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, Belgium (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 – CIEE Gabarone  

Fall, Spring  Language: English, beginning Setswana.  Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, coursework relative to the understanding of Botswana and Southern Africa.  Housing: Shared rooms in university residences with local and international students; students provide own meals, meal plans available in campus dining halls.  Details: Two required CIEE courses: Setswana, and Language and Culture Practicum; other courses are chosen from the University of Botswana offerings in the faculties of African Languages and Literature, Business, Education, Environmental Health and Science, History, Media, Political Science and Science; opportunities for community engagement; excursions.    (ACM* also has a program in Botswana.)

China - Shandong or Henan University  

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. 

Egypt - American University in Cairo, New Cairo

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: Coursework to understand middle east context.  Housing: On campus or university housing in old Cairo with bus service provided.   Description: This option is currently unavailable to Beloit College students pending the current instability in Egypt.  You can monitor the travel warning for this country here.  

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: Campus dormitory with international and German students, provide own meals.  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. 

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 here.  

Hungary - Eotvos Collegium, Budapest

Ireland –  National University of Ireland – Galway

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.

Ireland - University of Limerick 

Japan - Akita International University, Akita 

Morocco - Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane 

Russia - Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow 

Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul (Ex)

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.  

Uganda – SIT: Development Studies, Kampala, Uganda* 

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.  

United Kingdom - University of Dundee 

United Kingdom - University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

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.

United Kingdom-University of Essex, Essex                                    

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: None.  Housing: University owned accommodations.

United Kingdom - University of Sussex

Fall, Spring  Language: English.  Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.  Housing: If you study at Sussex for an academic year, you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation if you apply by 1 August. Accommodation for visiting and exchange students attending for the part year (either autumn only or spring including the assessment period) is more limited, though rooms are usually available. You may need to consider alternative housing options, including host family accommodation.  Description: Extensive course offerings in foundational and advanced topics in international relations, geopolitics, European studies, international development, and other topics. 

United Kingdom - University of York

United States - Washington Semester- American University, Washington DC

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. 

* 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: 9/2013