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Utrecht Centre for International Studies

About us

The Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance together with the Faculty of Humanities have joined forces to draw more focus to their study programmes in the area of international studies. To this end, they have founded the Utrecht Centre for International Studies (UCIS), a focal point for study and teaching of international relations, law and institutions at Utrecht University. As of January 2017 the UCIS activities will be organized under a new name, namely UGlobe. UGlobe stands for the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, a multi-disciplinary platform within Utrecht University for research, education and valorisation that is centred around the theme of a contested global order.

UGlobe/UCIS aims to support and encourage study and research on international issues across the humanities and law at Utrecht University. Whenever possible, UGlobe/UCIS capitalises on our great strengths in law and conflict studies, examining the international aspects of these fields.

From this collaborative venture, the Master’s degree programmes in Conflict Studies & Human Rights, European Governance, European Law, International Relations, Law and Economics and Public International Law will be better attuned to one another in order to enhance the experience of students and to prepare them for their future careers. Our cooperation will be intensified with more international Master’s programmes in the domains of international studies and global challenges.

UGlobe/UCIS provides its students with a interdisciplinary understanding of the complex international environment, how it was developed, and the global forces that shape its future. We challenge our students to become innovative thinkers and problem-solving decision makers of the future. There is an active student council organising events throughout the year and together with the students, alumni and partners, we support our students with job search strategies by organizing workshops and master classes with experts and practitioners in the field.

Brianne McGonigle Leyh, assistant professor of Human Rights and Liesbeth van de Grift, Assistant professor History of International Relations, have been appointed as the co-directors of UGlobe/UCIS.