Political Science, BA, BS

Why YOU should study abroad

The School of Politics and Global Studies offers many exciting opportunities for students to pursue intercultural experiences abroad. Political Science students have traveled to countries on six continents, learning about government, politics, and policy at local, national and global levels, all through an intercultural lens. Students study topics ranging from campaigns and elections to violence, conflict and human rights.

In addition to satisfying degree requirements within the Political Science major, studying abroad can:

  • Expose you to unique environments and differences in the human condition worldwide
  • Improve language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations
  • Enhance your education through a wide variety of international experiences; link theories with real-world global problems and issues
  • Witness first-hand how citizens interact with their governments

A Message from the School of Politics and Global Studies

Studying abroad is a fantastic way for students to immerse themselves into societies and gain an appreciation for cultures other than their own. I can think of no better way for students to complement their classroom academics than to experience global cultures first hand. Studying abroad challenges students to grow personally and academically. The School of Politics and Global Studies encourages all of our students take their studies from local to global and what better way than through studying abroad.

- Richard Herrera, Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies, School of Politics and Global Studies

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a Political Science major, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. Check out our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching study abroad programs
Year 2

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall- Spring Ready to study abroad? Apply to study abroad programs

Option 1: Complete a spring semester, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3

Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4

Fall - Spring Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of Politics and Global Studies

Studying abroad is one of the most enriching activities in which a student can participate. The major is designed to be flexible, so as to allow study abroad coursework to be substituted toward major requirements (typically 300 or 400-level major electives). With the proper amount of planning, you can study abroad and graduate on schedule, even if you declare your major late or are a transfer student who is only at ASU for a limited amount of time. The School of Politics & Global Studies will even pay for your passport application fees!

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

  • Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 965-8563 or visit your My ASU to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

  • Visit an advisor during walk-in hours in COOR Hall 6th floor.

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Study Abroad Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?

  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?

  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?

  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

SPGS Student Testimonial

Being abroad is a humbling yet exhilarating journey of personal growth – a journey that shapes one’s ideas, lifestyle, and sense of self. My global experience not only challenged my previous worldview but also enhanced my language skills and cross-cultural competency, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

- Mariah L. (Lyon, France)

Recommended Programs

Although Political Science majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of Politics and Global Studies recommends the following programs.

Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: United States
Unique Features: The primary goal of the Capital Scholars program is to help students develop leadership skills for a successful career, be active in the community and get involved in policy making. Students are selected for the program following a rigorous application process. Successful applicants are serious students with an interest in public policy, a strong work ethic and a passion for new ideas and experiences. Students live in fully furnished, shared housing at the Washington Intern Student Housing at Woodley Park.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Countries: Macedonia, Greece
Unique Features: Visit three cities in the Southern Balkans: Skopje, Ohrid, and Thessaloniki, and perform ethnographic and urbanographic analysis at museums and historic areas of the cities. Cross political and historic borders in the southern Balkans and earn 3 ASU credits while completing POS/SGS 394.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: United States
Unique Features: Intern four days a week at an organization of interest to you (options include federal departments and agencies, law firms, lobbying and consulting firms, advocacy groups, media outlets, museums, think tanks, and non-profit organizations). Students also participate in a weekly seminar at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, taught by McCain Institute staff, in which they will research solutions to real world foreign policy issues. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable skills and hands-on work experience.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: Irish history and contemporary politics is a fascinating story of connection with the United Kingdom, independence, and participation in the European Union. As in many societies, Irish contributions to culture sometimes reflect their politics. Develop a rich understanding of the historical political development and the culture of Ireland and where the two concepts intersect. Students will stay in Dublin and Belfast, offering two completely different glimpses into the storied culture.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Pre-Spring
Country: Cuba
Unique Features: While in Cuba, you will be staying with Cuban families in Casa Particulares and will get to experience present day Cuban life. We will visit and tour historic sites in Havana, including Old Havana and the Havana Fortress System (a UNESCO world heritage site). Throughout our time here we will experience Cuban culture through art, dance, music and museum visits. You will learn about Cuban history and culture from local professors. We will also be visiting Cuban healthcare facilities to learn about the Cuban healthcare system.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: The CAPA Sydney Program Center is housed in a beautiful heritage building at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute (Ultimo Campus). It is within walking distance to the CAPA student apartments, Central Station (Sydney's main transportation hub), Darling Harbour, and many shopping precincts. Choose to complete a full-time coursework, or complement your studies and build your professional portfolio by completing an internship while abroad.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Argentina
Unique Features: Buenos Aires holds countless opportunities for students to experience Argentine culture. Students can attend soccer games, world-class theatrical and dance performances, participate in a vibrant nightlife, and learn the national dance, the Tango. At the Universidad de Belgrano (UB), students can take business classes, and UB is among the most popular universities for US study abroad students. Students must take at least one course with local Argentine students as part of this program.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Spend a semester or full academic year in the vibrant city of Barcelona, and take classes in business, economics, international relations, and art as well as Spanish language and culture. Located in the heart of the city, the UPF facilities are housed in renovated historical buildings spreading from Las Ramblas to the Olympic Village in the district of El Poblenou. UPF students will have access to computer labs, sports facilities, and the university's fully computerized library.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Royal Holloway is home to about 9,000 students from more than 100 countries. The campus is set on parkland in the town of Egham, just 19 miles or 40 minutes by train, from the center of London. The institution has a classical and theoretical approach to higher education, and students can choose from a wide array of classical disciplines.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: France
Unique Features: At Sciences Po Aix, students are the "heartbeat of the city”, and the student population represents nearly one third of the total urban population. Study international relations, political science, global studies and more in either English or French (depending on ability). Aix-en-Provence, or simply Aix, is home to multiple museums, galleries, historical sites, and fountains. It hosts two musical events and enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Located about an hour from London, Brighton - and the University of Sussex - offer everything an ASU student could need. With the top-rated American Studies program in the United Kingdom, and with students making up 10% of the city's population, you can be confident that you will have plenty of time to interact with local and international students.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Consistently ranked one of the best schools in Japan and located in the heart of Tokyo, Waseda University is an excellent place to study abroad. Waseda University is one of the top universities in Japan in terms of number of international students, a continuation of its tradition of being an internationally oriented educational institution which has sent a large number of prominent leaders in the Asia area.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: South Korea
Unique Features: Yonsei is the oldest private university in Korea. Living in Seoul, South Korea, students will experience the undeniable heritage and tourism scene: fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies compete for attention while modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene around the Itaewon, Jamsil and Namsan districts capture the imagination.

Key Contacts and Resources

School of Politics and Global Studies

Map Location: COOR Hall 6th floor

Phone: (480) 965-8563