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Political Science

Political Science students study off campus to better understand government and political systems both in the US and abroad, to investigate the intersection of culture and politics, and to sharpen their skills in comparative political analysis. 

Spending time around the kitchen table with my English flat mates, … it was so interesting to hear about their perspectives on the US political system and the election coming up. Every time there was a primary or caucus, they kept updated on the results. It reminded me about how much of an impact the US has on the world.

Emma Schroer, University of Sussex, Spring 2016 

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Belgium - Vesalius College, Brussels (D)

Fall, Spring Language: English.  Prereqs: 2.7 GPA, junior or senior standing at time of enrollment. French or Dutch language study and prior coursework in international relations strongly recommended.  Housing: Host family or other private accommodation.  Details: Liberal arts college with a high percentage of international students.  Courses in business, international relations and communications (few advanced courses available) and established internships in Brussels for credit. French and Dutch language study available. High prevalence of English makes this a poor destination for language immersion. Access to major university libraries in a hub of the European Union, international diplomacy and commerce.  Non-tuition educational expenses:  Higher

Botswana – ACM: University Immersion in Southern Africa, University of Botswana, Gaborone (P)          

Spring  Language: English. Prereqs: Prior study of political development and social change, background in field methods recommended.  Housing: Dormitory.  Details:  Program students enroll in one or two university courses, learn elementary Setswana, and take program courses, some of which also enroll University of Botswana students.  Field trips. Focus on African studies, development and social change.  Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower  

China - Shandong or Henan University  (Ex)

Fall, Academic year 

Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)

Fall, Spring  Language: Spanish, some courses may be partly in English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Spanish, 2 years of college Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses, courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.  Housing: Host family.  Details: Orientation in Quito; small private university; study with local students; wide range of courses available, some attract American students; Quito in Transition course explores trends in Ecuadorian society, politics, history and economics through the study of the city of Quito; excursions; volunteer opportunities.  Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

Egypt - American University in Cairo, New Cairo (D)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: Coursework to understand middle east context.  Housing: On campus or university housing in old Cairo with bus service provided. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

Germany – Erfurt University, Erfurt (Ex)

Spring, Academic year  Language: German, English.  Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.  Housing: Dormitory.  Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in politics, development and international affairs, German as a second language with disciplinary focus; study with local students; no natural sciences; some courses taught partially or fully in English at this bi-lingual university; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.  Scholarships: Available for study in Germany.  See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: Previous coursework in anthropology, Asian studies, economics, art history, political science, history or philosophy with an Asian focus.  Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel.  Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in an major Asian economic and international commerce center; basic Cantonese language course available, no language prerequisite; wide range of courses in business, social sciences and humanities, no natural science courses; students encouraged to take classes in Cultural Studies; excellent campus facilities; many student activities and excursions.  Courses in political science available hereNon-tuition educational expenses: Same

Hungary –  Eötvös Collegium, Budapest (Ex) 

Fall, Academic year  Language: English, Hungarian language class.  Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.  Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students.  Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city. Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

Ireland –  National University of Ireland – Galway (D)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.  Housing: Dormitory arranged through accommodation office.  Details: Hosting 600 US students a year, you will be able to take courses with students from Ireland and around the world; strong program in Classical civilizations and languages; see website for course selection. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

Ireland - University of Limerick, Limerick (D)

Fall, Spring  Language:  English.  Prereqs: 2.9 GPA. Housing: Dormitory. Details: Information on the Department of Politics & Public Administration. Lovely campus on two sides of the Shannon River; excellent sports facilities available at no charge.  Non-tuition educational expenses:  Same

Japan - Akita International University, Akita (Ex)

Fall, Spring  Language: English plus Japanese language and culture courses. Prereqs:  2 years of college-level Japanese, 2.5 GPA and 2.5 average in Japanese, previous coursework focused on Japan.  Housing: Dormitory. Details:  Global Studies.  Residential campus with Japan's only 24-hour library.  Students live and study with Japanese students.  Only Japanese language and cultural courses are limited to international students. Semester calendar:  March – July, September – December.  Non-tuition educational expenses:  Same

Morocco - Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane (Ex)

Fall, spring  Language:  English. Prereqs: 3.0 GPA. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French an asset.  Housing: Dormitory. Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

Russia - Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow (Ex)

Fall, Academic year  Language: Russian.  Prereqs: 2 years college Russian, previous course work in Russian history and literature in translation recommended.  Housing: Dormitory.  Details: Intensive study of Russian; small classes with international students; wide variety of courses available at the university with proficient Russian; Moscow in Transition explores trends in society and culture through the study of the city of Moscow; easy access to cultural opportunities, and public transportation, 30 minute walk to Red Square.  Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul (Ex) Unavailable as of Fall 2016 due to the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning

Spring, Academic year  Language: English.  Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey.  Housing: Shared rooms with bath, mini refrigerator and phone in University residence halls; linens are provided.  Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the European side of Istanbul in the heart of the city; easy access to public transportation. Non-tuition educational expenses:  Lower

Uganda – SIT: Development Studies, Kampala*  (P)

Fall, Spring  Language: English, Luganda.  Prereqs: Background courses in development recommended, previous independent research.  Housing: Home stays (6 weeks in Kampala, 1 week rural homestay), hostels, guest houses or small hotels.  Details: Study with Americans on the program; limited curriculum designed for non-specialists; student plans 6-week development practicum with a development organization; 2 week module with choice of focus on public health, grassroots development or gender and development; educational excursions.  Scholarships: SIT scholarships for specified programs, diversity, need. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

United Kingdom - University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (D)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs:  3.0 GPA. Housing: Dormitory. Details: Information on the Department of Politics & International Relations. Non-tuition educational expenses:  Higher

United Kingdom - University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (D)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.  Housing: Dormitory.   Description: Courses in foundational theory of politics, and some interdisciplinary topics, such as media and politics, political philosophy, global politics, and economic structures. Information on the Department of Political, Social, and International Studies. Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher

United Kingdom-University of Essex, Colchester, England (D)                                  

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: None.  Housing: University owned accommodations. Details: Information on the Department of Government. Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower

United Kingdom - University of Sussex, Brighton, England (D, Ex)

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.  Housing: Private accommodation in Brighton, Hove, or other communities for single semester students.  Dormitories for academic year students.  Details: Extensive course offerings in foundational and advanced topics in international relations, geopolitics, European studies, international development, and other topics. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

United Kingdom - University of York, York, England (D)

Fall, Academic year  Language: English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.  Housing: Dormitory.  Details: Information on the School of Social and Political Sciences. Students live in colleges and are assigned to an academic advisor.  York's campus is on a former estate; the medieval city center is short bus-ride away. Term system (1 in the fall, 2 in the spring). Non-tuition educational expenses: Same

United States - Washington Semester- American University, Washington DC (P)

Fall, Spring  Prereqs: Nomination from home school, strong academic record; introduction to world politics or similar coursework.  Housing: Dormitories on the AU Tenley Campus; choose meal plan.  Details: Enroll in topic of study (e.g. Foreign Policy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Law and Organizations); study with U.S. and international students, set of courses related to the topic: Seminar (some include overseas travel), Internship, Research Project; expert guest speakers; meetings with policy makers; topics vary from year to year. Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher

* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer off campus



D:  Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student

Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student

P:  Provider program.  Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses:  Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. Higher:  Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. Significantly Higher:  $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 12/2016