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.


Studying about a continent and a country can only give you so much of a perspective. To truly understand you need to see it for yourself.

Bryant Conkling, ISEP: Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Spring 2011


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Belgium - Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium  

Fall, spring

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

Prerequisites: gpa 2.7, junior or senior standing; French or Dutch language study recommended; prior coursework in your field strongly recommended.

Housing: Vesalius assists students in arranging housing, home stays available.

Details: Small English language liberal arts college, courses in business, international relations and communications (few advanced courses available) and established internships in Brussels for credit; study with local and international students; rich cultural environment; access to major university libraries in a key hub of the European Union, international diplomacy and commerce; high prevalence of English makes this a poor destination for language immersion. 


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)

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. 

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.  Students buy their own meals.

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  

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.  See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website. 


Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China 

Exchange, fall, spring, academic year

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, 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 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: Residence halls arranged through accommodation office, students provide own meals.

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 

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 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: On campus with British flatmates; students prepare their own meals.

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: n/a

Housing: Students provide own meals, live in university owned accommodations

United Kingdom - University of York


Domestic Programs

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


Last Updated: 9/2013