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Faculty of International Relations
 

About the Faculty of International Relations 

The BSU International Relations Faculty, established on October 1, 1995 cannot yet boast of its long history. It is still in its teens, being younger than most of the faculties of its alma mater. But notwithstanding its short history, the faculty has managed to make itself prominent in Belarus and achieve a high status beyond the country's borders. The International Relations Faculty has become one of the top educational and academic brands of the Republic of Belarus, and this status provides an excellent opportunity to choose students from the best Belarusian and foreign applicants.

The high prestige of the Faculty is a result of immense creative work of its staff, which amounts to more than 250 people, including 12 Professors, about 60 Associate Professors and Candidates of Science.

The Faculty has given rise to academic and methodological schools in all 8 majors and 17 specializations obtained here. Teaching is based on a new generation of educational standards and is adequately provided with up-to-date textbooks. A considerable part of the textbooks and manuals used in the teaching process have been authored by the Faculty teachers.

A distinctive feature of all the majors of the Faculty is an intensive study of foreign languages. 15 foreign languages are currently taught at the Faculty linguistic departments.

Significant progress has been made in academic research. Within a relatively short period of time (since 1998 when the first Candidate of Science dissertation was defended at the Faculty) 7 Doctor of Science and 40 Candidate of Science dissertations have been defended by postgraduate students and teachers of the Faculty. Academic publications of the Faculty, including monographs and collections of academic papers, run into thousands.

One of the sources for the development of the Faculty is seen in expanding international links. Among its numerous permanent partners are universities, academies, institutes, research and educational centres of the CIS, Europe, Asia and America. The Faculty representatives participate on regular basis in international projects and programmes; they go abroad for academic and methodological training and receive their colleagues from abroad.

The Faculty staff and students take an active part in social and cultural activities and sporting events at the Belarusian State University. The Faculty also initiates a number of significant events and projects.

The Faculty’s good reputation is enhanced by its graduates. Since the first graduate course in 1996 most graduates from the Faculty have become experts in their fields. The Faculty graduates are represented in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offices of international organizations and practically in all ministries and government departments. Many former students work in the production sector of economy or follow academic and teaching career. The Dean’s office gets oral and written messages of appreciation which point to remarkable professional and ethical qualities of members of the numerous and concerted community of the Faculty.

The Faculty achievements will seem even more significant taking into account that its history started with a small university department and fairly few students of the major «International Relations» of the History Faculty. Special gratitude goes to our colleagues who gave birth to the Faculty, and primarily to its first Dean — Professor Alexander Sharapo.

Along with the recognized success the Faculty has some problems yet to be solved, and there is room for development. Keeping up with the world standards of university education requires active and creative work. The Faculty has all necessary potential for this: highly skilled professional staff, talented and ambitious students and well-established traditions.

Specialities of the Faculty of International Relations

The Faculty of International Relations offer under-graduate programs leading to Bachelor's degree or Specialist's Diploma and Master's degree programs. The BA degree is granted after completing eight semesters (four full-time years), Specialist's Diploma — after ten semesters (five full-time years) and the MA — after twelve semesters (six full-time years). The Faculty of International Relations also provides programs for postgraduate and doctoral students.

The Faculty provides training in the following fields:

  • International Relations
  • International Law
  • World Economy
  • Management, with the specialization Management in International Tourism
  • Customs Affairs
  • Oriental Languages and Country Studies

Speciality "International Relations"

Diploma qualification: a specialist in international relations, translator/interpreter.
The international relations curriculum consists of 3 years of general humanitarian training and 2 years focused on specialization.
Basic courses: Foreign Languages: the first foreign language (1), the second foreign language (2), General World History, History of Belarus, History of Slavic Countries, History of International Relations, Current Issues of International Relations, History of Belarusian Foreign Policy, Economics, World Economy and International Economic Relations, Diplomatic and Consular Service, Customs Policy, International Law, Theory of International Relations, International Organizations, Comparative Constitutional Law of Foreign Countries, Economic and Social Geography of Foreign Countries, Regional Conflicts, Conflict Management and Theory of Negotiations, Information Technologies.
Special courses: Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette, Human Rights, Current Issues of International Relations in Particular Regions and Countries, National and International security, Institutes of European Integration, Administration of International Contacts, International and Regional Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations.

Speciality "International Law"

Diploma qualification: a lawyer in international law fluent in two foreign languages. The international law curriculum consists of 3 years of general humanitarian training and 2 years focused on specialization.
Basic courses: Foreign Languages: the first one (1), the second one (2), General Theory of Law, History of State and Law of Foreign Countries, History of State and Law of the Republic of Belarus, Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Labour Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Economic Law, Economic Theory, World Economy and International Economic Relations, Diplomatic and Consular Law, International Law, Theory of International Relations, Private International Law, European Law, Legal Regulation of Foreign Economic Activities, Financial Law.
Special courses: Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette, International Humanitarian Law, International Treaty Law, International Environmental Law, International Contract Law, International Economic Law, International Trade Law, International Cooperation in Combating Crime, Customs Law, Human Rights Law, Copyright Law.

Speciality "World Economy"

Diploma qualification: an economist. The world economy curriculum consists of 3 years of general humanitarian raining and 2 years focused on specialization.
Basic courses: Foreign Languages: the first one (1) the second one (2), Economics, Advanced Mathematics, Modern Information Technologies, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, World Economy and International Economic Relations, Economic Policy of the Republic of Belarus, International Management, International Marketing, Economic Integration, Economy of Particular Countries and Regions, International Monetary and Fiscal Relations, Econometrics, Mathematical Methods for Economics, Mathematical Modeling, Forecasting and Statistical Analysis of Economic Activities, Industrial Economics, Statistics, Accounting, Finance and Market, Banking and Credit, Foreign Economic Policy.
Special courses: Insurance in Foreign Trade, International Economic Organizations, Legal Regulation of Foreign Economic Activities, Financial and Monetary Systems, Trade Policy, Customs Policy, International Systems of Management and Analysis of Economic Activities, Investment Policy, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy

Speciality "Management" with the specialization "Management in International Tourism"

Diploma qualification: an economist-manager. The international tourism management curriculum consists of 3 years of general humanitarian training and 2 years focused on speciality.
Basic courses: Foreign Languages: the first one (1) the second one (2), Advanced Mathematics, Modern Information Technologies, Econometrics, Statistics, Accounting, Banking and Loaning, Foreign Economic Policy, Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, World Economy and International Economic Relations, Economic Policy of the Republic of Belarus, Economic and Social Geography of Foreign Countries, General Theory of Law, International Management, Theory of Organization, Strategic Management, Innovation Management, Decisionmaking in Management, International Services Market, Insurance in Foreign Economic Activities, Analysis of Economic Activities, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Economics of Particular Countries and Regions, International Monetary and Fiscal Relations.
Special courses: Human Resource Management, Organization and Principles of Excursion Work, International Hotel Business, Legal Regulation of International Tourism, World Museums, Marketing for Tourism, Advertising and Public Relations in International Tourism, International Tourist Market Forecasting, International Systems of Management and Analysis of Economic Activities.

Speciality "Customs Affairs"

Diploma qualification: a specialist in the field of customs affairs. The customs affairs curriculum consists of 3 years of general training and 2 years focused on speciality.
Basic courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, World Economy and International Economic Relations, Finance and Market, Management, Fiscal Policy, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Business Law, Private International Law, International Commercial Law, History of Customs Affairs, Basic Issues of Customs Affairs, Customs Policy and Customs Service, State Customs Supervision, Customs Regulation of Foreign Economic Activity, International Cooperation in Customs Affairs, Prevention of Customs Crime, Commodity Nomenclature for Foreign Economic Activity, Customs Statistics and Information Technologies, Customs Administration and Management, Business Ethics and Custom Disciplinary Statute, Belarusian Diaspora.
Special courses: Customs Examination of Goods and Transport Vehicles, Customs Value of Merchandise, Theory of Tariffs and Quotas, International Cooperation in Combating Crime, International Transportation Management.

Speciality "Oriental Languages and Country Studies"

Diploma qualification: a specialist in Oriental and International Studies, a translator/interpreter. The Oriental languages and Country curriculum consists of 3 years of general humanitarian training and 2 years focused on speciality.
Basic courses: one Oriental language, one Western language, Hieroglyphics of the Oriental language, General Linguistics, Stylistics of the Oriental Language, Theoretical Grammar, Practical Course of Translation from the Oriental Language, Oral Speech practice, Oriental History, Regional Geography (depends on the Oriental language studied), History of the Region (depends on the Oriental language studied), Social Sciences and the Humanities, History of International Relations, Current Issues of Foreign Policy Relevant to the Region, Theory of International Relations, International Organizations, International Law.
Special courses: Oriental Philosophy, Oriental Literature and Mythology, Economic and Political Systems of Studied Countries, Regional Organizations, International Conflicts, Studied region in International Relations

See specilities available for Master Degree and PhD Degree study programs

 

 

Basic Courses

History of International Relations; General History; History of Belarus; History of Diplomacy; Diplomatic Protocol ; Diplomatic and Consular Services; International Organizations; Cultural Studies

 

Special Courses

Foreign Policy History of Belarus; Two Foreign Languages; General Theory of Law; Comparative Criminal; Civil, Administrative, and Labor Laws; Financial Law; History of State and Law of Foreign Countries; Civil Proceedings in Foreign Counties; International Economic, Monetary, Financial Relations; Economic Theory; Advanced Mathematics; Statistics; Accounting; Banking and Crediting; Global Economics; Economics of Foreign Countries and Regions; Foreign Economic Policy; Global Market Analysis; Management; Marketing; International Organizations; Foreign Policy History

The Faculty of International Relations does research into priority issues of international relations in foreign policy, economy, law, social sciences and humanities. The department has formed personnel and methodology of scientific research in the republic: history of international relations and foreign policy, international law, and made a major contribution to the development of research in political science, world economy, and philology. Scientific achievements of the faculty have been internationally recognized, and many professors and lecturers were awarded by the government and foreign establishments and organizations.

In 2011, the Faculty of International Relations does research in 27 themes within the State Complex Program of Research, Belarus Republican Fund of Fundamental Research, state budget contracts and international contracts. We have close links the Belarus National Academy of Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Sports and Tourism, State Customs Committee and other state agencies.

In 2010, the teaching staff had 511 publications, 18 monographs, 44 textbooks, 15 collections of articles and conference abstracts, 211 articles in scientific journals, and 201 abstracts of articles being among them. The first issue of scientific journal "Papers of the Faculty of International Relations" came out in 2010.

In 2010, the teaching staff of the faculty took part in 163 conferences, seminars and round tables. Among them there were 98 international conferences held in Belarus, 29 Republican conferences, and 25 international conferences outside CIS, and 11 international conferences in the CIS.

Last year under the aegis of state and public agencies of Belarus, the faculty held scientific conferences:

I Scientific Practical Conference of young scientists of the Faculty of International Relations: "International Relations: History, Theory, and Practice" ,
International Seminar: "Belarus- USA: Pending Changes",
International Seminar:" Belarusian Diaspora: Past and Present",
International Conference: "Germany's and Belarus' Experience in Financial and Economic Crisis Management",
International Seminar:"Organizing the Treaty of Mutual Security",
IX International Conference "Belarus in Contemporary World",
Round Table discussion "Belarus—Poland: two Decades of International Relations",
International Conference "Customs Union of the Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan and Russian Federation: the Present and Prospects",
International Conference "Energy Challenges to Eurasian Security",
International Seminars Series on the Program of the EU "Eastern Partnership",
International Scientific Conference: "OSCE in Present Day Geopolitical Realities. Outcomes of Kazakhstan Chairing" ,
67th Scientific Practical Conference of students, graduates and postgraduates.

82 students are pursuing graduate degrees in the departments of the Faculty of International Relations. The graduate programs include Historical Sciences (History of International Relations and Foreign Policy); Law (International Law, European Law, Civil Law, Entrepreneurial Law, Family Law, and International Private Law); Economics (World Economy); Political Science (Political Institutions, Ethnopolitical Conflictology, National and Political Processes and Technologies); Philology (Theory of the Language).

In 2010, graduate and postgraduate students defended 2 Doctor of Science and 5 Candidate of Science dissertations.

Contact Infotrmation 

Address:

25, Akademicheskaya St., 220072,  Minsk, Belarus

Telephone:

+ 375 17 284 26 82

Fax:

+ 375 17 284 00 04

E-mail:

Fir@bsu.by

Web:

www.fir.bsu.by

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Itinerary

Bus stops: "Syrganova

Metro Station: "Akademiya Nayk"

Trolleybus stop: "Dom Pechati" / "Botanicheskiy Sad"