Territorial disputes, economic crisis, and climate change. If last year has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to gain a better understanding of the world and brainstorm immediate solutions to our problems.
International Studies is an undergraduate degree that allows students to learn and develop a wide range of perspectives on different issues. It’s an exciting opportunity for you to explore a whole new world! (Without needing a magic carpet ride.)
What is International Studies?
International Studies covers all major political, economic, social, and cultural issues that dominate the international agenda. This will introduce you to the world of politics and the social-historical impact of global development.
In the next few years studying under this program (which usually takes four years) you will be trained to learn different political systems and governing policies around the world, and further understand how it connects and resolves a broad range of international issues.
That being said, here are five schools in Mindanao which offer International Studies:
Ateneo de Davao is one of the six (6) universities in the Philippines and the only one in Mindanao granted with “institutional accreditation” by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
Interested to study in an excellent institution? The Ateneo International Studies Department offers two areas of specialization: American Studies and Asian Studies. How’s that for awesome?
BAIS in MSU is a shark tank for students like you with excellent debate skills. Just this year, the school hosted the 15th Mindanao International Studies Society Convention (MISS Con) to promote and strengthen International Relations students in Mindanao.
Interestingly, MSU was established on September 1, 196, as one of the government’s responses to the so-called “Mindanao Problem”. But the recent MISS Con proves that Marawi is a safe haven for cultural diversity. Go and meet people from different walks of life!
XU’s CAS has a Level IV accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). And with BA International Studies as one of its programs, it continues its pursuit of academic excellence and international ties.
Fun fact: XU’s BAIS program when XU also established links with international educational and cultural institutions to strengthen relationships among other countries through its Office of International Cooperation and Networking. What more could you possibly ask for?
USM is one of the four leading state universities in the country that provides agricultural education. But the school is also known for International Studies through its BS International Relations course offering.
The BS in International Relations program in USM, along with a BA in Islamic Studies, is under the Institute of Middle East & Asian Studies. Fun fact: The college’s architectural design shows a beautiful Muslim motif edifice. If you’d love to study in an IG-worthy campus, sign up!
Last but definitely not least! Recognized as the #1 Japanese Language College in the Philippines, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD) offers a BAIS program with a major Japanese Language and Studies.
MKD is also recognized by CHED and Accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept Foreign Students. What better way to learn a new culture than meeting new friends from overseas?
Territorial disputes, economic crisis, and climate change. These are macro problems you cannot possibly solve on your own! You don’t even have to solve world problems. (Phew!) Through foreign service, you can help improve the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). And pursuing a degree in International Studies is a step closer to achieving this. Good luck, future diplomats!