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 Study Abroad Programs

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

First Year Students

The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
Students may fulfill General Education Foundations and/or Issues requirements abroad.

Additional Information

  • 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.

Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • 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 external 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 external options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Germany

Language and Culture

   

 

Faculty-Led

Dominican Republic

Language and Culture

   

 

Faculty-Led

France

Language and Culture

   

 

Faculty-Led

El Salvador

Social Work

   

 

Faculty-Led

The Netherlands

Cultural Geographies and Landscape Planning

   

 

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

   

Partnership

Germany

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

   

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

 

Partnership

Poland

Cracow University of Economics

   

Partnership

Poland

STAIR Program

   

Partnership

Romania

Babes-Bolyai University

   

Partnership

Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University

   

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Courses

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Courses

Affiliate

Spain

Universidad de Deusto

Courses

 

External

Multiple Countries

ISA: International Relations

International Politics, International Law, International Economics

External

Jordan

SIT: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East

Geography, Middle Eastern Politics & Trade, International Conflict

 

External

Cyprus

Global Semester: Cyprus

Nationalism and International Relations, European Integration

   

External

France

European Study Center - Strasbourg

Courses

External

Germany

IES: Berlin- International Affairs & Security Studies

Courses

 

External

Ireland

USAC: Cork, Ireland

Courses

   

External

Kenya

KEI: United States International University

Courses

 

External

South Africa

ISA: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Courses

 

*Before browsing through the internships listed below ALL students should click this link to get an overview of the process!

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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. 

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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