About us

Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) is the foremost academic center of education and scholarship in international affairs in Flanders.

The Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) was founded in 2008 and is one of the five research units of the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University. It is the foremost academic center of education and scholarship in international affairs in Flanders (Belgium).

Our distinct educational approach aims to make students grasp the important issues in our volatile world and emphasizes long-term trends. We help our students develop both a rich empirical knowledge of all aspects of world politics and the tools to make sense of contemporary events. Through this approach, we prepare our alumni for a wide range of careers, in the public, non-governmental and private sector.

Our research covers two broad themes: international security and foreign policy & international political economy and global governance. These extend into six distinct research areas.