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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • The Political Science curriculum is quite flexible, and with careful planning you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time. 
  • There are a wide variety of both core and elective POLS courses to choose from abroad.  Many of the POLS course options focus on concepts and topics unique to that particular region of the world giving you a chance to study something that is not offered at KU.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.

WHEN TO GO

Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Political Science

Freshman 

  • Schedule a meeting with a political science advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your graduation plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you've met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it's good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • The summer before your sophomore year would also be a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.  Applications for these programs are usually due around March 1st, so come to the Study Abroad Info Center early in the spring semester to learn more about your options.

Sophomore & Junior 

  • Political Science majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • You can take a combination of POLS major courses, POLS elective courses, minor requirements, and/or KU Core requirements during your semester abroad.
  • Internships abroad are another great summer program option.  You can gain valuable professional experience in a unique location, and you can participate in these internships the summer after your sophomore or junior year.

Senior

  • If you go abroad as a senior, work closely with your academic advisor prior to your departure to make sure that you have completed all your degree requirements.
  • Completing a capstone experience abroad is possible, but there are limited options available.  If you plan to pursue a U.S.-based capstone experience, you should not study abroad that semester. 

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • Political Science faculty have already pre-approved a number of POLS courses abroad. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE

Semester Programs

American University of Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Politics and Social Changes in the Middle East, Law and Diplomacy

CIEE Legon - Ghana

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Public Policy Process in Ghana, Strategies of Development in Africa

Deakin University - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia, Democracy and Dissent

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: EU-US Relations, Gender Perspectives on Human Rights

Higher School of Economics - Russia

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Russian State and Russian Space, Post-Soviet Eurasia

IES Buenos Aires - Argentina

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Argentine Politics and Government, Contemporary Latin American Politics

John Cabot University - Italy

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Italian Politics and Government, Contemporary Latin American Politics

Universidad de Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: Evolution of Political Ideas in Latin America, Comparative Politics

University College Cork - Ireland

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Politics in Northern Ireland, Policy Making in the European Union

University of Cape Town - South Africa

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Advanced South African Politics, Third World Politics

University of Essex - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: The New British Politics, Ethics and Public Policy

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: State of Britain, Security Studies

University of Hong Kong - China

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Contemporary Chinese Politics, Capitalism and Social Justice

Uppsala University - Sweden

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Comparative Welfare States, Swedish Politics

Short Term Programs

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Summer after sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: The Enemy Within - Spies and Espionage in the Cold War

John Cabot University - Italy

Recommended Timing: Any summer
Sample Courses: Politics of Developing Countries, Italy and the Middle East

Oslo International Summer School - Norway

Recommended Timing: Any summer
Sample Courses: Norwegian Welfare State, Scandinavian Government & Politics

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: varies by location




Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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