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The study of politics covers a vastly complex and interwoven group of phenomena, not the least of which include international relations and how to facilitate diplomacy in a competitive global state. Earning your political science degree abroad is an invaluable first step in learning to navigating the entangled field of global affairs and intra-national communication. Ready to tackle the challenge?

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

Earning your political science degree abroad is a bold commitment. You will be fully immersing yourself in a different country’s language, culture, and academic environment, usually over a multiyear span. What’s more, you will be studying within an entirely different political context than your own, so many concepts will be entirely new. Yet herein lies the immense reward of a political science degree abroad; the opportunity to step outside your former political vacuum, rationally weigh many different systems, and return a much more educated and well-rounded young political scientist.

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Politics is omnipresent across the world. Since the times of Aristotle it has been fundamentally assumed that humans are naturally political animals who engage in negotiation, law, and justice in order to rationally organize ourselves into productive societies. Politics thus remains a serious subject of academic study at pretty much every major university on the planet.  

The devil is in the details. While many national political systems are undeniably similar, no two are exactly alike. This is part of what makes earning your political science degree abroad such a fascinating proposition; because every country has an entirely unique political system, where you decide to earn your degree will greatly determine the scope of your academic focus.

The Western powerhouse nations are popular destinations for students who want an education in the rich history of democratic thought. Earning your political science degree abroad in the United States, England, France, or Germany will enable you to study at some of the very best schools in the world within some of the most competitively successful political systems.

Alternatively, you could choose to earn your political science degree abroad in a country that breaks free of this bill. The Scandinavian countries boast very successful models of social welfare states. Switzerland is infamous for its neutrality and international focus. Japan, China, and India are all major global powers with unique governmental systems.

Long story short, the entire world is at your doorstep. Choose wisely!

Academics & Degrees

Political Science is, necessarily, an extremely broad degree. Odds are that your host university will expect you to focus within at least one particular branch of the overarching discipline if you are an undergraduate. These areas of focus generally encompass sub-disciplines such as political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and domestic politics, though the particulars will largely depend on the country where you study.

It is also common for international students to pursue their degree abroad in political science during the postgraduate stages as well. There are tons of Master’s and PhD programs out there which will give you the opportunity to learn and conduct research in a global context. Many of these programs are rooted at major universities around the world, while others may take place at smaller international schools or public policy institutions.

The language barrier is a major consideration that will affect where in the world you can pursue your political science degree abroad. English-speaking programs are widely available, but if you want the full experience of enrolling at a foreign university and immersing yourself in student life, then learning the local language is is a necessity. Hint for those international relations junkies who are considering going bilingual: the six official languages recognized by the United Nations are English, Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, and Arabic.

Benefits & Challenges

Outside Looking In. Earning your political science degree abroad will enable you to overcome your own biases and political preconditioning to approach the subject through a more rational, level-headed lens.

Diplomacy. The cross-cultural communication skills you will develop by earning your degree abroad in political science will greatly enhance your diplomatic skill-set. Those who want to make a career in the global arena can benefit greatly!

Language Immersion. The value of knowing at least two languages cannot be stressed enough in today’s job marketplace, especially in the political spheres. While challenging, language immersion can pay off huge if you fully commit yourself.

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International experience is becoming increasingly valuable in the job market. Earning your degree abroad at John Cabot University will not only teach you flexibility, independence, and intercultural skills that are highly marketable to employers, but will also allow you to join our student community representing more than 70 countries. As an American university in the historic center of Rom...

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At Griffith, one of our goals is to develop graduates who will make a difference to the world in which we live. Griffith is a large public institution which offers more than 300 degrees across a diverse range of study areas. Griffith’s 5 campuses are located in sub-tropical South-East Queensland. Enjoy either the relaxed, beach lifestyle of the Gold Coast, or the bustling, inner-city life o...

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Through the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program at The American University in Dubai (AUD) students will develop an understanding of the environment, cultural, politics, and history of the Middle East. This understanding will serve any students well whether they are seeking employment within the Middle East (regardless of their profession) or have a strong interest in the region. P...

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For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding the a program in Australia or New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. We help with: - Selecting ...

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Mente Argentina's Masters and Graduate Degrees Program may be the perfect program for someone interested in studying in a new culture. Through this international program students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in thier career. Individuals can chose to study from some of the most renowned universities in the Country: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argen...

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Gain a 3-year undergraduate or 1-year master's degree in a beautiful medieval city in the East of England, just 2 hours from London. The University of East Anglia (UEA) offers high-quality academic programs, as well as cultural and social activities, to more than 14,000 students in modern facilities. Innovative, internationally renowned degrees are offered in numerous disciplines: Environme...

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Take a Master of Science in International Public Policy, and be able to address questions regarding policy making at the international level, the difficulty of solving global problems like poverty, and the ways NGOs, international organisations, the private sector and states can work together to solve global problems. The programme combines the study of international relations with an analys...

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At Middlesex, no matter where in the world our students come from, we give them the tools and opportunities they need to make their own path to success, to grow as individuals and to stand out from their peers back at home. We offer a broad range of industry relevant courses and our academics draw on their experience and employ practical teaching techniques. We provide our students with the op...

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Students at Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus can study abroad for a summer, semester, year, or complete a full degree abroad. Over 150 universities in the US and around the world send their students to study abroad at SLU-Madrid. On campus, study abroad students enjoy the benefits of a 4-year campus: modern science laboratories, a full-service cafeteria, computer labs, Wi-Fi throughout th...

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The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic university located in the heart of London, England. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the university has a distinguished 175-year history. It offers a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, ranging from Business Management and International Relations to Conflict Resolution and Mus...

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We invite you to join the 27,000 students from nearly 150 countries who have chosen to study at one of the UK’s most historic and prestigious universities! Students from around the world choose King’s to further their academic and professional studies. With over 90% of our research internationally recognized, you benefit from an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and car...

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Trinity College Dublin's History and Political Science course offers students the opportunity to study two subjects with close affinities as part of a coherent structured program. In the first three years of the program, students will take both subjects on an equal basis. In the fourth year, students may choose to concentrate exclusively on either subject or to continue with both. The combinati...

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Brunel is a campus-based university situated in Uxbridge, West London, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1966, our distinctive mission is to combine teaching and research excellence with the practical and entrepreneurial approach pioneered by its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The University is based around eight Academic Schools: *...

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Defining security broadly to incorporate the protection of individuals as well as their values, rules, institutions and property from military and non- military sources, a major in STCT provides students with a critical understanding of the nature of security, how it is threatened by terrorism, and the ways in which counter-terrorism measures may restore security. Explaining terrorism as a thre...

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Whether you want to study undergraduate and graduate degree programs or shorter-term semester and year-long programs, Across The Pond can help. For over 10 years we have been helping students from the USA, Canada, Latin America and Norway to find and apply to over 40 of the top colleges and graduate schools in England and the rest of the UK. Our team of UK Study Experts, who have had first-h...