“We live in a globalized world. Understanding politics anywhere requires a global perspective. ”
What are the benefits of study abroad for someone in Political Science?
As the world becomes more globalized, it becomes increasingly important for Political Science students to understand other parts of the world. Students who study abroad have the opportunity to expose themselves to a variety of world political issues, and they can develop different approaches to those issues. All Political Science students can benefit from exposure to another country.
When is the best time for Political Science students to go abroad?
The Political Science major has a lot of flexibility. Students could potentially go in any year.
What types of academic requirements can I fulfill abroad?
University-wide requirements: Tier II courses can often be fulfilled easily abroad.
Tier III courses are offered on some OHIO study abroad programs, but credit for Tier III generally cannot be transferred back from a Non-OHIO or exchange program.
Arts and Sciences requirements: Courses to fulfill college-level requirements, including the foreign language requirement, can be taken abroad.
Major requirements: Students can look for programs abroad that offer courses equivalent to Ohio University Political Science courses. Non-equivalent courses might be counted toward the major's credits (see below for more details).
What are other academic considerations for someone in Political Science?
If students can identify courses offered by study abroad programs that are similar in content to OHIO Political Science major courses, the department may grant credit for the OHIO equivalent course, and these credits would count towards the major.
The department may transfer political science courses that do not have direct equivalents as courses with the heading of "special topics." Up to six credit hours of “special topics” courses will count toward the major. Additional "special topics" hours can be counted toward university requirements but would not count toward major requirements. Transfer credit must be approved by the department prior to departure. Students should utilize the foreign study checklist available at the Office of Education Abroad to seek pre-approval of credits.
What do I do next?
Visit our Planning Your Experience page to discover the steps you'll need to take.
|Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for Political Science through Ohio University|
OHIO-Hong Kong Baptist University Exchange
Semester/Academic year program. This is an OHIO exchange program. Students choose from a wide array of courses including Foundations of International Relations, Public Affairs and Public Policy, Government and Politics of China, Democratization in East and Southeast Asia, China and the World and Chinese Legal System. All of these courses are taught in English.
OHIO-Tel Aviv, Israel
Summer Program. This month long program based in Tel Aviv offers students the opportunity to experience the culture and politics of Israel through the study contemporary literary works written by Israeli authors, through the study of the current and historical political climates in the region, and through academically-based excursions around the country. Students will explore the intersection of fiction, politics, and place, gaining a strong understanding of issues faced by Israel.
|Sample STUDY ABROAD programs for Political Science through Affiliate Providers|
Summer program. Bogaziçi University offer courses such as Comparative and International Politics of the Middle East, Politics and Society in the Middle East, Islam and Politics and Introduction to International Relations.
API-Leeds, Great Britain
Semester/Academic year program. The University of Leeds offers courses such as International Politics, Gender and Development, Governing the European Union, British Politics, British Central Government, Theories of Justice and European Politics.
CEA-Prague, Czech Republic
Semester/Academic year program. Anglo-American University offers courses such as Introduction to International Relations, East-Central European Politics, West European Politics, Politics of the European Union and Multiculturalism in Europe.
Semester/Academic year program. Courses are provided by the University of Ghana. Sample courses include Introduction to International Politics, Africa and the Global System, Gender and Politics, Identities and Conflicts in Africa, Issues in Africa’s International Relations, U.S. Policy towards Africa and Africa: Political Economy of Colonialism.
Semester/Academic year program. Courses are provided by Sophia University. Sample courses include International Relations Theory, Peace and Security in Asia Pacific, International Relations in Pacific Asia, Japanese Government and Politics, Comparative Politics of East Asia and Introduction to Comparative Politics.
Semester program. Macquarie University offers courses such as Australian Politics in Global Context, Australian Governments and Public Policy, Modern Political Thought, Political Thought in Action, States and Nations, The politics of Terrorism and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - North Island, New Zealand
Semester program. Victoria University of Wellington offers courses such as Cabinet Government, Dictators and Revolutions, Growing Pains: New Zealand Politics 1975 to Present, How Democracies Vote, Politics of the Pacific Islands, Power and Bureaucracy, Torangapu Maori/Maori Politics and more.” Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
IEP - Bangkok, Thailand
Semester program. Mahidol University offers courses such as Comparative Political Systems, Introduction to Political Science, Modern Social Theory, Political Movements, Southeast Asian Political Systems and more. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (email@example.com) in the Walter International Education Center.
Semester/Summer program. ISA programs at the University of Hyderabad provide the opportunity to learn about India's history while experiencing modern life in the world's most syncretic culture. The semester program offers the opportunity to take specially designed courses for international students as well as regular university courses with Indian students. Students can choose from courses in many subject areas. There is no language prerequisite for this program. Students must have at least junior standing (third-year) at their home university at the time of participation. The summer program offers courses that cover many aspects of Indian culture and life including: Indian history, economics, politics, and Hindi.
Semester/Academic year/Summer program. The Meknès programs provide students with little or no Arabic or French language experience the opportunity to choose among courses taught in English. However, students are required to enroll in an Arabic or French language course if they have taken less than one semester of either language. Other courses offered in history, culture, business, architecture, arts, religion, politics, gender studies, and more.
ISA-Seoul, South Korea
Semester/Summer program. The ISA programs in Seoul offer a large number and wide range of English courses in the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, applied sciences, and even those from more specialized fields will have the opportunity to take courses for their major, minor, and even courses that can count toward their general education requirements at their home school. There is no language prerequisite for this program. Students must have Sophomore (second year) standing according to their home university.
Foreign Language Programs:
OHIO-Spanish Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico
API-Spanish Language Program in Madrid
CIEE-Arabic Language and Culture in Rabat, Morocco
Additional opportunities available! Click here to view more program options & come to walk-in advising, Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM.
Transfer credit may be earned on approved Non-OHIO & exchange programs. Students participating on these programs should complete a Foreign Study Checklist (available at the Office of Education Abroad) to seek pre-approval prior to departure. Students wishing to utilize financial aid and scholarships, click here. OHIO scholarships may not apply to all programs listed on this page. Students should research the country where they plan to study at www.travel.state.gov. Students traveling to a country with a state department warning will be required to sign a waiver (available in the Walter International Education Center) prior to departure.
|Work, Volunteer, Intern suggestions for Political Science|
IEP (Full-time on-campus advisor available at the Office of Education Abroad)
Internship opportunities are available in New Zealand, Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, and Italy. IEP internships are tailored to each individual student's needs and interests and can last anywhere from one month to a full semester. Interested students can set up an appointment with Frances Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Walter International Education Center.
Cross Cultural Solutions
Internships and volunteer opportunities in Ghana, India, Costa Rica, China and more in areas like health, education and social services.
Employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities are available. Amnesty International currently has more than 100 volunteers and interns working for them.
United Nations Development Program
Work or volunteer to promote peace and global development abroad.
For an extensive list of opportunities to work, volunteer, or intern abroad please click here.
Students should consult their academic department regarding earning credit for internships. Students will not receive transfer credit for internship programs UNLESS the internship is required of a student’s major and the student receives pre-approval for the internship. Students should register with the Office of Education Abroad before traveling overseas.
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