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Going Global: Poltical Science Students Abroad

The Department of Political Science supports its students in pursuing study abroad expereinces. Below, you will find a growing section of students' study abroad experience - take a peek to see how these opportunities positively influenced the lives of Political Science students!

Raiza Ruiz-Kline - Lund, Sweden

My name is Raiza Ruiz-Kline and I am a graduating third year from Muir College. I studied abroad fall quarter 2017 in Lund, Sweden through UCEAP. I am a PoliSci-Public Policy major/Marine Science minor and completed coursework for my major in Lund. During my time abroad I visited Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, and Hungary.

Studying abroad was the best decision I have made in my college career hands down. I was incredibly apprehensive about the application process and didn’t even know for certain I wanted to go until I actually had my plane ticket in my hand, but now the knowledge that I have friends in literally every corner of the earth with whom I shared incredibly special experiences in Sweden and beyond isn’t something I would trade for the world.


Emily Yeh -  Yokohama, Japan; Paris, France; Geneva, Switzerland; and Tokyo Japan

Emily Yeh is a senior majoring in Political Science - International Relations. She has been part of many study abroad programs throughout undergrad, studing abroad in: Yokohama, Japan; Paris, France; Geneva, Switzerland; and Tokyo Japan.

The EAP Programs she participated are:

- EAP Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin Univ. (Spring 2015)
- EAP Political Science, Sciences Po Paris (Fall 2015)
- EAP Global and International Studies, Univ. of Geneva (Spring 2017)
- EAP Keio University (2017-2018 Year)

In reflecting on her time abroad, Emily shares, "Going abroad really made me grow as a person as I had to adapt to different cultures and languages, and figure out how things work each time (and be either amazed or frustrated by it). These “changes” to my life, including moving, packing, settling, traveling, and even maintaining long-distance friendships have taught me to reflect and helped me learn about myself.

My time abroad made me realize what is important to me in my life, both tangible and intangible. It allowed me to live and experience a life that used to only exist in my imagination. It crushed what I once thought was my dream, and helped me rebuild realistic and practical goals in accordance with my priorities in life. I’m glad that I got to figure these out in college rather than later.

As a Political Science - International Relations major, I completed major courses abroad and learned a new language. I have friends all over the world, and I met some of my best friends in life while studying abroad. I believe it is incredible valuable for anyone, especially those in international relations, to study abroad and see the world. Do it while you are young, in college, and get units and scholarship for it! It will reshape your perspectives. Study abroad defined much of my college life, and my relatively short time on campus was well spent. I found out where I want to live, and I am currently looking for a career in Japan".


Annie Lam - Paris France

Annie Lam is a recent Political Science graduate and studied abroad during the Winter and Spring quarters of her senior year in Sciences Po through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). As a second year transfer student, Annie shows that is IS possible for transfer students to study abroad, so start your search as soon as possible!
In reflecting on her time abroad, Annie shares, "I studied world politics, international governance, and film/media. During my time at Sciences Po I was able to gain an invaluable global perspective on politics and society. I was able to attend one of the world's leading universities for social sciences with people from around the world - not only did I gain a more wholesome and cultured understanding of world politics, but I've made such great friendships with people from all walks of life. Deciding to study abroad in Paris was one of the best decisions I've made during my college career".
Once you have completed the Academic Planning Form with the courses you plan to take while studying abroad, bring the course syllabi and Academic Planning Form to the Political Science Department during walk-in advising hours for a signature.