Political Science Study Abroad
Study Abroad in Political Science
Department home page: http://casnov1.cas.muohio.edu/politicalscience/
The Department of Political Science at Miami University encourages all students majoring in political science, diplomacy and foreign affairs, and public administration to study abroad. It is both an exceptional academic opportunity and a great privilege to study abroad.
The faculty in the Department of Political Science has developed a list of programs that can be used as examples of study abroad opportunities. There is a variety of options for students majoring in political science, DFA, and PA that is available both in English and other languages, if students are interested in pursuing their studies in the foreign language, and if they have the proficiency. While studying abroad, students can take courses in political science and other subjects that are of interest to them, and, at the same time, learn the culture and history of the host society.
Students may choose to study abroad for a semester, a full academic year, or a summer. Most students go abroad during their junior year since by then they are done with the requirements of the Miami Plan (MP) and College of Arts and Science (CSA) plan, and they have decided on a major and have a clear understanding of which specific courses they need to take in order to complete their graduation requirements. However, there are many students who pursue study abroad during their Spring semester of their second year of studies or during the Fall semester of their senior year. It all depends on planning, but all students can go abroad.
The Study Abroad Office will work with you to find a program that matches your interests and helps you achieve your goals. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Ryan Barilleaux, 220 Harrison Hall (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following programs have been researched by the Department of Political Science and have been identified as "recommended" programs for studying Political Science, Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs or Public Administration. They are programs that have already been identified as having courses particularly well-suited to Miami's Department of Political Science. Your choices are not limited to these programs. If you are interested in going somewhere else, the Department of Political Science will work with you. For more information on the programs below or to find out how to integrate any study abroad into your Political Science, Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs or Public Administration major, please talk to Ryan Barilleaux (contact information above). To find other programs, please visit the Office of International Education's program selection page.
Miami University strongly recommends that its students spend at least one semester studying abroad before they graduate. The following are recommended programs for semester- or year-long study.
Africa & the Middle East
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- Egypt: The American University in Cairo (Cairo)
The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 and is fully accredited in the US. AUC offers a comprehensive American-style, liberal arts education. Among the many classes that students majoring in Political Science can take at AUC are classes in the Middle East politics, political and economic development in the developing world, Islamic civilization, and Arabic language. Students have a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of Egypt while studying with Egyptian and other international students under the guidance of some of the best scholars in the field. The language of instruction is English except for the advanced courses in Arabic literature. Fall or spring semester.
Website: http://www.aucegypt.edu (Co-Sponsored)
- Ghana: University of Ghana (Legon)
The University of Ghana is one of the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana. It has a wide range of traditional offerings similar to most undergraduate programs at US colleges and universities. Students have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the country and its people, while continuing to pursue their own academic goals. These goals are achieved through integrated study with Ghanaian students and immersion into the cultural and social life of the university and the surrounding community. Institution is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
ISEP: http://isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=78&ID=193 (Exchange)
CIEE: http://ciee.org/program_search/program_detail.aspx?program_id=137 (Co-Sponsored)
Pilanesberg, South Africa
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- South Africa: University of Cape Town (Cape Town)
Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city. The University of Cape Town (UCT), internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities, was established as the South African College in 1829. The campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to make a pleasant study environment. The rich academic program allows students to pursue their own academic studies while providing first-hand knowledge of contemporary South African society. International students are taught alongside UCT undergraduates and are required to undertake a full program of courses, including all assignments and examinations. Students interested in political science can take courses in the Department of Political Studies. The Department is home to internationally recognized scholars in comparative politics, international relations, political theory, intellectual history, public policy, and public administration. The members of the faculty have made significant intellectual contributions to their respective fields and have published their works in renowned international journals. They have also made practical contributions to the policies and politics of South Africa's new democracy. Instruction is in English. The South African academic year runs from early February through late November with two semesters.
CIEE: http://www.ciee.org/program_search/program_detail.aspx?program_id=134 (Co-Sponsored)
Interstudy: http://www.interstudy.org/SouthAfrica/SouthAfrica.html (Co-Sponsored)
North, Central and South America
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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- Brazil: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO) (Rio de Janeiro)
PUC-RIO is a private non-profit Catholic University, and it is internationally recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil and one of the two best in Rio de Janeiro. PUC-RIO is located in Gávea, a charming neighborhood near the forest and the beach. A large number of city bus lines make it easy to get to campus. The University has several academic centers and independent research institutes. The departments of business administration, economics, social communication, history, geography, sociology, social work, international relations and law are all part of the Center of Social Sciences. Students who are interested in international relations can take classes through the Institute of International Relations. Instruction is in Portuguese. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year
Website: http://www.isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=64&ID=170 (Exchange)
- Chile: Universidad de Chile (Santiago)
Universidad de Chile (U. Chile) is one of the oldest and largest universities in Chile. This urban university of 22,000 is spread throughout the bustling city of Santiago. U. Chile is home to the Instituto de Estudios Internacionales (IEI), a think tank and graduate school dedicated to international relations and the social, economic, political, and historical contexts. Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/chile/santiago/chile/ (Co-Sponsored)
Campanario, Costa Rica
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- Costa Rica: Universidad Nacional (UNA) (Heredia)
Heredia, also known as the “City of the Flowers,” lies just 11 kilometers to the northwest of the capital, San José, and is situated in the lush tropical foothills of the extinct Brava Volcano, near many coffee plantations. The city of Heredia was first founded in the beginning of the 18th century by inhabitants of the nearby province of Cartago. While preserving much of its historical appeal, the city continues to grow. Heredia is a university town and its sizeable student population includes many who come to study the Spanish language. Students and locals enjoy many of the advantages of a big city, including excellent cafés, patisseries, ice cream parlors, vegetarian and health food, and several options for nightlife, while retaining the more relaxed pace of a smaller city. The university offers an exciting and diverse student body from many economic and social backgrounds. UNA was founded in 1973 to meet the changing needs of Costa Rica, and today it has a full curriculum of undergraduate and graduate courses. Students can take courses in political science, public policy, Latin American Studies, and International Relations. Universidad Nacional requires two years of university-level Spanish or equivalent for admission. Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
IFSA-Butler: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/costa_rica/una/index.html (Co-Sponsored)
ISEP: http://isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=69&ID=174 (Exchange)
- Mexico: University of the Americas (Puebla)
The University de las Americas is located in one of the oldest cities in the country. Since its foundation, the University de las Americas has been a gathering place for renowned members of the academic, artistic, political, cultural and business world, and all have found the university to be an ideal space for teaching, creating, studying, learning and sharing.
The university enjoys a prestigious international reputation in different areas of knowledge such as the sciences, engineering, the performing and visual arts, the humanities, business and economics. The Department of International Relations is one of the oldest in the country and, therefore, one of the first departments that offered the International Relations Undergraduate Program in Mexico. Today, it is called the Department of International Relations and Political Science, where professors and students constantly participate in the global academic debate. Instruction is in Spanish. One semester or academic year.
Website: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/exchange-udla.php (Exchange)
Asia & the Pacific
Kangaroo Island, Australia
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- Australia: Monash University (Melbourne)
Monash University is one of the largest and most international of all the Australian universities. Home to 49,000 students, Monash is known for its international focus, ground-breaking research, and academic excellence. Monash has six campuses in and around Melbourne, campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, and study centers in London and Italy. If you are looking for a study abroad environment that is similar to a large suburban research university experience, then Monash's campuses in and around Melbourne may be for you. Students can take classes in Political Science through the School of Political and Social Inquiry. The politics program offers courses in four broad areas: Australian politics and governance, international relations and global politics, political theory and philosophy, and comparative politics: Asia and the world. Students will be able to concentrate not only on the study of government, policy or political institutions, but also focus on resource allocation, decision making, social behavior and political action, the management or resolution of conflict, power struggles, the struggle for political freedom, ideologies and political movements, the nature of the state and relations between states. Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Arcadia University: http://www.arcadia.edu/CEA/index.aspx?pid=1958 (Approved)
IFSA-Butler: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/australia/monash/ (Approved)
- Australia: University of Western Australia (Perth)
For a friendly campus in a beautiful city, consider the University of Western Australia in Perth. This university of 13,000 has one of the most beautiful campuses in Australia; its open courtyards and Mediterranean-style architecture reflect the open attitude of the university's intellectual environment. The University of Western Australia is recognized for its research achievements, high caliber teaching, and use of technology. The Department of Political Science offers a wide choice of courses. Students can take classes in Public policy, regional politics such as the US, Europe, East Asia, and Australian politics, as well as courses on diplomacy, foreign policy, Islam, mass media, and environment. Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Websites: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/australia/uwa/ (Co-Sponsored)
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- China: IES Beijing, Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing)
The Contemporary Issues in China Program includes a series of intensive, 300-level area studies courses taught in English, extensive field trips and travel study, along with a four-credit course in Chinese language. The Contemporary Issues in China Program is located on the campus of the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing Waiguoyu Daxue). Popularly known as Bei Wai, this university is one of Beijing's most highly regarded academic institutions. This program is an ideal choice for students with little previous exposure to China. Area studies seminars are taught in English by scholars from leading academic institution in China and the US. Each course is taught one at a time and features extensive field trips and travel study. With daily seminars and discussions of 2-3 hours, along with journaling, presentations, and other challenging assignments, this program provides students with an intellectually exciting and in-depth engagement with China. Instruction is in English. Chinese classes are offered at Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Intermediate Levels. Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
Website: https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/China/Beijing/beijing.html (Co-Sponsored)
- China: Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Since its establishment in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has adopted bilingualism and biculturalism as the basis of its teaching, giving equal emphasis to both the Chinese and English languages, and Eastern and Western cultures. Over the years, CUHK has developed into a comprehensive research university. It has an enrollment of over 18,000 students and offers more than 330 postgraduate and undergraduate programs through its graduate school, seven faculties (departments) and one school (School of Law). The Department of Government and Public Administration is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The department offers more than 80 courses in the areas of political theory, research methodology, comparative government, international relations, political economy, gender politics, public administration, public policy, constitutional law and other political studies of law. Instruction is in English, Cantonese, and Putonghua. One semester or academic year.
Website: http://www.isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=66&ID=173 (Exchange)
- Japan: Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka)
Kansai Gaidai is a private, nonprofit institution composed of Kansai Gaidai University, (four-year program), Kansai Gaidai College (two-year program), the Graduate School, and the Asian Studies Program. Kansai Gaidai is located in the city of Hirakata (pop.: 405,000), midway between Osaka, Japan's second largest industrial metropolis, and Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. Many of the cities in the Kansai region ( refers to the area centering on Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe) are extensively utilized in the Asian Studies Program through field trips, independent research, and/or case studies. The academic curriculum in the Asian Studies Program can be divided into two parts: a rigorous Japanese language program and a wide variety of courses in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business. All courses, with the exception of those concentrating on the Japanese language, are conducted in English. Academic year.
Website: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/exchange-kansaigaidai.php (Exchange)
- Japan: Nanzan University (Nagoya)
The large, thriving, modern city of Nagoya is the gateway to the vast beauty and culture of central Japan. Nagoya Castle, originally built in 1612, Atsuta Shrine, and the Tokugawa Art Museum are among the city's many famous attractions that draw visitors from around the world. This is one of Japan's major cities and an important industrial and cultural center. Nanzan University is a distinguished private university on a wooded campus on a hill above Nagoya. The University now has eleven centers dedicated to research, including three research institutes and four area studies centers. Students majoring in Political Science, DFA, or Public Administration can take courses either through the Faculty of Foreign Studies that include the new departments of British and American Studies, French Studies, and German Studies, Asian Studies and Spanish and Latin-American Studies, or the Faculty of Policy Studies which focuses on such issues as global environmental issues, regional concerns in developing Asian economies, administration issues for Japan at the national and local level, corporate management strategy, and the stimulation of local trade. Instruction is in Japanese and English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/Japan/Nagoya/nagoya.html (Co-Sponsored)
- Japan: Sophia University (Tokyo)
Sophia University is a prestigious private, Jesuit institution offering an extensive curriculum in English and Japanese. There are seven faculties at the University and over 11,000 students. Program participants take courses at the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Approximately 75% of the students studying in this faculty are Japanese. In September 2003, the Faculty of Liberal Arts (formerly known as the Faculty of Comparative Culture) was selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education as a Center of Learning, a high distinction awarded to institutions for excellence in education. Sophia University is well-known for its international environment. The Faculty of Liberal Arts is unique as it allows international and Japanese students to study together in seminar classes taught in English. The Department of Political Science offers a wide range of courses, including classes on Japanese Bureaucracy, Japanese Foreign Policy,and Japanese Government and Politics for those students who are interested in Japanese area studies. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://ciee.org/program_search/program_detail.aspx?program_id=55 (Co-Sponsored)
- Korea: Yonsei University (Wonju)
Yonsei University is located in the city of Wonju, an hour and a half drive away from Seoul, the capital city of Korea. Located in the vicinity of the beautiful Chiak Mountain and numerous beaches on the East Sea coast, Wonju is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Korea. The Global Village(GV) Program at Yonsei University is an expansion of the student exchange program in which international exchange students will take part in the cultural internship program, living with a small group of Korean students in a friendly environment while taking courses of their choice. They will also have the opportunity to interact with other international students from different places around the world. International students who are given a stipend to participate in this program can benefit from learning about Korea, while interning as a 'language and cultural ambassador.' The stipend completely covers the costs of tuition, airfare, and dormitory, and provides some pocket money. Korean language classes for international students are offered as well as other culturally related elective classes that are taught in English. Fall or Spring semester.
Website: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/exchange-yonsei.php (Exchange)
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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- New Zealand: University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
For academic excellence in a beautiful South Island city, take a look at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. This university of 12,500 has an international reputation for excellent teaching. In addition to great academics, you'll find an active student body participating in more than 110 clubs and societies. The School of Political Science and Communication has several subfields that include comparative politics, international politics, political behavior and public policy, and political theory. The upper level courses include international politics, democracy and power, conflict resolution, the politics of Asia (East and South- East), Europe (West and East), the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, race and ethnicity; the military in politics, public policy, politics and trade, communication, and the history of political thought. Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.ifsa-butler.org/programs/new_zealand/canterbury/index.html (Co-Sponsored)
Europe & Eurasia
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- Austria: University of Salzburg (Salzburg)
The University of Salzburg capitalizes on its position as a leading university in the center of Europe. An interdisciplinary Department of International Relations and Political Science draws students from around the world to meet with faculty and each other to help solve the problems of the 21st century. Faculty from this department teach classes in English exclusively for AIFS students. You can study effects of trade agreements and multinational corporations on development, or how to solve a crisis in international conflicts. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. NOTE: ISEP program is in German.
AIFS: http://www.aifsabroad.com/ays06/salzburg/ (Approved)
ISEP: http://www.isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=62&ID=169 (Exchange)
- Czech Republic: Palacky University (Olomouc)
Palacky (pah-LAS-ky) University in Olomouc is a modern European university with rich international relations. It is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic. The Department of Politics and the European Studies is an interdisciplinary department of the Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University. It works in close cooperation with other departments in the Philosophical Faculty, including History, Philosophy, Sociology, English, and American Studies. Palacky University is home to about 14,000 students. It supports the international exchange of knowledge through numerous international contacts and programs, including the Central European Studies Program. Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semesters.
Website: http://www.muohio.edu/international/exchange-palacky.php (Exchange)
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- France: Syracuse University Strasbourg Center (Strasbourg)
Strasbourg is a home to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, organizations that have 45 member countries. The Parliament of the European Union also maintains headquarters in Strasbourg and meets once a month. The Syracuse University Center is located within walking distance of these European institutions, as well as the city’s three universities. The Center’s academic program is designed to take full advantage of the cultural, political, and geographical resources of the city: internships, field study seminars, and intensive language courses. Instruction is in English and in French. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://suabroad.syr.edu/programs/location/strasbourg (Approved)
- Germany: EU Center in Freiburg (Freiburg)
The European Union (EU) Program in Freiburg, Germany also includes France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, and Central and Eastern Europe. Situated on the edge of the beautiful Black Forest, Freiburg is a picturesque university and medieval cathedral town with a rich educational heritage. It allows easy access to Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and Geneva--the centers of influence and development for the European Union. While studying in Freiburg, participate in exciting field study trips. Visit the headquarters of institutions such as the European Parliament and the United Nations, and meet with leading academics, NGO and parliamentary representatives, and members of the business community. Destinations for trips often include Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Krakow, Luxembourg, Paris, Prague, Riga, Strasbourg, and Tallinn. Take part in a Model European Union simulation, representing the prime ministers, foreign ministers, or press corps of EU member states, and put your newfound knowledge into practice while deliberating on current issues before the European Council. Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/EuropeanUnion/EuropeanUnion/europeanUnion.html (Co-Sponsored)
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- Hungary: Central European University (Budapest)
Central European University (CEU) came into being along with the sweeping social, political, and economic changes of the early 1990s in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (CEE/FSU). The university was established by a group of visionary intellectuals (many of them prominent members of anti-totalitarian, democratic oppositions) led by the philanthropist George Soros. CEU is a US-style graduate institution in the social sciences and humanities. In addition to students from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, CEU welcomes students from Western Europe and North America, including undergraduates on the CEU/Bard program who help to enrich the international environment. The language of instruction at CEU is English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://ceu.bard.edu (Co-Sponsored)
- Italy: Syracuse University Florence Center (Florence)
Florence, the jewel of Italy, is a testament to the remarkable marriage of democracy, commerce, and art. The Syracuse University program in Florence takes full advantage of everything that this city has to offer. Extensive courses in art history, the humanities, and social sciences offer students the opportunity to uncover the city’s artistic treasures and to understand the economic, political, and social settings that brought them into existence. The majority of coursework features on-site learning, which provides insight into contemporary Italy as well as the past. The interdisciplinary, 21st century dimension of the program is enhanced by an all-school lecture series with distinguished guest speakers and special events. Instruction is in English and Italian. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://suabroad.syr.edu/programs/location/florence (Approved)
- Luxembourg: Miami University Dolibois European Center (Differdange)
Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) occupies a 15th century castle and is located in the center of Differdange, the third-largest city of Luxembourg. Luxembourg is a multicultural society, where French, German, English, and Luxembourgish are spoken by the people of this small country. Luxembourg is a home not only to major international banking, financial, and communication companies, but also to a number of European institutions, including the Court of Justice. As one of the centers of the European Union, Luxembourg enables students to discover Europe from a social science perspective. Courses at MUDEC fulfill key requirements for the Miami Plan, minor in European Area Studies, and minor in International Business. A student can also complete a Thematic Sequence in one semester. Classes are taught by a distinguished international faculty, including both European and US-based scholars. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.units.muohio.edu/luxembourg/ (Sponsored)
- Netherlands: Leiden University (Leiden)
Founded in 1575, Leiden University is known for the high quality of its education and research facilities. It is a fully accredited, classical university with over 17,000 students. The university library contains a unique collection of old manuscripts and maps, and an elaborate collection of prints and drawings. Leiden is a small town: all university buildings are within walking or cycling distance. Faculty of Social and Behavioral sciences offers classes both in the fields of Political Science and Public Administration. Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semesters.
Website: http://isep.org/Students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=227&ID=38 (Exchange)
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- Russia: St Petersburg State Polytechnic University (St Petersburg)
St. Petersburg, the most European of Russian cities, was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia’s “Window to the West.” The St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University was founded in 1899 and became one of the major universities of Russia. The University, home to more than 20,000 students and 2,000 professors, lecturers, and instructors, is equipped with modern facilities including lecture halls and study rooms, computer labs and sports and training facilities. Instruction is in English and Russian. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.aifsabroad.com/ays/stpetersburg/index.htm (Approved)
- Spain: University of Granada (Granada)
As the last capital of Moorish Spain, Granada is a vibrant city with a youthful population that offers students the clearest window into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The University of Granada is the third largest university in Spain. The University offers diverse opportunities that attract the highest number of exchange students from universities all over Europe. It has particular strengths in such areas as Hispanic Studies, Arabic Studies, and Women’s Studies. Instruction is both in English and Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Programs/Spain/Granada/granada.html (Co-Sponsored)
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- Switzerland: The Geneva Semester (Geneva)
Interested in studying and interning in Geneva? Sponsored by the Kent State University, the Geneva Semester offers courses in International Relations and Human Rights, International Economics and Business, Management and French Language Studies. Faculty often take advantage of the proximity to the United Nations and other international organizations for field trips and visits to agencies in Geneva. A particular attraction of this program is an opportunity to intern with various international organizations based in Geneva. During their studies, students visit historic places, meet with European officials, and establish new friendships. The Geneva Semester also includes a one-week field trip during which students meet with officials in important economic, political and governmental international organizations. Fall or spring semesters.
Website: http://www.kent.edu/oia/StudyAbroad/Geneva.cfm (Co-Sponsored)
- United Kingdom: Royal Holloway, University of London (Egham, England)
Royal Holloway is a College of the University of London. University of London is the largest and most diverse university in Britain and one of the largest in Europe. The Department of Politics and International Relations has a long and distinguished history in world class scholarship, teaching and research. The department offers courses which combine theoretical study with contemporary events and issues. The main focus is on the comparison of political systems – comparing different democracies and how they function and contrasting those with other forms of government in the modern world; and looking at the way states relate to one another and other institutions within the international system. The Department continuously creates new courses to reflect current changes and developments in the discipline of politics and international relations. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.muohio.edu/international/royalholloway.php (Co-Sponsored)
- United Kingdom: University of St Andrews (Fife, Scotland)
St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK. Rather than being a campus university, St. Andrews is closely integrated with the town. While St. Andrews itself is relatively small and removed from the metropolitan centers, the University’s reputation for scholarship, teaching and research consistently places it among the UK’s top universities. The School of International Relations is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is renowned internationally for the high quality of its teaching and research. The subjects offered by the school enable students to assess developments in the international system and specific geographical regions. They explore issues such as the origins of war and peace, the making of foreign policy, trade regimes, international terrorism, military alliances, and the interaction of political and economic development.
Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.
Website: http://www.wright.edu/ucie/studyabroad (Co-Sponsored)
The following programs have study-internship options, which allow you to complete an internship while studying abroad:
The Department of Political Science offers the following Sponsored Study Abroad Credit Workshops during the summer:
- China Political Economy Seminar
This is a traveling seminar to China's major automotive industry centers in Beijing, Tianjin, the Greater Shanghai area, the high-tech triangle of Pudong, Anting-Suzhou-Wuxi-Hanagzhou-Ningbo, as well as Dongguang in Guangzhou. The seminar plans to visit several auto assemblers in Beijing, Changchun, and Shanghai, including FAW-Toyota and Xiali in Tianjin. We will engage in political economy analysis of state enterprises/SOE, joint ventures, and private enterprises and Special Economic Zones through field research, on-site interviews, discussions, guest lectures, and plant visits. Prerequisites: POL 335/375/386/486/630 or equivalent. Permission of instructor required. Contact: Walter Arnold, 328 Harrison Hall, Miami Oxford, 529-6386; email@example.com.
- Transatlantic Seminar on European Union
The Transatlantic Seminar is a pre-professional program designed to build the background and analytical skill of participants concerning the politics, policies, structure, and operation of the contemporary movement toward European integration and, especially, the European Union. The seminar meets with leading European specialists in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Luxembourg, Brussels, and London. POL 423/523 or approved equivalent is a prerequisite for participation. Participants are admitted by permission of instructor only. Contact: Warren Mason, 311 Harrison Hall, Miami Oxford, 529-4998; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored programs allow students to pay Miami tuition and apply all federal and Miami financial aid to their selected program. Students are taught by Miami faculty and most of their classmates are Miami students.
Exchange programs allow students to pay Miami tuition and apply all federal and Miami financial aid to their selected program. They are typically full-immersion programs where the student takes all of their courses with local students.
Co-Sponsored programs allow students to pay Miami tuition and apply all federal and most Miami financial aid (not OLS/ORS for Ohio residents) to their selected program. They are typically full-immersion programs where the student takes all of their courses with local students.
All programs that are not Sponsored, Exchange or Co-Sponsored are considered Miami Approved programs.
Applying to Study Abroad
Talk to a Study Abroad Advisor or see the Office of International Education website for more information. Program requirements may vary. Application deadlines can be as early as January for the entire following school year, so research early to find a program that interests you.
Andrew (Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs)
Andrew studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina in spring 2006 through Butler University. In the classroom, he learned a lot about the history of Argentina, which he might not have learned if he had stayed at Miami. But he learned more outside the classroom: he improved his language and communication skills and became more aware of Latin American society and the issues that they face. Andrew was glad that he was well-prepared by his Political Science courses at Miami because he frequently found himself in political discussions about US foreign policy.
Andrew was most surprised by the contrast between Latin American cities: "Each place I visited had a distinct culture and vibe that made it unique." He recommends that students studying abroad in Argentina bring "plenty of film and an appetite for adventure", and says that the most interesting places he visited during his travels were Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) and Machu Picchu (Peru).
Greg (Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs)
Greg studied in Muscat, Oman in spring 2006 through the School for International Training (SIT). He took courses in Arabic language and culture and did an independent study project on political and economic development. All of his courses counted toward his major, minor or both but like Andrew, he said most of his learning happened outside of the classroom. The challenge of living and working in Arabic taught him the value of patience and effort and living in a very different culture helped him to understand a culture that was very different to his own, but had underlying similarities. His SIT independent study project also gave him significant research experience that helped him when he returned to Miami.
Greg's study abroad program organized travel throughout the country and region so he had opportunities to swim in desert oases, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, ride camels, eat with the Bedouin, mountain climb and wander through Sinbad's shipyard. He was surprised in Oman by many of the arguments made against freedom of speech or the viability of an elected government. Some of the most interesting things he saw were: sea turtles laying their eggs at night, an indoor ski slope, Arab royalty, an ancient village built into the wall of a canyon, the Queen of Sheba's palace, the tomb of Job, a spirit possession and exorcism and the world's largest Persian rug. Greg's advice to students planning to study abroad: "Just go, you will never regret it" and "Make sure you're going with an open mind and an empty stomach."