Global initiatives are largely determined by international politics. Studying international relations will give you a better understanding of the global effects of historical and current world affairs.

By identifying and assessing the complexities of international politics at the regional, national, and global level through theoretical frameworks and real-life case studies, you will gain a greater understanding of how the world  functions. International relations papers incorporate special guest lectures from diplomats, military personnel, and industry leaders.


You will have the opportunity to study international events and how they will shape your future and the future of the world. You may choose to take papers on War and Peace, Human Rights, Foreign Policy in the Information Age, and you may take part in the regularly organised mock United Nations sessions.



Majoring in International Relations will open a career pathway into the follow industries:

  • Civil defence
  • Foreign affairs
  • Military
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGO)
  • Public service



Through the NZIIA, students who study International Relations at IPU New Zealand will have various opportunities to get involved in practical work and events with external stakeholders including Ambassadors and diplomatic corps. Thereby developing critical global competencies and other transferable skills in real settings.

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs is an independent, non-governmental organisation that seeks to encourage an understanding of the importance of global affairs to the political and economic well-being of New Zealand.

NZIIA fosters a wider understanding of international issues, trading partnerships and relationships with other countries. At the Palmerston North Branch of the NZIIA, we aim to create a stronger regional voice in international affairs and support an applied approach to community engagement in the Manawatu region.