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International Relations Students’ Association

Who we are

IRSA exists to help students get to know each other on a social level, and to also help tie the theoretical knowledge gained in classes to the realities of living in a fluid international system. Not just for IR students, IRSA acts as a meeting place for students of all faculties who are interested in global events.

We have close partnerships with various groups such as the Economics and Political Science Students Associations at UBC, and with our sister group at SFU, the International Studies Students Association. We also have close relationships with key professional communities including the British Columbia Consular Corps and the Canadian International Council (CIC). IRSA encourages students to broaden their academic horizons by acting as a focal point for connecting and networking, both with fellow students and with professionals working in international affairs.


highlight events

  • UBC Model United Nations

  • Journal of International Affairs: A student-run, internationally-distributed undergraduate publication that showcases excellent papers selected in a blind peer and faculty review process.

  • Model European Union: An opportunity for delegates to participate in a simulation of the European law-making processes.

  • Social Events: From panels, movie nights, parties and galas, IRSA prides itself for bringing together members of UBC in the lively events we host.