There are many wonderful options all over the world for Politics Majors and Minors to study abroad. Including a study abroad experience in Politics studies can assist in gaining cross-cultural perspectives and lead to advanced research. This page contains information that will assist Politics Majors and Minors in determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.
Sample of Approved Programs with Politics Coursework
- Brandeis in The Hague (Summer) - The Hague, Netherlands
- IES/ European Union - Freiburg, Germany
- IFSA/University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, Scotland
- SIT/ Summer Peace & Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin - Kampala, Uganda
Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer Politics coursework. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where Politics courses may be available.
Politics Study Abroad Liaison
To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the study abroad liaison. Politics majors who plan to study abroad should meet with the study abroad liaison before they go abroad, and again once they have returned from study abroad.
The liaison for Politics is Prof. Ralph Thaxton.
Receiving Credit in Politics
Upon return to Brandeis University it is essential that you transfer the credit you earned abroad, otherwise your work overseas will not count towards your Politics Major/Minor. Make an appointment to meet with Study Abroad Faculty Liaison to assign Politics department credit for majors or minors. Please bring with you the necessary paperwork and proof of course approval.
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Politics Majors are required to meet with the Study Abroad Advisor (Professor Thaxton) to discuss appropriate Study Abroad programs and course selection that matches the Politics Department's expectations. If in doubt about the requirements for the Major, students should first meet with the Politics Department's Undergraduate Advisor (Professor Greenlee) to plan a program for how they will meet the requirements of the Politics Major.
Once students are back at Brandeis, the Study Abroad Office will review the courses taken abroad and approve courses that may be eligible for transfer credits. Students will then need to prepare a petition to the Politics Department's Study Abroad Faculty Liaison to have transfer credit approved. A required form is available online [Petition for Major/Minor Transfer Credit (TC03)] or from the Department Administrator (Ms. Colocouris). Students need to put together and submit to the Politics Department a dossier (paper only) comprised of the syllabi for the course or courses for which they wish transfer credit and grade transcripts for course work completed abroad for which they wish to obtain transfer credits. The dossier is submitted to Ms. Colocouris.
Students may transfer up to two courses per semester from Study Abroad, and four if away for a year.
Seminars and all required courses towards the Major must be taken with core Politics Faculty, that is, courses listed in the Bulletin with the POL designation. Transfer credits are not provided for required seminar courses, with the exception of students who have taken seminars under the tutorial system at Oxford University (UK).
Transfer credits are generally granted for elective courses towards the Major. Transfer credits towards the field requirements (International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and American Politics) may be obtained provided the course taken at the foreign institution fulfills certain requirements:
- The syllabus are judged to fall FULLY within the subfield,
- The course requirements are comparable to requirements of a typical course taught by the Politics Department (number and quality of readings, course requirements with respect to exams, papers, and presentations).
The Brandeis in The Hague Program in the summer teaches a course that are pre-approved as Politics transfer credit:
- IGS/LGLS 180a The Spirit of International Law: meets departmental requirement for counting towards the International Relations subfield.
There is no need to submit a petition for transfer credit in the case of the pre-approved courses.
Summer Study Abroad
If you plan to study abroad during the Summer, you should complete a Petition for Major/Minor Transfer Credit (TC07) and bring the completed form and appropriate syllabus to an appointment with Professor Thaxton prior to handing in the TC07 to Study Abroad.
The Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program provides underrepresented minority students with the education and training needed to successfully enter, advance and lead in international affairs careers.
Boren Scholarships, The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.
Yes, as long as the chosen courses are sufficiently political as determined by the Politics department. With the approval of the Politics study abroad liaison, students may apply up to four semester courses towards the Politics major. Students who study abroad for one semester may apply up to two semester courses.
It is possible to complete the sub-fields requirements while abroad: in political theory; American politics; comparative politics; and international politics. Students should work with the study abroad liaison to determine approval.