Have you ever wanted to explore the Canadian Parliament, go to school in the heart of Paris or visit the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey in London? Do you want to experience international politics and culture firsthand? Here is your chance! Ohio State students have the opportunity to take part in over 100 study abroad programs in more than 40 different countries. Some of these programs even offer students internships. For a taste of the exciting experiences awaiting you, visit the Office of International Affairs. Below are a selection of the most popular study abroad programs for Political Science students.
Sciences Po Exchange
Sciences Po is a highly competitive and diverse French university that specializes in the humanities and social sciences. Located in the heart of historic Paris, the campus is nestled just a short walking distance from the Seine River and major attractions such as Notre Dame de Paris, the Grand Palais, the Panthéon, and the Assemblée Nationale. Sciences Po offers courses in political science, economics, history, sociology, law, finance, business, communication, social and urban policy, management and journalism. There are over 11,000 students and almost half are international students. In a world where knowledge is evolving very rapidly, qualities such as imagination, inventiveness, innovation and an aptitude to deal with change are crucial: Sciences Po’s undergraduate program encourages intellectual courage and the ability to cope with complexity. If you would like to learn more about Sciences Po please visit the Sciences Po website.
Marta Kosmyna (International Studies major) said this about her experience: "Arriving in Paris was a leap away from my comfort zone; it was challenging, required independence, and left me with unforgettable friendships and adventures. I was surrounded by students from over 150 nations who shared my interests and major. Sciences Po made me a more driven student and opened up my eyes to what a career in international relations would mean outside the classroom."
Steven Mahr (Political Science and Economics double major) said this: "SciencesPo proved to be the most rigorous and remarkable academic adventure of my life. Interacting with students from around the globe and with students who call France home reframed my perception of politics. Communicating with professors, in English and French, caused me to rethink my aspirations, and volunteering with the Academie Diplomatique Internationale was indescribably awesome. I can say with certainty that SciencesPo and the city of Paris prepared me for the next stage. And, I can't adequately express my high degree of delight and thankfulness except to say that my experience was absolutely magnifique."
The application deadline to study abroad at Sciences Po in Fall 2018 is March 1, 2018. More information about this program can be found on the Office of International Affairs program website.
University of Mannheim Exchange
This program is a bilateral exchange between the University of Mannheim and Ohio State University's departments of Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The University of Mannheim is one of Germany's preeminent institutions for business and the social sciences, and it prides itself on its international influences and focus. The university resides primarily within the baroque Mannheim Palace and is home to approximately 12,000 full-time students.
The University of Mannheim is located in the heart of Mannheim, a multicultural city in southwestern Germany with a population of nearly 320,000. During the 18th century, Mannheim was a cultural and intellectual center of Europe and home to a territorial prince of the Holy Roman Empire, giving the city a rich historical, architectural, and cultural legacy. Today, Mannheim is a vibrant capital of trade and industry, filled with cafes, museums, beautiful parks, and cultural events. With a central location and direct connection to Germany's excellent public transportation system, students in Mannheim can easily explore Germany's cosmopolitan cities and charming small towns.
The application deadline to study abroad at the University of Mannheim in Fall 2018 is March 1, 2018. More information about this program can be found on the Office of International Affairs program webpage.
Leiden University Exchange
Leiden University, founded in 1575 and located in the center of the Netherlands near Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, is one of Europe's premier international research universities. With a long history dating back to the 12th century, Leiden is now a city of approximately 115,000 inhabitants, and is home to such international corporations as Olivetti and the National Flower Center. The life of the city is influenced by the large number of students who live and study at the university. The city is only 15 minutes away from the Schiphol Airport and is also easily accessible by other means of public transport.
Leiden University was founded in 1574 by William of Orange as a reward to the brave inhabitants who successfully resisted the Spaniards. It is a fully accredited, government-financed university with a population of 14,000 students. It offers 60 degree programs and is a firm believer in the importance of international academic exchanges. Ohio State students are able to participate in an international exchange program with Leiden University for a semester or an academic year. While the exchange program is open to students of all majors, Political Science, Public Policy and History students are preferred, as participants must take courses in at least one of these areas.
The application deadline to study abroad at Leiden University during the Autumn 2018 semester will be March 1, 2018. For more information about the Leiden University exchange, visit the Office of International Affairs program website.
Canadian Parliament Internship
The Canadian Parliament Internship Program is a five-week program during which interns work in the office of a Member of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Students may choose which party and what area of expertise the Member represents. Students may be asked to answer constituency mail, assist in writing and editing materials to be sent to the Member’s Riding, research issues of importance to the Member, write a statement/question for Question Period, write speeches, conduct tours of Parliament, and complete general office work. Interns will live and socialize at the University of Ottawa with other students from the U.S., Canada, and other countries. Students will receive three credit units for PS 4191 for their internship experience.
Here's what current students are saying:
"The beauty of the program is how engaged you become; I never would have thought I’d get to have such meaningful one-on-one conversations with Members of Parliament about issues that affect this entire nation of over 35 million people. I learn something new everyday and am consistently shocked at how involved we are allowed and encouraged to become. This is no “grab the Starbucks and make copies” internship to be sure." - Kathleen Swanson (sophomore, political science major)
"This internship program provided me with a great opportunity to jump-start my professional career. The connections that I made and the experiences that I enjoyed will help me as I continue my educational journey at The Ohio State University and will advance my career goals as I look for work with the American government." - Tim Brandes (international studies major)
"Unlike the U.S., in Canada Members have much less staff, so you are really able to do a lot of important tasks and research that allows you to learn really in-depth information on policies and legislation. It was very enlightening to see what it would be like to work as a political staffer in my career and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Canadian politics and develop real-world experiences as a political staffer." - Bruce Thomas (political science major)
The application deadline to complete this program in May 2019 will be December 1, 2018. Want more information? Visit the Office of International Affairs program website.
Oxford University Pre-Law Program
Under the direction of the Department of External Studies of the University of Oxford, participants study a variety of subjects in the British tradition of lectures and tutorials. The program course is organized under two general areas: Law and Society (Britain and America) and Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System. These subjects are taught by members of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and a senior professor of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Following the English university tutorial system, a significant paper is required of each participant. The program provides an ideal introduction to American law studies. The subjects emphasize the heritage of English culture and legal institutions fundamental to the American legal system.
Integrated into the program are numerous special field visits to places of legal, historical and cultural interest, such as London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Sites of particular interest include the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, local courts, Royal Albert Hall, Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle.
This program will take place in Summer 2019. The application deadline is January 3, 2019. More information can be found on the Office of International Affairs program website.
Research Central & Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective (Warsaw Summer School)
The Ohio State Study Abroad in Poland (Warsaw Summer School) is a unique academic training program in social science research, which offers cultural experiences in the heart of Europe.
The program fosters skills both academia and the professional labor market seek: analyze large-scale datasets with designated software; interpret statistics; communicate results; engage in critical thinking; find and apply for research grants and awards; and gain international experience to work in multicultural environments.
The Warsaw Summer School weaves three courses (12 credit hours) into a holistic educational experience:
- SOC 3549: Statistics for Sociology (3 credits) trains you in the mandatory undergraduate-level statistics for the social sciences from the basics to multivariate linear and logistic regression analysis. Our methods are practical and hands-on: you learn statistical techniques using real-life survey data from Poland in connection to your own research project. Instructors devote individualized attention to assist you through lectures, recitations, and analyses for your own research project.
- Within SOC 4998, Undergraduate Research in Sociology (6 credits), under the instructors’ guidance, you develop and carry out your own research project. Summer School students analyze the Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988-2013, a major dataset that spans the entire post-communist transition in Europe. POLPAN covers a wide range of topics: political participation, including voting; democratic values; attitudes toward the role of government in society; the connection between the state and the Catholic Church; perceptions of corruption; and trust in public institutions among others. The projects you develop in the Summer School can serve as your academic writing samples. Instructors encourage and guide you to present your results at academic conferences, participate in scholarly competitions, such as the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, and publish your results in peer-reviewed academic outlets, as Summer School alumni have done.
- SOC 5503: Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe, CEE (3 credits) focuses on comparative political, economic, and cultural aspects of life in CEE societies. Lectures and discussions take place in the classroom and on historical walking tours of Warsaw, Lodz, and Krakow. They are complemented by visits to important historical spaces, such as the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and 21st Century interactive museums such as the Museum of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (winner of the European Museum of the Year in 2016), and the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum.
In departments other than Sociology, the Study Abroad courses will be considered as equivalent of other similar courses if pre-approved by the appropriate department.
The Warsaw Summer School is in the Summer Semester, but we begin to prepare you for it earlier. You engage in: (a) consultations with instructors on applying for research grants (December - February 2017); (b) Individual research and class meetings with the instructors at OSU Main Campus (May 2017); (c) Five weeks of intensive training and research in Poland (June 12 – July 14, 2017); (d) Individual research and consultations with the instructors upon your return to OSU (until the end of the Summer semester); (e) guidance on preparing your research reports for presentation in conferences and submitting to peer-review journals.
This program is OSU-sponsored and operates within the Department of Sociology. It is developed and administered by CONSIRT (consirt.osu.edu) of OSU and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).
Ohio State maintains partnerships with a number of approved third-party study abroad program providers. In these programs, students pay a program fee rather than paying OSU tuition. Fees vary by program, but often include tuition and housing. The following study abroad programs may be of particular interest to political science students:
Arcadia University - Australian Parliamentary Internship Program
Arcadia University - London Parliamentary Internship Program
Arcadia University - Dublin Parliamentary Internship Program
Arcadia University - Scotland Parliamentary Internship Program