crisis, environmental politics, the Arab Awakening, and the future of political Islam.

In this video, Tilman Turpin, Kevin Parthenay, Academic Coordinator of the Euro-latino-american Campus of Sciences Po and Andrea Ortega, Sciences Po student, share their views and experience during the Opening Ceremony and explain the objectives of the Winter School.

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MIR Exchange Student: Lea Buhler

Written on February 4, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR)

Lea Buhler

Written by Tim Palmer, IE Associate Director of Admissions.  

As part of the Master in International Relations (MIR) program, the IE School of International Relations offers optional academic exchanges to graduate master students. As part of these exchange agreements, MIR students have the possibility of completing an optional three month academic exchange with one of our partner universities while the IE School of International Relations also received exchange students from these institutions. Currently the IE School of International Relations has three distinct exchange agreements with prominent Universities devoted to International Relations across Europe and the United States.

This year the Master in International Relations class welcomed two new students as part of our exchange agreements. Here Lea Buhler, 2014-2015 MIR exchange student from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, talks to us about her experience during her semester-long exchange at the IE School of International Relations.

Background & personal information.

My name is Lea and I’m Swiss from the German part of Switzerland. I am currently in my final term here at IE with the Master in International Relations as part of the exchange program, although my home university is St. Gallen in Switzerland where I am also focusing on international relations studies.

How did you learn about IE and the MIR exchange program?

I found out about the MIR exchange program through my university since they have a partnership with IE. The exchange program fits very well with my current curriculum as well as my personal and professional interests, so I decided to apply. In addition I have spent time in Latin America and have also studied Spanish, so I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to be in Spain and improve my Spanish.

Why did you choose the IE School of International Relations over any other possible destination?

I was very open when choosing my exchange program. During my research I got to know IE and it seemed like a good fit. Looking at the videos and program materials for the Master in International Relations, the program aspects really appealed to me and my interests.

I also very much liked the program structure, and the prospect of being able to fit in seamlessly with the current class. I noticed at other schools that the exchange students sometimes seemed to congregate together and perhaps not integrate in with the entire class. On the contrary, this definitely was not the case with the MIR students as the whole class truly interconnects and gets to know each other throughout the term, which is a really unique opportunity that made me feel quite special.

What have you found are some of the more rewarding aspects of the program?

The professors were great. I really appreciated the personal feedback where papers and other assignments were usually graded with individual, hand-written remarks from the professors. The personal coaching and teaching style definitely allowed a lot of room for self-improvement and development over the course of my term. I found this very useful in going through the exchange and developing my IR acumen.

What were some of your favorite classes?

I enjoyed the History and Comparative Politics classes. Even having studied international relations for my Bachelors, I didn´t find that any of the courses were repetitive. Studying them here at IE on a more enhanced level created a positive challenge for me. The History of International Relations course with David Moshfegh was very interesting and personally having interest in diplomacy and a possible diplomatic career here in Europe, studying this was not only valuable but necessary.

How did the MIR exchange prepare you for a career in International Relations? 

The immediate short term effect has definitely been all the knowledge that I have gained, although I think the real value will be in the long term as I’ve learned a very integrated perspective on international relations and I believe this will translate into a successful career in international relations.

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Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, interviews Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia, on the changing security landscape of Europe


In this video IE University International Relations Prof. Mira Milosevic argues that people’s secret lives have exactly the same function as espionage in the field of international relations.

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The Other Side of IE Professors brings you videos about IE’s greatest assets, its professors. You can watch the full series of videos herehttp://theotherside.blogs.ie.edu/ 


Written by Meghan O´Farrell, IE Master in International Relations Student, 2014/2015 Intake 

His ‘andalú’ accent was lost a long time ago somewhere in the mix between Galicia, Boston, and Berkeley. But a southern Spanish accent wasn’t the only thing noticeably absent from my hour-long chat with IE Professor José Ramón Montero. While many with his CV and long list of accomplishments could very easily possess an air of narcissism, Professor Montero has none at all. He still admits that his nerves creep up before each class as he lectures to a group of new students, who grow increasingly smart and mature with each passing year according to him. But as one of Spain’s leading political scientists and with the credentials that he boasts, there’s no one more capable or deserving to be front and center in the classroom. We all owe it to ourselves, as part of the IE family and students of international relations, to get to know this man a little better. (Sneak peak: Professor Montero was current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s law professor at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela).

1. Jose Ramon Montero

His roots

Prof. Montero was born in Cádiz yet hails from conservative Castillian roots. Both his parents had careers in civil service and, like many during the mid-20th century, migrated from Madrid to Andalucía during a wave of economic development in Spain’s southern region. His mother worked in the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury Department) and his father was a marketing expert in car sales.

On his education

As a child growing up against the backdrop of the Franco regime, the option of pursuing social sciences was nonexistent during the heyday of the fascist dictator. Heeding the recommendation of his parents, he attended the Universidad de Granada. There he studied law, although a bit reluctantly he adds, and met his wife who also moved from Cádiz to Granada to pursue her studies in biology.

They later moved to Santiago de Compostela where Prof. Montero completed a PhD in law studying democratic regimes and the failure of the Second Spanish Republic. He started a professional, peaceful anti-Franco movement on the conservative Santiago campus only later to be wrongly accused of orchestrating a more violent, subversive student movement when many of his pupils adopted more extreme measures. Here he met his mentor, Juan Linz, and studied under his tutelage which profoundly influenced his political thought and professional trajectory. Read more…

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