International Relations

International Relations students study abroad to acquire first hand knowledge of power, conflict, citizenship, peace, representation and justice as they occur in countries around the world, They also study other languages and build cultural competencies in their host sites. 


While abroad, I learned a great deal about the internal politics of the European Union as well as the economic effects of the recession on many different countries.

Matthew Floyd '13, CIEE Language and Culture, Alicante, Spain, Spring 2012


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Belgium  - Vesalius College, Brussels  

Fall, spring

Language: English, with French and Dutch language study and French literature taught in French

Prerequisites: 2.7 gpa, junior or senior standing; prior coursework in international relations strongly recommended.

Housing: Home stays available.

Details: Courses in international relations and communications (few advanced courses available) and quality, established internships in Brussels, a hub of the European Union, international diplomacy and commerce.  High prevalence of English makes this a poor destination for language immersion. Brussels offers a rich environment for out-of-classroom learning.   


Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)   

Exchange, fall, spring, academic year

Language: Courses in Spanish, some may be partly in English.     

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish, 3.0 cumulative gpa and gpa in 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.


Germany – Erfurt University, Erfurt 

Exchange, 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: Scholarships page on the OIE website.


Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon               

Fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, beginning Twi language course     

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework with African content recommended; students expected to enroll in a beginning Twi language course at the University of Ghana.

Housing: International student hostel on campus, stipend provided for meals.

Details: Study with Ghanaian and international students; Institute of African Studies (beginning level courses), courses in history, political science, economics at beginning to advanced levels; orientation program; resident director; sports and volunteering available.


Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China 

Exchange, fall, spring, academic year

Language: English    

Prereqs: Prior coursework in anthropology, Asian studies, economics, art history, political science, history or philosophy with Asian focus.

Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel, students provide own meals.

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 available, no language prereq; wide range of courses in business, social sciences & humanities, no natural science courses; students encouraged to take courses in Cultural Studies; excellent facilities; student activities and excursions.


Japan – Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka

Exchange, fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, Japanese language courses in Japanese    

Prereqs: Beloit requires 2 years college Japanese, 3.0 cumulative gpa and gpa in Japanese; previous coursework in Asian history, politics or other related areas.

Housing: Host family (strongly recommended), dormitory with international students where students provide own meals.

Details: Asian Studies Program courses focused on Japan and taught in English; intensive Japanese language study; orientation program; Speaking Partner Program; courses with other international students and a few Japanese students; most courses are .75 Beloit units; students may take studio art class.  

Scholarships available for study in Japan. See Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.


Japan - Akita International University, Akita City

Fall, spring

Language: Japanese, English

Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, 4 semesters Japanese language

Housing: dormitories on campus, and meals in cafeteria

Description:  curriculum is divided into five categories: Japan Studies courses, Japanese Language courses, Basic Education courses, the Global Business Program, the Global Studies Program.  Global studies includes courses in transnational studies, Asian and N. American studies, terrorism and human security.


Jordan – CIEE: Language and Culture, University of Jordan, Amman

Fall, spring

Language: English & Arabic    

Prereqs: 2.75 gpa, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Jordan/Middle East.

Housing: Host family (cannot guarantee for male students), or apartment with other CIEE students with meal stipend.

Details: Two required language courses: Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic; study with CIEE and international students; choice of 2 other CIEE courses (or 1 course and an internship) in international relations and diplomacy the Middle East; volunteer opportunities.

Scholarships: CIEE scholarships for merit, need, travel, under-represented groups. 


Senegal - Baobab Center, Dakar, Senegal

Spring starting in spring 2011

Language: French, Wolof     

Prereqs: 5 semesters college French

Housing: Host family

Details: Collaboration with the Baobab Center locates students into two cities for field and classroom study. Students take Wolof, Dakar in Transition (explores trends in society through studying the city of Dakar); Gender and Development in Senegalese Literature; and a course on Islam; excursions.


Sweden - ISEP: Linnaeus University, Vaxjo


Language: English

Prereqs: 2.75 gpa

Housing: shared dormitory apartments on campus; stipend for meals on campus

Description:  Courses in European Union politics, peace & development studies, and political science.


Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul      

Exchange, spring or 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; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants.

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: Homestays (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 practicum with a development organization; 2 week module, choice of focus: public health, grassroots development or gender and development; excursions.

United Kingdom - University of Essex


United Kingdom - University of Limerick 


United Kingdom – ISEP: University of Ulster, 4 campuses, N. Ireland 

Spring or academic year

Language: English     

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Northern Ireland.

Housing: Varies by campus: apartments, residence halls or student houses; meal stipend or provide own meals

Details: Courses in peace studies, politics, policy studies, Irish studies, economics, law and applied social studies with local students.


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.


Domestic Programs

Washington Semester - American University, Washington DC

Fall or 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          


Last Updated: 9/2013