Brandeis Study Abroad Account

Contact Information

Office of Study Abroad
(781) 736-3483

Politics Department
Olin-Sang 204, MS 058
(781) 736-2750

Study Abroad Ambassadors

Want to learn more about studying abroad with a major or minor in Politics? Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador for more advice. 


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Study Abroad


Amritsar, Punjab, India.

There are many wonderful options all over the world for Politics Majors and Minors to study abroad. Including a study abroad experience in you 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.

For an overview of the Politics Department undergraduate programs, please visit their website.

For more information about Politics Major/Minor requirements please review the online University Bulletin.

| FAQs | Sample of Approved Programs | Study Abroad Liaison | Receiving Credit in Politics | Funding Info |


1. Can I receive Politics (POL) credit for courses taken overseas?

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.

2. Can I complete one of the four Politics sub-fields abroad? 

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.

 Sample of Approved Programs with Politics Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer Politics coursework.

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. Jytte Klausen.

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 Professor Hindley to assign Politics department credit for majors or minors. Please bring with you the necessary paperwork and proof of course approval.

  • If you studied abroad during the Fall or the Spring, bring proof of course approval plus the Petition for Major/Minor Transfer Credit (TC03) with your part filled out. The department will send the completed Petition to the Registrar's Office.

  • 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 Hindley prior to handing in the TC07 to Study Abroad.

Funding Information

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.

Brandeis Scholarships for Study Abroad are available for students receiving need-based financial aid. Application materials are available online and in our office.

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. .

Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Scholarships Program provides undergraduate students with limited financial means with up to $5,000 to pursue overseas study. Students who plan to study and receive the Gilman Scholarship are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program. 

Visit the Study Abroad Financial Information page to read more about funding your study abroad experience. 

We welcome your feedback. If you have concerns or are looking for more information on a topic, please let us know!