The structure of the MA International Economic Relations programme is unique in that the courses and faculty are not fixed throughout the term. Each week a highly acclaimed member of academia including university professors, EU officials, NGO leaders, development and regional experts, will visit ISES and spend the week lecturing on their topic of expertise. Although lecturers come from a variety of countries, all courses are taught in English.
Due to this unique structure, students studying at ISES are given the opportunity to begin in the Fall or Spring semester. In order to graduate, it is required that students spend two semesters on campus for course work, with a third semester spend elsewhere for research and thesis writing. For each semester students will earn 60 ECT Credits, a total of 120 for completion of the two on-campus semesters. Upon successful completion and defense of the MA thesis, students will be awarded an additional 60 ECTS Credits. A total of 120 on-campus credits and 60 MA thesis credits are mandatory for obtaining an MA International Economics Relations degree.