Guide to top diplomacy programs
A brief rundown of some of the top schools in the US and Europe that specialize in international relations.
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6. London School of Economics Department of International Relations (est. 1927; www2.lse.ac.uk/internationalRelations). LSE director Sir William Beveridge felt the school, one of the oldest and largest IR programs, should "be equipped to deal with international affairs from all the three angles of law, history and administration."Skip to next paragraph
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7. Tufts University Fletcher School (est. 1933; fletcher.tufts.edu). The Fletcher School has admitted students from more than 40 countries.
8. George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs (est. 1988; elliott.gwu.edu). The Elliott School is the largest school of international affairs in the United States.
9. University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations (est. 2000; www.politics.ox.ac.uk). It's home to The Centre for Political Ideologies and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy, among others. The program stresses an interdisciplinary approach.
10. American University School of International Service (est. 1958; american.edu/sis). The School of International Service was founded at the urging of President Dwight Eisenhower at the peak of the cold war.
11. Cambridge University Centre of International Studies (est. late 1970s; www.polis.cam.ac.uk/cis). The school has evolved from focusing on cold-war-era national security to globalization, opportunities for international collaboration, and leadership. It was No. 16 last year.
12. Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (est. 1987; fsi.stanford.edu/centers). It conducts interdisciplinary educational programs and research. It was No. 15 last year.
13. Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (est. 2009; jackson.yale.edu). This is the newest IR program on the list. The institute's first class began its studies in the fall of 2010.
14. University of Chicago Committee on International Relations (est. 1928; cir.uchicago.edu). The Committee on International Relations is the oldest US program of its kind.
15. L'Institut d'etudes politiques (IEP) de Paris (est. 1871; http://www.sciencespo.fr/en). President François Hollande and the previous three presidents – Nicolas Sarkozy, Jacques Chirac, and François Mitterand – attended this school, known as Sciences Po, although Mr. Sarkozy dropped out. The school wasn't ranked last year.
•Sources: College of William & Mary; graduate schools' websites. For a complete list of top international relations programs, go to bit.ly/IRgradschools and scroll down to TRIP Around the World Survey, May 2012. The list is on page 62 of the PDF.