Political Science

“I gained hands on experience and learned to analyze political phenomena on a practical level. It is one thing to attend a lecture on Chinese politics and business, and another to engage in a Shanghai field research on a company’s business and governmental relations.”                                  

-Derson Figuereo, Political Science Major and Philosophy Minor

Political Science Study Abroad Programs

Political Science

Norway

Study abroad and improve your critical thinking, research, cross-cultural communication, intercultural, and problem solving skills. Gain course credit while traveling to the country of your choice, and create lifelong relations with people throughout your adventure. Walk along Grand Rapid’s beautiful sister city at the University of Perugia (Italy), learn Japanese while studying at APU (Japan), or immerse yourself in the Polish educational and cultural center after class at the Cracow University of Economics (Poland).

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or just looking to do an internship have some options as well. Customized internships are available through GVSU Internships, and other programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors.

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take PLS 495 Political Science 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 programs options listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

 

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

   

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

 

Partnership

Poland

Cracow University of Economics

   

Partnership

Poland

STAIR Program

 

   

Partnership

Romania

Babe-Bolyai University

   

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Affiliate

Spain

Universidad de Deusto

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

Transatlantic Perspective on Security in Northern Europe

   

Non-GVSU

Poland

SRAS: Security and Society in Poland

Non-GVSU

Costa Rica

CIS: Universidad Veritas

   

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

CIS: University of Economics, Prague

   

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Abroad Berlin Center

   

Non-GVSU

Spain

ISA: University of Pompeu Fabra

   

Non-GVSU

South Africa

ISA: University of Western Cape

   

Non-GVSU

Bosnia and Herzegovina

AUBiH: Peace and Conflict

   

Non-GVSU

Estonia

University of Tartu: International Summer

   

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Berlin International Affairs and Security Studies

 

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Summer

Varies

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internships: Prague

 

GVSU

England

EUSA Internships: London

 

GVSU

France

EUSA Internships: Paris

 

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA Internships: Dublin

 

GVSU

Spain

EUSA Internships: Madrid

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Service Learning

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

IGS Internships

 

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

Global Experiences: Government & Politics Internships

 

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

Mark Richards
1106 Au Sable Hall
(616) 331-2320
richardm@gvsu.edu