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

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

Term Available

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Semester, Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

China

ESSCA Shanghai

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

France

ESSCA Angers

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

France

ESSCA Paris

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Summer, Academic Year

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas Puebla

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Poland

Cracow University of Economics

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Poland

STAIR Program

Academic Year

Partnership

Romania

Babe-Bolyai University

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Semester, Academic Year

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Belgium

ISA: Vesalius College

Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

Transatlantic Perspective on Security in Northern Europe

Summer

Non-GVSU

Poland

SRAS: Security and Society in Poland

Summer, Semester, Academic Year

Non-GVSU

Costa Rica

CIS: Universidad Veritas

Semester

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

CIS: University of Economics, Prague

Semester

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Abroad Berlin Center

Semester

Non-GVSU

Spain

ISA: University of Pompeu Fabra

Semester

Non-GVSU

South Africa

ISA: University of Western Cape

Semester

Non-GVSU

Bosnia and Herzegovina

AUBiH: Peace and Conflict

Summer

Non-GVSU

Estonia

University of Tartu: International Summer

Summer

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internships: Prague

Summer

GVSU

England

EUSA Internships: London

Summer

GVSU

France

EUSA Internships: Paris

Summer

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA Internships: Dublin

Summer

GVSU

Spain

EUSA Internships: Madrid

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Service Learning

Varies

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

IGS Internships

Varies

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



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