Documents for Petitioning EAP or OAP Courses for the Political Science Major UPON RETURN :
Petition for Study Abroad Credit Upon Return (PDF) -- Returning students, complete one for EACH course you are petitioning.
Student Guidelines for Returning Abroad (PDF) -- Returning students, read and sign one copy only.
Courses may only be petitioned for the Political Science major once you have returned from studying abroad. If you have any questions regarding the petition process, please come in for walk-in advising or send a message via the Virtual Advising Center: http://vac.ucsd.edu.
The Global Concentration in Political Science capitalizes on students’ study abroad experience, language skills, and UCSD global content courses. This is not a major in Political Science, but rather a concentration that any political science major may formally declare once all of the requirements have been met. This is a transcripted concentration, meaning it will reflect on your transcript, but not on your final diploma. You must notify the department that you wish to declare this concentration via the Virtual Advising Center http://vac.ucsd.edu or walk-in advising (no e-mails or telephone calls) so that your degree audit may be updated.
• A minimum of eight units earned through study abroad, of which a minimum of four units would count toward the major;
• Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the fourth quarter of university-level instruction. Contact your College with questions about this requirement. The Department of Political Science cannot authenticate language proficiency; and
• A minimum of two courses with department- or program-identified global content. Political Science courses POLI 11(D), POLI 12(D), and any POLI course numbered 120-159 taken at UCSD will satisfy this requirement.
If you are interested in studying abroad but have not done so yet, please contact the Programs Abroad Office to learn of your first steps.
For deadlines, visit the Programs Abroad Office Calendar
Thinking of going abroad?
The Department of Political Science encourages its majors and minors to study abroad. Be sure to read how to transfer courses (PDF) to the Political Science major that you plan to take or have taken abroad.
Political Science students can study all over the world through the University of California’s Education Abroad Program (EAP) or UCSD’s Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). Study the Politics of Development in Barbados or Ghana. Debate International Relations, Political Economy, and Security Studies with students in Canada, France, Hong Kong, or Turkey. Learn through recent historical events the effects of democratization, state-building, and political transformation in Chile, Mexico, or Vietnam. Gain a new understanding of how ethnicity and national identity influence politics in the Czech Republic or the Republic of Ireland. The Programs Abroad Office website offers additional information for UCSD students planning to study abroad.