International Relations

"Studying International Relations at Grand Valley fostered my desire to explore the world and with the biggest asset of IR being the ability to study in practically any location, I found myself in Puntarenas, Costa Rica for an academic year. Start your journey to study abroad and discover the incredible places it will take you!" - Katie LaRue

 

International Relations Major Minor

Colombia

Perhaps, as an International Relations major with a Latin American studies minor, you can see yourself in a Chilean classroom learning about political instability in the country during the mid-1900s. Or maybe as a double major with Chinese Studies, lately you’ve taken an interest in exploring the outsourcing of Michigan’s manufacturing jobs and you’re ready to learn more in China. It could also be that, as an IR major with an Arabic minor, the prospect of practicing your Arabic while completing an internship with a Dubai-based microfinance firm means the world to you.

Regardless of which area of the world, language, or subset of International Relations fascinates you, study abroad is your opportunity to learn about and experience diverse cultures first hand—all the while gaining valuable professional experience. Students in the International Relations program at GVSU engage in thoughtful discussions about a variety of issues with a significant international flair. Through study abroad, you will gain valuable insight that can only be derived by living, working, and studying in an international setting. In addition to being a valuable asset to your classrooms and community upon your return, these are the types of experiences that can best help define your career goals.

Studying abroad helps you develop your knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. You will learn about a new culture, and about your own culture as seen through the eyes of others. Studying abroad develops language fluency and sets you apart from other job-seekers in a very competitive market. Best of all, studying abroad will provide amazing new experiences and help you make new life-long friends along the way.

Academic Advice

  • International Relations requirements are strongly preferred to be taken on campus. 
  • Study abroad courses are more likely to be used as electives.
  • Internships abroad can be used towards graduation requirements
  • Studying abroad can help students prepare to work in an increasingly diverse and international workplace, understand the field of International Relations from an international perspective, expand their cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills, broaden their academic horizons, and improve their language skills.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take IR 495 International Relations Capstone abroad. 
  • Courses will be evaluated on a case to case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

Germany

Language and Culture

Summer

Faculty-Led

Dominican Republic

Language and Culture

Summer

Faculty-Led

France

Language and Culture

Summer

Faculty-Led

El Salvador

Social Work

Summer

Faculty-Led

The Netherlands

Cultural Geographies and Landscape Planning

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Non-traditional semester, academic year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Non-traditional semester, academic year

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

Semester, academic year

Partnership

China

ESSCA Shanghai

Semester, academic year

Partnership

France

ESSCA Angers

Semester, academic year

Partnership

France

ESSCA Paris

Semester, academic year

Partnership

France

Grenoble School of Management

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Germany

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

Semester, non-traditional academic year

Partnership

Hungary

ESSCA Budapest

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year, summer

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas Puebla

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Poland

Cracow University of Economics

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Poland

STAIR Program

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Romania

Babes-Bolyai University

Semester, academic year

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Courses

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Brazil

Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy in the Amazon

 

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multi-Country: The Balkins

Exploring Post-Conflict Contexts in the Balkins

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

Bosnia and Herzegovina

AUBiH: Peace and Conflict

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

Belgium

ISA: Vesalius College

Courses, Internship, European Peace & Security Studies Certificate 

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Chile

SIT: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

Elementary Spanish course, Internship, Research

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

Charles University: Nationalism, Religion & Violence in Europe

Course 

Summer

Non-GVSU

England

GEO: International Relations

Courses

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Estonia

University of Tartu: International Summer

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

France

European Study Center - Strasbourg

Courses

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Germany

Berlin: International Affairs & Security Studies

Courses

Semester, academic year

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Courses

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Ireland

USAC: Cork, Ireland

Courses

Summer

Non-GVSU

Israel

Non-State Actors

 

Summer

Affiliate

Japan

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

Courses

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Kenya

KEI: United States International University

Courses

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Kenya

UM: International Development in Kenya

Courses, Internship, research

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Kyrgyzstan

Bard Abroad: AUCA

Courses, Internship 

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

SIT: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Elementary Arabic course, Internship, Research 

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Morocco

ISA: Meknes

Courses

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco, France, The Netherlands

NU: Economic and Cultural Dynamics of Moroccan Immigration

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multi-Country

IES: European Union

 

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Northern Europe Multi-Country

Transatlantic Perspective on Security in Northern Europe

 

Summer

Non-GVSU

Poland

SRAS: Security and Society in Warsaw

 

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Russia

SRAS: Russian Studies

 

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Senegal

UM: International Development in Senegal

Courses, Internship, Research

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo

SIT: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

Internship

 

Affiliate

Spain

Universidad de Deusto

Courses

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

South Africa

ISA: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Courses

Semester, academic year,

Non-GVSU

Switzerland

SIT: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Elementary French, Internship, Research

Semester, academic year,

Non-GVSU

Thailand and Cambodia

NE: Nongovernmental Organizations of South East Asia

Courses

Summer

Non-GVSU

Thailand

UM: International Development in Thailand

Courses

Semester, academic year,

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

France

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

Spain

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

United Kingdom

EUSA Internship

Summer

Non-GVSU

China

CRCC Asia Internships 

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

England

Geo Internships

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships & Service Learning

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors

Semester, summer

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Polly Diven

1107 Au Sable Hall

(616) 331-3282

divenp@gvsu.edu



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