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FAQ’S for B.A. (Hons.) Global Affairs

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BA(Hons) Global Affairs (BAGA) is designed to specifically delve into international affairs with a thorough and comprehensive analysis of global/world politics, foreign policy, and its implications in different regions of the world. On the other hand, the BA(Hons) Poetical Science (BAPS) covers issues related to domestic politics in India and comparative politics, with an extensive analysis of electoral democracy, authoritarianism, public policy, governance, bureaucratic structures and the role of political parties and leaders.

In terms of theoretical underpinnings, both degree programs share an interdisciplinary relationship, which means theories and concepts covered in one degree programme can be applied in analysing domestic or politics. However, the prominent theories taught in BAGA include Realism, Liberalism, Marxism and Constructivism, among other schools of thought. On the other hand, the core theories Covered BAPS include Structuralism, Behaviouralism, Rationalism, Culturalism, Subaltern approach, Postcolonialism.

The courses offered in BAPS incorporate issues of identity politics in India and the world, markets and politics, Marx and Gandhi, nonviolence, caste, and class. In BAGA, the courses include Politics of Developing Nations, Comparative Politics and International Security, religion and politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Both BAGA and BAPS employ rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students enrolled in the two programmes have the flexibility to choose courses from other Schools in the University, including Law, Public Policy, Liberal Arts et al.

Both degree programmes combine theoretical and practical knowledge through a diverse global faculty body and provide opportunities for experiential learning in India and abroad.

Foreign language courses such as Mandarin, Arabic, Dari, French, Spanish and German are mandatory for BAGA, where the students are equipped with skills to study and work abroad. These language courses are optional for BAPS students.

Career opportunities for BAGA students are in geopolitical risk analysis, foreign policy think-tanks, international and non-governmental organizations, Embassies, Ministry of External Affairs, and academia.

JGU Admissions department grant incoming students their “initial awards” i.e. their Merit Cum Means Scholarships based on following criterion:

I. Merit Score: This consists of three elements: XII Board Scores (50%), JSAT or Standardized Examination Results (25%), and Faculty Interview Score (25%).

II. Income Eligibility: The maximum income i.e., combined annual incomes of the parents should be no more than INR 20 Lakhs for the B.A. Global Affairs, B.A. Political Science and M.A. Diplomacy, Law and Business (MADLB) programs. These maximum eligibility thresholds will be reviewed by 1 March of each year. It may be revised with consent of the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of the respective programme, and the Director of Admissions and Outreach.

Separately from the initial award, the JSIA Scholarship Committee will revokes aid from or rewards aid from enrolled students on the basis of the following criterion:

I. Academic Performance: The maintenance of a minimum CGPA of 5.5 is required to be eligible for aid (funds permitting) or to keep one’s award. If a student’s CGPA falls below 5.5, they may face academic probation with the possible revoking of their aid. That aid will be re-allocated to more deserving candidates. The toppers or top two performers in each program will be given priority in the awarding of aid.

II. Scholarly Conduct : Apart from CGPA, students also must also exemplify decent conduct. Specifically, they must not have any cases pending with the unfair means committee or disciplinary committee.

III. Changed Circumstances: Occasionally, the Scholarship Committee will consider a case where there has been a drastic change in the circumstances of a family such as a death, divorce etc. which has impacted the annual household income. Such cases will be recommended for an initial award by the Scholarship Committee.
Please note that the primary criterion for the award of aid by the Scholarship Committee is merit.

The distinctive features of the school are the diverse pedagogical approaches, global faculty, including former and serving diplomats and practitioners in the field of diplomacy, and military. Other important features include:

  • Partnerships with the foreign educational institutions around the world. Multidisciplinary courses to train students in emerging areas of ‘global policy studies’
  • Internationally qualified teaching and research faculty from top universities of the world.
  • International studies library with over 50,000 volumes and extensive electronic database.
  • Student and faculty exchange program.
  • Globally networked ‘Future Diplomats Development’ programme.
  • Fully green and wireless campus with hi-tech classrooms and modern halls of residence.
  • Regular public lecture series, seminars engaging eminent scholars from around the world.
  • Foreign Language as a compulsory course. JSIA offers an option of five languages, French, Spanish, Mandarin and German.
  • Mandatory internships that give industry exposure to students

This exciting course provides students with an excellent grounding in the debates and questions around global affairs in today’s world. The course is a blend of theory and praxis, with a practical orientation. Student gain experience and develop skills through opportunities to interact with serving and former diplomats and other national and international faculties. Apart from the global curriculum on global affairs, you can also choose from variety of the electives offered in the school and across different other schools to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of international affairs.

There are also excellent opportunities for students to pursue their specific research interest, such as a particular region (e.g., Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia) and study a language of their choice. The Office of Career and Services team supports students to in secure internships with organisations.

Our graduates enjoy career opportunities in organisations involved in international negotiation and global governance including, non-governmental organisations, aid and development agencies, international business, and national diplomatic services.

JSIA has faculty members from some of the most reputed higher education institutions around the world. The expertise, research, and experiences of our faculty members make the B.A. (Hons.) (G.A.) programme one of its kind in Asia.

Students can opt for an additional intensive Foreign Language Training Certificate after graduation to be eligible for applying to foreign universities for a Masters’ degree.

Added value: Students secure work placements in embassies, government departments and nongovernmental organisations such as Amnesty International, UN offices.

JSIA students who graduate at the end of 3 years will have a special opportunity to progress directly to the Masterss’ programme offered in the School – MA in Diplomacy, Law & Business M.A. (DLB). The progression is subject to high academic performance in the B.A. degree programs.

The Office of Career and Services-JSIA assists students in exploring internships in sectors like Inter-Government, Regional and International Non-Governmental Organizations, Financial institutions, Think-tanks, Media, Consultancies, Law firms, Embassies, Diplomatic missions, and others. The curriculum of the BAGA includes a mandatory guided internship during each semester break. These internships prepare and guide students to ascertain careers from the multitude of opportunities and ever-expanding career streams like Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Justice, International Economic Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, Political and Economic Risk Analysis.


Few of our patron organizations include Amnesty International, Brookings, Outlook, Kailash Satyarathi Foundation, Ministry of External Affairs, CUTS International, UN Global Compact, The Jurni, Global Peace Foundation, International Centre for Culture and Education, National Maritime Foundation, United Religions Initiative, Invest India, Observer Research Foundation, UNESCO, International Justice mission and others.


With the professional and practical exposure through internships, the graduates of JSIA look forward to being versatile international affairs professional.

As part of your studies, you have opportunities to engage with serving and former diplomats and other practitioners in international negotiation, both on and off-campus. Opportunities also exist for study abroad in Europe, Asia, and Africa. JSIA provides students with the opportunity to be taught by world renowned professors from prestigious international institutions. JSIA has a number of student exchange programmes with some of the top schools in international affairs. These include:

  • Sciences Po, France
  • Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven, Belgium
  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • University of Warsaw, Poland
  • University of Basel, Switzerland
  • King’s University College at Western University (KUC), Canada
  • Victoria University of Wellington (VMU), New Zealand
  • Macquarie University (MQU), Australia
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
  • University of Chile, Institute of International Affairs
  • University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

B.A. (Hons.) Global Affairs students can also study at Oxford University for summer school and a study abroad program at the University of California, Berkley. Students also have the option of studying at Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland; Queen Mary University of London University of Leeds, UK; University of Birmingham, UK; and University of California, Riverside, USA through academic collaboration with JSIA.

A dual degree program gives students an experience of two institutional environments along with attaining a double specialization in a shorter period of time as opposed to the traditional periods. The interdisciplinary knowledge and the skills you gain make you prepared for the professional needed in current times. Additionally, studying and living abroad, is a great way to immerse yourself in another culture.

BAGA is an interdisciplinary degree program that adopts diverse pedagogical approaches in teaching, with an internally acclaimed faculty from fields of politics, economic, diplomacy and international relations. The emphasis learning a language during the course of the program adds an additional skill to our students. Moreover, the industry exposure each semester acquaints students with work environment and culture, preparing them for the world of practice after their graduation.