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B.A./B.S. International Studies

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College of Business and Economics
University of Idaho
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875 Perimeter Drive MS 3161
Phone: (208) 885-6453
Fax: (208) 885-6296
Amber Gray

Working Across Borders

Study international political, economic and social issues and become proficient in a foreign language in a program that will develop you for your choice of international careers. You will spend at least 12 weeks abroad immersed in an international culture to prepare to work across borders and address the challenges facing today’s global community.

Fast Facts

  • Distinctive freshman and senior seminar courses of -15 persons each
  • UN/Model UN course series culminating in New York City trip each spring term
  • Funded undergraduate research opportunities at three points in the degree
  • Junior year spent abroad
  • Strong mentorship/advising ethos

Career options are partially dependent on the issue emphasis a student selects within the IS degree. There is certainly overlap, but international relations specialists tend to seek careers in the public sector (local, state, national, or international governmental agencies/offices and affiliated agencies), while global resources and development specialists seek work in the private sector (local, state, national, or international nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations and affiliated agencies). An emphasis in global economics and business results in career paths in those fields.

Salary Varies widely depending on course of study.
Degree Roadmap

To view information about degree requirements, areas of emphasis, and a sample four year program in international studies, go to: International Studies/Academics.

Degree Prep

There is no specific high school degree preparation, but the study of a second language is encouraged.


All IS-specific scholarships are used for current students to support studying abroad.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Lab Fees

No lab fees, but students do cost-share the Model UN trip (the trip is optional) with the Martin Institute, and they incur additional expenses while studying abroad (studying abroad is required).

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Hands-On Learning
  • Freshman Seminar
  • The Martin Academy (3-5 students, summer between frosh/soph year and December of soph year)
  • Model UN (30-40 students, spring of sophomore year)
  • The IS Think Tank (12+ students, junior year whilst studying abroad)
  • The Martin Scholars (3-5 students, senior year)
  • Senior Seminar and associated Journal of the Martin Institute | International Studies



International Studies students have received internships with:

  • DC offices of Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch
  • International NGOs (International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, Foundation for Sustainable Development, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, etc.)
  • Domestic NGOs (International Rescue Committee – Boise, Human Rights Watch, Jubilee Foundation, American Red Cross, etc.)

  • International Affairs Club
  • Amnesty International Club
  • Nourish International UI Chapter
  • Roosevelt Institute Campus Network at the University of Idaho