The Association

Our Mission

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is the worldwide representation of students of political science and related studies. IAPSS strives to deliver a sustainable academic contribution to the education of its members, to foster exchange among young political scientists across the globe and to promote social and scientific responsibility. We do this by offering a multiplicity of events, publications, professionalization and career services as well as lobbying for political science interests on the international level.

A Global Player with a Dutch Heart

IAPSS embraces more approximately 1,000 individual members and 10 association members from all over the world. The Association – founded in 1998 in Leiden (the Netherlands) – is exclusively student-led, non-profit orientated and politically independent. The IAPSS Headquarters is located in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) – hosted and supported by Radboud University Nijmegen, IAPSS’ premium partner and itself a leading institution in the political science arena in Europe.

Partnering with Key Institutions

On the international level, IAPSS works closely together with the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the European Consortium for Political Science Research (ECPR), the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Studies Association (ISA). Additionally, IAPSS permanently cooperates with all major European youth organizations in the field of political science, education and youth affairs, including the European Students’ Union (ESU), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the Young European Federalists (JEF). It also holds institutional ties with UNESCO and the Council of Europe for many years.

Three Pillars

Our portfolio and annual agenda provided with great dedication to our members is built up around three pillars. In each pillar, we conceptualize and realize activities, projects and services that contribute to the academic, personal and social development of our members. Worldwide. 365 days all year long.

1. IAPSS Events – Global Political Science Gatherings

2. IAPSS Academic – Journals, Publishing, Delegations & Research

3. Professionalization and Career Development

IAPSS’ unique international network of more than 12,000 members enables us to influence debates, initiatives and scientific developments internationally. More than 115,000 individuals are following IAPSS through social media and regular consultations are taking place with all international partners in the field of political science.

Join us and become part of the greatest network for political science students.

IAPSS. For Political Science Students.