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Teaching activities constitute one of our main working areas. Our researchers participate in several graduate and postgraduate courses; we have a Doctoral Program, two yearly programs, and we organize specific courses.


The Master program in International Relations and African Studies began in the academic year of 2000/2001 and has been transformed into an Official Master program for the year 2006/2007. It is based at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

During the past ten years, this Master has been one of the most popular of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with an average of 30 students in each edition. It is one of the best Masters in its specialty: International Relations and African Studies, offering a unique program on these two highly demanded areas of specialization. In 2014 it was ranked as the third best Master in International Relations in Spain according to the annual ranking published by the newspaper El Mundo.

The Master offers students two possible itineraries: academic research and continuation into a PhD program; or professional insertion, through an internship in public or private institutions (among others: Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, ACNUR: Alto Comisionado de la ONU para los Refugiados, Save the Children, Médicos sin Fronteras, Intermón Oxfam, Amnistía Internacional, Comisión Española de Ayuda a los Refugiados).

The Master has obtained the Quality Mention (a special recognition issued by the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura to high level postgraduate programs) for several years, and counts among its lecturers with several professors coming from different countries thanks to the special funds offered by this Ministry.


In 1999 we celebrated the first edition of the Introductory Course to the African Reality. Since 2004 the course is hosted by La Casa Encendida. The CIRA is one of the few specialized courses about African studies in Spanish language taking place every year. It has a duration of 90 hours, and is designed to introduce students from all backgrounds to the history of Sub-Saharan Africa, its political evolution on local, state and international levels, taking into consideration its economic situation and socio-anthropological reality. The professors participating in the course are among the best Africanist researchers in Spain. Through all its different editions, the CIRA has trained more than 500 students: development and humanitarian aid professionals, civil servants and undergraduate and graduate students from Europe, Africa and South America.


In addition to our Master and the Introductory Course to the African reality, GEA offers regularly other courses and formations in collaboration with public and private entities. Stay tuned through our website and our social networks.