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Have you ever thought about studying in France, but you've never taken any French? Have you already taken a few years of French and really want to improve your language skills? Whatever the case, we have the perfect program for you! Semester in Aix en Provence gives you all the academic flexibility you'll need to make your semester in France a perfect fit. Start getting excited about: * Life...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of Limerick. Courses are taught in English. AIFS offers a unique academic experience at the University of Limerick, named University of the Year for 2015 in the UK. Students have access to the University’s full curriculum of course...

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Recently named as the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect place for a summer internship! With IES Internships, you are guaranteed an unpaid internship placement working up to 40 hours per week in a business or organization that suits your career goals. Build a global network of professional contacts and gain real-world experience all while exploring everything th...

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Athena Study Abroad offers several programs in Italy including Florence, Rome, Tuscania and the Tour of Italy (3 cities, 1 semester). All programs offer Italian language courses, as well as a wide range of English-language taught elective courses. There are even more opportunities to visit other destinations in Italy through the field trips included in the program cost! Other Italian sights...

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Study at the City University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Low cost. Earn credit. Transcript issued by CUHK. Open to all students and adults worldwide. Chinese Language and Culture courses for all levels. Courses taught in English available. Low cost housing options. Cultural activities and excursions. Can pay in $U.S. dollars, or Hong Kong dollars. Go direct with CSA !

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Students who are interested in gaining real-world work experience while studying abroad in Spain are ideally suited for this internship and service learning options available through Academic Programs International at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV). During the first three weeks of the semester, students take an intensive Spanish language course for a total of three credits. Follo...

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The Gold Coast and Brisbane program is ideal if you want to live and study near some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and rain forest and are looking for a wide range of courses in diverse disciplines. The program is located along the east coast of Australia which places you in the perfect location to head north, south, or west to explore the best of what Australia has to offer. At Griffit...

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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

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Program Overview With the help of current Prime Minister Aminata Touré, Senegal has made strides toward improving human rights and the standard of living. Explore how this is being achieved, and confront the complexities surrounding environmental, developmental, and globalization issues. You’ll join in a hands-on learning model to examine Senegalese society, from education to politics and the i...

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Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 8 credits in the summer while studying in 9 amazing European cities. Students from the U.S. and other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international organizations. Open to all majors. U.S.-accredited university. Acquire a solid understanding of European...

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Voyager Study Abroad offers the program, Voyager Europe, which is a unique and exciting opportunity to immerse in the culture, history, and art of some European cities. Day trips, professional visits, seminars, and cultural activities provide the students real-world learning experience. World-renowned professors teach classes on the campus of the College of International Studies (CIS) in Madrid...

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The study abroad program at Queen Mary University of London is fully integrated, so international students will be living and studying alongside students from the United Kingdom and the many other countries from which the college attracts students, providing for a genuinely international academic and social experience. Queen Mary is based at the Mile End campus, a unique urban campus in London'...

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Customized group programs provide value to its student participants and institutional partners by focusing on student support, quality college-level academics, enriching customized cultural programming, and guided excursions. London SAE works with your university group leaders to design and customize group programs that offer profound academic and immersion experiences. We combine experimen...

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Study abroad for a semester or an academic year in Argentina through Mente Argentina's flexible, exciting Academic Semester and Academic Year Programs. Study in an Argentine university and obtain academic credit at their home university. Mente Argentina has made agreements with the most prestigious universities in Argentina. We offer individualized pre-departure consulting for each student t...

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The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program offers a personalized classroom atmosphere to students who are looking to rapidly improve their Spanish language skills and gain US credits for major, minor, and elective courses taught in English. The SIS Semester/Quarter Program includes even more than your average program, including a life-changing four day excursi...

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Studying Government Abroad

Especially in today’s age of rapid globalization, diplomacy and international relations are vital components of governing bodies all over the world. By studying government abroad you will come to better understand the complex relationships that continuously shift and alter between nations, and you will gain a far better perspective of your own government in a global context as well.

Why Study Government Abroad

Government is an infinitely deep field of study, and one that has been the source of debate and heated rhetoric throughout the history of human civilization. Studying government abroad will be your chance to develop a much deeper understanding of the subject, by breaking out of your own country’s political bubble and learning about the subject under different national pretenses. Every government around the world is different, however slightly that may be. Therefore, it is in the devil of the details where you may come to enjoy the greatest political perspective and reap the greatest benefits.

Locations

To state an obvious fact, every internationally recognized country has some sort of governing body in place. This means that you can study government abroad essentially anywhere in the world. However, where you choose to study abroad will greatly affect the scope of your education. It would be impossible to touch on all of the locations where it is possible to study government abroad, so instead, the following are some of the most popular destinations to consider.

In Western Europe, England, France, and Switzerland are all great places to study government. England and France are ideal because of their long-standing constitutional systems, and Switzerland for its strong emphasis on international relations. In South America, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile are very interesting places to study government abroad because of their recent history of coups d’état and radical institutional reforms. Likewise in Asia, Japan, China, and India can be extremely enriching destinations to study government abroad, since each country is hugely influential regionally and has a very distinct governmental system.

Developing regions of the world such as Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia can also be extremely rewarding places to study government abroad. Many countries in these areas deal with infrastructural problems, such as instability, corruption, and economic woes, all of which largely center around government. If you are looking for an eye-opening experience, try studying government abroad in one of these regions.

Studying Government Abroad

One way to study government abroad is by taking courses directly at a foreign university. Some popular subject areas within the field include comparative government, international relations, political theory, and national government. Intuitively, however, the option to enroll at a foreign university can be limited in some regions of the world, if you are not proficient in the local language.

In this case, there are other ways to study government abroad available. Many study abroad programs have partner institutions or satellite schools located throughout the world, where English-taught courses are available, regardless of the local language. This route generally comes with more limited course options, although government is a popular enough subject that you’ll usually have some academic credits you can take that will transfer.

Another way to study government abroad is by enrolling in a subject-specific program that is different from a traditional semester or year-long study abroad experience. Some of these programs are rooted in one place, while in others a professor will take you throughout several different locations in a particular region, leading courses for academic credit in combination with immersive field trips and outings. These programs generally run over the summer or winter and last between two and eight weeks.

Benefits

Global Perspective. Whether you are more interested in domestic governmental policy or international affairs, learning from another country’s political system will afford you tremendous insight into the nature of politics at large.

Political Immersion. Outside of the classroom, you can greatly enhance your education by being mindful of what is happening in local politics. Following media trends and engaging in political conversation with locals is a great way to further wrap your head around your host country’s governmental processes, just be sure to do so appropriately!

Adventure Time. Let’s be real, studying abroad isn’t all about academics. It is your chance to dive headfirst out into the great big world and have an experience that you will never forget. Get out there and have some fun!

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