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Political Science Abroad
Immerse yourself in a new and exciting environment while earning UC credit and making rapid progress towards your degree. Among many fascinating topics, you can study international relations, political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and more. Additionally, you can get a practical and deeper understanding of course topics through experience-based research and internships. 
 

UCEAP alumni have a 97% success rate in receiving credit toward their major.

 

Programs for Your Major

​Below are featured programs with excellent student reviews, a wide availability of courses, and unique academic opportunities in political science. 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 areas: political science, development studies, international studies, and specific area studies (African Studies, Slavic Studies etc.)
  
 
Sub-disciplines: Australian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the best in Australia. Students have the opportunity to participate in research internships through the innovative Australian National Internships Program or ANIP. ANIP is the only program that offers Australian Commonwealth Parliamentary internships. Additionally, there is a wide range of political science courses focusing on everything from Australasian Politics to Genocide Studies.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Study fascinating topics such as Brazilian foreign policy, poverty and inequality, and international politics on this stimulating program that features small class sizes and close interactions with Brazilian professors. You may be able to participate in research, internships, or independent study. 
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Immerse yourself in the rich political landscape of Santiago, Chile. You can take courses such as Political Corruption in Latin America, Migrants and Refugees, and Humanitarian Work. The UCEAP Chile Study Center offers a variety of internship opportunities for political science majors in fields including human rights, public policy, and social services.  
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations
Language of Instruction: English 
Terms: Fall
 
Study globalization from a Chinese perspective in the exhilarating metropolis of Shanghai. Interactive courses are taught by UC and visiting faculty from around the world, and internship opportunities are available. Past courses have focused on the political economy of China, conflict resolution, and the history of diplomacy in modern China.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: European Politics
Language of Instruction: English 
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Explore the dynamics of central Europe and topics in political science alongside U.S. and other international students. Field trips, activities, and guest lectures from local leaders in politics, business, and religion complement coursework. Internship positions are available that allow you to work with international political conferences and local and global human rights organizations.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: American Politics, Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English, French
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
This is an elite and highly selective political science institution that offers courses in both English and French with a special emphasis on new Europe. 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.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: American Politics, Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: German
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
This program has a robust offering of political science courses with diverse and comprehensive opportunities. You will study alongside German students and find a new perspective on American politics. Additionally, the university offers courses in Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and European politics.  
  
 
Sub-disciplines: European Politics, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Experience Ireland's politics and culture from within its governing body in a highly focused internship with a member of the Irish parliament or with an NGO affiliated with the European Union. In addition to courses in society, politics, modern history, and literature, you will gain real-world experience carrying out research, drafting press releases, or corresponding with constituents on local matters.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Explore the dynamics of the Middle East, its regional conflicts, its geo-political significance, and its expectations in the aftermath of the "Arab Spring." A specialized politics and society track at this renowned university offers interdisciplinary studies, including a core course in Middle East Studies, a Hebrew or Arabic language course, and elective and internship options. 
    
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, 
Language of Instruction: Italian
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
This program offers many courses on the policies, institutions, and history of the European Union, in addition to a larger global analysis of the politics of Latin America, Africa, the United States, and developing nations. There are opportunities to participate in internships within the fields of international relations and political activism.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations
Language of Instruction: English 
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
The Global and International Studies program combines coursework, project-based research, and field trips to provide a well-rounded view of Japan and current global challenges. Past courses include seminars in global studies, minority issues, and the international court and conflict. Research, internships, and independent study are also available.  
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English 
Terms: Year, ILP + Year
 
Waseda University offers a wide variety of courses through the School of International Liberal Studies and the School of Political Science. Many courses focus on Japan and East Asia. Seminar courses with a maximum of 25 students allow for dynamic interactions with faculty and other students discussing topics such as comparative democratization, civil dispute resolution, local government, and many more.
  
Jordan: Diplomacy & Policy Studies, Amman
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English, Arabic
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
You have the opportunity to enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internship with local government ministries, agencies, and international organizations.
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Immerse yourself in lively Mexico City while you gain insights on Mexico-North American relations, the development policy of Mexico, student social movements, and much more. Professionally and academically, the city is an exceptional setting for internships, research, independent study, and projects in government ministries and NGOs.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, Year
 
Experience life as a Spaniard in beautiful Barcelona. This is a rewarding program at a university that prides itself on offering courses that help build a better society. You can study topics such as peace/conflict resolution, images of justice, EU and global politics, and more. You may also participate in research, internships, or independent study relevant to your major.  
 
 
Sub-disciplines: European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Courses at Lund University give you the opportunity to study Scandinavian, European, and Middle Eastern politics. Special area studies courses designed for international students cover global issues of contemporary interest. You may take first year graduate-level courses for upper-division credit provided you have the appropriate background.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: European Politics, International Relations
Language of Instruction: English, French
Terms: Spring
 
This program is designed to give you the opportunity to study Political Science in the world's center of international governance. You will select from a set curriculum of interdisciplinary courses that cover issues of global concern and include field trips to the many Geneva-based organizations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and more. 
 
 
Sub-disciplines: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English 
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Evolving relationships of various economic sectors, political factions, and Thailand's socio-cultural landscape set the backdrop for engaging studies in politics and international relations. This program offers a wonderful opportunity for you to study abroad and advance in your major using theoretical approaches and case studies in Bangkok. Enterprising students can secure internships and research opportunities.
  
 
Sub-disciplines: European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Summer
 
Learn alongside leaders in finance and politics this summer at one of the world's most highly regarded universities. Faculty are drawn from various departments to provide instruction in a program track focused on International Relations, Government and Society, with strong offerings in political economics. Outside of classes, which are held in the historic heart of London, you will have the opportunity to explore the city through organized cultural excursions.
 
 
Sub-disciplines: Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
 
Enjoy a wide range of courses in politics at the University of Manchester. For those interested in law school, you can take legal courses through the Pre-Law Pathway for U.S. Students. Additionally, Manchester offers a course in leadership through the Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service program. The department has a long and distinguished history in research and is one of the largest and strongest political science groupings in the U.K. 
 
 
Sub-disciplines: International Relations, Political Theory
Language of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, Spring
 
Take part in meaningful and influential work interning full-time with a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP). This is a rare opportunity to work in a fast-paced government environment as an undergraduate and assist in matters ranging from national legislation to local development. You will spend 25 hours per week with your MSP learning invaluable skills and enhancing your political knowledge with firsthand experience.


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 areas: political science, development studies, international studies, and specific area studies (African Studies, Slavic Studies, etc.)