Learning Abroad in Political Science

Learning Abroad in Political Science

Push global barriers and learn beyond borders. As a political science major, the world is yours to explore. Study the politics and economics of another country and deepen your understanding of international and comparative politics to provide insights into your own political system.

 

Department Recommendations

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Israel

University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem, holy city of Islam, Christianity and Judaism alike, provides a fascinating case study of an ethnically divided city
  • Offers Political Science classes focused on Israel, the MIddle East, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations and Globalization. Internship and research placements available

University Study in Israel: University of Haifa

  • Coursework related to the MIddle East, Peace and Conflict Studies, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and International Relations
  • Special (Honors) Peace and Conflict Studies track features internships at organizations working with Peace & Conflict Management

Kenya

MSID Kenya

  • Participants focus on International Development in Kenya, choosing from the following tracks: Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Social Service, and Sustainability & the Environment
  • Internship or research placement during the Community Engagement in the Global South course. Participants are placed at a local NGO and get hands on experience or conduct research
  • Language training in Swahili

Senegal

MSID Senegal

  • Participants focus on International Development in Senegal, choosing from the following tracks: Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Social Service, and Sustainability & the Environment
  • Internship or research placement during the Community Engagement in the Global South course. Participants are placed at a local NGO and get hands on experience or conduct research
  • Language training in French or Wolof

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town

  • Post-Apartheid South Africa is ideal for observing how differently another society defines and deals with issues of race, inequality, and the redesigning of a political system
  • The political science department is one of the continent’s best. Extensive volunteer opportunities supplement classroom offerings

Uganda & Rwanda

SIT Uganda & Rwanda– Peace & Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin

  • Highly experiential program integrating lectures, classroom discussions, readings, and debriefings on history, contemporary politics, and the role of the state
  • Program engages students with the active peace-building and NGO communities in the Lake Victoria Basin

Americas

Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile (available through CIEE Chile–Santiago Liberal Arts or IES Chile or ISFA-Butler Chile–Santiago)

  • Top-rate Santiago institutions, both with strong political science departments. Required CIEE, IES, or IFSA-Butler offerings supplement the university coursework
  • Sample course titles: Chilean Foreign Policy; Chilean Political Parties; Re-Democratization in Latin America; Contemporary International Conflicts; Latin American Politics; Political Ethics

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador

  • Participants focus on International Development in Ecuador, choosing from the following tracks: Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Social Service, and Sustainability & the Environment
  • Internship or research placement during the Community Engagement in the Global South course. Participants are placed at a local NGO and get hands on experience or conduct research
  • Language training in Spanish

Nicaragua

SIT Nicaragua– Revolution, Transformation, & Civil Society

  • Managua-based program that includes extensive field study, field trips to other Nicaraguan locations and El Salvador, and a research project
  • Useful as a source of insights into the U.S. role in Central America, as well as peace and conflict issues

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

  • Ranked one of the 30 best Political Science departments in the world, offering classes in Australian, Asian and Transatlantic Politics, Aboriginal Politics, and dozens more.
  • Credit-bearing internship and research placements available

China

CET China: Internships in Shanghai and Beijing

Japan

Exchange in Kyoto, Japan - Ritsumeikan University

  • Japanese language courses available - beginning to advanced
  • Sample course offering areas, taught in English include: political science, business, economic development to contemporary Japanese culture through the "Study in Kyoto: Japanese and World Perspectives Track"

Sophia University, Tokyo (available through Bilateral Exchange in Tokyo or CIEE Japan)

  • Broad range of political science offerings. Samples: Japanese Government & Politics; Japanese Foreign Policy; Citizens & Political Organizations; Peace & Security in Northeast Asia
  • Instruction is in English; prior Japanese language study preferred but not required

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • New Zealand’s top-ranked Political Science and International Relations program
  • Coursework in Comparative Politics, Media & Politics, New Zealand and Maori Politics, Asian and Transatlantic Politics, and several others

University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

  • The department’s broad range of political science course offerings includes many regional courses on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, as well as Europe and the U.S.

HECUA New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future

  • Examine social and environmental factors impact and shape political and ecological aspects of identity and culture and how New Zealand populations
  • Field seminars focus on environmental management, biodiversity protection, Maori culture, national public policy, and urban planning

Thailand

MSID Thailand

  • Participants focus on International Development in Ecuador, choosing from the following tracks: Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Social Service, and Sustainability & the Environment
  • Internship or research placement during the Community Engagement in the Global South course. Participants are placed at a local NGO and get hands on experience or conduct research
  • Language training in Thai

Vietnam/Cambodia

SFS Vietnam/Cambodia– Environmental Ethics & Conservation

  • Explore the natural, human, and political economy of Vietnam and upstream areas of the Mekong River Delta in Cambodia
  • Examines issues of sustainable development, pressures on natural resource exploitation, and ecotourism in Vietnam and Cambodia

Europe

Balkans

SIT The Balkans– Serbia, Bosnia, & Kosovo: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans

  • Highly experiential program in several countries of the former Yugoslavia
  • Classroom study, field experiences, and research project all provide insights into Balkan conflicts and reconciliation efforts

Belgium

Vesalius College, Brussels (available through CIEE Belgium—Business, Communications & Culture)

  • Tiny Vesalius offers an astonishing variety of political science courses, most with an international or European focus. Several incorporate field trips to EU institutions

Czech Republic

CET Czech Repubic, Prague

  • Visit the Museum of Communism or go on a site visit to Lidice with your politics and history class
  • Select the Central European Studies concentration and you’ll take Political & Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Curriculum is organized into a number of core courses (including study tours to destinations in Scandinavia and Europe) including Cultural Diversity & Integration, European Game of Politics: Crisis and Survival, Humanitarian Law & Armed Conflict, and Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism from a European Perspective
  • Elective courses in Intelligence, Geopolitics, History, Environmental Policy, Law, Religion, and Sociology

France

Université Paul Valéry through Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Paul Valéry curriculum includes a rich array of political science courses, including many on southern European politics and Mediterranean politics

Germany

IES Germany– Berlin Language & Area Studies

  • Political science courses offered both through IES and through two of Germany’s top institutions
  • IES courses in such areas as political thought, Cold War Germany, German international relations, Germany and European unification. Program is strong in field study, including internships

IES European Union– Freiburg

  • Focus on the European Union: economics, politics, and cultural and social issues
  • Visit major EU institutions and international organizations in other countries as well as to EU member states in Eastern Europe. Internship opportunities in Freiburg or Brussels

Iceland

University of Iceland (available through Scholarship Exchange in Iceland)

  • Political Science offerings emphasize international relations, including a number of courses on the European Union

Ireland

Study Abroad in Dublin

  • Live and study in the heart of Dublin. Participate in an internship, research project, or practicum to engage with the local community

Italy

IES Italy– Rome

  • Study relevant Italy-focused offerings in history and international relations. Internships available with NGOs and political parties
  • Students also have access to some English-taught courses on European Union topics at Libera Università Internationale degli Studie Sociali

Universitá di Bologna (available through Bologna Consortial Studies Program, BCSP)

  • Bologna, the oldest university in Europe, has a strong political science department
  • BCSP program supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students

Netherlands

University of Amsterdam (Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  • Study at the University of Amsterdam’s International School for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sample courses: Global Civil Society; Politics of Development; Policy Making in the EU; Public International Law; Global Politics & Euro-Asia; Political Geography of the EU

Norway

The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

  • Learn about Scandinavian grassroots citizen involvement, as well as state support of health care, education, and economic security
  • The New Norway includes comparative field study elsewhere—in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Strong humanities/social science curriculum includes courses on Latin American politics, Spanish politics, Spain and the EU, modern Spanish history
  • Internships and service-learning also offered

Switzerland

SIT Switzerland– International Studies & Multilateral Diplomacy

  • Highly experiential program that maximizes the advantage of its location in Geneva, home to many international organizations and research centers
  • Courses include International Studies, Multilateral Diplomacy, & Social Justice Seminar; Field Study Seminar; Independent Study Project; and French at any level

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London

  • Study at Queen Mary’s highly-ranked Political Science department alongside local students.
  • Coursework in British and European Politics, Brexit, War & Security, the Post-Colonial World, and several others. Many modules have pre-established UMN equivalencies

University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

  • Coursework on British Politics, Scottish Nationalism, the European Union, and dozens more
  • Study alongside local students at one of the UK’s highest-ranked Political Science programs

Study & Intern in London

  • Area studies program offering such courses as European Government & Politics; British History in the 20th Century; Politics, Islam, Politics, & Britain; Citizenship & Gender in Modern Europe
  • Internships available in politics, public administration, law, human rights, international relations, and other fields including with political parties and with MPs

Arcadia Scotland – Scottish Summer Parliamentary Program

  • Semester program includes classroom courses, an internship assignment, and an internship-related research project with guidance from a member of the Scottish Parliament

HECUA Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland

  • Examines historical, political, economic, and religious roots of conflict in Northern Ireland, prospects for peace, and progress being made

London School of Economics & Political Science (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler England)

  • One of the world’s leading institutions for the social sciences
  • Sample course offerings: Public Choice & Politics; Politics of Economic Policy; Public Policy Analysis; States, Nations & Empires; and Theories & Problems of Nationalism