IERC: International Education and Research Center

Regular Academic and Affiliate Programs

The International Education and Research Center (IERC) offers an undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral program in International Studies. IERC’s educational philosophy is based on a humanistic approach to teaching and learning with an environment that fosters discussion and intellectual challenge in an open forum. This enhances students’ understanding of all those issues that need to be addressed within the contemporary global setting, generating cross-cultural acceptance and non-discriminatory behavior, as well as a concern for those less privileged.

Affiliate Programs

» Affiliates


Although the International Education and Research Center is involved in its own academic activities and works with regular academic programs, one of its strengths is in providing educational services through affiliations and strategic alliances.  Thus, IERC is continuously broadening its network of affiliations in Mexico and internationally.

To become an affiliate of IERC, partnering institutions must meet with the following requirements:

  • Provide educational services and/or programs that are of the highest academic quality
  • Provide educational services and/or programs that are effective in attaining their purported goals and have a track record of proven success that has been measured and evaluated by some external and/or official mechanism
  • Offer educational services and/or programs that meet needs in Mexico and/or internationally
  • Offer a flexible structural base and model of implementation that can easily be transferred to different sites and locations within Mexico and abroad
  • Have demonstrated and proven transparency and ethical norms in all of their activities

Under affiliation agreements, IERC represents the partnering institution and offers its services as an integral part of IERC’s overall operations. It is IERC’s responsibility to supervise, administer and manage the affiliate’s services and/or programs when offering these to third parties. All negotiations with third parties regarding the implementation of an affiliate’s program(s) are handled directly by IERC. IERC is directly involved in the initiation, implementation, day-to-day operational, and evaluation phases of any program offered under IERC’s auspices. All contractual agreements are made with IERC.

Thus, third parties are assured that they will receive the highest level of client services and attention, as well as receiving IERC’s guarantee of quality and educational effectiveness.

Regular Programs

» Bachelorís in International Studies
» Masterís in International Studies
» Doctorate in International Studies


The programs in International Studies provide a broad-based, interdisciplinary study of international issues and their impact on individuals, communities, and nations in an increasingly globalized world. Thus, the program combines areas of study as diverse as philosophy, religion, politics, economics, cultural issues, and finance. The curriculum emphasizes the role and position of the developing world and looks at global interactions from its perspective vis-à-vis the developed countries. Students who complete a degree program in International Studies will fully understand the importance and interrelationship of finance, politics, communications, negotiations, conflict and conflict resolution, and socio-cultural and socio-economic within the international arena.

Students who graduate with a degree in International Studies are well-prepared to work for any government and policy-making entity, in non-governmental and international organizations, as well as participate in international projects and development-oriented organisms. Students may also choose to work for international corporations that require an in-depth understanding of those elements that affect a corporation operating within the international arena.

At the end of their academic program, students will have acquired the ability to analyze those political and socio-economic factors that influence countries’ trajectories; the social and cultural bases of international interactions and interrelations, and will be able to understand the complex relationships that exist between governments and societies nationally and internationally. Students will have full-fledged comprehension of the critical issues confronted by the world today and will be able to help resolve these through the practical application of the knowledge and skills attained throughout their course work.

Lastly, by having gained insights into the challenges faced specifically within the developing world, students will increase their social awareness and consciousness that will guide them in their professional lives as leaders of transformations that will have far-reaching, global benefits. Doctoral students graduating with a degree in International Studies may also choose an academic path, dedicating themselves to teaching and research.