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Global & International Studies
Experience first-hand the cultures, sites, and global forces you had only read about before. Among many fascinating topics, you can study human rights, sustainable development, languages and cultures, peace and conflict, and more . Additionally, you can get a practical and deeper understanding of course topics through experience-based research and internships.

Programs for Your Major

Below are featured programs with excellent student reviews, a wide availability of courses and unique academic opportunities in global and international studies. These are only a few of the opportunities available to you on UCEAP. For a comprehensive list of programs in your major, see the UCEAP program search under the subject area: international studies.
 
Argentina & Chile: Human Rights and Cultural Memory, Buenos Aires & Santiago
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Latin America
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall 
 
This program takes place between Buenos Aires and Santiago and focuses on the human rights abuses that occurred in both Argentina and Chile during the late 19th century. It allows a rare opportunity to compare and contrast how these two different cultures have coped with the aftermath of military dictatorships-- memory, social development, democratization, and the search for justice.
 
Brazil: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Latin America, Middle East
Language of Instruction: Portuguese; English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
PUC-Rio, located in lush, colorful Rio de Janeiro is a top research university in Latin America. As one of the fastest growing national economies in the world, Brazil offers a distinct perspective on international politics, economics, and development. In addition to a large International Relations department, courses with an international or global focus are offered across various departments including Business, Law, and Sociology.
 
China: Global & International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development Geographic Area: Asia
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall
 
Explore the historical, political, economic, sociological, and cultural dimensions of globalization, particularly as these changes affect Chinese society, culture and the economy, and influence China's relationships within the world.
 
France: Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris
Political Science, Sciences Po, Reims
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America
Language of Instruction: English; French
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Study international relations and politics at this elite and very highly ranked university. Distinguished professionals and researchers teach courses in the fields of political science and international relationsso you will be exposed to the most current political debates, theories, and events. Choose from a wide variety of course topics such as: EU Politics, Migrations, and Counter-Terrorism.
 
Germany: Free University Berlin 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Europe, Latin America
Language of Instruction: German
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science is a leading department in Germany that offers a multitude of courses focusing on international relations, European studies, migration, terrorism, development, and more. You also have the opportunity to expand beyond Western European Studies through courses offered at the Latin American Studies Institute, the Eastern European Institute, and the JFK Institute for North American Studies. 
 
Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Society & Cultures Geographic Area: Middle East 
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Using Israel as a case study, explore human rights issues, foreign policy successes and failures, peace and conflict, local and regional relations, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Take advantage of a city steeped in histories of peace and conflict and inhabited by culturally and socially diverse peoples to better understand the political, development, and cultural context of Jerusalem, Israel, and the Middle East.  
 
Italy: University of Bologna 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Africa, Asia, Europe
Language of Instruction: Italian
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The University of Bologna has a variety of degree programs that focus on international issues including international relations, international cooperation on human rights, diplomatic affairs, and local and global development. Courses focusing on Asian and African Studies are also available within the history and political science degrees.  
 
Japan: Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Society & Cultures Geographic Area: Asia
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
The Faculty of International Studies and the Global and Transcultural Studies Program serve as host departments at Meigaku. This program features undergraduate courses in global studies, history, international relations, political science, Asian studies, cultural studies, and other social science and humanities topics, all taught in English.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Society & Cultures Geographic Area: Middle East
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Study in Amman, Jordan a city with a history of international players focused on such issues as regional peace and conflict, water politics, and the economics of development. Intern at a local or international development organization to better understand the issues directly affecting the region. Courses cover topics such as international relations & diplomacy, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, America and the Arabs, development economics in the middle east, and water politics of the region. 
 
Singapore: National University Singapore 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures
Geographic Area: Asia
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Study through the Department of Global Studies where you can develop practical skills related to world issues and policy and gain expertise in South and South East Asia. Through the department, you will have the opportunity to experience project-based learning-- a classroom style which centers around solving real-world challenges and extensive periods of inquiry and investigation.
 
Spain: Carlos III University, Madrid 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
At this world-ranked university, you can choose from courses that focus on a variety of themes, cultures, regions and time periods. Study opportunities include New Zealand history, Māori and indigenous histories, pre-modern and modern Europe, American history and the histories of Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
 
Sweden: Lund University 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics:  Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Europe
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Take courses in the Department of Political Science that focus on war and peace, international relations theory, and other issues facing the European Union. The Special Area Studies Department introduces many areas of Scandinavian studies including Swedish literature, heritage, politics, society, religion, and music. This department also offers courses on global issues such as gastronomy, world languages, globalization, and health and lifestyle. 
 
Switzerland: Global & International Studies, University of Geneva 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Societies & Cultures  Geographic Area: Europe
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Spring
 
The University of Geneva offers a unique opportunity to take advanced courses on environmental diplomacy, the world trade organization, environmental economics and law, and european and international law, among others. This program is truly international in nature-- located in Geneva, home to the United Nations Headquarters,  the university is surrounded by a multi-cultural and globally-aware community. You may have the opportunity to participate in a full-time 2-month internship after the spring semester is over. 
 
UK-England: Summer, London School of Economics
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Summer
 
Ranked first in London for Politics, International Relations & Development, LSE is an incredible university to study  timely topics in global and international studies. Choose from many courses which span a range of topics and geographic areas. Courses focusing on Europe and the Middle East are particularly strong here. 
 
UK-England: University of Sussex 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Global Development, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Societies & Cultures Geographic Area: Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Explore a wide range of topics through the Departments of International Relations and International Development at the University of Sussex. Course topics range from ethics in global politics to institutions of aid and many more.
 
UK-Scotland: University of St. Andrews 
 
Sub-disciplines: Topics: Human Rights, Peace & Conflict, Society & Cultures Geographic Area: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Study in the Department of International Relations and explore their specialties in international security, peace and conflict studies, terrorism and more. There are a wide range of course topics to choose from spanning all regions of the world.
 
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These are only a few of the opportunities available to you on UCEAP. For a comprehensive list of programs in your major, see the UCEAP program search under the subject area: international studies