International Politics and Political Science

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For more information on the Department of Political Science study abroad program, please contact:

Gretchen Casper, Associate Professor in Political Science
Department of Political Science | 315 Pond Lab, University Park, PA 16802 |

Education Abroad Programs Recommended by the Department:

Since political structures exist in every country, it is possible to study abroad for an academic year, semester, or summer in a wide variety of programs spanning over six continents. Students in International Politics and Political Science are able to choose from locations that meet their own specific interests. If you already have a region in mind, you are encouraged to bring a list of potential programs to discuss with your adviser during your appointment. Students are asked to make an appointment with their adviser:

Some examples of programs which offer the opportunity to carry out research or take part in an international internship include:
ISA: EuroScholars- The EuroScholars program is designed for advanced undergraduate students, looking for an international research experience. The objectives of this program are to give students the challenge of conducting original research and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in the research environment. There are ten participating universities in  six different European countries including; Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and Belgium. 

IES: Freiburg, European Union Program- The European Union Program allows students to live and learn about European politics, economics, business and international relations. As part of the program, students will travel for 22 days to gain exposure to the European Union. In the spring, students can choose an optional for-credit internship placement in Freiburg or Belgium.
International Internships- These programs offer unpaid internships in a wide variety of fields including government agencies, the private sector and non-profit organizations. Penn State currently approves five of these types of programs:
Arcadia: London Internship Program in the Semester or Summer

Academic Notes:

It is recommended that students have completed PL SC 014 in preparation for any education abroad experience. We recommend students speak with their assigned adviser to discuss the courses students wish to take and how they would count toward their degree.

Other Important Information:

For more information on global experiences and enrichment funding in the College of the Liberal Arts, please contact the Career Enrichment Network staff at or 814-865-1070.

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