College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Political Science offers students a number of different opportunities to experience politics firsthand in other nations. Our department has a reputation of sending students to study abroad programs that challenge students to think critically and become citizens of the world. 

Students abroad on the UAE/Dubai Trip

Vancouver Spring Break 2017

Led by Dr. Renford Reese, students will spend seven days in Vancouver and two days in Victoria for an Alternative Spring Break to study International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Participating students will sign up for PLS 499: "International NGOs and Social Service Outreach" in the Winter Quarter 2017. This course will be on Tuesdays: 6-9:50 p.m. Kellogg Honors College students will enroll in PLS 499-H. Students will create their own nonprofit organization in this course. Students will also learn how to write grant proposals. This course will examine the missions of international NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders, MAP International, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, CARE, Oxfam, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among other NGOs. At the end of this course, students will travel to Vancouver to observe Canadian-based International NGOs.

Approximate Cost: $1,700.00
Program Cost: includes tuition, lodging, food, visa, student travel insurance. 

Interest Session: October 18, 2016, 12:00pm
Meeting Location: Building 1, Room 10

Honors Interest Session: October 11, 2016, 12:00pm
Meeting Location, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Honors College Lounge

Financial aid is available for this program.

Dubai/Hong Kong Summer 2017

Led by Dr. Renford Reese, this dynamic study abroad program will give students a superb opportunity to explore the history, culture, and development of two of the most fascinating places in the world, Dubai and Hong Kong. The central theme of this program is the "Modern City." Students will spend 6 days in Hong Kong and 7 days in Dubai.

Approximate Cost: $4,400.00
Program cost includes includes airfare, lodging, food, tours, insurance

Interest Session: October 18, 2016, 12:00pm
Meeting Location: Building 1, Room 10

Honors Interest Session: October 11, 2016, 12:00pm
Meeting Location, Building 1, 2nd Floor, Honors College Lounge

Learn more about this study abroad opportunity

Past Study Abroad Programs

Netherlands/France/Belgium 2013

As part of a course on non-governmental organizations, Dr. Renford Reese took students on a European alternative-Spring Break trip. Students learned first hand what it was like to work for a NGO. They visited world-renowned organization and took in the sights in Europe. Learn more about the trips, student excursions, and student perspectives about the trip

Ghana 2007-2011

For a number of years, Dr. Renford Reese took students to the African country of Ghana for a summer study abroad program. Students spent 12 days in Ghana, with a 3-day layover in Dubai. Learn more about the trips, student excursions, and student perspectives about the trip.

Other Study Abroad Programs

The university offers a number of study abroad programs that are hosted by other majors. Visit the International Center's website to learn more about these programs. The International Council also provides a number of different links to financial aid for students who are spending time studying in other countries.